Beaverton Farmers Market – Let’s Get This Planting Party STARTed!
To Our Market Community,
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The Beaverton Farmers Market
We will see you all this Saturday at the Market, from 9AM-1:30PM!
Let’s Get This Planting Party STARTed!
As the days grow longer and warmer we rejoice for this time in the garden and the promise of bounty. It’s a great time to get starts in the garden since spring frost is now a thing of the past, and our vendors are here to help you with starts and gardening tips.
If you haven’t had a chance to meet our newest vendor, De Leon’s Farm, you will definitely have to stop by this Saturday to meet them! Not only do De Leon’s Farm grow a wide selection of pesticide and insecticide free produce, but they have a nice assortment of vegetable starts for you as well. We’ve gushed about romanesco in a past newsletter because it’s our favorite variety of zucchini and De Leon has starts of this vibrant summer zucchini. While you may not be thinking of winter squash as we edge closer to summer, however now is the time to get winter squash starts in the ground and De Leon has those too!
You’ve likely seen N&M Herb Nursery on the Hall Street aisle — it’s probably the most eye catching booth, with a stunning display of perennial plants and hummingbird friendly pots and baskets, but did you know they have a wide selection of vegetable and herb starts? It’s in their name afterall! Herbs are a great addition to your garden whether you’re growing them for medicinal or culinary purposes. To add some pizazz to summer dishes and drinks pick up some pineapple mint from N&M Herb Nursery!
To add a lot of variety to your garden Pumpkin Ridge Gardens has every start imaginable! Polly Gottesman of Pumpkin Ridge is a wealth of information and has been organic farming their 20 acre site since 1990, along with her husband, James. Polly can help you pick out just the right starts for your garden with the highest yield. From Calendula to Peppers, Pumpkin Ridge Gardens has it!
Now that you’ve got your starts picked out, it’s time to plant! For the best chance of success and a bountiful yield Cartwheel Community Farm has something to help you feed and take care of your new plants, Bokashi! Emma from Cartwheel shared with us the following information on Bokashi.
The World of Bokashi!
Plants feed us generously; it’s time we feed them too!
Bokashi is fermented plant food. It supplements soil and plant health. Made of Effective Microbes (EM), wheat bran, and molasses – Bokashi helps minimize dependence on chemical fertilizers, boosts the health of the soil, plants and their resilience, as well as intensifying flavor profiles and plant growth.
Effective Microbes (EM) act as the fermenting agent in Bokashi. Like a sourdough starter or kombucha mother. EM is a unique consortium of 80+ microbes. Developed by Dr. Higa -a Japanese scientist and professor, in 1982. Bokashi, in many different forms, has been made for generations across Asia.
These microbes help initiate regeneration in the soil by making nutrients more accessible and offering themselves as a food source to indigenous microbes. This supports and strengthens the existing soil biome, rather than taking over and altering its native key players. Acting like a probiotic, Effective Microbes energize the soil food web and boost its health. This directly supports a plant’s resilience and ability to thrive. When plants receive the nutrients they need their health and nutrient density increase and as a consumer, your own as well.
We make Bokashi weekly at Cartwheel Community Farm and generously dust handfuls at the base of transplants, layer it into mulch and ferment other nutrients into it to make them more accessible. We will have bokashi at market so you can try it out in your garden and have bulk order options available as well. We are thrilled to introduce you to these marvelous microbes and share them with you! We offer workshops and educational opportunities if you’d like to learn more or come see the microbes in action!
And if you’d like to try your own hand at making your own Bokashi the Zero Waste Family has a great tutorial.
In Community News
Speaking of starts, if you’re not able to make it to the market or you want to spread the wealth of where you get your starts you can attend the Beaverton Garden Club 13th Annual Plant Sale to purchase vegetable, fruit, herb, and plant starts. Not only will you be beautifying your space, but supporting some fantastic organizations! Proceeds from the annual plant sale helps support Veterans Memorial Park, Elsie Stuhr Remembrance Garden, scholarships, reforestation, library, youth group programs, and more. The Beaverton Garden Club 13th Annual Plant Sale is on Saturday, May 15th from 9:00AM-2:00PM at the St. Cecilia Catholic School parking lot, 5105 SW Franklin Avenue. Covid Precautions are being followed; masks are mandatory.
Market Sprouts Is Back!
Thank you for your patience as we navigated how to adapt and safely bring back Market Sprouts, our education and activity program for kids to learn about healthy food, farming, and home gardening. We are excited to announce that Market Sprouts will start up again this week. We’ve restructured the program to have 1-2 take home hands-on activities per month and supplement with our market scavenger hunt. Market staff will hold on to participants cards and sign off on their activity. Market Sprouts can be found at the Info Booth every Saturday, unless otherwise noted.
This week we will have an extremely limited amount of seedlings that Market Sprouts will have to guess what they are and can take home for planting in their own garden.