Farm Update 06-19-24

Hi everyone, and welcome back to the start of the farm stand’s ninth season. I hope you all have been doing well, and this crazy weather we’ve been having has not had too much of an impact on you. Here on the farm it has made life a little interesting. Whether you’re talking about the 37F on the morning of Sunday 6/16, or the 91F afternoon on Tuesday 6/18, it makes for an interesting ride.

Anyway, enough about that for a minute, as I’m sure you’re all wondering what I’ll have, so be sure to check out the What’s Available page for the complete listing of offering this, and all weekends. I’m not going to have much of anything from my field for this weekend, but was able to get a good few locally grown crops from other farms at the market. I suppose the one question everyone will have is, did you get Local Strawberries. And the answer is YES, I was able to get not only Local Strawberries, but also Local Raspberries. I was also able to get some very nice looking Local Snap Peas.

As far as the fields go, I should be able to have Lettuce, maybe Cucumber, and Zucchini by next weekend. Other crops will be a bit of a longer wait. In the happier news section, my early plantings of Potatoes are coming along very well, and should be harvestable some time around mid-July. For those about to ask, I have planted Sweet Corn, but as always, who knows.

Things about the farm are generally going well. I have added another small greenhouse to the operation, and will likely add at least one more.

Flower lovers will be happy to see that there are already a good few blossoms, but the big color show won’t be until sometime mid-July at the earliest.

In the coops, the Laying Hens have been perfecting their trade, and the egg sizes are now getting a good bit bigger. Very few XL and Jumbo right now, but they are starting to show up on a regular basis. And the Broiler Chickens, or Tubbies as I call them, are doing great. They are currently 4 weeks, so it will be a couple more weeks before they are big enough. Maybe I’ll have Fresh Chicken for July 4th weekend, but I’m not guaranteeing it.

Beyond the farm, the word is that in general things are looking pretty good for this season. There is one thing though, that the heat in the local area has affected the Strawberries, so local ones will only be available from the market for maybe another week, though I’m also told that U-Pick operations will likely be running for a bit of time yet. Anyway, after that the Canadian Strawberries should be available. The really good news is that, at least in the early stage, the orchards are saying it may be a fantastic, near bumper crop kind of season, so let’s hope that pans out. And lastly, other crops sound like they’ll be in generally good supply for the season.

For the curious, there have been no coyote sightings at all this year, though I have heard them howling nearby back in February, and I have found tracks about the farm. There have also been two bear encounters, which were both thankfully just the bear passing through. One of the encounters was a momma with twins. If you are in the area, please exercise caution if suspect there is a bear about, and remember – Momma is always watching the cubs.

That’s about it for this update, or at least I can’t think of anything else to include at this point, though I am sure I’m forgetting a bunch of little things. Looking forward to seeing you all again over the course of the season. Take care and have a great week.