Today is Labor Day. It’s an odd name for a day off of work. I didn’t get the day off. Most farmers don’t. Cows don’t take holidays; they still get milked twice a day. Chickens don’t take holidays; they still need food and water, eggs need to be collected. Weeds don’t take holidays. They don’t even slow down their growth! Day length and nighttime temperatures will slow them down, but not national holidays. Today, even though I don’t have cows or chickens, I definitely do have weeds, so I weeded. I also planted so my CSA members might have some lettuce in October (they haven’t seen any for weeks and weeks). Then some watering needed to be done, because it still doesn’t rain around here. There were tomatoes to pick and beans to pick and okra to pick and squash to pick and horrid squash bugs to kill. Farmers labor on Labor Day and it means you have food to eat!
So in honor of farmers laboring on Labor Day, we will have a No-labor Day on this Saturday, which happens to be the second Saturday which is usually our volunteer day on the farm. We will have not be working on the farm this Saturday. I will be taking Saturday off. Please don’t come expecting to work, because I will be not laboring on that day. The stand will also not be open this week.
Enjoy your first full week of September!
In spite of the drought and having to spend hours watering every day, we still have enough lovely produce for another week of shares. My niece helps out each week preparing the shares and she takes pictures, so I have a few pictures from the share this week.
Unfortunately, the drought is taking its toll on some things; the cover crop never germinated, seed plantings are delayed, fava beans look pitiful and may fail. Our heavy clay soils work somewhat in our favor by holding moisture down below, but they also tend to become quite concrete-like when it doesn’t rain for so long. Most of the weeds are doing just fine, though😉
We do have a volunteer day this Saturday and our stand should be open for business. Working day: 9 – 12; stand hours: 10 – 12:30. Milton might appreciate some help watering and I know there will be weeds to extract from our concrete-like soils. I’m sure there are other exciting things to do, but you’ll just have to show up to find out! See you there!
I guess the title says it all. We have successfully completed two weeks of beautiful CSA shares, sold produce at Bidwell, eaten food ourselves – so this garden-thing must be working, in spite of no rain….ever…..
We’ll have a nice fat water bill from the city, but thankfully Lake Erie still has some water in it. And our watering operation has become much more efficient over the years that the procedure is not quite as odious as it once was.
Here are a couple pictures of our shares:
This Saturday is our Volunteer Day!! Come on to the farm between 9:00 and 12:00 to help out and enjoy a day outside. Maybe we’ll be rained out – that would be so wonderful!! (not because I don’t want help, just because we are soooo dry!)
It’s May already! And the Second Saturday is upon us so soon. This weekend, the 14th, is another volunteer day. Last month we got lots of mulching done. This coming Saturday we will be . . . doing stuff we don’t get done during the week.
Come and join us Saturday, May 14th, from 9:00 until 12:00 for a Fun-Filled, Family-Friendly Farming Foray. (Alliterations are Amazing!)
See you Saturday!
Here are some pics of what we’ve been doing the past few weeks:
The second Saturday of April, the 9th, is the farm’s first volunteer day of the 2016 season and do we have loads of clean-up and bed prepping to do! There are strawberries to weed, trees and bushes to mulch, beds to clean out and fill up with soil, trash to pick up, edges to tend, and a new season to welcome. Come and enjoy the outdoors while doing something really worthwhile. You’ll be glad you did!
Our volunteer day begins at 9:00 and ends at 12:00. Wear old clothes and bring your children. I’ll have some water and some snacks. Pray for sunshine and moderate temperatures.
It was a rather windy start to the day.
Most everything stood up fine against the strong gusts, but one small hoop house decided to take flight. Starting out on the southern side of our permanent hoop house, it tumbled up and over and continued down the property, headed due north. Thankfully it got caught in an old tree skeleton, stopping it from continuing into the neighbor’s house.
I snapped this photo after we had removed what was left of the plastic.
As it traveled over the large hoop-house, it left some holes in the roof. Also, it ripped up some raised beds and damaged one of the gooseberry bushes, but we are mostly thankful it didn’t fly across the street into someone’s garage.
The second of the smaller movable hoop-houses was still in place, but was rising off it’s posts, so we made sure to secure it down before it followed after the first one.
In other news, Janice has been working her tail off ordering seeds, drawing maps, and writing out the planting schedules. The last of the seeds are in the mail and some have even been started upstairs under the lights. The winter hiatus is over. Before long, Spring will be upon us and along with it, the rush to get everything in ground.
Until next time,