It’s a day like today that defines spring on the farm. The day starts with filling two box trucks with transplants. Celery, broccoli and Brussels sprouts into one truck; popcorn and lettuce heads into another. We then loaded up our transplanter with spinach plants and three people headed out to transplant. Three others stayed at the greenhouse to reorganize. All of the plants that headed out to the fields had been staged in the ‘harden off area’, the attachment to the greenhouse where plants go when it is soon their turn to be transplanted. In the harden off area the roof can be rolled down and the side walls lowered. The plants get to experience real world conditions. Those of us at the greenhouse moved thousands more plants out of the greenhouse into the harden off area to get them ready to be transplanted next week and to make more room in the greenhouse for the plants we continue to start. We finished doing that, bagged up the greens for today’s delivery, harvested a few more crops and called it a day. 24,400 plants had been transplanted and the Spring Share was ready to be delivered. Happy Spring.

Rachel walking out to the field behind the transplanter loaded with spinach. The two dogs are pretty excited to be part of the activity.

Rachel walking out to the field behind the transplanter loaded with spinach. The two dogs are pretty excited to be part of the activity.

Rachel and Becca transplanting lettuce heads.

Rachel and Becca transplanting lettuce heads.

Eric washing salad greens. The greens are submerged in cold water. This gives us the opportunity to mix the different varieties together while washing the greens. Eric lifts the greens out of the water and puts them into the white basket which gets placed into the tall silver salad spinner to remove excess water.

Eric washing salad greens. The greens are submerged in cold water. This gives us the opportunity to mix the different varieties together while washing the greens. Eric lifts the greens out of the water and puts them into the white basket which gets placed into the tall silver salad spinner to remove excess water.

Ching and Rancy washing and banding radishes.

Ching and Rancy washing and banding radishes.