The girls and I planted our first flats of veggies for the greenhouse on Saturday and the lettuces and cabbages have sprouted. One of the harsh realities of eating local food in Spokane is that there is hardly anything green grown locally during the winter. The grocery store greens are all from California this time of year and the first local vegetables won't be showing up for another three months. We are having "green" withdrawals and our digestive systems are crying out for fiber. So our best bet is to grow our own and fire up the greenhouse even though we still have a foot of snow on the ground.
We did find alfafa sprouts at URM Cash & Carry that are grown by Evergreen Produce in Moyie Springs, Idaho. Based on our rules we'll have to do a field trip to Moyie Springs just for alfalfa sprouts. But it is so worth it! Our winter salads consist of grated carrots and alfalfa sprouts with a sprinkle of vinaigrette. The kids love it. Noel even wants plain alfalfa sprouts in her lunch. That's one way to get your kids to eat vegetables. Serve up potatoes and winter squash all the time, and after awhile pretty much anything else tastes like candy.
According to the seed packets we're 45 days from our first glorious harvest of lettuce. For now we're just praying for lettuce sometime soon.