The trouble with Spring

This photo was taken 42 minutes after the 3 o’clock bell.

Spring is always welcome. We love Spring. Little lambies gambolling about. We’re practically choking on Jasmine perfume. Bugs are flying in your mouth as you ride — oh, no that’s not so good, actually — and the gardeners among us start getting their veggie patches ready for the Summer bonanza. The bravest plant their tomatoes.

But there’s this thing in farming called “the Spring famine”. Huh? Surely Winter is the season of famine? True enough, we have to go without many of our favourites, but there’s still quite a bit of produce around. The trouble with Spring is that things get kind of stuck. The Winter crops taper off, but it’s not warm enough for new crops to get cracking.

That’s when you get situations like Old Mill Road BioFarm had today. Every leaf, every egg, every carrot… sold. There just isn’t as much to harvest right now.

But our market has at least one ace up its sleeve. As we’ve discovered, Ernie Hunklinger’s farm is a mixture of indoor as well as outdoor horticulture and that allows him to keep harvesting later and start harvesting sooner. Ernie’s even been selling tomatoes lately and his little grape numbers are very tasty indeed.

Now, while Fraser was wiped out, other veggie growers still had produce to sell. There’s no need to panic. Repeat: don’t panic. You’ll still fill your bags with fresh, local produce when you come along each Tuesday. And of course, our other stall holders are unaffected. Citrus, mushrooms, honey, meat, fish, dairy, bread, pies, pastries are all available in abundance! And if you’re a gardener, you can get locally cultivated seedlings for all your Summer crops too.


And cabbage. There’s still quite a bit of cabbage around. And pumpkin. But some fennel is appearing and I saw some cauliflower today too.

But it’s true… things will be a bit lighter-on for the next couple of months. This is part of the challenge of eating seasonally and locally. Before you know it, we will be spoilt for choice and revelling in the bounty of Summer.