Over the past few days, spring seems to rush unabashedly into the Twin Cities. Finally. During the middle of last week, in between bouts of rain, cedar waxwings plucked sugar maple buds from a tree outside of my attic window. Beets, yukina savoy, arugula, spinach are all germinating in the field. Salad mix in our high tunnel is growing rapidly in response to warmer temperatures in the day and night. Wonderful volunteers have come to help spread mountains of compost, helping us to catch up after a week of rain. Last week, we also added some major infrastructure to the farm. Our “home” Minneapolis site – 2820 15th Avenue S. – now has a city water hook-up. During the past three seasons, our neighbors, first Jana, then Miguel and Andrea, generously lent us water to irrigate our fields and wash our crops. After much haranguing and number crunching, we decided that investing in water access would allow us to produce and process food more efficiently. The extra water pressure will be especially appreciated on long harvest days full of muddy carrots. It is an exciting time to be growing food.
More to come later. Enjoy the return to the spring, and please see us at the first Mill City Farmer’s Market – SATURDAY MAY 10 – 8 AM – 1 PM by the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis.