Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and while we have had several beautiful baskets and planters leave, we have many more still available. Tomorrow we will be at the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in Lincoln, NE from 10:00 until 2:00 p.m. We also have several different smaller plants that you can use to design your own planters, planters and homemade soaps that are an olive oil and lye base.
Fresh herbs from curry leaf and orange mint plants to sage and cilantro and several types of basil, fern dill will all be in tow. We still have beefsteak and lemon boy tomato plants. I will also have two baby silver maple trees that are for sale. As far as fresh produce I will have a few bags of loose leaf lettuce, Romaine lettuce, radicchio, and arugula. I also have one bag of odds and ends that will taste good and give the wallet a break. WE will also have beet greens and Swiss Chard for sale. Fresh herbs including tarragon, chamomile, chocolate mint, cilantro, parsley and sage will also be available. I also have two nice tower pots… one filled with strawberries and flowers and the other a nice assortment of herbs. One of the herb pot has a unique Asian flair and will be somebody’s pride and joy.
We had a very full day but we got most of it in. For me the day started at 4:00 a.m. and an hour and half drive to Manhattan, KS where I battled wind in rain AGAIN for the first hour or so of the market. Toward the end it was better and the customers swooped in at the end which was nice. I got home in time to unload the car and get ready for church and my niece Katie’s graduation party. She will be off to college next year. She is a beautiful and very sweet girl and I know she will do wonderful things in time.
We did not get home in time to go to our neighbor’s fish fry and I hated that. I sure hope they had a nice turnout. The one thing I dislike the most about being a farm marketer is that we miss a lot of things like this during the summer, but that is part of it. I spent the evening picking strawberries and arugula. I also saved some rhubarb seeds that will become future plants. Some will be for sale and some will be used to expand my current bed. Tom planted watermelon and put some finishing touches on my irrigation system. I cannot put into words how much time that system will save. Most of our garden will be self-watering AND mulched in to prevent weed growth. All I will have to do is turn the water on and walk away…. But must remember to come back. J
Tom planted four types of watermelon and tomorrow will plant Crenshaw melons, cannallini beans and two types of pole beans. He is also laying the ground work for what will eventually be my fall pumpkin patch and winter squash bed. Today he was my FTD guy and tomorrow he is my “hired man.” Have I mentioned before he is a real keeper?
While in Manhattan today I had a customer buy some fresh chocolate mint for a pickled relish she is making. Lucky for me she kindly sent me the recipe. I will try it and let you know what my family thinks. I have A LOT of chocolate mint so this one is one I hope turns out really well.
After picking strawberries I sorted and cleaned. I have one variety called the mignonette. It is a small pastry berry and it is the ugliest berry I have ever seen, but WOW they are sweet. I cannot bring myself to pack them along but WOW are they sweet. Last year all of them ended up in my jelly and while they look a LOT better this year, I fear they are destined for jelly again this year. We eat a lot of ugly things at our house. We enjoy the less than perfectly beautifuls. We know they still taste great, but like us have some warts and wrinkles we hope those who love us look past.
I hope you will come see us tomorrow at the market. If you would prefer to check out the baskets at the farm that I could not fit into the car, give Tom a call. I posted his cell phone number on my L’Ecuyer Gardens Facebook page. He will be around but not necessarily at the house so a call would be appreciated. Otherwise, bring your mom to the market tomorrow. A mom’s greatest gift received is simple time. Time with you We let the girls stay up later than normal tonight and right at dark we had to take a break from the prep work and play a game of family freeze tag… in the dark and yes girls it is date. Tomorrow night you are both IT. I can’t wait!!! e will be runniHe he wilHv