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April 22, 2018
Happy Red Earth Day!
By Charis Lindrooth
What a glorious day to spend outside! The Farmer is hopping off the tractor today to spend a little quality time with family. Actually, he is hopping on the little Kubota tractor, outfitted with our neighbor's auger, and together we will plant the remainder for the 90 trees that arrived earlier this month. Tree planting is a traditional Earth Day activity, but planting anything will satisfy the bill and brighten the spirits. After such a long chilly spring, aren't we all craving some sun and fresh air? I'm craving fresh greens too, which are coming along ever so slowly due to the gloomy weather recently. This sun and warmth should ignite the magic that fills me with wonder and happiness every year.
If you have not renewed your summer share with us, what better day to do it than Earth Day! Your membership in our farm helps us continue to steward the land and consciously try to minimize the footprint our farm makes in it's food production.
April 8, 2018
NOT Like a Lamb at All!
a Note from the Farmer's Wife
Did I say something about spring and lambs last week? Well, I was wrong. Spring is pent up, shut down, suppressed and altogether stalled by a persistent chill in the air that refuses to let go. Our daffodils are pushing up and forming buds on short stunted stems.
Still the tractors push on, back and forth, hour after hour. One tractor disks the long straight beds, another follows spreading compost and a third tills the clods of earth, leaving a smooth, flat canvas, ready for planting. Our nursery is exploding with seedlings waiting to be transplanted. It looks like the weather will be gentler later this week, and that is when we will set them in.
On his day off today, the Farmer is planting trees. We recently received a shipment of 90 trees, shrubs and bushes and he is happily designing the bare landscape around our home. He’s been at it for about 6 hours already, and I think he’s got about 20 done - not easy work on a shale-dense hillside. The Farmer’s Wife is particularly excited about the hydrangeas - 10 of them! Hopefully they will take hold and grow quickly producing loads of cut flowers. Mmmm! I can’t wait!
Speaking of waiting, the Farmer has just made the call to delay the Spring Share by one week. We will deliver 6 items/week, instead of 5, so you will still get the full share value. Bread shares will get one extra specialty loaf on the final week and egg shares will get and extra dozen the first week. Pickup and delivery details will be sent before the end of April.
New Spring Share start date: Wednesday May 2.
Our Spring Share is only half full, so please jump in to enjoy the sweetest and most tender early vegetables of the season: baby salad, pea shoots, radishes, scallions, arugula, salad turnips and more.
Isn’t it time to eat fresh from the garden again? Yes!!