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2015 Small town Farmers' Market....Washington, Iowa

   It's the end of March and interest in the opening day for this years Farmers' Market is building. Contacts and inquiries from new growers are coming  every day, there seems to be an increased interest in two major areas:  heirloom and organic produce.

   The maturing tastes of the Farmers' Market buyers is a good omen for those interested in growing the heirloom varieties. They're being encouraged to plunge into this field but to hedge with some of the tried and true more main line home garden varieties........ you need a good selection to draw customers and then have a chance to peak their interest with flavor samples of the heirlooms. 

   The 'Organic' field involves a more committed effort and extended time. 'Organic certification' takes three years of very specific steps to insure the removal of chemical traces. A grower can sell 'in transition' or 'chemical free' during that time but can not claim 'Organic'. Many market buyers will accept and even encourage a committed grower during these pre certification years, but be up-front with the status.

   Emerging plants of spring crops; lettuce, spinach, green onions and radishes just breaking the seed beds. Soil temps are still too cool for most in ground veg's.

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Comment by Emily Eagan on April 1, 2015 at 10:23am

Thanks for the update, Bob! I can't wait for the arrival of those great spring crops.

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