Sunday, March 11, 2012

  You may be wondering why there haven't been any new posts.  Well, the fact is, it's been really busy on the farm with spring approaching.  I have taken some pictures for proof, but there has been much more activity than the pictures show.

  The picture above is of the gourmet garlic we planted last fall.  We have since been weeding and putting down a heavy layer of straw.

  This is a picture of the onion patch we worked so hard on.  I was hesitant to put this picture up, because this entire plot we worked so hard on was a complete failure.  Yes, all the plants died.  But failures are real life and it's not the end of the world.  We will order a new batch to plant (from a more reliable company) and try again.

  I have had a picture of carrots on here before.  These, however, ended up being the favorite!  They are called Parisienne.  Baker's Creek Heirloom Seeds sent us these as a free gift last year with our seed order.  In the fall we decided to go ahead and try planting them, not expecting much.  Honestly, at first I was more impressed with our "Little Finger" carrrots (they seemed prettier and bright orange), but these light orange carrots pack quite a sweetness in their short squatty selves.  They are easier to pick, too, so that is a bonus!  Look forward to more of these in the future...

  Now, here is the proof of work going on.  Yes, that's me, and I'm not just posing.  I am actually working.  In fact, I worked that tiller so hard that it broke, and it's brand new!  (Another one of those real-life things I mentioned earlier)  We are tilling up our plots to start breaking the sod down in preparation for later planting.  
Most of the plots have seen their first tilling but now we wait for the tiller to be repaired and the land to dry up a bit after the rain.

  Here is the real show-off at the farm.  The only problem is, he must be camera shy.  I have been trying to get a picture of these beautiful feathers for weeks and this is the best one I could get.  He is a must-see in person!

  I really should have taken more pictures.  We have been doing much more.  Many beautiful plants are growing in our shop and I have been babying them every day.  Many varieties of tomatoes, basil, eggplants, peppers, and some things new to us, like ground cherries and sorrel. We also have the first of many many marigolds started as part of our pest-control methods.

  We have been weeding a lot and cleaning up from the winter.  We pruned our fruit trees and we cut our seed potatoes so they can dry out before we plant them (there are six varieties of those).  We have been making business contacts and I am happy to announce that we officially have a feed supplier set up.  This we are very excited about!

  Chris has been very busy in construction to get the store going very soon.  The front door is in, most of the insulation, most of the wiring, and the concrete will be finished this coming week.  Time to make choices on lighting and much more!

  The blog has also been worked on this past week.  Look forward soon to a brand new blog at a brand new address.  Many of you have mentioned that this blog is not so user-friendly.  It is here for our customers and friends so that will not do going forward.  We want things to be simple and fun, not a chore.  Now, we are not the most computer-savvy people so please be patient with us as we work to make this change and feel free to give us your input.  You may have trouble with leaving a comment (many of you have) so if you want to send an email, send it to and we promise to read it and listen.


1 comment:

Dayna said...

Hey, nice post! Love keeping up with Mary's River Farm. You may want to check out WordPress if you're shopping around for blogsites.

Keep us posted, and good luck!!