Sow: headlamp harvest #2

Happy Friday! Not only is it Friday it’s also it’s Robbie Burns Day (an excuse to drink scotch) and the Mortroski Midcentury Urban Farm seems to have rebounded from the frosty nights. HOORAY!

Today is a good day! I did another headlamp harvest of fresh produce for our lunches. Here is some photographic evidence:

cilantro -- finally getting bushy

spinach — finally getting bushy


my trusty headlamp



collard greens by headlamp light and flash


lettuce growing like weeds


the little washtub on wheels is now a lettuce farm for real! lots of crazy colors too


today’s harvest (a bit dark): collards, spinach, red romaine, misc leaf lettuce, a little bok choi, mustard greens, lots of kale


lunch salad of mixed greens ready for toppings (like that yellow pepper in the frame)

You may notice that the gardens are looking a bit shaggy and are in need of some serious TLC. I’ll have to save my puttering and planning (and seed planting) for Sunday because tomorrow I’ll be judging the Small Market ADDYS (advertising contest in the US) for the fine club located in San Angelo, Texas in the morning. Judging creative is a lot of fun—and I’ll get to meet some people from other agencies. I’ve helped out for the past 4 years so

My afternoon will be spent back at North Haven Gardens for a 3 hour class in Tomato Growing. Yes, another tomato class! This one is taught by Leslie Halleck, a professional Horticulturalist. I’m going to make sure that I have lovely tomatoes this year, by golly!

And while I’m not of Scottish descent, Bruce is, so I’ll leave you some words from a traditional Burns Supper:

Ye Pow’rs wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinkin ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer,
Gie her a haggis!


7 thoughts on “Sow: headlamp harvest #2

    • Thanks, Fransi. It is very interesting to see what the smaller markets are doing. Lots of work for independent smaller businesses with challenging budgets. Of course there is work that shouldn’t be entered. But there’s always nice stuff that rises to the top.


  1. I loved this post because it brought a feeling of warmth to me. It’s about 10 degrees outside and our furnace broke today, and I have to try and limp it along until monday when they will be installing a new one. Right now it’s 64 degrees in here and chilly, but thinking about gardens and vegetables actually makes you forget the chill.


    • Lol! Glad to help–hopefully your furnace hangs on until Monday. Nothing worse than that worry when it’s so cold.

      Coming from Toronto this warm winter weather is quite shocking. Even after almost 6 years, I’m still not used to it. Of course, it could change in a heartbeat!


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