Extra hot summers seem to be the new normal for the northeast so I plan to accommodate the climate and plant more eggplant. In past years, eggplant has been more or less a novelty crop given the plants preference for warm long seasons. The greenhouse will soon be busting at the seams with transplants but in the field I admit, Im off to a slow start, 4 rows of fava beans seeded and a short row of snow peas is the extent of it. With farmers markets just around the corner the urgency of field work has begun to weigh in on my time. Given the wet and snowy conditions in March and early April, I decided to get the usual direct seeded crops going in the greenhouse and will for the first time be transplanting lettuce, frisee, swiss chard and beets in a couple weeks.