Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The blossoms are finally adorning the fruit trees, the strawberries are finally blooming, the new babies are filling up the pens in the barn, the asparagus is waking from hibernation, and the bees are busy with anything that looks remotely like a flower.... going to go out on a limb and proclaim that Spring is finally here! The Farmer and Son are anxiously awaiting some stretches of sunshine that will dry the fields in order to plow and plant. The Farmer planted a beautiful wheat cover crop. Theoretically, when plowed back into the ground should die back and become organic matter for the soil. In our case, with the rain it just spread and grew more wheat grass, taller and taller. So much for that idea. We may be selling wheat grass instead of lettuce this year! Spring/Summer harvest are going to be behind schedule, just as the ground becomes a little mudless, another spell of showers saturates the soil. Alas, we need the rain so very little complaining is done. Just another small hurdle in the life of a Farmer, and a heads up that the potatoes and onions will be a little smaller this year. Still weighing in on the strawberry crop. The hard freezes were a challenge for the tender plants. Many of them froze, despite our efforts to protect them. As the blooms appear over the next few days, it will be decided if there will be enough for u-pick this year. Next week, information will be posted about the CSA. Many from last year have already reserved a share, so there may be just a few shares available. Depending upon the success of spring planting, the date that the CSA will begin will be determined.....most likely around the first week in May. The market has been bustling, as the Spring milkers are getting into full swing. The goat milk production is finally on the rise, and the cow milk is abundant. The hens will not take second fiddle to the cows, so they are giving it their all, with egg production at its peak. MARKET HOURS: Friday and Saturday from noon until 4:00 PM. If a volume of milk is needed, it is a good idea to call ahead and check for availability. From our farmstead to your table, thank you for all of your support!!!