Celebrate Seeds and Pollinators May 17

Sarah Ross, founder of Social Roots will join the Market from 9am to 1 pm Friday May 17.  Social Roots promotes heirloom plants that are particularly well adapted to the South.  One of the goals is to get people “hooked” on heirlooms. An heirloom is a plant variety that has a history of being passed[…]

We are selling Southern Exposure Seed Exchange seeds On-line and at the office.

We are thrilled to be able to offer seeds this year!  Southern Exposure is known for their locally adapted seeds and promotion of regional heirlooms.  In addition, all seeds are USDA Organically certified. Each packet is $2.50 and all proceeds benefit the Market.  Jen and I picked our favorite varieties.  We love spending hours pouring[…]

It’s almost planting time!

We talked about using the broad fork for bed preparation in our “Grow More Vegetable” classes. Here are some pictures I took last spring.  Mid to late March is the time to start planting peas, spinach, kale, carrots and cabbage outside.  The row cover is handy in case we get a cold snap. The large[…]

It’s seed catalog season

Is your mailbox full of seed catalogs?  Mine is and I can’t be happier!  I love reading the descriptions, looking at the pictures, dreaming of next years garden, tidy and weed free….Okay, back to reality.  Before you buy a bunch of new seed, do a germination test on seeds left over from last season and[…]

Why Save Seed?

Saving your own seed allows you to select plants that meet your needs. You can choose for size, color, taste or growth patterns. Save money! Seed prices seem to rise every year. While you will probably not save everything that you need, or want, you can save a few varieties every year to ensure that you’ll always have seed. Some cultivars seem to disappear from the catalogs every year, to be replaced by hybrids or patented plants. As long as someone is growing a variety, and saving the seed, the genetics are somewhat safe.

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Some Information from the SSAWG Conference

The Organic Vegetable Farm tour went to Elmwood Stock Farm. A 550 acre certified organic farm that features both livestock and crops. Most of the acreage is in pasture with crops on about 75 acres.  They produce feed for their animals which include 80 cows, sheep, laying hens and broilers and turkeys.  The key to[…]