Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I woke up happy this morning, fresh from a garden dream. In it I was in Greenfields Market with some extra vegetables and the clerk there suggested I try selling them there. So we put them out. For some reason they were placed at the checkout. (This may be related to the fact that I impulse buy vegetables all the time.) There were only about 3 bunches of something or other, perhaps thick stemmed mustard was one, that part is vague. Then as usual in the market, I got to talking with a friend. A bit later we looked up and everything had sold! I was so excited. The two of us (sorry pal I can't remember who was with me for this historic moment) walked out laughing and talking about the book we could write about all this. Then I suddenly remembered, oh right, they give me money for this too. So we turned around and walked back to the market, grinning all over.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Well, here I am. Starting a blog for the farm. I hope that this will help build connections with my farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) members and friends and family. (ooh, I just made an interesting typo: "farmily") My goal is to keep a record of what's happening on my little farm and to share pictures and news with interested people. I plan on posting about once a week, unless inspired to do more.
This week is the first of my Farm Weeks, time that I have carved out of my usual working life so I can stay home and farm full time. Each month from April through September I get a week to just farm. Bliss. Last Saturday my most excellent working member, Karen, came over to help out. That was lovely and we had a great time visiting, digging, planting and patting the earth.
Much progress is happening. I planted spinach, red summer onions, mesclun, kale, endive, leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, New Zealand spinach, beets, turnips, radishes, Asian onions, turnip greens, mizuna, 3 kinds of mustard, the new mystery green called "Zen", early carrots... You get the picture. Plus I planted cosmos, marigolds, zinnias, and centaurea. Amazingly, many things are already coming up just a few days later. It's been pretty warm so I guess that's why. There are 5 kinds of mustard coming up: Golden Frilled, Red Streaks, Big Stem, Tainong Emperor Heading, and Osaka Purple. For beets there are Touchstone Gold, Chioggia, Merlin, and Red Ace. I won't fill in all the varieties of everything for now but that gives you a taste.
Hopefully I will now figure out how to post this and a few pictures. Then I am going out to prune sumac and other brush.