Craving a closer relationship with this elusive object, I recently picked up Richard Cohen’s Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life. It explains how life on earth depends on the ability of green plants to harness the energy of the sun, thus making almost all other living things plant parasites (the only exception being deep-sea life near thermal vents but this still requires oxygen created by plants on the surface and you don’t want to hang out with these guys anyway).
Which is a long prelude to saying that Seattle Tilth‘s annual Edible Plant Sale is coming! If you’ve never been, there are thousands of tiny plant starts for putting in your garden for delicious and healthy eating later in the season. In a way, you’ll be eating the sun. Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 9 AM – 3 PM.
Details from Tilth:
- Garden to Go – An easy way to quickly pick up pre-selected plants based on themes, chosen by our garden experts. Choose from: Summer Hits, Organic Gardening 101, Container Gardens, Your Farm in the City or Edible Plants for Kids. Pre-pay now online or pick-up outside the sale in the lower field. Find out more.
- Early Bird Sale – Get first pick of the plants on Friday, May 6, 6-8 p.m. for $25 – just 100 tickets will be sold. Buy tickets now.
- Volunteer – Many more helpers are needed! Receive special invitation to Early Bird Sale and the volunteer party. See the volunteer schedule.
- Plant Lists – Plan your garden and shopping list! See veggies & fruits,herbs & flowers and seed packets.
- Members – Sign up for a Seattle Tilth membership (or renew) at the sale and take home a free plant ($3 value) of your choosing. Receive coupons at entrance.
- Pick-up a Wristband in the Morning – A staggered entry system will allow the maximum number of people to enjoy the sale and keep the entrance flowing smoothly during the busiest times (usually Saturday 9 a.m. until noon and Sunday 9 until 10 a.m.). Enjoy vendors and activities in the lower field while you wait to enter the sale! Hot tip: Saturday afternoon and Sunday tend to have no lines and plenty of selection! More Hot Tips.
- Lower Field Activities (west of the main sale area in Meridian Park) – Vendors in the lower field will be selling tools, tees, tasty food, fruit shrubs, fruit trees, organic fertilizer and more. Enjoy music, gardening presentations and activities for kids and families. Pick up wristbands, Garden to Go and Seattle Youth Garden Works tomatoes. Find out more…
Photo courtesy of Seattle Tilth