Everything has been in a whirl around here as we’ve worked to get ready for Open Farm Days. We opened last Saturday on April 15th and we’ll be open now everyday, except Fridays, until June 4th. Our hours are 9am to 4pm.
There is still much to be done, but we’re open, smiling and happy to welcome visitors to Open Farm Days and to shop in our Farm Stand Store. The Farm Stand store is stocked full of wonderful plants, and there are even more plants that will be added as they become ready for sale. Today we brought out the eggplants, melons and some of the cucumbers. We are hopeful that some of the tomatoes might be ready for sale by the weekend. Plus there are perennials, so many kinds of herbs it will make your head spin, climbing annual vines (I noticed the morning glorious are starting to bloom now)…all kinds of interesting plants.
The fairy gardens look great! We use the money from our annual raffle to buy fresh produce for the local food bank.
If you visit, consider buying a raffle ticket or two for $1.00 each, and perhaps you’ll be one of two people who will win one of these fairy gardens.
I want to take a minute to introduce you to our greenhouse farm crew this spring. This is Sarah labeling lemon grass in the Farm Stand. Sadly, for us, but good for Sarah, she just left us to start a new position working for the U.S. Postal Service. We miss her already.
There is Carol, who has worked with us for 20 years! She is an expert gardener and loves spending time outdoors with her dogs.
Liz, fondly known as Farm Stand Liz, is the smiling face you will often see taking care of the Farm Stand store during Open Farm Days. She’s really great and always happy to help our farm visitors with their plant selections. Near the door, is our newest farm crew member, Lura, who is also an expert gardener and a retired nurse. She is cheerful and always happy to “talk about plants” with customers. I’m the one in the blue shirt and I am an expert at doing this and that as needed on this farm. Then there is Lizz, who is our assistant grower and bee keeper at the farm. Lizz has been working here since she was 14 and she knows everything there is to know about this farm I think. She is amazing and we love her dearly. This weekend, she will be teaching a class on Sunday about dying fibers with plants, so if you are interested in learning more about this, she is going to give a fantastic workshop Sunday afternoon. See the classes and events page of this blog for specific details.
Below is Beki, and we area so thrilled to have Beki working here. She does everything that needs doing too around here, and she never fails to make us all smile moment to moment!
Of course, this is Chris, the love of my life, and he and I own, run, and live on this farm. Chris, like most of the rest of us, does whatever needs doing here. He has built every greenhouse here! With him is our friend, Raymond, who lent a hand in the construction of the Hygge House.
Here are some of the Red Robin tomatoes you might like to buy for a constant supply of delicious tomatoes.
And there are Sugar Ann Dwarf Snap peas. We’ll have some other varieties of peas ready in another week or so. By early May, I think, all the plants we have to offer should be ready and stocked in the Farm Stand store.
This Saturday is Earth Day and remember that we have a special invitation to each of you to come and visit the farm on Earth Day to do a bit of bird and wildlife watching. The very large frogs are out of hibernation and hanging out in the turtle pond, so you might see them or the Red Eared Slider Turtles.
The bird feeders are all filled, the bird baths and the deer drinking trough are filled with refreshing water for the wild critters. We’re hoping you’ll join us for Earth Day during our Open Farm Days this Saturday.
There are gardens to enjoy and garden benches to sit a spell and relax.
Shrek will be here. Some of you know him already, but he is always ready to greet farm visitors.
Chris and I will be here too. This is the time of the year that we invite visitors to come to the farm and enjoy our “homeplace”. We’ll hope to see you here.