After a long winter, we have kicked things into gear here at Jackson Farms II. Our goal this year was to increase the diversity of produce that we were able to offer at the start of summer. We started the planting season with garlic, onions, Russian kale, curly kale, Swiss chard, and beets. We also got carrots in the ground, early enough for them to be a good size by mid-May. Call us risk takers but we planted squash (yellow squash, green zucchini, yellow zucchini) early this year. There were some late night camp-outs in the field at the greenhouses to keep the kerosene heaters going. Looking back...it was definitely worth the time and sleepless nights. Check out our progress below and in the photo gallery.
As I awoke from my 1 1/2 hour powere nap, the bells in my head were ringing "Market Day"! On the drive to the market, the raindrops began to fall but the music of excitement could still be heard. This was opening day for the Simpsonville Market. Despite the rain, that anxious feeling was strong. I arrived at Simpsonville City Park as it began to pour of course! This made unload and set-up, a set of not-so-pleasant tasks. My precious cargo for the day included forget-me-knot flowers and potted plants of cucumber and patio tomato. Herbs were plentiful, rosemary, basil, hot-n-spicy oregano, marjoram, lemon balm, and chives. Produce included yellow squash, zucchini, beets, cucumbers, onions and lettuce. The rain continued but it didn't stop foot traffic from the locals. I was very surprised at the number of people that were visiting the Simpsonville Market for the very first time. Many of whom had recently moved to the area, like myself. Before long, the dark rain clouds danced away and the sun waltzed into place. The market ended on a great note! We are so happy that we are can be more accessible to the South Carolinians looking for the great taste of fresh local foods. Let the band play on! - Toshiba