Produce Update From Caitlin Holcombe, Produce Manager

With the return of spring, we have lots of local food to look forward to! Though we are still weeks away from the first field-grown greens, I am happy to say that we are now carrying hydroponics from Bolton Farms in Hilton, NY.

John Bolton was gracious enough to give me a tour of his incredible greenhouse. He grows all year, using organic seed and soil and manages pests without pesticides, by using beneficial insects (ladybugs!). These greens have exceptional flavor and are very tender. The varieties available include lettuce bouquets, kale, arugula, spinach, and soon, basil.

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Caitlin Holcombe, Produce Manager at Abundance Cooperative Market

Lyman Hill of Bowman & Hill Farm in Kent, NY, brought us his sweet and tender overwintered kale recently.  This farm supplies us with most of our greens in the local growing season, and we are excited to have these back on our shelves soon.

Back in May, we had local, wild harvested ramps and fiddlehead ferns. These were foraged sustainably by Luke Michael of CNY Fiddleheads, who takes no more than 5-10% of a ramp patch, from an area with clean soil.For the green thumbs

We have lots of organic supplies for home growers and gardeners. Organic potting soil is available in 30 & 60 qt. bags from Living Earth, and potted herbs and plants from Lighthouse Gardens. Both soil and transplants are produced by Todd Lighthouse in Honeoye Falls. Lots of wonderful plants, though availability does vary, so do let me know if there is something you are looking for! Sprouting seeds and sprouting seed jars from High Mowing are still in stock and have been relocated to the end of the aisle with our pasta selection.

For fruit, melons are now available from Mexico. They are small in size, but the flavor has been good. Navel oranges are done for the season and have been replaced by Valencia. And be sure to try California strawberries now; peak flavor for non-local.

 

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