March 5, 2015 Vol 10, Issue 5
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 Market Updates

Sunshine, blossoming trees, buzzing bees: it feels like we are really in the midst of an early spring! Many of our vendors are returning to market this Saturday, a full month earlier than last year! Herr's Family Farm will be bringing beautiful flower bouquets, Deep Roots Farm will have a bevvy of spring vegetables, and Gales Meadow Farm will have some fetching greens, as well as an abundance of vegetable and herb starts (and no, it's not too early to plant them!). Montiel's Cocina returns after a short winter break, with their delicious tamales and fresh juices. Boondockers Farm will also be back this Saturday, just one week after losing their barn in a fire--make sure to give this great farm a little extra support during this tough time.


We'll also have all of your favorite vendors that have been here all winter--come on out and enjoy them in the sunshine!

Are you thinking about joining a CSA this season? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and it's a creative way for you to support your local farm, by purchasing a "share" of thefarm's bounty. Many of HFM's vendors offer CSAs, including Deck Family Farm, Deep Roots Farm, Lonesome Whistle Farm, Sun Gold Farm, Winter Green Farm, & Unger Farms. Want to know more? After you're done at market, swing by this great event, to learn about Portland-area CSA options and meet some great local growers.

Hardy Vegetables - Plant Them Now!

by Anne Berblinger, Gales Meadow Farm

Many vegetables, the "hardy" varieties, do well in early spring. They can even stand a frost. This year, they should do better than usual, since the soil has already warmed up some and it looks like our extra warm weather will continue.

Several of our vendors, including Gales Meadow Farm, will have many hardy vegetable varieties at the market this weekend: kale, lettuce, collards, broccoli, peas, onions, beets, and more. At market you'll find many varieties of most of these, and some pots of mixed varieties. Any of them can be planted right now or as soon as your garden is ready.

These veggies need good soil and a spot that gets sun for at least 6-8 hours a day.  Most of them will do well in pots on a sunny deck or parking strip. so you can have fresh homegrown vegetables even if you don't have a sunny garden. For hardy spring veggies, a light dressing of complete organic fertilizer mixed into the top 2-3 inches of the bed should be good for the whole season. If the soil is clay or sandy, a generous dose of compost applied before planting and mixed into the soil will help.


It's good to do your transplanting in the evening or on a cloudy day. Water the pots before you remove the vegetables, and as soon as you have finished planting, water the newly transplanted vegetables well to settle them into the ground and establish good contact between the soil and the roots.

Many vendors' pots of veggie starts have more plants than garden store six-packs. The pots may look crowded, but the plants don't mind! You need to be gentle as you separate them, but they are not terribly delicate.  Gently take the whole block of potting soil out of the pot. Plant each one as you peel it from the soil; don't let the roots have a chance to get dry.

Make sure your garden or pot does not dry out. (We usually don't have to worry about this in the spring, but this year is different.)

You can start picking lettuce, collards, chard, and kale leaves and beet greens in a few weeks; the peas will be ready before long; the onions can be harvested young or left to mature in August. 

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This Saturday's Vendors!
Ancient Heritage
Deck Family Farm

Deep Roots Farm
Dragonfly Forge
Fraga Farms

Gabriel's Bakery

Gale's Meadow Farm
Hammer & Tuffy's Handmade Granola
Herr's Family Farm

Home Grown Food Products
Hot Mama Salsa

Kiyokawa Family Orchards

Linda Brand Crab & Seafood

Local Roasting Co.
Lonesome Whistle

Montiel's Cocina
Nature's Wild Harvest
Ole World Oils

Olympic Provisions

Peak Forest Fruit

Persephone Farm

Pine Mountain Ranch
Portland Regular Bread
Rossi Farms
Sweet Leaf Farm

Sun Gold Farm
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