I’d like to introduce you to some new members of our farm crew. They have a very important role to play here in that it is their job to greet visitors and make them smile when they arrive for Open Farm Days.
Open Farm Days are only 2 short weeks away. We open the farm to the public on April 15th, Saturday, and we will be open everyday except we are closed on Fridays, thru Saturday, June 4th. Our hours are 9am to 4pm on Saturdays thru Thursdays during that time.
If you visit the “Open Farm Days” and the “Classes & Events” pages of this blog you will find all the important details, free workshop topics and schedule, and directions to the farm.
The creators of these wonderful farm scare crows are Lizz, Sarah, Farm Stand Liz, and Beki. Aren’t scare crows just the most fun!
We are working very hard to get plants placed in the Farm Stand store and nursery. With more than 1000 varieties of plants we are growing this year, it feels a bit daunting to get everything done by the time we open.
The wind event of last week really didn’t help us out much in that regard, as we have spent a great deal of this week making repairs to buildings and other parts of the farm. That took a lot of our energy and time, but the good news is that the Hygge House is now all repaired and nearly completed and filling up with plants that will be for sale this spring.
The regular Farm Stand house is already filled to the gills with plants, but some of those are for wholesale customers and we still have to relocate them out of the Farm Stand so that we have room to bring in all the varieties of peppers and other veggies, herbs, edible flowers and so many other kinds of plants that will be for sale here.
One thing is for sure….we are expert at moving plants around on this farm! Some days we wish we weren’t so “expert” at it, but that’s part of the deal in this kind of farming (and probably every kind of farming as far as I know) – things must always be moved from one location to a different one. Plants get moved here depending on how big they are, how warm they need to be kept or not, which houses they will eventually be sold from, and so on. Sometimes we just have to put them on the greenhouse floors in the aisles because we don’t have anywhere else left to put them, and so there they stay until we can make room for them on the benches. The term musical chairs takes on a new name here and it’s called musical plants!
Every day that the weather is decent at all we are spending a small amount of time getting the gardens ready for farm visitors.
Keyanna and Zia were in charge of getting the fairy garden ready for visitors and they did an amazing job!
We are getting excited for Open Farm Days this spring. We hope you will plan a visit. There are gardens to explore, the flower seed crop field to have a wander through, the heirloom fruit tree orchard to visit, and lots of bird and wildlife watching to do here. You can bring a picnic lunch if you like and enjoy it in the gardens too.
Check out the great lists of “heirloom/heritage food plants”, and “herbs and other types of plants” we are growing on those pages of this blog. Not only will you find out what plants we plan to offer in our Farm Stand store, you’ll see what kinds of growing needs they have, along with some of their uses.
I’ll leave you with this picture. I took it today of the red bud tree which just opened up to bloom. Tonight it’s snowing, so it will be interesting to see how the tree looks tomorrow. Spring is a time of beauty… fast changes, and new things happening each day, not only in the weather, but in the gardens, in our greenhouses, and just in our lives.
Happy spring to each of you!