What’s Ripe Now: Spring is such an exciting time on a farm because everything is coming alive. Mornings and evenings are still cool, producing green crops like green garlic, snap peas, asparagus, lettuce, kales, cilantro, garlic scapes, bok choy, broccoli, spinach, salad turnips, spring onions, arugula, artichokes, and chard. There are also a few colorful crops like radishes, carrots, beets, and the first strawberries of the season.
What’s Sprouting Next: All of summer’s heavy hitters. These are the prized heat-loving crops that we wait all year for: cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, potatoes, basil, parsley, dill, summer squash, cucumbers, blueberries, raspberries, green beans, melons, corn, eggplant, potatoes, and some early peppers.
Favorite Bloom: Definitely asparagus! Asparagus’ bloom reminds us of the California red snow flower, as both poke through the soil every with color. But unlike the snow flower, you can eat asparagus.
~ Susie Sutphin, Tahoe Food Hub Director
New Digs: Tahoe Food Hub recently opened its Farm Shop at the base of Alpine Meadows Road next to the Crest Café. Similar to a farmers market but with 25 producers all under one roof, the Farm Shop offers fruit, vegetables, and specialty products grown regionally and sustainably from small family farms within 100 miles of North Lake Tahoe.
“We needed a space for a walk-in cooler to store our local produce,” said Susie Sutphin. “When the space in the Casa Andina Building came available, we found not only a cold storage warehouse but a central location where we could open our doors and connect with the community.”
Tahoe Food Hub’s Farm to Market program aims to restore local food distribution by creating a network of small farms and providing a regional marketplace for them to sell their produce to restaurants, small grocers, schools, and hospitals. Through this marketplace, the Food Hub increases access to local food for the community, advocates for sustainable farming practices, and preserves local agriculture.
The mission of the Tahoe Food Hub is to galvanize the community to build a regional, equitable, and sustainable food system. The new storefront allows the Food Hub to engage with the public in service work and share the stories of local farmers and its programs. The Farm Shop re-opens for summer on May 21 with the following hours: Thursday and Friday 2 to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m
Celebrate and savor local foods at the Food Hub’s Farmer & the Cook Dinner. Info: $16, May 26, 6 to 8 p.m., The Crest Café, base of Alpine Meadows Road, tahoefoodhub.org