Spring is here and the weather is matching the season. At least for the last couple of days. Everything is growing beautifully here at Sugarloaf Ridge Farm. The tomato and chilli seeds are germinating from seeds we saved from last season and the fruit trees are blossoming. The bees are happy that the sun is shining and so are we.
We still have some Sugarloaf Cabbages left, and the parsnip should keep us going for another 4 or 5 weeks. There are a whole lot of asian greens that need harvesting so we’ve decided to do a mixed bunch next week. It will contain greens like Kailaan, Hong Kong Broccoli, and Bok Choy. Prepare these with some of our spring onions and coriander. Add a squeeze of lime juice and you’ve got yourself a fresh, tasty spring meal. There are some lovely little cos lettuces coming on and some baby kale that is due to be harvested so you will find those on the list too.
The snow peas are flowering which gives us hope for a bumper crop of snow peas coming soon. The broccoli plants thankfully continue to produce shoots for us. Broccoli is a tricky crop for us as it takes up so much space for such a long time. We grow it as it is a favourite for many people. Each week we harvest everything we have and divide it amongst the number of orders we have (at least up to point when we get to eat some ourselves if there’s a bountiful harvest). This means you might get more or less depending on the growing conditions over the week.
Despite the busyness of spring we’ve been making sure to spend some away from the endless work of the farm. We’ve kicking back in front of a fire at the end of the day. It makes tidying up in preparation for the fire season a bit more enjoyable too!