April 2019 Produce Parable
By Adam Calder
Spring is being welcomed with open arms here at Wheatsfield Cooperative. After such an icy, cold and all around brutal winter we are so very appreciative of our local seedling farmers. Onion Creek Farm right here in Ames and Wabi Sabi Farm in Granger have been quite busy for the past several weeks getting an army of tiny plants ready to go home with you.
These farmers have been filling seedling trays with soil, delicately placing seeds in each cup of the tray, gently watering the trays and then setting them somewhere warm and sunny. Our dedicated local farmers did all of the waiting and watering so you don’t have to. That is, you don’t have to until you buy some to take back home to your garden. With the head start these verdant little plants have been given, they should have no problem settling in nicely to their new homes in your garden.
We have an excellent selection of herbs, greens and tomatoes with more to come! The selection can change quickly, so it is best to check often to see what is available. Our first batch of herbs and tomatoes from Onion Creek contains the following tomatoes: Early Girl, New Yorker, Black Prince, Kellog’s Breakfast, Jubille, Garden Peach, Sky Reacher, Taxi, Ponderosa St. Doro, Aunt Ruby German Green, Brandywine, Frgo Yellow Pear, Patio, Tiny, Juane Flame, Green Zebra and St. Pierre. For herbs from Onion Creek, we have Pineapple Sage, catnip, parsley, Cuban Oregano and Garlic Chives.
From Wabi Sabi, we have red cabbage, green cabbage, leeks, kohlrabi, kale, broccoli, rainbow chard, onions, lettuce, fennel, parsley, chives and garlic chives.
While you are checking out our seedlings, don’t forget to have a look at our gorgeous hanging geranium baskets from Hassevoort Farm in Leon, IA. Kevin and Liza Hassevoort have been tending to these overflowing baskets for several months. Considering how cold the last few months have been, this has surely been a challenge. You’d never know these plants ever had a day of stress in their lives just by looking. Cheery spring colors billow out of these baskets. Delicate perfume becomes a heady, intoxicating musk as the flowers unfurl. They are heavy with the scents and sights of spring, and they exude an aura of life renewed.