In the last week, we have finally escaped the endless chilly winter/spring and the plants are bursting with vigor. Overnight, the onions grow a visible amount. Tomato plants that were afraid to sprout another leaf are starting to reach up toward the sun. What a relief, because in the middle of May it sure felt like there would be no food ready by the first week of June! The colors in the fields are magnificent -- purple kohlrabi, many delicious shades of green in the cabbage beds, and stripes of grey-brown hay mulch, weathering gently in the aisles between the black plastic that warms the soil and smothers the weeds.
This is the season of alliums (onions, garlic, leeks) and lettuces. These are the plants that grow in all sorts of weather -- it is wonderful to be able to depend on something. In a time defined by uncertainty, we can be sure about gorgeous lettuce and garlic scapes in June.