This isn’t something hear a lot of farmers say……”I think I’ll grow celery!”.
When selecting what to grow we usually ask ourselves…’what do I usually buy at the grocery store?’ We make a lot of tuna and chicken salad which uses a lot of celery, so we thought, what they heck. Let’s try to grow it.
Celery takes 12 weeks to become true transplant size and then once planted requires a lot of water. That’s a challenge in the high plains desert!
The strategy on the celery was to plant a few transplants at the end of the row at the down slope so it would have the most water possible. This heirloom variety is not as long or thick as your grocery store variety and it’s a bit tougher, but the taste is much stronger and brighter. You need less for your recipes. We don’t have a lot of customers who ask for celery but once they get it they are hooked! Our home gardening neighbor even traded some peaches for it!
I know you haven’t heard a lot from us lately. That’s because we’ve been very busy! Most of the work is keeping the weeds at bay. We are also carefully managing the water with the alternating hot and bone dry weather to heavy thunderstorms. Lots of extra hand watering one day and then turning off the irrigation the next day.
So, what’s coming up in the garden? We’ve been tasting items out of our test plot before selling to be sure they are good. Some are good enough we aren’t willing to let go of them! Our favorite is beets. We’ll eat our fill before letting them go.
The biggest seller is the beans. At first we were pulling them so fast we couldn’t sell them fast enough, but now we are begging the plants to grow more.
The lettuce mix just keeps growing no matter how much we sell. The collards are finally at a good size, although I don’t think they grow very well outside of the south.
The snap peas and cucumbers are on a roll now.
We are finishing harvesting the corn for ourselves. It takes too much space and resources for what little you get.
The heirloom celery is amazing! It’s thinner than the grocery store celery but the flavor is strong so you don’t need as much. We’ve also been harvesting broccoli, basil, gold squash and zucchini.
Finally, the tomatoes are starting to turn red, the peppers are taking off and the Okra is just starting to get to a size of harvest.
There is still a lot more that is growing and we can’t wait to share it with our customers!