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Greens and Tomatoes and Restaurants, Oh My!

Winter greens in Roxbury, February 2011.
Winter greens in Roxbury, February 2011.
For the past six weeks, our Dudley Greenhouse was a sea of winter greens. While the construction schedule was delayed and our greens were only seeded the first week of January, we were pleased that the harvest began a month later, and produced an abundance of delicate salad greens and crunchy spinach.

The winter months have been hectic, but despite the stresses of finishing construction (and tinkering with controls that are finally close to functioning correctly!), it has certainly been a remarkable privilege to be harvesting greens while the wild winter storms of this past season raged outside. One happy customer emailed to thank me for the bag of “silken spring” – a phrase that I have adopted to describe my salads at home!

We would like to send a thank you to our customers: neighbors, City Feed and Supply, Oleana, and Community Servings all jumped on board with purchasing salad greens or spinach for their kitchens. EVOO in Kendall Square, known as much for their firm commitment to sourcing locally grown produce as they are for their delicious meals, was a particularly supportive customer – and dropping greens to the restaurant late Wednesday nights turned out to be a fun February evening activity! And of course, it's exciting to see our name printed on the menu, too.

The greens are winding down with our last harvest this week. This past weekend, we were busy turning over most of the beds and adding compost in preparation for the tomato transplants that we picked up from Atlas Farm in Deerfield. Keep eye here on the blog and on our Facebook page for updates on the development of our tomato crop!

Tomatoes on the truck form Atlas Farm in Deerfield, MA.
Tomatoes on the truck form Atlas Farm in Deerfield, MA.

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