After our weekly Sunday tour and looking ahead at the forecast, we have decided to go ahead and have our first pick-ups on Saturday, May 17th and Tuesday, May 20th. The asparagus is coming up, the rhubarb is growing and the greens in the hoop houses will be ready. We hope that the greens under row cover out doors will grow fast to take over when the hoop houses are harvested. It is always a challenge to mesh the planting dates with the uncertainty of weather.
We have been very busy planting and covering crops with row cover to bring them along faster.The first onions and brassicas have been transplanted. The strawberries for 2015 are in the ground and we finished planting our potatoes yesterday. It is wonderful to have some warm weather, finally, to encourage everything to grow. The trilliums in the woods have burst into bloom in the last two days – always a sure sign that we are underway. Our Suffolk Punch horses are out on pasture and loving it after a long winter of dry hay!
Our daughter, Ellen, and granddaughter, Della, are here for Mother’s Day, visiting from Portland, Oregon. What a treat it is to have them here. Della is enjoying all the animals like a story book come to life.
We are hosting a CRAFT day on Wednesday, May 14th and expect about 60 organic farm interns to come to our farm for a tour, workshop on soils and draft horse power with a pot luck lunch. Our interns are looking forward to the day! We may even squeeze in a work bee of some sort.