As I sit down to write the first New Year post of 2015, I realize that we are into February already. Well, it’s still a pretty-new year!
It’s been a lovely winter so far at the farm. While I know that there are those who feel that snow is best in small quantities (or absent), we love it. We love the little dug-deep paths that curve between the house and barn and shop and woodshed, and even out to the greenhouse (where we’re still harvesting greens and carrots). It feels cozy. And the snow is nice and deep, so our snowshoes are getting some use, and they feel very necessary.
Another joy of winter is concentrating on things that fall by the wayside when there are so many
outdoor tasks to do. For me, one of these has been updating our Etsy shop, which now contains lots of my handspun yarn and wool roving, but also my block-printed greeting cards. This is exciting for me because, while I’ve designed and printed these cards for friends for years, I’ve never quite gotten it together to make them more widely available. Now they are. Check it out!
Our seeds have been ordered and have arrived, and in another week or so we start our onions and our tomatoes. The growing season is creeping up quickly.
We have welcomed our first lambs of 2015, too. A set of twins (Lauren and Joe), and then a set of triplets (Robin, Elaine and Ellie Mae). I’m making sure they are getting lots of human affection.
The strawberry picking season at the farm has come to a close. We thank all of our customers for making this a great season!
Throughout the summer, we’ll continue to have pre-picked organic tomatoes available here at the farm; they will be self-serve in the greenhouse. Stop by anytime – we’d love to see you.
The baby turkeys are growing, and are thoroughly enjoying learning about pasture and all the bugs and seeds they can find out there. If you’d like to reserve a Thankgiving turkey, or would like to discuss availability of lamb, please get in touch!
We’ve been out monitoring strawberry ripening carefully, and are enjoying a few of the earliest fruits for breakfast this morning.
We will open for PYO strawberries this Saturday, June 21, 8am-noon. We hope to be open again Sunday morning. Hours are subject to change, depending on how many people pick and how they are ripening. Before you come, please give us a call at 269-6203 and we’ll have an updated phone message so you know there’ll be plenty of ripe berries before you come!
Any questions, please email or call… look forward to seeing many of you soon!
It’s a busy time on the farm, and it seems like all the plants are growing by leaps and bounds every day. This was a big work weekend – lots of the warm season crops (squashes, peppers, eggplants) are now in the ground, and tucked safely under rowcovers. The sheep are also doing their part, cheerfully moving around from pasture to pasture, making good use of the grass that has grown so well in May’s rainy cool weather.
Strawberries and tomatoes are both coming very soon! There are lots of berries out in the strawberry field, and still lots of blooms, too. We expect to open for picking around June 20, but please check back or give us a call (269-6203). We will keep an updated message on the answering machine, so you’ll always know when we’re opening and the current picking conditions.
You wouldn’t know it from the amount of snow outside, but spring is coming soon. The light has changed (and there’s more of it), and it smells like spring.
Another sure sign of spring’s arrival: Our little boiling pan is set up in the yard, and our trees are tapped. Sap was running yesterday, and we may be able to boil by the end of the day today.
Our little tomatoes are growing bigger every day. They live in our sunny office until they outgrow that space, and then they move to the front portion of the greenhouse. With the recent (very) cold weather, I’m very glad that we haven’t had to heat the greenhouse yet. They’ll stay inside for at least another couple of weeks.
The strawberries have appreciated the snow cover. The crust is hard enough that it has put a stop to the deer digging them up, at least temporarily.
It’s time to really focus on finishing up our winter chores, because before we know it, the growing season will be upon us again. One of those chores is apple pruning – perhaps we’ll finish that up today!
The farm is a winter wonderland. The fence lines are snow drifts, and we’ve carved mazes of walking paths. It feels like real winter out there, with the snow crunching under foot the way it does only when the temperature is well below zero. You can almost watch the water buckets in the barn freeze solid while you are standing there. I love it.
Just after Thanksgiving, we tucked the strawberries to bed for winter under plenty of straw mulch. Despite best efforts of the local deer population, most of them remain covered, now under another foot of snow, so the berries are protected from these artic temperatures. They’re looking forward to June, I imagine.
The first lambs of 2014 arrived a little early, back in December(!), and another arrived yesterday. A photo, for your enjoyment.
The weather has cooperated (meaning that we’ve finally had a few days without rain!), and there are still some delicious berries out in the field. The sun has helped, and they are sweet. It’s late-season picking, so it’s slow – but still relatively easy to get a quart or two. Today (SUNDAY, July 7) will be our last day open for PYO strawberries, from 8am-7pm.
We’re thankful to all of our customers for a wonderful first strawberry season! Come to see us again soon…