Buffalo Ridge Orchard

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Mint is on the March to Market!

Marcus showcases Mojito Mint plants.

Marcus showcases Mojito Mint plants.  It doesn’t seem to mind the rain or the cool weather.

Farmer’s market season officially started last Saturday.  We had lots of herb plants available, including an assortment of different mints.  Mint is one of those herbs that will take over the garden if you don’t keep it restrained in a container, but boy does supply the best iced tea of the summer!  It’s also great to spruce up any summer salad or tabbouleh recipe.  Of course, we also sell lots mint ahead of the Kentucky Derby to those that would like to enjoy a Mint Julep (or two) before the race.

After the markets on Saturday we had a busy Mother’s Day Sunday moving the hoophouse ahead of the predicted rain and wind this week.  We will now be able to plant our cucumbers and cherry tomatoes in the shelter of the hoophouse during this dreary weather.

A few weeks ago we had a string of cool, rainy days.  It certainly slowed the progress of some of the crops, but we were still able to plant tomatoes in the warmth of hoophouse.  Also the rainy week forced Marcus to dust off his rain suit and show us how he should get a second job as an outerwear model. 😛

We are often asked what we do on rainy days.  For the most part we spend most rainy days catching up on office work, but this time of year we find ourselves in the hoophouse weeding, or in the produce shed cleaning.  Or we are recovering from the push to plant, till, haul, or harvest ahead of the rain.  If we are lucky we are able to take the day off and can relax and enjoy some Orange Mint tea (or Pineapple Mint lemonade)!

The rainy week gave Emma time to wash tubs and prepare the washing station for the 2016 season.

The rainy week gave Emma time to wash tubs and prepare the washing station for the 2016 season.

Mary plants the tomato seedling in the hoophouse.

Mary plants a tomato seedling in the hoophouse.  It is cool outside, but the tomatoes are enjoying the warmth of the hoophouse!

 

Vern cultivates the carrots ahead of moving the hoophouse for the cucumbers.

Vern cultivates the carrots ahead of moving the hoophouse into its summer position.

About buffaloridgeorchard

Buffalo Ridge Orchard grows vegetables, apples, and pears for local coops and farmer's markets. We have over 25 different types of new and classic apple varieties. In 2011 we installed our first moveable hoop house which allows us to grow greens and root vegetables in the winter and get an early start on tomatoes and extend the season for other vegetable crops.

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