Sorry for not posting last week! It was a crazy, short week. Lauren and I came back from the long weekend and everything seems to have grown so much (especially the pullets and broilers!). Every morning now we are harvesting almost through until lunch because everything is producing so much! We are currently picking green beans, peppers, lettuce, kale, swiss chard, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, and zephyr squash! The peas are coming to an end, spinach is done, yet we have new potatoes and TOMATOES to look forward to. Unfortunately last night we got hit with a big storm that brought 8/10ths of an inch of rain, gusts of wind and worst of all, hail. The hail damage we arrived to find this morning was a little upsetting but we made light of it and glad it is not too bad. The chard and kale have been hit hard so we may not have that at market this week or next but we have an overabundance of just about everything else! We also moved the meat birds out of the brooder and they are now happily foraging out in the field in their fancy chicken tractors!
This was one of our first pickings of squash and zucchini and we were pleasantly surprised by the pepper plants with a few early pickings.
Experimenting with planting tomato suckers for a late crop. We shall see how it goes!
When we say abundance, we really mean so many that we may just have to make zucchini bread!
And of course, no blog is complete without Bodie. We were out moving the chicken tractors and he likes to come out of the truck to help scare the chicks to the front so we can pull the tractors forward. Things seemed quiet until we turned around and realized we forgot to let Bodie out of the truck. He didn't approve.
The first tomato of the season! A sweet sungold cherry!
It's a good thing we rinse the lettuce multiple times especially after rain. A lot of dirt bounces back up unto the leaves. On the plus side we can show our lettuce appreciation after it is all rinsed!
While trying to move the broilers to their happy new home, they couldn't help but peck at our fingers through the crate. Eating is one of their best features!
For the winter shares, we dug up all of the garlic to hang in the barn for curing. Almost 400 heads this year!
Happy belated Independence Day! Here is a 4th of July bouquet that I made from Queen Annes Lace, Bachelor Buttons, and red Yarrow
So that wraps up this update! We hope you enjoy hearing about the farm's progress and as always we hope to see you at market. Please check back next week for an update on how things are going and let us now what you think in the contact form! Share us with your friends! Thanks all and have a great week.