Hello Farm Friends and Member’s~
I haven’t wrote any news in a while, so I am attempting to warm up to it before our actual season of regular updates is upon me. Farm life is rolling along nicely. We’ve managed to ‘clean up’ well out here this winter. By clean up, I mostly mean the removal of unnecessary residual plant material from the fields, knocking back weedy winter annuals and our protruding perennial grasses, and general tidying of the production area which has a tendency to collect stuff in the off-season. Things are looking good and on track for our late May start of the CSA season.
The garlic planted last fall is looking good as well as the onions. We have been fertilizing them with feather meal this week. Our strawberries are coming along nicely. We’ve been busy digging and replanting runner plants in the strawberries and raspberries. The first planting of peas is well up but growing slowly in the relatively cold temperatures we’ve had lately. All the first plantings of various greens, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage plants have been transplanted out, and second runs have been seeded. Beets, turnips and radish have all had there first sowing outside. In the greenhouse the first sowing of tomatoes, peppers and eggplants are all doing very well. It is truly looking like spring around here. In fact all the trees have budded out now and the daffodils and tulips are just about over, so really spring is well underway.
Our daughter Ava has officially started to farm. She loves to ‘help’ and truly enjoys everything a pile of dirt has to offer. She has sown seeds, watered and weeded and is communicating like an independent, curious little person now. Zoe just turned 8 months and is certain to soon be crawling. She enjoys trying to keep up with her sister. We enjoy them both more than words can say. Well, I hope to gain some momentum with farm news in the days to come. I want you all to feel familiar with your farmers and the season that soon becomes us. It’ll be here before we know it!