When we walk into one of our houses the calendar seems to fast forward. By houses I mean greenhouses. We have three of them on the farm. One for transplant production and two for in-ground planting. On March 11 we planted the first seeds into the transplant greenhouse and have already filled that 1500 sq ft. house twice. When the house gets full we move all of the plants scheduled for outside planting into an adjacent area to harden them off (toughen them up) while still protecting them. Next week onions, scallions, broccoli and lettuce heads will be transplanted into the fields! The hoophouses (our name for the greenhouses where we plant in-ground) got planted on March 14. It was very cold during the days as we planted and it has continued to be cold at night (below freezing, even last night), but the solar effect in these houses warms them up so much that we need to vent and run fans to remove the warm air. It’s the angle of the March sun that is so warming. In less than two weeks we will be harvesting spring share vegetables from the hoophouses. So fast forward the spring and let the bounty begin!

Chad, Eric, Barb and Rachel planting into the Hoophouse on March 16

Chad, Eric, Barb and Rachel planting into the hoophouse on March 16

Here are the same plants just 4 weeks later.

Here are the same plants just 4 weeks later.

Rachel planting tomatoes among the spring share vegetables. After the spring share is harvested, the tomatoes grow in the hoophouse all season. This allows for an early tomato harvest!

Rachel planting tomatoes among the spring share vegetables. After the spring share is harvested, the tomatoes grow in the hoophouse all season. This allows for an early tomato harvest!

Eric P, Chad and Eric F weeding. They are sure making the place look beautiful.

Eric P, Chad and Eric F weeding. They are sure making the place look beautiful.

Here are all of the plants that filled the hoophouse, including the tomatoes!

Here are all of the plants that filled the hoophouse, including the tomatoes!