Recently, we had a visit from the staff at Phelan Gardens in Colorado Springs. They wanted to check out our farm and the only time they could do that was at 7am in the morning…whew, that was pretty early to have a farm tour, but we had a blast showing them around and talking “plants” with fellow plant folks. Phelan is one of our wholesale customers, so that is one place you can shop for plants grown by Desert Canyon Farm.
This past weekend we spent at Spencer’s Lawn & Garden Center for their annual Garden Show event, also in Colorado Springs. Spencer’s has been one of our oldest wholesale customers and they are great! Lizz, Chris and myself worked the booth for 3 days, plus a day to set up, so it was a lot of time off the farm, but worth doing. I gave two workshops while we were there for the Garden Show. Everyone that visited our booth seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely.
And if you have any doubt that spring has arrived, besides this very warm weather we have been having, just take a look at the picture above. This is what 8am on a Monday morning looks like in our workspace during the spring season. We can barely walk around in this space because of the wholesale orders that are waiting for our attention. When a wholesale customer orders, we pull the plants and then we clean them, label them and put them on racks for Chris to deliver later in the same week. It’s pretty hectic around the farm this time of the year, but as the saying goes….”You’ve got to make hay while the sun is shining.” That is so true in this business. We earn 80% of our annual livelihood from March thru the middle of June, so everything counts and adds up to us being able to earn a living and provide a living for our farm crew. All those 2″ pots of tomatoes help to accomplish that and leaves us in gratitude for this work that we do.
Meet Beki! Beki works with us each spring as part of our greenhouse crew. We love her dearly and she is an amazing person to have on our crew. Here she is sowing vegetables like beets and kale. She also sowed the melon crop this week, which takes quite a while to grow large enough to sell so we start it early.
Beki also gave our Farm Stand wagons a refresh coat of paint. She got very creative in the process and painted on leaves and feathers. These wagons are going to be extra fun this spring!
Here is an update on the Hygge Farm Stand House. It’s slow going! This has been our most difficult greenhouse structure to put up, but Chris, with the help of our friend James last weekend and another friend Raymond this week, is working to get the roof in place. Time is running short, as the Farm Stand store opens on April 15th, so we are doing our best to get this house finished, along with setting up the outside nursery area. Once everything is set up, then it will take us at least 3 weeks to get the plants stocked into the Farm Stand, signs up, and everything else done so that we will be ready for visitors on the 15th of April. We’ll make it, I’m sure of that, but it is stressful between now and then. That’s stressful with a smile, as everyone is still smiling so life is good.
Just to leave you with a bit of nature. The herd of 35 plus deer are here at least twice a day – morning and evening, and often they spend the whole day on the farm. These does were helping themselves to a drink of cold water from the “Deer Drinking Trough”, which is in the south side yard garden near the driveway.
Desert Canyon Farm welcomes wildlife to be on the farm. Indeed, the farm is a National Wildlife Certified Wildlife Habitat, a Xcerces Pollinator Habitat, part of the Colorado Birding Trail, and a United Plant Savers Native Botanical Plant Sanctuary.
If you visit us during our Open Farm Days from April 15th thru June 4th, 2017, you’ll be able to enjoy the farm in many ways besides coming for free workshops and to shop for plants in the Farm Stand store. Please visit the Open Farm Days and the Classes & Events pages of this blog for more information and specific details you’ll want to know.
All for now. Have a great week and I’ll be back in touch soon.