I spent this past Memorial Day weekend as I have for the past 3 years, helping out at the annual Stout Oak Farm Organic Plant Sale! This event always feels like the turning point in the spring. All these beautiful plants will go home to people's gardens and the beginning of the main growing season has begun! Things here at Mountain Heartbeet are about a week behind their southern friends, but all the little plants are growing nicely and I feel like the race is on. There is a lot more in the ground now then there was a week ago! Kale, cabbage, broccoli, chard etc... mostly living beneath row covers to protect them from any last minute cold weather (which we got this week - 32 degrees Friday night!) and from any insect pests that might like to nibble their tender leaves.
I was able attend and provide, sample and sell some greens for the Annual Slow Food Southern Carroll County Spring Diner. This was a really fun event at Camp Belknap that supported two great local food campaigns. The "Double Coupon for SNAP benefits" program, which is both a nationally and locally funded campaign that doubles your SNAP (formerly food stamps) dollars when you use them to buy local produce at the farmers market. There was a great NPR story about it last fall which you can read about HERE. And "End 68 Hours of Hunger" which "is a private not-for-profit effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch the receive in school Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive in school Monday morning". We have a local chapter with drop off locations for the Ossipee, Wolfeboro, Tuftonboro area. You can read more about it HERE. There are so many was to get involved!