Last Saturday was opening day for the Kootenai County Farmer’s Market (http://www.kootenaicountyfarmersmarket.com/) – a day of much joy for me and many around the county. The weather was fair; that is to say, we made it around and back to the truck before the rain started!
I picked up a few tomato plants – a Sungold Cherry, a Black Pearl Cherry and a Juliet – which have been great producers in years past; and a new variety (at least to me) an orange fruited Golden Jubilee. As I was paying for my plants the vendor stated “ahh, someone else who is going to torture plants!” I assured him they would be spending their evenings in the gararge for at least another week!
Since I’m also starting tomatoes from seeds, I need to temper myself when it comes to purchasing plants this year. But, as I look at my tiny little starts, I’m wondering if they will ever be ready to transplant! This is the first year I’ve attempted to start tomatoes from seeds. So far, so good, but I think next year I better start in early March!
I did find a fabulous source of heirloom seeds this year — Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (http://www.rareseeds.com/). They have a wonderful seed catalog with tons of non-GMO seed choices. If you like looking at seed catalogs, this is one for you. I ordered several types of seed and their shipping is just $3 – no matter how many seed packets you order! That’s the best deal I’ve found on shipping for seeds (unlike the nearly $10 Burpee wants to charge!).
The tomato and peppers are looking good and I just put in spinach and lettuce. I’ll keep you posted on how grows!