It’s Opening Day!
It’s finally here! The season officially kicks off today – the Hello Café opens at 8 am and the farmstand and greenhouses open at 9. We’re looking forward to welcoming all of you back to the farm for the season.
It really felt like spring this past week. The trees started to come alive again and the fields dried enough to allow us to start planting in the fields. We even got to harvest spring greens for Opening Day; we’ll have limited quantities available in the farmstand this weekend.
In the Farmstand
The farmstand is beautifully decorated and packed with spring bulbs and pottery; tons of farm-made food products like fruit preserves, hummus, salad dressings, and yogurt; dried herbs and fresh spring greens; delicious baked goods; meats and cheeses from local producers; and sustainably fished wild Alaskan salmon.
In the Kitchen
The kitchen is abuzz with activity. Tea cakes, Cedar soda breads, turmeric rice, and pesto were all freshly made on Friday, and we’re looking forward to baking scones, bread puddings, cookies, and more for you daily.
Now that the farmstand is open, we’re excited to share that the kitchen is using reusable and returnable glass containers as much as possible. If you see a yellow “please return this jar” sticker, that means you’ll get 25 cents back when you return the jar!
In the Greenhouses
The plants have been pruned, pottery unpacked, and everything perfectly arranged to welcome our wonderful community to the farm on Opening Day. A few things we’re excited about this year are: our expanded selection of perennials, new pottery, and dahlia tubers and bulbs (gladiolus, ranunculus, and freesia) in the farmstand. Skip to the bottom to read about gladiolus!
Don’t Miss: Little Farmers
Our first Little Farmers class of the year is this Tuesday at 10 am. Kids ages 2-5 and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for a fun hour of sensory exploration in the greenhouses and around the farm. New this year, we’re offering a Little Farmers punch card – attend 5 classes and get a 5% discount on CCF produce in the farmstand!
Learning to cook teaches more than just how to follow directions or use a knife and other kitchen tools. It encourages healthy eating habits, gives teens a sense of responsibility, and can even teach them about sustainability and food sourcing. Starting May 7, teens in our 6-week Cooking for Middle Schoolers program will “compete” in fun, friendly baking challenges while gaining important life skills.
Gardening Tips: Bulbs cont’d
We’re selling a variety of bulbs in the farmstand this spring! Gladiolus are a lovely way to add bold color and height to your garden. Even though they’re not perennial, you can dig up the bulbs in the fall, store them like you would dahlia tubers, and replant them the following spring, after the last frost. Plant 2-6 inches deep and 6 to 10 inches apart.
April 27 – Opening Day! Hello Café 8-5, Farmstand 9-6.
April 30 – Little Farmers drop in class for children ages 2-5, 10-11 am.
May 1 – Homeschool Farm Science OPEN HOUSE, 1-3 pm.
June 1 – Last Day to sign up for a Produce Plus Card