May Madness!

May is that time of year when the farming madness REALLY starts to kick in and this past week has been no exception.  There are so, so, so many things that need to get planted during the month of May, meanwhile, we are busy trying to keep on top of the harvest, weeding and bug-control of the crops we planted in March and April.   I admit, I do love hard work…So, there is a part of me that “thrives” on the crazy 12 hour, work until the sun goes down, days.  Afterall, I can sleep in January!
But what really drives me is that I know the more we can get down now, the more rewards we reap come “harvest time” in the fall.  Anticipating the bounty, I guess…Or maybe this is just because, it’s what I do!
Meanwhile, we are already reaping a lovely “spring” bounty of early and overwintered crops.  And, we are bringing them to market today!  Both Coupeville AND the Bayview market!
From the fields at Willowood Farm:
* Mesclun bags
* Arugula bags
* Spinach bags (Bayview only)
* Mache bags
* Baby butterhead lettuces (Coupeville only)
* Broccoli Raab bunches
* Giant Purple Mustard bunches (these are the HOT horseradishy ones that have a devoted following…)
* Baby Pac Choi bunches
* Braising Green bunches (a mix of yummy greens suitable for stir-fry or braising)
* Garlic Green bunches  – they smell SO good!
* Radishes

From our busy friends one mile across the prairie, Prairie Bottom Farm:
* Parsnips
* Red Bordeaux spinach
* Green savoy spinach (Coupeville only)
* Parsnips!
* A few beets!
* Overwintered scallion bunches
* Walla Walla green onion bunches
* Chard
* Chives
* Rhubarb
And, appearing at the Bayview market only, Mikey from Whidbey Green Goods will be bringing lettuce mix bags, a whole heck of a lot of plant starts, and some other special goodies!
So we hope to see you at the markets today!  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for both of them.  Look for the tractor and wagon set-up in Coupeville, and at Bayview our booth should be down at the Basil Cafe side of the market.

And, btw, if you are interested in volunteering on the farm and getting to experience a bit of the joy (madness) for yourself, we love having volunteers on Tuesday – our main “get it down” project day.  Simply email me at willowoodfarm@gmail.com and we can talk more about the details!
Thank you for your support of locally grown produce – it makes the madness all worthwhile…
Farmer Georgie
Willowood Farm of Ebey’s Prairie

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