Lots of action on the farm these days! The new greenhouse is up and planted out with tomatoes that are growing like crazy and making little green tomatoes. The first strawberries are ripening, and the peas are flowering. CSA starts soon, and we'll be at market once we've got some berries and peas to bring. Here comes June!
Here comes June!
We planted several varieties of strawberries last fall. A hard winter and cold spring later, about 3/4 of them made it through. They're blooming nicely and a few starting to set fruit. We're very much looking forward to seeing them in some early CSA shares! We plan to bring them to market as well, once we have enough.
CSA starts in just three weeks! First pickups will be the week of June 8. We're finalizing delivery days and should have all the details out to members soon. If you haven't signed up yet, now's the time!
Spring is officially underway, and we are officially back to the full-time work of plowing, planting, building, repairing, watering, wondering, and worrying. We've moved our seedlings from a small greenhouse to the big one that we'd been growing tomatoes in, and we're putting up a second big one for this year's tomatoes. We're seeding peas and transplanting the spring brassicas like broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. Early greens can be purchased at the Rutland and Middlebury Co-ops, though we won't be at the Middlebury Farmers' Market for a few more weeks. The CSA starts in just six weeks - this is a great time to sign up if you haven't yet!
We've even gotten some spring cleaning done -- moving a jillion plastic plant pots and harvest crates and camping equipment and assorted junk out of the old sugarhouse to make a nice space for hanging hand tools, having the morning meeting, and for employees to have lunch; cleaning up some of the old mulch plastic, pallets, and other farm debris that accumulates over time; and clearing out some overgrown patches with our new flail mower, a piece of equipment that Jeremy's been dreaming of for years.
Spring is the season of endless opportunity. The fields are all perfectly groomed and waiting to be planted, the greenhouse is bursting with new life, and the farmers are full of optimism and energy. Happy May!
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