April 19th, 2013

We would like to thank everyone who came out to our “Farm Visit Day” last Saturday - we couldn’t have asked for a better day to check out an organic farm!   It looks like real spring weather is finally here. The past two weeks have given us normal temperatures and in my eyes the plants have officially “popped.” All of our plants are growing really well and it looks like we will begin selling at Farmers Markets starting on Saturday, April 27th!  I admit, it is really tempting to harvest some of the veggies this week and go to market, but we are having to exercise patience because if we harvest the plants too hard when they are young we risk stunting future growth and having lower yields for the rest of the season.  

I walked around the farm this morning and took a few pictures to share with you.  You’ll see that we are almost finished with the renovation of our hoophouse, as four of the beds are seeded and not much work is left for the other two.  In our fields, the potatoes have finally emerged after four weeks underground and so far so good with them!  The weeds are beginning to show up, though, so I plan to do some hilling before the rain comes later today as we want the potatoes to continue to thrive.   We also are prepping all of the fields that will host our summer veggies.  We start most of our summer favorites in the greenhouse and they are ready to hit the field now, which would be perfect as we have prepped the fields in anticipation of the rain later today.  However, they are calling for a low of 39 degrees on Saturday night and experience has taught us that the farm is typically 3-4 degrees cooler than the forecast, so we are going to be patient and start transplanting on Monday in hopes of avoiding a late frost. 
All of the other veggies are looking great.  In the pictures you will see that kale, chard, and radishes are almost up to size.   

We are excited about the growing season and can’t wait to share our harvest!

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