May daze

Wee basil planted in the hoophouse.

As the spring chugs along, so do the Summit Springs farmers.  We’ve been busy these past few weeks.  The greenhouse is just about full now, loaded with seedlings of all shapes and sizes.  Also, the planting has started up in earnest, and THAT’S exciting!  Crops in the ground so far:  potatoes, peas, beans, beets, parsnips, and assorted brassicas for salad mix have been directly seeded; Chinese cabbage, lettuce, more beets, onions, and leeks have been transplanted; and some cherry and big tomatoes, basil, cukes, and zukes have been planted inside our greenhouse and hoophouse.  Here we go, grow, grow, grow…

A sea of seedlings in the greenhouse (in the back, cherry tomatoes in the ground.)

Cukes and zukes in the hoophouse.

Thank goodness we’ve had some quality help!  In my last blog post, I mentioned our volunteer extraordinaire, Brittany Wallingford, and she deserves a more lengthy shout-out here.  An Auburn resident, massage therapist, and part-timer at Axis Natural Foods, she has been coming here once or twice a week for a month now.  She sought us out because she needed to have a chunk of farm volunteer hours under her belt as she pursues an agricultural stint in the Peace Corps, and boy, are we glad she did.  She’s been a big help thus far, assisting Sonya in the greenhouse with seed sowing and potting up, helping out with transplanting, and much more.  She’s also a lamb good-luck charm; both sets of lambs were born on days that Brittany was working here with us.  Many thanks, B.!  Also, thanks to CSA workshare member Eddie Watt for his help here last Friday.  Eddie helped Farmer John with tomato twine in both greenhouses, laying out row cover, and prepping wholesale orders.

The super-awesome Brittany sowing seeds.

What else?  Sonya has spent time on the tractor, spading beds and prepping them as needed for planting.  John has been schlepping endless loads of wood out to the greenhouse and erecting our perimeter deer fences.  Our happy flock-o-five sheep are now out on pasture full time.  I’ll be moving them around behind Fields 2 and 3 using portable electric fencing for the next few months.  Every 3 or 4 days, the gals (and lone ram, Palmer) will move onto fresh grass.  Yum!  Our friend, Colin, also returned to the farm a few weeks ago to shear Sienna and Savannah, and those mommas seemed pretty happy about losing their winter coats.  The lambs will have wait until fall for their first shearing (though older lambs Palmer and Lake are already amusingly fluffy.)

Colin shearing Savannah.

The shearing peanut gallery: Sheridan, Jake, Lydi, Sonya, and Ez.

Thanks to everyone who came to our April potluck brunch, and looking ahead, the next farm potluck is happening right here on Friday, 5/18 from 5 – 9 PM.  Bring along a dish to share, and if the weather’s warm and inviting, we’ll eat and socialize outside.  Perhaps a fire, perhaps some wiffle ball, perhaps some music and singing??  We shall see.  Come on by and find out!

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