Garlic is perhaps my favorite crop to grow because its timeline is opposite of most of the rest of the crops that we grow. It is planted in October, overwinters in the ground, sprouts up in very early spring and gets harvested in early July. Garlic levels out some of the workload in the spring by not needing too much of our time. Then when the busy planting season is winding down in early summer, it's time to harvest and cure the garlic.
Growing tomatoes and peppers in central Ohio can be a bit challenging. With an annual average of only 150 days between the last spring frost and the first fall frost, there isn’t much time to get a long harvest period from crops that thrive in warm weather. Most of the larger sized slicing tomatoes take an average of 80 or more days to mature, meaning that from the time you plant a seed to the first ripe tomato will take 3 full months!
There are many reasons to support your local farmers market this summer. From finding unique products that aren’t available in big stores, to connecting with your community, here are my top 5 reasons for shopping at a farmers market: