Farm Update 06-22-23

So, let’s start with not exactly bad news, but just news. I was unable to get Local Strawberries this week. Yes, yes, I know. They should be available, and to some extent they are, but the weather this past week didn’t cooperate when it came to ripening the current batch, and there were simply not enough for the berry farm to wholesale out.

With that news out of the way, let’s do a quick recap of what’s been happening here, and what will be happening in the near future. For general news, the work on the farm is continuing along with the usual animal encounters and equipment breakdowns one would expect. As side note, the first bear sighting of the year was made on Wednesday, 6/21, and the small bear, probably 1 or 2 year old, was quickly shooed back into the woods.

Crops are still being planted, and the ones in the ground are generally doing well. The exceptions to this are the Cucumbers, with the Pickling Cucumbers suffering the worst. Not sure what caused the problem, but it seems to be environmental and likely related to something in the rains we got last week.

The news from the market was that regional Sweet Corn should be available for July 4th weekend. Additionally, more and more local crops will be coming available over the next 2 weeks or so. I was able to get a good supply of Local Snap Peas this week.

The Laying Chickens are doing a great job, and are more or less behaving themselves. They still cause the usual amount of mischief, but nothing worthy of noting. The Broiler Chickens are growing at a tremendous rate right now, and will likely be moved from their current home to their main coop next week. If they continue on at the same rate, then Fresh Chicken will be available around mid-July.

Regarding the schedule for the July 4th holiday weekend, I have decided that the farm stand will be open extra days to accommodate the extra long holiday. The stand will be open 10 – 4 on BOTH Monday 7/3 and Tuesday 7/4.

That’s it for now. A big thanks to all who were able to come by this past week and help support the farm. Hope you all have a great week.