Interesting Winter…….Spring?

Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts, growing for week one of spring shares.

What’s happening in our neck of the woods?  Spring is what’s popping, that’s what.  Peaches are in bloom before the apricots and plums.  That’s a twist.  Not even the end of February and almost every fruit tree on this little farm is in bloom.  Our, ever so carefully planned broccoli and cauliflower plants have headed and some even bolted before our eyes with these upper 70’s temps all month, long before they were suppose to. Bees are buzzing, even the hummingbirds are arriving early.    This all gives me a reminder that no matter what I do, I am not in charge!  So, we just keep popping plants in the ground.  In goes more broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages and onions galore.  Peas are up, and I already can’t wait for that first sweet taste (we will have to be on the look out for that tall, long hair, blonde garden pea pest that eats every pea) You have to admit, the weather has been mighty nice.

While sometimes this crazy “small” farm life can take it toll on us, we always seem to say, that wasn’t so bad…once we are done.  This week we are wrapping up the chore of fruit tree pruning.  All fruit trees will have all had their limbs shortened and treated with horticultural oil.  ahhhh… Thought it would never end.   Old garden vegetable plants are being pulled, feed to the chickens and goats and new little starts are set in their place.  Yes, it feels like spring again.  How can you not get excited about new sprouts emerging from your soil? How can you not enjoy hearing the bees buzzing around the fruit trees?

Next month, CSA shares will be in full swing.  Planting really gets under way.  We even start to sneak early tomatoes in the ground with frost protection added each night, just in case.  Our goats will be kidding and milking chores, feeding babies and the noise begins once again.  We are very excited to have two new does this year. Oh, hang on, I used that term very loosely..”We”.  Maybe “I” am the only one that is truly excited.  I love March!

Keep an eye out for our weekly news of what’s in your basket each week!  Come visit our kids (baby goat) in March too!

P.S. I hate to admit it, but that tall garden pea pest is my very own daughter….But I still love her!

Woot Woot for Spring Shares!

Things are moving along and looks like we will be right on schedule for week of March 5th for our spring shares.  Lettuce, spinach, kale…., Brussels sprouts, cilantro, dill, green onions, chard and other greens are in the hopes for our week one.  As long as our wonderful warm weather holds, we’ll be set!  If things are slow we will postpone till the following week, because we want to make sure you get plenty!

What’s been going on?  Planting of course!  This is what we have in mind for spring crops in YOUR BASKET!  Broccoli, purple cauliflower, fava beans, peas (snow, snap and shelling), green onions, early Chinese pink garlic, greens galore, broccoli raab, leeks, cabbage, radishes, turnips, pak choy, strawberries, pineberry (white strawberries, new for us this year), Cherries will depend on ripening time and as long as we don’t freeze with the early warm weather.