Farm Update 04-26-17

I realize that the updates this year have been sporadic.  Well, I’ve been that busy trying to get all kinds of things done, with some of them new, others being expansions of previous efforts.  That said, the spring season is moving along at quite a rapid pace.  Soon, I expect to have loads of stuff in the ground, and growing quickly.

There are already beets, radish, carrots, scallions, onions, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and even tomatoes either in the ground or scheduled to be put in this week.  Potatoes, all six types, will follow as soon as the ground warms up a tiny bit more.

The starts I’ve gotten from Kerns Nursery are great, and I even got a bit of a tour when I went to make my first pick-up this past Monday.  I also got a preview of the types of flowers they are starting for me, but I don’t recall the names, so I’ll have to post them in a future update.

Next week, since I’m not sure I’ll remember to post an update, I’m scheduled to be putting in lettuce and kale, plus direct seeding a number of other crops.

In addition to all the plant work, I am preparing the lower field area to house the pumpkin and gourd plants.  This takes quite a bit of time, and can only be done when the ground isn’t too wet.  I’ve also made arrangements for a larger farm stand area, so I can better display items.  The improved stand will also be in a slightly different location from last year, with it moved behind the fence where I had the pumpkins.  This should make it much more intuitive for parking, and safer for people in the parking area.

One last bit of info.  After meeting with my insurance guy, I was able to secure limited U-Pick insurance coverage.  I’m not sure what I might offer in this regard, but I now have it as an option.  For those who are curious as to what I may use it for, I’m thinking possibly flowers for this year, but haven’t firmly decided yet.  Anyone who would like to suggest possibilities, please feel free to send me an email.