We’ve been playing catch up around the farm. Our awesome crew, Katherine & Patrick, planted ten beds on Tuesday while Josh and I were at market. We’ve still got a lot to plant, but we are moving forward instead of backward. We’ve started going to two farmers’ markets a week, Medford and Ashland, so that’s been taking quite a bit of time to harvest and market. We are fast tracking Patrick into taking over the Medford market, so Josh can stay home and farm. I think Patrick is happy about that too. He’s great at it and really enjoys it.
We had a really fun barn party recently with bluegrass music (fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin) from friends. I think they called themselves the The Barbling Barnstompers, or something like that. We cleaned the barn, set up a stage and twirled lights all around. We had a keg of nice Ashland Amber ale and fifty friends and kids. It was a great time. Very down home. We loved it. It was a celebration both for my 31st birthday, Patrick’s 23rd birthday and Everett’s first brithday.
We are working on getting our summer crops in the ground and in a few weeks the Siskiyou CSA starts, so our Wednesdays are going to be long, but it is amazing how much food we are pulling out of the ground and how well everything is doing. We’ve been having cool, rainy weather, which is actually really good for things like broccoli and cabbages. We definitely needed the water too.
A photographer from Oregon State University came to the Ashland Farmers Market recently and took pictures of us and our booth. I thought I’d share the photos. They turned out really nice. All shots are credited to Lynn Ketchum.