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,
Come one, Come all to the last volunteer day of the season on October 10th from 9:00 until 12:00. The weather should be cool and comfortable. We will be doing some clean-up and end of the season preparation work. Bring your gloves and enjoy the morning outside on the farm!
See ya Saturday!
Even though this is the Second Saturday of the month, there will be no volunteer day this week. I know this changes all your weekend plans, but please bear with me this one time. Might I suggest you go on MAP’s Tour de Farms (http://www.tourdefarmsbuffalo.org/) instead and support local agriculture that way?
Our stand will also be closed this Saturday. You will have to get your garlic, potatoes, and greens elsewhere this week.
Please don’t be too despondent, there will be two more weeks of stand sales after this weekend, and as long as we get some rain we’ll have produce then (perhaps you’d like to come by and haul water?). The stand will close officially for the season at the end of September.
Feel free to implore your gods for rain…
Your hot and sweaty local farmer,
A major landmark on our street has been removed. Now, when we look to the South, we no longer see vulgar graffiti, but rather St. Stanislaus church – quite a shift.
That leaves only one house, an occupied one, remaining on our block of Wilson St.
The weather has been pleasant, albeit damp. But, thanks to our wonderful new raised bed system out in the field, nothing is suffering from too much water. Things are looking mighty nice. We have enjoyed meals made with a few red tomatoes, some yummy new potatoes, fresh peas, baby cabbage, delicious Walla Walla onions.
The okra seems to be very, very sad this year, even though I put it in the hoop house for extra heat and better soil. I don’t know what it’s problem is, but I will be surprised if we get more than a handful. Each year something is wildly successful and something is a fail.
My photographer took some pictures from around the farm. Remember, she is the flower lady, so her camera is irresistibly drawn to the flowers. I must give credit where credit is due: Titus and Mark also contributed some pictures.
Don’t forget that this week is the Second Saturday Work Day. Come out, lend a hand, and enjoy the farm! The work day starts at 9:00 and ends at noon. We are also opening up our stand this Saturday from 10:00 until 12:30. You will have to come and see for yourself what goodies we have available this week, as I don’t have a definite idea what will be left after CSA harvests on Thursday (I’m not that organized!). You can also see the cute little shed Bob the Beekeeper donated to us. It was built by Bob McCarthy, a former Buffalo Public School teacher and given to Bob Brockman, the beekeeper. Now it graces our farm site and will be useful for our farm stand.
See you Saturday!