Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring is springing at the farm!

As promised to the members of our Spring Club (receive weekly emails about what we have available for produce), I have a picture on here of some of our newest salad mix. First however, some scallions that wintered over nicely and will soon be setting seeds. They are a nice addition of green to the garden along with the garlic that's emerging.
Speaking of things emerging, our first planting of peas just poked through the ground. Look closely...two green shoots side by side in the middle of this photo.
We're trying several new varieties and cultivars this season. Below are some miniature head lettuce plants that just turned this brilliant red color over the weekend.
A quick shot of the greenhouse before I move it to another plot next week. The chickens are just beyond that door on the end working hard to clear the next plot!
Finally, a beautiful mix of micro-greens. Bianca Riccia Endive and Rouge d'Hiver Lettuce. I can't wait to harvest some for tomorrow's dinner!
If you would like more information about our Spring Club, please email me and I'll let you know the details and get you on the email list.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Just a few quick updates about what we've been doing around the farm. Here is Lizzie yesterday with her Easter Basket. She decorated these eggs last week with her Aunt Kate. Very pretty!
Here I am in the basement mixing up a soil block recipe. I don't know how I would get an accurate number but I would guess I move several tons of soil each season with this type of activity and then what I shovel in the garden. This mix will mostly go into potting on the tomato and pepper plants that I just seeded. Cross your fingers for a summer that isn't like last year!
Onions, onions everywhere!

As the season approaches we are constantly expanding our seedling area. Here Lizzie is in front of the newest addition, a low tunnel set-up over a planting bench. This is where all the onions are from the previous picture.

Finally, we got our first double-yolker from the hens the other day. It's a humungoid egg. When held up next to a regular egg it's just plain funny. Strong work chickens...strong work!