I believe it was Monday when I heard on the radio that it had rained 26 out of the last 32 days! Since then, we’ve had rain on 3 of the last 4 , so I guess we’re at 29/36 after another rainy Friday. Pretty incredible! I’ve heard from many of you that you’re missing the sun just as much as I am. However ,the sun will re-appear just when I don’t want it, and I will certainly complain about that too. I am a farmer after all and that’s what we do best.
Despite the rain, the fields dried up just enough last week that the soil can no longer be termed mud (arguably). We’ve been planting till we can’t see straight or the rain drives us out of the fields. In addition to 3,456 onion seedlings (roughly), we planted perpetual spinach, lettuce, kale, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, tatsoi and cabbage to name a few. It’s a wonderful sight to see the greenhouse beginning to empty while the fields fill up!
The chickens are due to arrive Monday and the coop is mostly still just a concept in my mind, so I’m pushing the pickup to Tuesday (same time, same place, sorry for the inconvenience). I unfortunately know from first hand experience that a chicken coop is a heckuva lot easier to finish when the chickens are NOT already in it! I’m on chicken coop 5.0 now I think, so hopefully this is the last year I build a coop…it is quite promising in my head.
Salad turnips, spinach, and swiss chard join the list this week and replace the arugula and spicy salad mix. But as is the theme this season, the real star of the show is the lettuce. And I quote, “your lettuce today was so crisp, so tasty, so beautiful on our plates, it was an absolute delight to eat.” ‘Nuff said, order up!
Veggie Ordering and Pickup Procedures: Put your veggie orders in online before 8pm Sunday. The website is a little buggy so if you don’t see a wide variety of items or you see items out of stock, try refreshing your browser. Also confirm on checkout that you have the correct number of each item in your cart. The two pickup windows are working well, so we’ll keep it going. Choose your pickup window while checking out online: 1230-2pm and 4-5pm Monday on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the long white garage on the left across from the beat up tan and red barn at the crest of the hill.