We are really getting it done this spring. I’m exhausted, which is a scary place to be when harvest is just beginning this week, but I know this is only temporary. Somehow the crops are growing!! Believe it or not, every year I still wonder if crops will grow. Maybe it’s because we’ve been on new ground every year for a while and I’m just unsure of the soil, maybe it’s all still a little bit like magic for me.
We are harvesting tomorrow for our first Spring Share distribution at the Holliston Community Farm, 1pm-5pm, Tuesday, May 4th. Spinach, lettuce, cilantro, arugula and bok choy are slated to be in the first share. Weston Nursery pick up us Thursday, 12:00pm-5:00pm, Thursday, May 6th.
We have been crushing our to-do lists, even with Harvey out of school for ten days sick, and crazy winds and rain storms, we are getting it done in a big way. Our crew is amazing – enthusiastic, talented and ready to make it work.
We’ve been planting like maniacs – and have a made a few major pushes to get plantings in before the rain. (Sometime, like in the picture above and to the right, we get caught in the rain before we are completely done – that was a really wet moment). Last week Joella, a new, part-time employee responded to my call for help at 3:00pm and we had six, 400 foot beds of cabbage planted by 6:00pm. And I managed to get the carrots and parsnips seeded before 9:00. It was hard to do by tractor headlight, but I think I nailed it.
The sky has been incredible lately – and I’ve been making myself take time to stop and appreciate it.
It is sunny here too! This pic is a little older – I think the rye is about 4 times as tall now. We have planted roughly 3.5 acres, we plowed another 3.5 acres of cover crop last week and then we’ve got about 3.5 more acres in rye and vetch that we are going to let grow for another few weeks before we turn it in.
I apologize that is is a rambling update – I got my second vaccine yesterday (Moderna) and I feel like I have the flu. It’s all good, but I need to rest up so I can harvest tomorrow! More updates to come soon!