spring has sprung

March 25, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Posted in farming | Leave a comment

By:  Ellie, Field Manager aka Big Sprout aka Farmer It’s-only-my fifth-week-at-Adamah-and-it’s-wonderful-already

little baby lettuces

It’s spring when the greenhouse is humid from watering the just-sprouted onions, leeks, shallots, and lettuce.

I know it’s spring when I’m trying to push a walk-behind tiller over a clump of winter rye to till a bed for the season’s first planting and the sun is so warm that I actually have to take one of my many layers of shirts and sweaters off rather than layering them on.

It’s spring when the compost is spread and the field turns dark and rich and chocolate-y brown, a color that speaks of new, healthy life.

Spring is when I’m sore from working outside for the first time in months.

When the red-winged blackbirds sing out with raspy voices and the red-breasted thrushes sing so so sweetly, it’s spring.

freshly tilled beds on beebe hill

What’s growing in the greenhouse: onions, leeks, shallots, scallions, lettuce, kohlrabi, kale, cabbage, chard, peppers, eggplant, sage and chamomile

What’s growing in the fields: garlic (peas and carrots are going in next week!)

winter rye and newly tilled beds

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