Greetings, and apologies for the silence of the blog these past couple of weeks. My old computer finally gave up the ghost, resulting in a scramble for a new one and some necessary time spent getting my new ‘puter up to speed…as well as, you know, farming. And boy are we doing some farming! This week, we’ve begun transplanting in earnest, getting seedlings out of our crowded greenhouse and putting them in the ground. So far: lettuce, Napa cabbage, broccoli, Red Russian and green kale, onions, kohlrabi, beets, and spinach. The seeds continue to go in, too, including salad mix, peas, and carrots. And this is only the beginning!
Thanks to everyone who has come by to visit me on Wednesdays at Monument Square in Portland. We sold eggs exclusively for a couple of weeks, and yesterday, we were able to send some delicious baby kale, chives, and seedlings (tomatoes, flowers, kale, broccoli, onions, etc.) The Wednesday market actually officially begins next week, so look for many more vendors to be present. And, this coming Saturday, May 1, is the opening day for the Portland Farmer’s Market in Deering Oaks Park. We’ll be doing that market, too, this season, so look for us in the park. The forecast looks fabulous: sunny with high temps up near 70 degrees. Come on down!
Rachael Oyer, one of our 2010 apprentices, has been living at the farm and working with us for almost 3 weeks now and is doing a great job. She’s slipped seamlessly into the flow of chicken care chores and has helped us out with all manner of projects since she arrived: the planting mentioned above, sowing seeds in the greenhouse, prepping for the planting of our greenhouse tomatoes as well as the actual planting, and much more. Our second apprentice, Corey Maddox, is set to arrive next week, and we’re very excited to meet her and get her up to speed. Once Corey gets here and gets a couple weeks of work under her belt, I’ll ask both gals to write a little something about themselves to be posted here.
Many thanks to all who came to our most recent potluck last Saturday! We’ll be announcing the date for the May potluck in the very near future.