Spring has officially arrived, but apparently Illinois didn't quite get the memo. We enjoyed a few hours here and there, but it wasn't until this week that the coats have gradually been put away. I am genuinely excited for the arrival of spring! The past few weeks at the farm have found us working as many hours as we can in the greenhouse. We are planting starter crops to be transplanted into the field, transplanting flowers ready to set up our garden center, and making plans to move greenhouses! Needless to say, it has been incredibly busy.
Today, we are focused on tomatoes. Many of our summer visitors enjoy the ripe tomatoes we have daily, and we don't blame you! Today we grafted tomatoes. Grafting tomatoes calls for a hardy tomato as root stock, pinched together with an heirloom tomato, to protect from disease. If you are interested in learning more, check out this article from The Atlantic. It is most definitely tedious work, but we are hopeful it will be worth the time in amazing tomatoes this summer!
We're also planting our tomatoes in the greenhouse today. We love that they are in the ground, and waiting for some sunshine... now come on spring! We can't wait for the sweet tastes of summer.
What are your favorite tomatoes? If you don't have a favorite, check out the selection we have at the farm and pick one out to try! You won't be disappointed. Yum!