You know the saying “There no room in the inn”? Well, it’s a bit like that around the farm right now. As you can see from this photo of the inside of our Farm Stand, we’ve filled the benches and we’ve nearly filled every bit of floor space too. Every day I spend a great amount of my work time just trying to figure out how to create more space to put newly planted flats and pots of plants.
Our wholesale customers are beginning to order now for their garden centers and nurseries, so soon there will be plants going out the door as quickly as we can plant new plants to replace them with…at least that is what we always hope will happen from a business perspective. We are always happy to send out wholesale orders for things like these tasty salad boxes (below). You can see we have different kinds of heirloom lettuces we are growing from a nice red romaine to a romaine lettuce called Speckled Troutback. There is Butterhead, which is mine and Chris’ favorite variety, and a blend of leaf lettuces we call Peter Rabbit Salad Lettuce. We also do White Rabbit Gourmet Greens, which you can catch a peak at on the lower shelf. Anyway, salad lettuce is delicious, especially if you grow your own!
Last week you might remember that I said Chris would be going to Tooley’s Trees to pick up our bareroot order of heirloom fruit trees. We are planting a new orchard area here on the farm and it will be located just in front of the Farm Stand where our farm visitors can enjoy the trees too. We will be planting 11 different varieties of apples, plums, peaches and apricots. Here are the trees the night Chris got back home with them.
So, Chris has spent a large amount of his week digging the new orchard tree spots. If you look closely you can see blue flags that are marking the location where the new trees will be planted and you can just see a few of the spots where he has removed the pasture grass sod in preparation for digging the tree holes. Today he continued to work on this step, which is a huge task and a whole lot of hard work!! He also got the wire cages made that he will put around the trees to protect them from the deer browsing on them until they are old enough to hold their own against the deer (in 3-4 years most likely). All this work of preparation and not a single tree planted yet, but very soon they will be. We are quite excited to have two orchard locations on the farm now. Our other orchard spot is about 6-7 years old now and the trees are bearing fruit for a couple of years now. I’m hoping for an excellent tree fruit harvest this year if the flower blossoms don’t get hit by a hard frost we’ll be in really good shape for that harvest.
We also began the very big task of gardens clean-up, which is no small feat around this place as we have loads of different gardens needing attention. Chris and Wess began with the iris bed behind the seed room. It occurred to me that our Open Farm Days are about 3 weeks out now and we sure do have a lot to do to get the farm ready for our farm visitors.
So, the list of “to do” tasks is about 800 miles long at this point, or at least that is how it feels. We have more than enough to keep us busy every waking hour, but even with the warm spring weather a woodstove fire still feels mighty nice in the evenings.
Even Gwenivere is finally warming up to being in the same space as Shrek the dog, however, only if she can remain “in charge” of him. He thinks that she and Pouncita (our Siamese elder cat) are the queens around here and that is for the best, since they also think of themselves as queens. He doesn’t mess with the cats!
I hope you are still enjoying some warm and cozy evenings too, but making the most of the warm spring days. I’m sure we’ll probably get a spring storm before all, but it’s sure nice to feel the sunshine for the time being.