Farm Update 06-26-19

Hi everybody. Can you believe how fast time is flying by this year, that it’s almost July 4th weekend. Sometimes I wonder if it’s not all some sort of Groundhog Day situation. Then I think back to the winter, and… yup, time is just chugging by.

Anyway, things on the farm are coming along. Things are still running about 3 weeks behind in a number of areas, but I don’t think it’s the kind of thing most people will notice, and I’ve worked hard to keep the plants growing even though they are going in the ground late.

There is, of course, a reason for this and it is without the doubt the rather poor weather conditions. Due to the rain/mud, coupled with the late start due to the frozen ground persisting well into the spring there has been some rearranging of plantings, a few losses (timing and conditions), and eliminations of some plantings (insufficient time for plants to grow). So far, the early potatoes have taken the worst hit, with losses of about 75% of what was planted.

Still, work continues and more and more will be available over the next few weeks. Besides that, the chickens seem rather happy, albeit somewhat demanding of treats. Egg production has hit full swing, and egg sizes are now in the “normal” range.

Also, please note that the stand schedule has now gone to the 5-day hours, which are the same as they’ve been the last few years:

Thurs – Sat — 10 – 6
Sun — 10 – 4
Mon — 10 – 6
Tues & Wed — Closed

Can’t think of anything else, though I’m sure I’m forgetting something. Hope to see you all at the stand soon. Have a great week.

Oh, I just remembered. I was unable to get Local Strawberries at the wholesale market, due to the rains preventing harvest. However, I am still trying to arrange to pick some up on Friday, so there is a slight possibility that the stand may open a few minutes late on Friday morning. Thanks for your understanding.

Farm Update 06-21-19

Ok, people. Let’s rundown this week’s update checklist.

Seeds Sprouting – Check
Plants Growing – Check
Chickens Chickening – Check
Rain and Mud – Ughhh

Things are moving along, though a little more behind schedule due to the “liquid sunshine”. I will have Local Strawberries again this week, along with some Sweet Corn that looks pretty good. I will also have my own lettuce, scallions, and kale. Be sure to check out the What’s Available page for the complete list of stuff for this week.

Despite the weather, most crops are still on track to be available at the usual time, though there may be limited availability for a bit longer than usual. Still, at least we’re not in the mid-west, where many farm fields are underwater or so saturated that they can’t be planted at all.

The schedule for the stand will be changing after this weekend, and be going back to the 5 day schedule as of 6/27. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to remind you again.

Anyways, I guess that’s about it for this week. Hope to see you all at the stand soon. Have a great day.

Farm Update 06-14-19

The word of the day is – STRAWBERRIES!

I was finally able to get hold of a couple flats of locally grown berries. They smell awesome, and it’s all I can do to keep from chowing down on them, as I LOVE strawberries.

Anyway, back to non-strawberry reality. Work on the farm is chugging along. The weather, as usual these days, is far from cooperative, but it is what it is. More and more crops are going in the ground despite the conditions, with only the most fragile being held back. Why, you ask. Well, just a couple of days ago the morning low temp was 38F. That’s more than low enough to seriously damage a good few things, and stunt others.

By the way, have I mentioned how much I like having greenhouses? Just thought I’d throw that out there. Not that anyone asked, or anything.

As those of you who came by last week saw, I was able to start cutting some flower bunches. I should have at least a few more this weekend as well, and even got a few more trays of flower starts from Kerns to meet future demand. Also, for those who follow flower info, the Gladiolus have started poking out of the ground. It’ll be a while before they are ready, but figured I’d give people something to look forward to. I’ve also pre-started a bunch of sunflowers, but they’ll also be a bit yet.

The chickens are clucking away, laying lots of eggs. Average egg size is still getting bigger, and is finally approaching “normal”. Thankfully, the predators have been keeping a distance. I guess significant amounts of gunfire (yes, I do still routinely have to shoot at predators) will do that.

To answer a specific question I’ve been getting in regards to predators, given the Memorial Day weekend sighting of the mountain lion up the street – I am FULLY capable of defending myself from predators, and have had to do so on far too many occasions over the last few years. I have basically stopped recounting my encounters with the wildlife due to the frequency of occurrence.

Getting back to farm info in general, and it looks like a good few crops will be on schedule, and a few will be a bit late due to the late plantings. Please be sure to check out the What’s Available page for the most up-to-date list of goodies.

Hope to see you this weekend. A big thanks to everyone who came by last week. Your support is truly appreciated.

Farm Update 06-07-19

Hi all. Just a quick update this week.

I found myself saying f-word quite a few times this past week. No, not that word, rather “frost” and a few times “freeze”. On Monday morning there was a light frost, which was not totally unexpected. However, the Tuesday morning event was a good bit worse than the forecasts. The temp hit 32F and stayed there for just under an hour. There was a solid, but not quite killing frost, and just a hint of freeze (ice forming in standing water) in a couple of spots. I’ve been expecting a tumultuous spring, so I hadn’t put a whole lot in the ground. The lettuce that I had previously planted did take a bit of damage, and I’m pretty sure the peach and apple trees took a hit too.

Have I mentioned how much I like having greenhouses?

Aside from that, things are moving along pretty well. Field work continues when it’s dry enough, and there are now quite a few more things in the ground. Overall, I’d say things are going to be running about 2 weeks or so behind schedule due to the wet and cold.

The eggs the chickens are laying continue to get bigger day by day, so there will be a few more Large, XL, and Jumbo sized to choose from.

I still have not been able to secure any strawberries, even from regional farms, though I’m hopeful that some will be available by next weekend. Please check out the What’s Available page to see what I am able to harvest and what I was able to find at the wholesale market.

Have a great week, and I’ll see you at the farm.

Farm Update 05-31-19

Hi everyone. I want to thank all those who came to the farm stand this past weekend. I sincerely appreciate your support.

I hope all of you are doing well, despite the day after day of gray, overcast nastiness we’ve endured this past week.

Work on the farm is moving right along, in spite of the weather. Though, with the forecast for the beginning of next week, I’ve decided to hold off on planting anything really fragile in the field. Current forecasts call for lows in the low 40’s, and that could easily drop here in the valley down into frost temps. Have I mentioned that I’m really happy I have greenhouses.

As you can see from the What’s Available page, I’ve gone ahead and started adding a little more selection to what you’ll be able to find at the stand. I’m planning to try adding even more stuff as time progresses, so keep an eye out.

Again this week, there were no Local Strawberries to be had. All of the farmers I’ve spoken to about this are saying the weather is just too cool and cloudy, and any that have been able to get some to ripen have far too few to wholesale them off. Hopefully that will change soon. I did find some very nice Peaches for this week, and while they are coming from down south, they looked too good to pass up.

The chickens are almost in full swing now, with just a few holdouts. Egg sizes are increasing, though the majority of eggs are still in the Medium size range. That should increase to Large and Extra Large size in relatively short order.

Before I finish this week’s update, I want to mention a bit of news. On Monday I was made aware that a mountain lion was spotted a little ways up Scribner Hollow Rd, on the opposite side and not far from Beecher Rd. As far as I know, this is the first sighting of one in this valley. If you go in the woods please be aware it is around, and exercise a little extra caution. Helpful tip – NEVER turn your back to and run from a predator, as this invites an instinctive attack response.

That’s it for this update. Have a great weekend, and I hope to see you at the farm.

Farm Update 05-23-19

Good morning, everyone. That little hiccup in the power this morning was rather ill-timed, however short-lived. Anyway, I just wanted to give everyone a heads up on what’s going on here.

Due to the poor spring-time weather, such as it has been the past few years now, has caused some delays in terms of field work and planting. While not happy about it, I figured that that might once again be the case and had arranged for it. The more difficult part of the delay is the holdup in getting the field prepped. On the positive side, the delay kept me from planting too much, and given that the temps hit 34F and there was a moderate frost yesterday morning, I’m not all that upset about the whole situation. Have I mentioned how happy I am that I built some greenhouses.

So, despite all that things are moving along. The field is being prepped, the seeds are being started, the chickens are chickening, and the tractor (fingers crossed) keep putt-putting along.

As I posted last week, the farm stand schedule will be as follows:

Memorial Day Weekend Hours
Sat 5/25 — 10 – 6
Sun 5/26 — 10 – 4
Mon 5/27 — 10 – 6

Spring Schedule (starting Sat 6/1 and until further notice)
Sat — 10 – 6
Sun — 10 – 4

I’m not going to be updating the What’s Available page today, as I will be making the trip to the Albany Wholesale Produce Market on Friday to see what other farms in more hospitable climates have to offer. Please check back tomorrow after midday (newsletter subs will get a follow-up mailer) to see what I was able to get hold of for the weekend.

Looking forward to having everyone come by and visit the farm. Have a great day.

Farm Update 05-16-19

Hi folks. I wish I could say that the weather has been behaving and that everything is on schedule. I can’t.

For those of you who do not live in the area, it snowed this past Sunday (Mother’s Day), with temps hovering around 35-38F and then rain for days on end. I still have not been able to get back into the field to prep it for plants. As a result of the weather (not just this most recent storm but a colder, wetter spring in general), there will be delays in a number of crops.

I’m really glad I have the greenhouses.

On the positive events side, the chickens have already begun laying eggs. As usual, it’s a few tiny little eggs a day to start, but I expect that the number per day will build quickly. Also, this season’s jams are all pretty much done and include:

Strawberry
Raspberry
Blueberry
Strawberry-Rhubarb
Peach
Cranberry
Orange Marmalade
Cherry

Now to answer the big question – The farm stand will be opening for the season on Saturday, May 25th, and be open Saturdays and Sundays for at least the first few weeks. However, due to the Memorial Day holiday, the stand will also be open on Monday the 27th. I’m sorry if this is a bit confusing. Here’s the breakdown:

Memorial Day Weekend Hours
Sat 5/25 — 10 – 6
Sun 5/26 — 10 – 4
Mon 5/27 — 10 – 6

Spring Schedule (starting Sat 6/1 and until further notice)
Sat — 10 – 6
Sun — 10 – 4

That’s about it for this update. I’ll be back with another update as soon as I have some more information to share.

Farm Update 05-04-19

Hi everybody. I hope you all had a nice winter and spring. I’m sure some of you have been wondering where the updates were hiding. I have been quite busy this winter and spring just trying to get things organized for this season, and didn’t think there was a whole lot to report.

I have not yet finalized an opening date, though I am leaning toward Memorial Day Weekend. I’ll get another update out next week with more information about that.

Here on the farm things are chugging along. Two of the three greenhouses are nearly full of plants, with the third due to start filling up in just a few days.

For those who drive by, you’ll have noticed that I’ve finally been able to get started with the field work. The weather, and lingering effects of winter have really slowed that progress down this year, but it should all be fine. Cold-hardy plants will start going in shortly.

The chickens arrived about a week and half ago. There was, however, a bit of a screw-up and I was only able to get 60 chickens this year. Generally they’ve been doing well. They are settling into their new home and getting used to all the sights and sounds. They are not laying yet, but given my experience last year, I don’t think it will be long before eggs are here too.

Jam production is winding down. Normally I would be done with it already, but my schedule and obligations prevented me from doing so sooner. If you don’t think you’ll be able to wait until the official opening to satisfy your cravings, you can give me a call or text to arrange a day/time to come buy and get some. I’ll be updating the What’s Available page shortly with this year’s varieties.

I guess that’s about it for now. Looking forward to really getting this growing season going and seeing you all soon.

Farm Update 11-22-18

Wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.

For those concerned, despite the serious cold, with their newly insulated coop and now-covered pen, the chickens are doing well. They’re soon to be enjoying their own version of a Thanksgiving meal with all kinds of special treats.

Have a great holiday, and for those on the road today, safe travels.