The arrival of Spring rarely coincides with the arrival of our spring crops at Terra Firma. There’s almost always two to four weeks of “lag time” that the plants need to respond to the changes in the season.

Several of our spring-harvested crops are planted in the fall and spend all winter growing, and we never know when harvest will start. It depends quite a bit on how warm or cold it is in January and February.

This year, though, it appears that the wait won’t be too long. On Monday morning, I picked and ate a handful of ripe Strawberries. For a minute, it appeared that we might actually be able to harvest enough of them this week to send a few out in your boxes. That didn’t happen, but some of you will definitely see berries in your boxes next week.

The first of our spring Pea crop will also be ready to harvest next week: Sugar Snaps. The plants this year are big and healthy after a relatively warm winter, and they are loaded with pods — as are the Shelling Peas that will ripen a week or two later.

Garlic is another fall-planted crop whose growth may vary by as much as a month. While we harvest most of our garlic at the start of summer after it has made heads, we plant a small amount for use as “Green Garlic”. We like to pick green garlic when the bulb area is just beginning to swell, and then keep harvesting it until it starts to split into cloves. We began harvest this week, and you’ll see and smell the garlic in your boxes.

In the next week or two, we’ll also start harvesting some of the salad greens we planted just a few weeks back. That is also thanks to the mild weather, which is encouraging them to grow quickly.

Asparagus is the one member of “Team Spring” that is likely to remain AWOL for a while. The wet weather in January and February prevented us from doing the normal “maintenance” of the field — mowing the weeds and cultivating the soil to kill them. The tall weed growth kept the soil temperature from warming up and waking the roots of the asparagus. We’re having to do that cultivation now instead — which will further delay harvest and, mostly likely, shorten the season.

Still, we think you’ll be happy to see the new crops in your boxes starting next week.

Thanks,

Pablito