Rain or Shine, Plants Galore & Something for the Grill

Planting time is upon us and market has oodles of seedlings for sale this week. Dickey Hill Farm, Hubbard Brook Farm, Peacemeal Farm, New Beat Farm, Brae Maple Farm, Carol’s Collectibles Nursery and Fire Flower Gardens  all have plants ready to grow. Speaking of Fire Flower and Carol’s, think Rhododendrons and Dahlias.

Calla Lily dahlia-2016-1Barbara Walch of Fire Flower has gorgeous (well, they will be by late summer) dahlia tubers for sale again the year. She also has some calla lily corms.  Dahlias are a great investment because you dig the tubers in the fall and store over the winter. There is always an increase in the number of tubers. Dahlias come in many colors, sizes and forms. Nothing else comes close to providing late summer color in fading perennial gardens and shrub borders.

Here’s what Barb has to say about the subject:

There are still plenty of dahlia tubers available for your late summer cutting garden. There are a number of nice sized clumps, purple, pink, white (very bridal), deep red, and white with a purple stripe. For those who are patient, there are small single tubers (with sprouts) that may only produce leaves this year, but will be making more tubers for a good show next year. These are bargain priced at $1 each.

And on their care:

Dahlia tubers may be planted a week or two before the last spring frost is expected. Plant with the stem ends an inch or two below ground level. If frost threatens after the sprouting stems are above ground, cover them for the night with an overturned bucket.

In the fall after the plants are blackened by frost, dig the now increased tubers.  Shake off as much dirt as possible and allow the tubers to dry for a few days, protected from frost.  You may divide the clumps now or wait until spring planting time. Pack in dry peat in bags or boxes and store in a cool place, preferably an unheated cellar, though they must not freeze.

The Rhody Show Begins at Carol’s Collectibles

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‘Blue Baron’ Rhododendron. One of many from Carol’s Collectibles Nursery

Carol is known for bringing her choice plants and shrubs to market in full bloom, but she also has a nursery full of landscape plants in Swanville. This week is the beginning of the annual Rhododendron bloom. Don’t miss her market picks and plan a trip out to the nursery to see those plants too large to truck to market.

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Dickey Hill Farm Seedlings, MOFGA Certified Organic

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Hubbard Brook Farm & Baskets is back with seedlings and baskets and who knows what else!

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New Beat Farm has plenty to choose from.

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Peacemeal Farm, MOFGA Certified Organic. Seedlings ready to grow.

TOMATO PLANTING TIP

Ever noticed how tomato plants grow all those bumps along the vine near the ground or where they touch the soil? Those are the plant’s attempt to send out some additional water and nutrient gathering roots. Did you know that tomatoes can be planted nearly up to their top leaves?

This year’s drought makes it imperative that these summer favorites get their root development off to a good deep start. Try planting yours straight up with only the top set of leaves above the soil line, or as some swear by, lay them on their sides in a trench, with only the top leaves above the soil line. This will allow your plants to grow a much larger root system right from the get-go, something they will need if the dry conditions persist.

Need Some Protein  for the Grill?

Each week (all year round)  many or all of these items area available at market:
Poultry
Beef
Grass Fed Beef
Rose Veal
Water Buffalo
Pork
Lamb
Fish and shellfish

In addition, Market offers prepared chicken and lobster pies, ready to heat and eat gourmet single serving dishes,
eggs
goat, cow and water buffalo cheeses
yogurt
ice cream, gelato & other dairy products
baked goods
maple syrup & honey
value added goods including humus, chutney and low or no sugar jams and jellies
farm crafts…

Did we mention vegetables and fruit, and yes, MOFGA Certified Organic Maine Blueberries in just about every month but July! Frozen from fall through spring from Highland Organics, and fresh from the fields from Burke Hill Farm in season.

See you at Market.

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This Week at Market

Although the market runs year round, and we go outdoors to our High Street Belfast location in April,  things really get rolling in May. This past winter City Parks and Rec Dept intern Emily Siriani offered to put together a kickoff promotion for the market. She enlisted the support of Maine Farmland Trust, the Coop, the hospital wellness groups and others to assist with special at-market activities. Her Spring Kick-off Event is Friday May 20th at the market. Here’s the poster:spring-Kickoff-poster

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First a Trickle, Then a Flood

opening-2016-BELFAST FARMERS MARKETMember at Market Update:

Although a  core group of members offer their wares all winter long, spring  brings a trickle and then a flood of returning and new members to the outdoor market at Waterfall Arts.

Fresh Arrivals Friday May 13

This week Monroe Cheese Studio, Fire Flower Garden, Hubbard Brook Farm, and new member Dickey Hill Farm will be joining winter holdovers Gardiner’s Honey, Maine-ly Poultry, Appleton Creamery, Maine Meal, Springdale Farm, Meadowsweet Farm, Highland Organics®, Plymouth Pond Farm Bakery, ME Water Buffalo Co., Half Moon Farm, Pemaquid Lobster & Seafood and Peacemeal Farm. Enchanted Kitchen is taking the day off to celebrate Billi’s  birthday. They will be back next week. suecakes! arrived last week, along with Carol’s Collectibles  who will be at market through July.

Belfast Bay Fiddlers

Belfast Bay Fiddlers

The Fiddlers Return

Belfast Bay Fiddlers return again this season to liven up the spring air. You can find a schedule of their repeat performances as well as all the other scheduled entertainment here.

Last week I forgot to mention Miners Creek, a bluegrass trio out of Rockport Maine. They will be back on August 19 and September 9 if you missed them.

Expected Next Week

Toddy Pond Farm had hoped to come this week, but will not make it until next. Brae Maple Farm may be there,  or perhaps by May 20th, along with new member Bramble Hill.  Sweet Henry’s is polishing up kitchen renovations and may start on May 27 or June 3. Savage Oakes Winery starts in June. New Beat’s Adrienne passed through market last week and said they were weeks away from coming to market.

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UPCOMING EVENT

Although the market runs year round, and we go outdoors to our High Street Belfast location in April,  things really get rolling in May. This past winter City Parks and Rec Dept intern Emily Siriani offered to put together a kickoff promotion for the market. She enlisted the support of Maine Farmland Trust, the Coop, the hospital wellness groups and others to assist with special at-market activities. Her Spring Kick-off Event is Friday May 20th at the market. Here’s the poster:

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An event organized by Belfast Parks & Recreation

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