Sunday, March 22, 2009

Food Season Begins

On Saturday, the 2009 Portland Farmer's Market season began on the Portland State campus.

I feel like we are spoiled in western Oregon because the period in which it is difficult to buy fresh, local produce is ridiculously short. I can't cross-country ski or snowshoe every day like folks in my hometown of Butte, Montana can, however, so I guess it's a trade-off.

We found some great carrot diversity,

earthy piles of mushrooms,

and starts ready for planting.

We bought some early season greens and mushrooms, long-keeping root vegetables, and produce stored since last season.

We brought the starts to our raised bed at Sarah's grandparent's house. We quickly weeded, tilled and composted one end of the bed, then planted.

We now hope that the weather goes easy on the snap pea, golden beet, and lettuce starts.


NW Nature Nut said...

Good for you guys! I got peas and lettuce in last weekend and I think the lettuce has already grown a bit. This morning we finished removing some lawn to make room for more food crops. It's always satisfying to grow your own (and have your canine gardener help!).

EcoRover said...

Whoa! I'm drooling on my keyboard. My wife spent some time in the Walla-walla 'hood once upon a time--visiting your blog is like being transported into Eden for us snowbound mountain folk.