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All tucked in, safe and sound.

June 15, 2018

Once the berries start to color up, the birds seem to know practically immediately. Cedar waxwings, turkeys, you name it. But it is very satisfying to tuck the berries in under their netting where they are protected. I like to imagine that they are under a cloak of invisibility, this sea of white netting that looks nothing like a berry field (we hope).

PYO organic strawberries are coming soon! Check out the strawberries page , or follow us on Facebook, for updates.

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The berry field, protected under rows of netting.

 

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Spring is finally here!

May 14, 2018

I realize that I have been delinquent in posting here; a long winter came between my last post and this one. But finally, spring has arrived… and at this time of year, the farm changes from day to day as all the plants, in sequence, bloom and fade, set fruit, and grow.

The tomato tunnel is looking good, and super green. We still have our salad veggies growing in the middle – so we’re harvesting greens daily while we patiently wait for our cucumbers and tomatoes.

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Eric, bearing a fresh salad to go with dinner – surrounded by tomatoes and cucumbers.

 

One good thing about a long winter – plenty of time to stay indoors and do some spinning. I’ve been working on creating quite a bit of hand-dyed and handspun yarn. A couple of days ago, I finally decided to wash it all up and hang it out to dry, and I’m super happy with how they look when all together. Colors!

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Handspun yarn from our sheep – including undyed wool, a few synthetic dyes, and some experiments with cochineal and dahlia. Pretty!

Summertime…

August 24, 2017

Well, strawberry season is over. Even if it took me several weeks to acknowledge it here! The season was wonderful, and we enjoyed connecting with so many wonderful friends and neighbors who came to enjoy the berries.

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fresh silk. each of these little filaments is awaiting its’ pollen grain. 

As fall weather eases in and the humidity dissipates, we’re loving the summer bounty. Including corn. Lots of corn. To me, corn is a miracle – how every little kernel arose simply because one little pollen grain fell on one little fresh silk – and those pollen grains just happened to germinate, and a pollen tube grew down that whole long silk until it reached the ovule. It seems so improbable that we’d get full, beautiful ears…. but we do. I will never cease to be amazed by this (delicious) miracle.

Also, peaches. We planted three little peach trees just after we started our farm, 2010. Since then, various events have conspired to prevent us from having peaches: trees too young, late season frost, winter cold temperatures. Seven years later, we finally have a crop!!! Even better, my planning to have varieties that span from early to late has worked out – and we have been (and will be) in continuous peaches from late July through mid September. Another delicious miracle!

strawberry season begins!

June 20, 2017

It’s finally berry season! We’re open here at the farm for pick-your-own strawberries daily from 8am-5pm, except for we need to close for ripening. Before you travel a distance to come, please call 603-269-6203 for updated info; we keep the answering machine up to date with current picking conditions!

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Almost there…

June 16, 2017

We have tasted our first few ripe fruit, but there aren’t QUITE enough to open, yet. We’ll post here as soon as we are able to open for pick-your-own berries. I suspect that it MAY be over the weekend, but likely will be early next week…. very soon!

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The very first ‘Sable’ and ‘Annapolis’ – a perfect way to both end and start the day!

Just a few more weeks…

May 21, 2017
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Beautiful blossom cluster; ready for pollination.

The berry field is a sea of blooms, which is always a reassuring sight. This means a sea of berries in about a month, if all goes smoothly!

 

Last night, we had a frost advisory. In case of frost, we can irrigate to protect the blooms – the water freezes on the flowers, but it releases heat as it thaws, which keeps the blooms themselves above freezing. Our irrigation was all set up, and we tested to make sure everything worked – in case we had to scamper out at 2am and turn it on. All night long, we checked the temperature at the house – and it never fell below 41F, so we (and the berries) were fortunate!

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This is the cute little guy we enjoyed on Saturday.

We were able to enjoy our first cucumber of the season on Saturday. We grow a few in the high tunnel in pots, alongside the tomatoes. I’d been keeping an eye on it for a while, waiting for it to be ready, and it did not disappoint. The last cucumber I ate was probably in October of last year, sometime just before our first frost… and the new fresh, sweet, crunchy, cucumberyness was pretty amazing.

 

Sprung

May 2, 2017
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Late April tomatoes, looking (and smelling) good.

Spring has finally sprung! Which means that lots is going on. Always plenty to do around here. First, the tomatoes are looking great – we’re on track for first fruit in mid-June. Speaking of June, that is right around when our PYO strawberries should be ready, too! Stay tuned for more info on those…

Second, the lambs. We have eleven of the little monsters, and every moment with them is a joy. (If anyone is looking for feeder lambs or to expand their flock, please do get in touch – we have some very nice lambs in the flock, and we can’t keep them all! See the Sheep & Lamb page for more info).

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Troublemakers. Adorable troublemakers.

Third, the wool. After shearing is one of my favorite times of year – where I get to spend hours of time skirting fleeces, sorting out the best parts and admiring the colors, thinking about what I’ll do with each fleece.

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Lovely crimpy fleece from our ram, Ziggy

And lastly, hope! After two years of no-peach-crop, things are looking promising for fruit this year on our little peach trees. It’s still early, but we have our fingers crossed!

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