Thursday, May 13, 2010

Herb and Vegetable Starts in Evanston and Peoria Sat. May 15

Last Saturday's windy, rainy, freezing market day culminated in a hard frost that evening. Teresa got her strawberries covered (with the cloth row covers pictured here, next to the blossoming chamomile) after returning home from the market, but even so, some of the leaves got singed and blossoms nipped. Nipped blossoms will fall off without forming a fruit, but the fruit that is already set will be fine, and new blossoms will come along . . . so we are still looking forward to a good strawberry harvest in a few weeks.

When you have six siblings it's easier to be two places at one time. So this Saturday, Teresa and Henry will be in Evanston while Terra will be selling Teresa's vegetable and herb starts (like the lavender starts below),as well as the hanging strawberry baskets and aronia jam, at the new market in the beautiful atrium of Methodist Hospital in Peoria.

This weekend promises to be sunny and warm, so come on over to Evanston or Peoria, whichever is closer, and check out all the starts -- see April post for the full listing of varieties. There's nothing as satisfying, or delicious, as growing your own food, so stock up on starts this Saturday.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

First Evanston Market Saturday May 8

Here's a sneak peak at some of the things coming up this week, starting with Teresa's beautiful strawberry baskets (to the left). These are beginning to bear sweet red berries . . . just in time for Mother's Day.

Teresa will also have her Aronia Jam (another good mother's day gift), as well as a wonderful array of herb and vegetable starts.

See photos below, and click on the April 2010 entry for the full list of starts. Make your wish list, and bring it to the market with you. There's nothing like growing your own -- whether you have a big yard or a tiny windowsill.

Also, at Teresa's Fruit and Herbs, there will be fresh-cut, aromatic tarragon, oregano, thyme, lovage, chives and mint -- perfect in salad dressings, egg dishes, soups, or with fish and meat. Can you identify the lovage and chives in the photos below?