16May2010

New Website, Spring Tasks and First Markets!

Welcome to the new and improved website!  We have long been working with Mara’s brother Phil Sandoval (web designer extraordinaire) over the years, to bring you a beautiful farm website like no other.  We hope you enjoy our latest design, which is also where the blog and all recipes will now be housed!  Have fun looking around, and please send us comments!

We love you, Spring, with your lovely lilac smells, crocus moments and baby creatures hopping about!  I, for one, relish these beautiful 60-70 degree days filled with Springtime tasks, muscle soreness and preparations for going to market!  We’ve been doing regular deliveries to our friends at The Kitchen Table, Bluebird Tavern, Healthy Living and L’Amante since April 1st, which feels great! We are excited about the prospects of a couple of new accounts in Burlington – including Church & Main over in the old Smokejacks location.

We have been very busy since getting the Haygrove up and running – mostly with getting the bedding plants for Gardener’s Supply Company potted up, hardened off, tagged and out the door so that they have enough plants for their annual Truckload Sale this weekend!  We have been rolling right along until the major setback of frost not for one, or two, but three nights in a row!  It was crazy and that third night last Wednesday was completely unexpected – even though we had everything covered, we still lost thousands of dollars worth of plants to Jack Frost.  Ugh!  Well, we’re trying to move forward and not let this get us down too much – there is still so much to do!

With the help of amazing friends yet once again, we were able to transplant out our entire onion and potato crops out in one day!  The timing was perfect, as we got rain overnight, which watered everything in nicely!  Spencer and I also got the little hoophouse all planted out with our cherry tomato crop – 2 weeks earlier than last year!  They’re going through their transplant shock just fine, and I think they’re about to start taking off in the growing department – despite a few setbacks with some cutworms, but that’s a topic for another day!  We got all of the weed barrier (also called Lumite) laid out for the successful transplanting of the artichoke crop – much larger than ever before!  We’re putting in our perennial herb field this week as well as the kale, chard, and very likely our heirloom tomato crop, which is twice as big as last year’s!

Finally, we’ve had 2 farmer’s markets already – we can hardly believe we’re already getting up early on Saturdays and going to market – if they are all such beautiful days as yesterday, we will consider ourselves lucky for the whole season!  We have been really happy with some fun harvests of nettles, mâche, chickweed, spinach, bordeaux spinach and microgreens so far this Spring – we can hardly wait to have those big beautiful head lettuces that, for me, are the true hallmark of the season of good eating really starting once again – if all goes well, these will be making their first appearances this week, along with our trademark heirloom salad mix.  Ah, Spring, how we’ve missed you – and we are so glad that you are back!

5 Responses

  1. Wow, looks like you have quite an operation there. Lots of work, but lots or reward too I’ll bet. Love the pic of the bunny too.

  2. Teresa says:

    I love the new look of the blog. Great pictures. We had frost here also, but I was lucky enough not to lose anything.

  3. Oh baby bunny! I want to kiss it! What a downer with the frost…look forward to picking up some stuff at the farmers market this weekend! Jess

  4. Sista K says:

    AWESOME AWESOME website!! It’s been a while since I finally got down to checking it out. You guys are doing AWESOME even though that frost :o)
    The baby bunny is SOOO cute! Now I bet you feel like Mr. McGregor eh? he he he

  5. Hellebores says:

    My neighbor told me about potentially lifechanging story outlining how an older couple used the desire for fresh fruits and vegetables to build a strong connection among the people in their neighborhood. Maybe all of us should use gardens to tap into the power of community.

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