Since March we've harvested close to 20 lbs of our lettuce mix. Normally we don't like to toot our horns BUT we've gotten so many people addicted to our lettuces that we have to admit, they are the best tasting lettuces out there. No longer is lettuce a background to something else, these babies stand on their own: bold and spicy, extra healthful because of the addition of baby mustards, you wouldn't ever want to dilute them with anything else like a strong dressing. They stand on their own. Some of the comments we've received:
"the greens were OUTRAGEOUS!! Just the color alone was a treat. Makes all other lettuce seem like watery nothingness.... Thank you!" - Anne H
"Wow- just finished the last of my greens- they were amazing, and I'm wanting more! Thank you so much for producing such amazing produce!" - Lauren B
"Your lettuce mix made for the most intensely flavorful, sprightly salad--peppery and delicious, with some heat. We had monkfish from the market, too, so it was my idea of a perfect meal. Our thanks to the growers". Barbara B
Many vegetarians have commented that it's the best lettuce they've ever had and more than a few have said after leaving it in the fridge for 2 weeks, it tasted like it was just harvested. They couldn't believe it. So, yeah, we're tooting our horns rightfully so. One of the interesting things we've learned about growing lettuce is that it's harder than you think. It takes a while from germination to the point where they can be transplanted. For us, this works better than direct seeding. But once established they can be cut again and again. After doing 6 Farmers' Markets this season selling our seedlings, more than a few people asked for lettuce transplants. We don't sell these because their prime time is cooler weather: spring and fall.
It seems so counterintuitive. Most people eat salads in the heat of the summer; a time where lettuce can bolt or go bitter. When you tell them when they are best grown, most people are very surprised.
This summer we'll experiment more with some varieties like Thai lettuce that can withstand some heat. We'll likely plant them under things that can provide shade or utilitze the lower light areas of the growing area. We'll let you know how it goes...