Friday, May 10, 2013

Hello May!

It's been a crazy spring here on the farm. With our baby daughter being born 6 weeks ago and Ben's mom becoming deathly ill and passing away this past week - it's been a whirlwind.... Sophie's empty chair in the greenhouse brings tears each morning...She will be beyond missed...She's living on in her little granddaughter Sadie, who will be an incredible little farm girl!
We've the Lettuces in now, early Kale is in, Peas have sprouted. Ben's saying if we don't get more rain, we have to set up pipes to irrigate....already?! We're shipping plants out now and I must say - they are gorgeous!! I had to scale back because of the birth of my daughter, so I didn't grow the mass amount of herbs I usually do, so I concentrated more on the Heirloom Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucs, Zucs, Basil and cole crops including Kale, Cabbages, Kohlrabi and Cauliflower. If you need vegetable bedding plants head to EGM at EBW now!! Ben has been cultivating for weeds in the lettuces and peas now too and spent until close to midnight last night plowing. Our worker Manuel arrived last week, and single handedly has been planting out the Onions! Oh, his arrival was such a happy event! Turning over flower beds, cutting grass, weed eating to keep the farm beautiful are secondary jobs that HAVE to be done so I can sleep at night! And now the greenhouse harvest begins! Beautiful Ostergruss Radish's are ready again, the Bok Choy, the Green Leaf Lettuces and some Salad Mix are all being harvested and washed for market tomorrow! Our weekend is full, pulling 7 days a week and no slowing down, as Potatoes must hit the soil, the cooking onions need to hit the dirt too and I have to get seeding the fall crops of Broccoli, Kale and perhaps more Red Cabbages.... Fingers crossed for a good season! I love this time of year!