After a rainy couple of days, we woke up to a cool, but beautiful morning. After a couple cups of coffee going over today’s tasks, we all set off in different directions on the farm. With soil temperatures rising, we are in full swing getting the produce planted. With so many varieties of fruits/vegetables left to plant, we are running long days. We began transplanting watermelons today with hopes of having them ready around the first of June. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for a sweet, crisp Georgia watermelon. Nothing says summer like ice cold watermelon. We are also transplanting cantaloupes and canary melons. Those not familiar with the canary melon need to put it on their list of things to try. We planted it for the first time two years ago, and we fell in love with its firm, sweet flesh. It is an unusual looking melon having a deep yellow skin and a white flesh. Hopefully we will begin harvesting these around the end of May. Along with the melons, we are planting other summer favorites like okra, tomatoes, peas, peppers, eggplants, and more. It will not be long before we will be breaking sweet corn ears and shelling those fresh peas. YUMMY!
With rain in the forecast, we are also trying to get things lined up for digging our onions. Onions need to be plowed up and left on top of the ground for a few days to help them dry before cutting them. We will begin with a sweet onion this year and transition into the Vidalia onions on April 25th. We have begun harvesting our regular orange carrots, and are still getting in our colorful carrots as well. We also have radishes, kale, cabbage, salad onions, and red salad onions still available. We are anticipating getting in Bok Choy and Swiss Chard by the weekend and some more broccoli in two weeks. Bok Choy and Swiss Chard are two crops we added last year to our vegetable rotation. They are both nutritious and can be prepared easily. Swiss Chard can be added to your salad, sautéed, or added to soups. Bok Choy is an easy side dish when sautéed with olive oil. Mark your calendars and try one or both of these vegetables.
Also swing by and try some of the delicious ice cream we have available from Greenwood creamery in Atlanta, Georgia. We have twenty-two flavors to choose from and just got in Blueberry Cheesecake! Also speaking of blueberries, Alta Cucina Italia has a blueberry balsamic vinegar that is beyond amazing. Try it on our kale with some feta cheese for a yummy and easy side dish. They have a large variety of oils and balsamic vinegars that you can purchase online or in store. We are in love with this line of oils and vinegars are getting in their full line which features flavors like fig, orange, cranberry orange, and so many more. Come by and browse our wide variety of products and support Georgia Grown businesses.