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Garden starts are a big draw at this time of the year, especially when the weather is lovely. In the cooler months of spring it is time to plant peas of all kinds, kale and some lettuces. While it is common to see tomato starts in home and garden centers, it doesn't mean that it is a good idea to plant them in your garden unless you protect them from the cold and damp.

"Too much rain and cold weather will either harm your tomato plant or make it weak. If we wait and have patience, the nights will get warmer and days will be drier. That usually happens around Mother's Day weekend," explained farmer Chris Hertel of Sun Gold Farms.

We are celebrating the arrival of asparagus this month. After a long winter of greens and root vegetables, we are super excited for every new veggie to appear in the market.

Easter is April 21 so start thinking about farm fresh eggs. Because pastured eggs are ultra-fresh, the shell will stubbornly cling to them after they are hard-boiled, making them impossible to peel.

Kathleen Bauer from Good Stuff NW shared a technique that makes peeling hard boiled eggs easy:

---Bring the eggs to room temperature. When the eggs are ready, gently place your eggs into a pot of boiling water and cook for 15 minutes. When the timer rings, lift the eggs from the pot and place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Let cool.

April 27th the Oregon Forestry Council, in honor of Arbor Day, will be in the market giving away free tree starts.

Beaverton Farmers Market

Southwest Hall Boulevard, between Third and Fifth Streets, Beaverton

503-643-5345

www.beavertonfarmersmarket.com

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