Another wetter than usual March, but Wobbly Cart Farm is hard at work getting ready for the inevitable summer to come. I have been busy filling up the greenhouse with veggie starts… and its just about bursting at the seams right now! All we need is some sun to dry out our soil so Joe can get busy with the tractor. Some ground has been plowed for early plantings of peas and carrots and all those transplants I have waiting. We’ve also been busy planting and pruning fruit trees, dividing rhubarb, and weeding the garlic and strawberries. There aren’t many local vegetables to be found right now in our region, and like me, I hope you can’t wait for all the delicious veggies to come!
We’re going to be trying many new varieties this season, most sourced from local independently – owned seed companies. Vegetable varieties that have been bred here in the Maritime northwest have proven to be superior performers in our unique (read: sun-deprived) climate. I also want to emphasize the importance of supporting local and independent seed companies, as they have been challenged by the ever- increasing consolidation of control over organic seeds by huge corporations. If we loose the integrity of the organic seeds, we local farms would not able to do what we do! We’ll be growing “Rainbow Lacinato” Kale and “Bellesque” endive, and others from Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon. A Scarlet Nantes carrot bred by John Navazio of Port Townsend, Washington… and our own Marianna is working to breed a new regional cherry tomato. I have informally dubbed it “Chehalis Gold”. Also new will be several types of garlic grown by Ashley Creek Farm, just down the road from us. These include Spanish Roja, Nootka Rose, and Romanian Red.
We are also building a giant new hoop-house as a place to extend our early and late season, with crops like carrots, arugula, salad greens, and heirloom tomatoes. It’s going to be huge and I can’t wait to get planting in it. See pictures on wobblycartfarm.wordpress.com and on our Facebook page!
For those of you who have already signed up, Thank You! For the rest of you “locavores” as Barbara Kingsolver so aptly put it in “Animal Vegetable Miracle”, now is the time to vote with your dollars in the most important way by supporting your local organic farmers. Not only do you support a reduction in fossil fuel use, but soil and habitat conservation, and healthier more nutritious food for you and your family. We really appreciate your support in the past, and have worked hard to keep the cost of our shares down. By joining early you are helping us to buy seeds and pay start up costs, to thank you we offer a $25 discount for complete payments received by May 1st.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Asha McElfresh, Joseph Gabiou and the rest of the Crew