[Market-farming] May produce singing nettles

Sue Wells farmersue at myfairpoint.net
Sun May 10 14:50:45 EDT 2015


Deb,

How do you do the stinging nettles? Do you just cut them, and ?wash them, and package them, how? Would this be a thing for Farmers Markets? How do you wash them without getting pricked? 

Sue

Vermont  

 

From: Market-farming [mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Deb Taft
Sent: Sunday, May 10, 2015 11:52 AM
To: Jay Sleichter; Market Farming
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] May produce

 

 

I second everything that's been said.  I am also learning the joys of foraging this spring.  I'm only doing stinging nettles this year but have a couple of friends who are doing a bunch of other stuff - ramps (sustainably harvested, of course), garlic mustard, dandelion greens, wild garlic...and others I'm forgetting but will be much more familiar with next spring!  At $13/pound to chefs, I'm pretty thankful for the giant patch of nettles right by my field.  

 

Deb

Mobius Fields

Katonah NY

 

 

 

 

On Sun, May 10, 2015 at 10:09 AM, Jay Sleichter via Market-farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> wrote:

Lisa,

We also sell lots of greens.  I grow the summer crisp lettuce type and grow it nearly year around.  We start transplanting them out in mid March, into unheated high tunnels.  I also plant kale, tokyo bekana, arugula, cilantro, haikuri turnips and radishes.  

 

We plant in early to mid march for first weekend in May.  If you want a little sooner, you should plant at the end of February.

 

This year we planted spinach in a low tunnel and covered it with a single layer of Agribon 19.  I believe it was early March.  We have been picking wonderful spinach all this spring.  We also transplanted zucchini in another movable high tunnel in early April.  We will be picking them for next weeks market. 

 

Jay

 

 

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From: Burke Farm <burkefarm at gmail.com>
To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org 
Sent: Sunday, May 10, 2015 8:17 AM
Subject: [Market-farming] May produce


Hi folks,

May is not my favorite month.  All my farmers markets used to start at
the end of May, now they're starting at the beginning.  What do you
sell in May, and when do you plant it?  My high tunnels are full of
knee-high tomatoes that won't be making me money until June.

I'm adding rhubarb to my fields this year, and asparagus next year,
but I'm specifically interested in what those of you who do not heat a
greenhouse do to have something to sell this time of year.

Lisa Burke
Farming Engineers
central IN z5
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