Hello, faithful friends! We had a good week last week, as we attended our first markets of the season and had great success. As I said in my last post, the Krankie's Market was all we hoped it would be, and we look forward to more and more customers there. The Dixie Classic Fairgrounds Market (Saturday, 6 AM to 12 PM) was wonderful - Jeff sold out of everything he brought, which was a lot. We welcomed familiar faces and met some new customers who we hope to make into regulars through delicious food and great service. It's the only way to do it!
Saturday was also Tomato Transplant Day (long day for poor Jeff)! The work started at noon, and the menfolk quit at 8 PM even though everything wasn't planted. We still have 6 rows to go, but the hardest parts are done. Those parts would be laying black plastic, pounding 100 t-bars into hard ground and then attaching wire fencing to them for trellising. 10 rows, each 100 feet - it's a lot of manual labor and we REALLY appreciate the help we got from Scott Jackson, who has been working with us since last season and is indispensable, and from Xavier (don't know his last name), an organist from France. Yep, France. Sugar Creek Farm's reputation is transatlantic! He is a friend of Jeff's co-worker, and told Jeff that he wanted to do some farm work before he heads back to France at the end of May. He insists that he was warned it would be a long day, and he stayed for dinner so he must not have been too mad! He was a hard worker and a lovely person to have around, so we thank him sincerely. Jeff and Scott would not have been able to get all those posts in the ground without his help, although I am sure they would have collapsed before they quit trying. A strong work ethic, those two. Below is a picture at the end of the day. Scott on the left, Jeff in the middle, Xavier on the right (at least we gave him some lettuce and eggs?). And a little pixie in the middle!
Special thanks also to Bill and BG, who helped by providing childcare, planting assistance and pizza dough!! We'll have more delicious rainbow and white swiss chard and red and green buttercrunch lettuce this week. Snap beans coming soon! See you at the market!