Archive for April 8th, 2010

Seed Starting Class at Wentworth Greenhouses

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

On Sunday, April 11, from 11:00 to 12:00, Wentworth Greenhouses will be holding a class on Seed Starting. This is the description of the class:

Julie will teach you everything you need to know to save a little money by starting plants from seed. Enjoy a 20% discount off all seed starting supplies this weekend only.

To learn more visit their website or call 603.743.4919.

Producing Pork in Maine

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

From MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association:

 

Maine Pork Producers Meeting

Tuesday, April 20th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity, ME

 

Anyone looking for piglets or interested in raising pork is welcome to join us for a discussion of barriers to year-round pork production. Topics will include: farrowing; feeds; fencing; boars and artificial insemination. Light refreshments will be served. If you would like to attend, please contact Diane Schivera, MOFGA’s Organic Livestock Specialist, by email at dianes@mofga.org or by phone at 207-568-4142.

Great Things at the Last Winter Farmers’ Market!

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The Winter Farmers’ Market season is winding down; Saturday, April 10, will be the last market before the summer markets kick off. Our last market will be held in the new Exeter High School and there will be so many great things available. Let me tell you about some of the exciting items you can bring home with you on Saturday.

 

Do you need plants for your herb garden? Moriarty’s Greenhouse will be selling lots of beautiful potted herbs at the market. Plan your garden now so that you’re ready to get everything you need on Saturday.

 

I don’t know about you, but I love cheese. Brookford Farm will be selling amazing cheese, superbly handcrafted by SEL’s very own Erin.

 

And there will be New England’s very own sweet delight, maple syrup, by Anderson’s Mini-Maples. Anderson’s make 100% pure New Hampshire maple syrup, made the old fashioned way on a wood-fired evaporator since 1975.

 

It’s a great time of year for fresh eggs! Several vendors will be selling eggs, including Yellow House Farm, which will have chicken and duck eggs.

 

And remember our new addition Baer’s Best Beans, selling wonderful dry beans.

 

We can’t wait to see you at the market on Saturday. There will be so many great local things, come ready to go home happy.

D.I.Y.: Getting Sprouty

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

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Sprouts and microgreens are a fast, easy way to get some fresh homegrown greens on your plate while most of the garden is still just getting started. They can add a nutrient-rich punch of flavor and crunchy texture to sandwiches, soups, pizza, omelets, and all manner of salads.

Technically, the difference between sprouts and microgreens is the size of the root and time to reach harvest. Sprouts are grown without soil, and harvested younger than microgreens, before the secondary leaves emerge (1 to 2 weeks). Microgreens are grown in some type of medium or pad, and harvested when they begin to display secondary or adult-shaped leaves (30 days).

Our first attempt gave us something between the two. The seeds we chose needed to be soaked overnight. They were then scattered in small containers, just on the surface of dampened growing medium. Finally, a couple pieces of soaked blotter paper were placed on top. After 5 days in the dark the seeds had germinated and were ready to be placed in sunlight. Within a week we were ready to begin harvesting. This simple procedure required far less maintenance than the common method of rinsing the sprouts daily. Above, from left to right: radish, sunflower, peas, and buckwheat sprouts.

More detailed growing instructions may be found at You Grow Girl or Cultivating Life.