Signs of Spring, Delano Market is Open

The weather has been happily bouncing back and forth for the past week or so, first cold and then warmer. We’ve had some periods of showers, maybe a scant half inch in all.

Our sarvis looks like it’s trying to bloom, but I think it will be a few days yet. I believe we saw some in bloom in the Ocoee Gorge on Saturday. Our redbuds seem to have been hurt by the frost, and the crab apples are yet to come. We’ve seen a few interesting migrants, including about 30 Cedar Waxwings that hung around for a couple of days.

Speaking of that Saturday trip, that was the second day of the Mennonite farmer’s market in Delano. That’s just north of Benton, Tennessee off 411 (look for the sign on the left after you cross the Hiwassee River). They said the would be doing Friday and Saturday again this week, and then go to six days a week the next week.

We got a good variety of produce, including about four different kinds of lettuce, spring mix, collards, kale, scallions, red radishes,  carrots, cilantro, spinach, and bok choy. They also had their tomato plants and some other starts available. The next big thrill, probably toward the end of next month, will be their famous strawberries, both the Chandler and the Early Glo.

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