Dear Curiosity Journal,

It’s a happy day when you can skip the insulated bibs and boots, and even peel off your long sleeve shirt for greenhouse work. Life feels lighter without all of the layers, and spring starts to feel like a reality rather than a false hope for seasonal change. I enjoy the heat as I plant 1,124 King of the North Bell Peppers. This is more peppers than we typically grow, but we have a contract this year through the Marbleseed Wisconsin Local Food Purchase Assistance Program, so we’re pumping up the pepper jam. King of the North is a variety that is good for northern growers with shorter, cooler seasons. It is described as blocky, thick-walled, early-ripening, heavy-yielding, and green to red. Between the sunshine and this warm weather crop, I’m starting to daydream of summertime.