Ok, maybe this is a bad idea. But here we go. I’m going to have my first farmstand since the whole City of Oakland debacle. Do you remember that time? Was it really 2011? And there I was selling rabbit pot pies and chai made with…goat milk? Yes. And then the city came to me and said: you can’t grow produce or raise animals on this commercially zoned lot without a conditional use permit. And I was pregnant and so hormonal. Then you! you! dear readers came to my rescue and donated enough money for me to get a conditional use permit. The smallest donation was 50 cents. The largest $300. Thank you you good people. Then it took the city about a year to finalize everything and I had the permit in my hands but I was by then deep deep in motherhood, the kind that was all-sapping, and no-sleeping.
But now Frannie’s 18 months old, the garden is busting, and honestly, that beehive needs to have some of its honey taken away or I’m in for a swarm. And it’s Oakland First Friday art night. So join me…
When: Friday June 7, 5-7pm
Where: Martin Luther King Jr Way & 28th Street (look for the abandoned building, the street names fell off the stop sign. Well, it was knocked off by a car, I think, because the stop sign is bent and the street names landed in the garden–where they are now being used as a sort of decoration. Until the city needs it back. Let me know, guys, OK?)
What: Farmstand selling rhubarb, carrots, beets, beans, herbs, and books (signed copy of Farm City for Father’s Day gift?)
What else: Honey harvest! I’m going to pull some frames and show people how to extract honey.
See ya Friday. If you donated money for my permit, let me know, and I’ll give you a hug.
9-11am tomorrow (June 2).
663 28th street (the sign fell off, though, so just start looking once you see the abandoned building).
we will be pulling weeds!
oh–and the farmstand on friday will be at this same location. should be fun, i’ll do a full post in the next few days.
Due to popular suggestion, I’m switching Farm Work Day to Sundays, 9am-11am. Swing by if you can. Bring gloves and water bottles if you’ve got ‘em. See you this Sunday, May 26. The farm is at 663 28th street, at MLK in Oakland.
Also, a quick teaser: I’m going to have my first Farmstand on June 7. More on that later, but I’m dovetailing with Oakland First Friday art night. The stand will probably open at 6pm and go til 8pm. I’ll have zucchini, beets, carrots, herbs, rhubarb, greens, honey, t-shirts, and books for sale.
It’s full-on harvest season! Here’s a little basket I gathered yesterday: zukes, carrots, turnips, the last radish (notice bite taken out of it), fava beans and beets.
Franster (and her dolly) helped me harvest some new potatoes, too. I grew these in a metal garbage can with holes tapped into the bottom. It was a bit of an experiment to troubleshoot a problem I have with volunteer potatoes in the garden. I somehow never get them all out of the ground and then I get potatoes where I didn’t want potatoes anymore. The idea was to keep them contained by planting them into a garbage can. After three months, I only got a few bright red potatoes.
The problem was that the can required so damn much soil. I had to really scrounge to find enough to cover up the potatoes as they grew. And I harvested too early (the plant was just flowering). But I needed that garbage can soil for another potato tower I’m growing, this one made out of a smith and hawken stacking composter. Will post results of that experiment.
Hi! I won’t be in the garden next week, May 16! See you the following week. I’m also thinking of having another day–let’s take a vote over the next week: which day/time works for you? Let me know in the comments.
Yup workday today, 3-5pm at 663 28th street.
It will be a lettuce pulling massacre, and greens harvest day. Might fire up the outdoor stove and make kale chips.