We’ve been happy about the rain. We need it!
All is progressing on the farm amidst all the May chaos. We’ve still got a few huge planting projects in front of us as soon as the new two acres are ready. Breaking up perennial pasture grasses to plant annual vegetables is not an easy task! But luckily, this new soil is really workable and the grasses are breaking down fast. And then we go on a planting frenzy! We are planting leeks, onions and the third succession of broccoli this Friday. Potatoes go in next week. And then we move into planting summer crops galore. We’ll put in our first round of tomatoes in the hoophouse as well as start seeding beans, basil and summer squash as soon as the danger of frost is gone. We’ve been adding multiple markets to the farm including new restaurants and wholesale accounts. You can now find our produce at Tark’s Market in Talent as well as the Ashland Food Cooperative. The Saturday Ashland market starts May 16th, so we look forward to adding that market as well.
The hens are laying like crazy. We are up to 8 dozen a day now. The girls get moved to primo fresh grass on Thursday morning once our organic inspection is completed this afternoon. They will have three beautiful, lush green acres to run around on. We’ll be adding meat chickens to that rotation in June as well. Let us know if you are interested in meat chickens as we’ll be taking orders soon. I’ll put up pictures of the new pasture and hens in the next couple of days.
The farm has been feeling abundant as more crops mature. Here are a few pictures from yesterday’s market.
The CSA begins in two weeks (the first drop is the week of May 18th), so if you haven’t sent in your memberships yet, you still have time to reap the benefits of the full CSA season’s 24-week harvest. As an aside, we are thinking about adding a winter CSA to our farm program this year. Stay tuned for information on that, but we will most likely be doing a December – February CSA for anyone hankering for winter produce.