Mr. WillieAlmost 200 years ago, the British poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote: “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” These days, our campus seems to have adopted that line of poetry as its motto. As seasonal temperatures continue, Perry Wellness Center founder Stuart Perry thinks ahead to warmer days. He is now readying the campus greenhouses for the 100s of hanging baskets and plants that will fill the coming spring and summer market.

“We had a banner year in the spring and summer of 2015, and I only want to be prepared for the increased activity in our market,” Stuart explains.

His plans don’t stop with greenhouse preparations. “Shelled peas and butterbeans were also a greater seller last year,” Stuart continues. “I am already aligning my barrel and smaller shellers for the warmer months, when I can get peas and beans from local farmers.”

Market staff members are also offering suggestions on how to make Rudy’s Happy Patch Market even better in 2016 – which means lots more winter planning and prep work.

In the photo above, “Mr. Willie,” one of our peers most dedicated to outdoor activities, moves the market’s Amazon ferns to a storage location.

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