Growing the good stuff in Athens, GA since 2006

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March Weekend Workday -- THIS SATURDAY! March 19th

I'd like to invite you all to our first Weekend Workday of the season. THIS SATURDAY, March 19th, we're hosting a workparty from 9am-noon on the farm. The weather looks to be beautiful and I think it will be the perfect way to welcome in the full moon Spring Equinox. We're crossing over from more night than day to more day than night. So let's celebrate by planting some light-loving plants! On our task list: bed preparation, direct seeding, transplanting, weeding, fence tending, and more! It should be a lovely day to get your hands dirty with your favorite Roots Farmers. And, we're serving up a farm-fresh BRUNCH afterwards. Good work plus good food equals a good way to start your Spring. Come join us!

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So for those of you who live in or around 5 POINTS in Athens, GA, we're locating a pickup in your neighborhood this year! Yep, you can even take the UGA bus line to get there. The address is: 182 Catawba Ave. Athens, GA 30606. Patti and Jim Lutz will be hosting the pickup, and we're excited to see how this new in-town option works for everyone. Finally--you don't have to drive all the way out to Winterville! Athens, here we come!

Roots Farm is also partnering with Sangha Yoga Studio and the Foundry Park Inn & Spa to bring you Conscious Movement, Conscious Food -- an evening of Hatha yoga and delicious local delights. Wednesday, April 20th! Give your body the deluxe treatment. Join Sangha Yoga Studio's founding director Meghan Burke for an ALL LEVELS HATHA YOGA CLASS in a twinkle-lit ballroom . . . stretching, breathing, detoxifying . . . from 6-7:15pm ($10). Followed by a delicious, 3 course vegetarian or vegan meal prepared by executive chef Martin Smetana of the Foundry Park Inn & Spa using produce supplied by your very own Roots Farm at 7:30pm ($15.95 + tax & gratiuity). You can reserve your space for either yoga, the dinner, or both by calling the Foundry Park Inn by April 18th: 706-410-1968. Hope to have you with us!

The greenhouse is overflowing with baby plants--3 kinds of kale, kohlrabi, swiss chard, tat soi, fennel, lettuces, even tomatoes, basil, cukes, and summer squash. It's so full in there that we've put up temporary tables and sawhorses for the overflow. Soon, we'll be moving into the cold frame, then out to the fields! Each week we direct seed another few rows in the field--carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, arugula, lettuce, cilantro, dill. It's that time of year. Last week, we planted our potatoes. This week, we hope to transplant blackberries.

For you flower lovers, the strawberries are in bloom, as are the speedwell, henbit, purple dead nettle, dandelions, Pennsylvania wood cress, daffodils, hyacinth, forsythia, peach trees, apricot trees, and pear trees just to name a few. And the crimson clover is just about to bloom us a carpet of red. It's pretty out there, and warm. We're hoping the blueberries wait a little longer--we're still not clear of our last freeze date . . .

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