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Green onions, rhubarb, and spinach are now in season. You may request them with the order form or leave a message at 815-646-4862. Rhubarb is also available for you to pick by appointment.

Thursday morning at Valley Flowers, the strawberries and blueberries join forces for a memorable mix of color, flavor and natural goodness. We have a good supply of our fresh-picked early blueberries at $5/pint and a moderate supply of Jewel strawberries at $4.25/quart. Both have home-grown flavor that’s hard to find. Sorry, no quantity discounts at this time. This is likely our last significant supply of strawberries to Spring Valley. Edible pod snap peas, snow peas, herbs and various salad greens will also be available.

Due to the early strawberry crop, we will sell this Thursday in front of Valley Flowers on Route 6 in Spring Valley. Meet us there for fresh-picked strawberries, spinach, lettuce, rhubarb, radishes and herbs from 8:00 to 1:00.

Lettuce looking goodThe Princeton Farmer’s Market opens this Saturday May 26th from 8:30 to 2:00 at Darius Miller Park in Princeton. Note that our 2006 and 2007 newsletters list an incorrect start time. We apologize for that mistake. Join us at the park each Saturday and Tuesday from 8:30 to 2:00 for fresh veggies and berries in season.

This Saturday we will have some beautiful lettuce and spinach, and probably enough strawberries to garnish your salad. More red is showing each day so we expect a lot more next Tuesday and Saturday.

Thanks to Erin and Katie’s diligence in battling the drought, we have some beautiful head lettuce (Majestic Red, Buttercrunch and Freckles) and tender young spinach available for order. Sorry, I didn’t find time for a photo today but I’m assured that it doesn’t get much nicer than this.

Call or click to arrange for pickup at the farm or in Princeton at the Saturday or Tuesday market.

This Saturday will be our final showing at the Princeton Farmer’s Market at Darius Miller Park from 8:30 to 1:00. Stock up on butternut squash, which typically store in a cool basement for several months. We also have a moderate selection of peppers, root crops, cooking greens, lettuce, herbs and pumpkins.

Last night’s freeze finished the raspberries for the season. We are now also closing the Market Barn. We will still have greens, peppers, squash, and root vegetables at Saturday’s Farmers’ Market.

Our market produce in Princeton and Peoria this warm Saturday morning will include a mixture of seasonal standards and summer holdouts: red raspberries, watermelon, green and red bell peppers, green beans, lettuce, salad mix, herbs, concord grapes, butternut squash, pie pumpkins, and even some tomatoes for the earlybirds. Find us at the Princeton Farmers’ Market from 8AM-2PM and at the festive grand finale of the Peoria Riverfront Market from 8AM-Noon.

Today’s raspberry harvest has been better than initially thought and we will attend the Peoria Riverfront Market this Saturday from 8AM to Noon. The performance will include red raspberries, seedless watermelon, red slicing tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, cucumbers, onions, potatoes, herbs, kale and swiss chard.

On Saturday, come behold and partake of our sweet and tasty muskmelon (a.k.a cantaloupe). Sizes range from 3 to 7 pounds, with fair prices accordingly. Find them along with tomatoes, blackberries, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots and lots of vegetables at the Princeton Farmer’s Market from 8:30 to 2:00, at the Peoria Riverfront Market from 8:00 to Noon, and on Route 29 in Chillocothe Saturday afternoon. Also available at our Market Barn in Tiskilwa.

It’s beginning to look like summer in Spring Valley this Thursday morning, with the following colorful and delicious visitors in the Valley Flowers parking lot: blueberries, blackberries, red raspberries, cantaloupe/muskmelon, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, green beans, sweet onions and more. Bread and cookies from Plow Creek Bakery round out the food pyramid. Sorry, no steers today — grass-fed beef is by order only. This interactive show runs from 8:30 to 1PM.

The blueberries make another appearance at Valley Flowers in Spring Valley Monday morning beginning around 8:30. Other produce will include sweet onions, lettuce, kale, radishes, shell peas, beets, turnips, rutabaga and a small supply of red raspberries.

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