Spring turnipsWith the promise of early spring reinforced by last month’s Groundhog Day, Perry Wellness Center is in the midst of preparations for its spring greenhouses and gardens. Led by the efforts of local grounds designer Manson Markette and horticultural intern George Windham, staff and peers are tilling the earth, cleaning out flower beds, and planting seeds for a new spring crop of vegetables.

Last year, Rudy’s Happy Patch Market’s spring and summer seasons exceeded expectations, and we’re prepared for an even more active commercial season, with an increased inventory of locally grown produce.

Market manager Phyllis Bleckley says, “Our fall and winter season have been pleasant and Happy Patch, but it is time to plant more of our most popular products.” She notes that the center’s successful showing in the recent Collards and Cornbread cook-off as sparked increased interest in the greens which are cultivated on site.

Connie Rutherford, a peer clerk, supports the emphasis on greens, and she is in the process of putting donated seeds from Farmers Feed and Seed to good use. Collards may have received more public attention, but Connie points out: “Our turnips were good! We need some more, and I want to get them in the ground.”

In the photo, Connie enjoys some sunshine in the newly tilled turnip patch.

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