First of the Season Mixed Greens and Spinach
One of the Millers' hoophouses in early January, 2012. Spinach and mixed greens comfy inside, inspite of the blustery weather.
I continue to be amazed at the incredibly simple but useful technology of hoop houses. Plastic sheeting stretched over bent tubing allows resourceful farmers like the Miller family in Aylmer to extend their growing season by a few months on either end, leading to later and earlier harvests. It's a simple matter of amplifying and trapping the sun's energy. Seeds planted in late fall or early winter germinate and grow slowly during the cold winter months, and then, as the days lengthen in late winter, they take off. The result, it's only the middle of March and we're already enjoying fantastic local salad greens and spinach! Crisp and nutritious and without the carbon footprint associated with either greenhouse production or long distance shipping! There's a reason it's called spring mix. Enjoy, while the season lasts!
Spring greens with the hoophouse lifted off of them, ready for harvest.