Joel planted out the first flat of little lettuce plants today in one of the hoophouses. Hopefully this will give us lettuce a couple of weeks before the outside planted ones (which haven't been planted yet).
These flats have 9 plants each of 15 varieties. We plant around 50 different lettuces each year. Partly for practical reasons, different reactions to bugs and weather, hope that customers will buy several heads if they are really different in looks and texture. But also because Joel loves lettuce and cannot resist trying that new one. Farming is hard work and you have to love it to do it. Part of what we love is learning about different plants and trying them out to see what they look and taste like.