Wondering When to Plant Tomatoes in Pacific Northwest? Not as Soon as You Want To!

by Georgie Smith, farmergeorgiewrites@gmail.com The moment those first few warm sunny days of April burn off the winter doldrums, Pacific Northwest gardeners begin dreaming of the “Holy Grail” of the summer garden – home-grown, vine-ripened tomatoes.  Nothing screams summer as much as a luscious, garden tomato, ripened to a glowing red (or yellow, purple and…

Fabulous fuchsia flowers for Pacific Northwest summer gardens!

by Georgie Smith It’s May. Summer is just around the corner. Time to be hanging those colorful baskets and filling up those bland-looking corners of the garden bed with a plant that brings some serious PIZZAZ to your landscape. AKA – Fuchsias! Whether you are looking for soft and subtle creamy pinks, floriferous magenta pink,…

Raw Sprouts in Your Kitchen!

This spring we’ve stocked the farmstand with seed sprouting kits from High Mowing Seeds, our organic supplier for crop seed. In cooler climates like ours, off-season produce is a locavore’s dirty little secret. Much as we passionately believe in a local food economy, we just can’t wait until May for abundant greens! We need the…

The Evolution of a CSA

Each winter, we reflect on the successes and challenges of last year’s CSA season with an eye for improvement. Each year, we help the CSA to evolve as it needs to for the sustained growth of the farm. This year is no different. Here’s a quick rundown of the changes you’ll see this year and…

The Humble Potato

You might not think a lot about potatoes. They are a humble, ubiquitous staple—the culinary equivalent of socks. But what you don’t know about potatoes might surprise you. Hailing originally from Peru, they have been cultivated for thousands of years. There are an estimated 4,500 varieties of potatoes in the world, with 3,800 types still cultivated…

Guest Blog: You can pickle!

Hello folks, I’m Audrey. I’m the manager of the Arlington Farmers’ Market, and I’ve been a big fan of Garden Treasures since 2010 when I began working with this awesome farm at the market. I love love filling my pantry with home-canned goods full of summer flavor to enjoy all winter long. Pickling is a…

Guest Blog: Sherri’s CSA hints

Hi there! I’m Sherri and this is my fourth summer as a Garden Treasures CSA member. My husband, one-year old daughter and I love to eat the produce grown at Garden Treasures. I look forward to CSA season each year as I tire of the same old offerings that fill the grocery store shelves week…

Market morning

When you arrive at the farmers market at 10 am, our tents are shading tables stacked with fresh veggies and we’re ready to greet you with a smile. But before that…. ….here’s what we do to get the veggies to you! For morning markets, we start at 6:30 a.m., packing harvest totes with ice for…

But my kids won’t eat kale!

It goes like this: you select all the best veggies on CSA pickup day. Driving home, the smell of tarragon whets your appetite as you anticipate the dinner to come. You get home, head to the kitchen, and roll up your sleeves. Thinly sliced beets and carrots hit the pan with a drizzle of oil…

Attentive Thinking with Holy Basil

Samantha here! You guys know my stance on herbs: always a good idea. Some herbs are better known than others. Here’s one that might be new to you. Holy Basil, Ocimum sanctum, also known as Sacred Basil or Tulsi, is delicate and sweet. It’s well-suited to our cool northwest climate, growing well without greenhouse cover….