It’s Wednesday morning, April 28th! 61 degrees on the farm—about a week past the last frost of the season—and all day long it’s just supposed to get warmer.

We’ve been sprouting seeds in the greenhouse since early February, and now trays and trays of seedlings are down at the store, ready to go into the ground. Some call this time of year in Pennsylvania the “green-up,” when, seemingly all at once, the landscape comes to life and transforms into a myriad of kaleidoscopic greens. Did you know that the human eye can detect more shades of green than any other color?

On your way to Pete’s this time of year, you’ll see that many of our neighbors are out doing the same thing as us—shaking off the cold-weather doldrums, tidying the garden. At Pete’s, we ourselves are transformed and charged up by this time of year. We push open the store’s big doors, let in the fresh air, and grab the brooms from the wall where they’ve hung all winter. This unique time is always marked by a simultaneous picking up where we left off and starting all over again. It’s the beginning of a time-honored process, one that we’ve had the joy of participating in for the past 34 years.

Despite last year’s overall hardships, we were thrilled by the engagement from our community. In fact, we saw one of our best seasons yet, in more ways than one. We quadrupled the amount of land that we apportion for the Chester County Food Bank, and it seemed that more of our neighbors than ever were participating in local agriculture—volunteering, starting their own gardens, supporting local farmers.

We look forward to an even better turnout this year, and we encourage first timers as well as seasoned veterans to begin the 2021 growing season with us. Whether you want to plant herbs, veggies, succulents, annuals, perennials, or all of the above, we have a huge selection to choose from. Go as big or as small as you want. Whatever you do, allow yourself to slow down and take part in this year’s green-up however you can, before the heat waves and the dog days of summer roll in. If we’ve learned one thing from all our previous seasons, it’s that these next six months will fly by.

It’s Wednesday morning, April 28th! 61 degrees on the farm—about a week past the last frost of the season—and all day long it’s just supposed to get warmer.

We’ve been sprouting seeds in the greenhouse since early February, and now trays and trays of seedlings are down at the store, ready to go into the ground. Some call this time of year in Pennsylvania the “green-up,” when, seemingly all at once, the landscape comes to life and transforms into a myriad of kaleidoscopic greens. Did you know that the human eye can detect more shades of green than any other color?

On your way to Pete’s this time of year, you’ll see that many of our neighbors are out doing the same thing as us—shaking off the cold-weather doldrums, tidying the garden. At Pete’s, we ourselves are transformed and charged up by this time of year. We push open the store’s big doors, let in the fresh air, and grab the brooms from the wall where they’ve hung all winter. This unique time is always marked by a simultaneous picking up where we left off and starting all over again. It’s the beginning of a time-honored process, one that we’ve had the joy of participating in for the past 34 years.

Despite last year’s overall hardships, we were thrilled by the engagement from our community. In fact, we saw one of our best seasons yet, in more ways than one. We quadrupled the amount of land that we apportion for the Chester County Food Bank, and it seemed that more of our neighbors than ever were participating in local agriculture—volunteering, starting their own gardens, supporting local farmers.

We look forward to an even better turnout this year, and we encourage first timers as well as seasoned veterans to begin the 2021 growing season with us. Whether you want to plant herbs, veggies, succulents, annuals, perennials, or all of the above, we have a huge selection to choose from. Go as big or as small as you want. Whatever you do, allow yourself to slow down and take part in this year’s green-up however you can, before the heat waves and the dog days of summer roll in. If we’ve learned one thing from all our previous seasons, it’s that these next six months will fly by.