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Seeds are en route!

March 29, 2015

On the news today I heard that the Maine Dept. of Transportation has predicted that mud season could last especially long this year. Considering how much snow we’ve had (it’s all finished now, I promise!) and that the frost is up to 7 feet deep into the ground in some parts of the state, it’s not too surprising – but it does mean it might take awhile for things to dry up enough for us to get on to the land and get seeds in the ground. We usually get on to the drier parts of our fields in mid-April to get our first plantings of peas, beet greens, radishes, and brassicas in – but as the snow banks are slow to recede and we haven’t even started in on the proverbial April showers… we’re taking the extra time to make sure we have everything ready to go.

The first step, of course, is getting our seeds. It’s always a pretty exciting task – we get all these pretty catalogs in the mail and get to check out new offerings from our favorite suppliers, assess what worked well in our fields and in our markets, and make some important decisions about what we grow, how we grow it, and how much we think we can sell. Part of the process of putting together our seed order is based on our history over the past 8 years – we know how to grow great cucumbers and zucchini, for example, so we make sure to order lots of our favorite varieties. But another part is more of a gamble, we want to make sure to keep trying new things so that we have new things to offer our customers and new things to eat all summer! Sometimes these things pay off (we were growing kale before it was trendy!) and sometimes they don’t (we’re still not able to grow onions effectively yet), but at this point in the season, almost anything feels like it’s worth a shot.

We’re lucky to have a few really excellent seed companies right near the farm and the majority of our seeds come from Johnny’s Selected Seeds in Winslow. We can’t recommend them enough, really consistent quality and tons of varieties to choose from!

Let us know if there’s anything you’re anxious for us to try to grow out, we might be able to give it a shot!

Thanks again for supporting Maine agriculture and Lakeside Family Farm!

– Alex

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