Catching up

A new plot south of the market was to have been tilled last fall for spring planting. It was accomplished this week, at least the first step. We are moving our beds in closer to the water source, which only makes sense. A buckwheat ground cover is planned for the first seeding to prepare the area for the fall garlic. Thus a year has passed – one cycle. There isn’t much time for a “whoops” – one strike and it’s an ‘out’ until the next go around.

We asked a friend to come and consult us on his organic method for apple trees. Everyone and every flying bug seems to like a munch or a spot to start the next generation! Here’s to an apple crop with crisp munches that I am the first one to make – haha.

Farm shares will have a fine selection of munches: kohlrabi, salad mix, Romaine lettuce, Easter egg radishes, garlic scapes, frozen carrots or cantaloupe and the larger shares to get Pac choi and a choice of pizza sauce/Flaxony (flax, sunnies & honey=flaxony) bread or granola.

Going with the flow

Gnats, black flies, zmpsif! or whatever name comes to mind…actually take a bite out of me and squirt some goop in to encourage my blood to flow for their tasty meal. This would be only the female zmpsif!’s. They are cousins to the mosquitoes but like to hatch in free-flowing water, which there was an overabundance of in this corner of the world.

Our evergreen windbreak on the western side is now “everbrown” due to a constant flow of the water table for the past years. Each wonderful tree will be coming down. The mighty firs still have their green tufts on top, survivals all. Our next planting will keep the weather changes in mind – a river now runs through our yard following the muddy contours from the previous humidity event and then of course, there is the underground flow unseen but leaving its mark on the surface.

Planting vegetables this year has been a zmpsif! Soil particles come in all types: some hug themselves and moisture until plates and pots can be made from them, while other soil particles keep their distance from each other and water does not stay around for company. We have the huggable sort. We have added tons of compost to tear the lovers apart but it takes time equal to how it came to be in the first place. Ah love….

Which brings me to what we have to present this week for farm shares…..Pac Choi, head lettuce, salad mix, spinach, asparagus, radishes, Hakurei turnips, kale, kohlrabi, vinaigrettes and savory sauces. There are some limited choices in this list – refer back to paragraph 3….many days it is more zmpsif! than a love hug but we continue our paddling…upriver.

Me and Steve

It is that time of year when folks head to the fields for rock-picking. My first years in Mountain Lake I picked up “stones”….a “rock” was something on a mountain path that was tripped over. Another misnomer are the “gravel” roads which from my background I would call “dirt” since gravel does not turn into a mushpot in the rain.

We lost our whole crew these two weeks to mostly rocks – imagine! It is as if everyone left on vacation at the same time leaving Steve and me for lunch restaurant duty and taking care of the harvest. Fortunately, we do like to work together and we run our miles each morning for the day’s strength.

Farm shares will include lots of salad greens, spinach, asparagus or Hakurei turnips, radishes, kale or green onions and……flowers to eat! These will be arugula flowers that are a wonderful addition to any salad and some chive flowers that can be sprinkled over a dish. Tomatoes are turning colors – whoo whoo!

Sunnie Days

Sunflower Days is to be celebrated in Mountain Lake later this summer. There will be no sunflowers on our farm to commemorate the event due to the lack of space which is due to the lack of sun due to the accumulation of moisture.

A thought: Jubilee could host a Sunnie Tasting? Folks could make a dish to share that uses sunflower seeds (sunnies), sunflower oil or some other aspect of sunflowers to keep with the theme. There will be a prize for each category. Open for all ages. More information to follow.

Farm shares will receive plenty of salad mix, spinach and a choice of a handful of rhubarb, turnips, radishes or pickles. Keep smiling and bring sunshine to everyone you meet!

Power source

There is a large new gas heater hanging from the rafters in each high tunnel. The older ones were leaking and attempted to kill all the tomatoes. The leaves turned from emerald green to yellow and then to brown in the time in takes me to be hungry for lunch! My oh. Two full gas tanks are at the ready with a special gizmo that switches over when a tank runs empty. This past Sunday night, thermostats were set at 48°F for the frost warning. All was checked at sundown before heading home.

Steve slides through the dark of night with vivid dreams of adventure and awkwardness. I usually am not accompanying him, which is most thoughtful – haha. The crazy life of a family doc trained to withstand 36 hours or more of concentrated wakefulness is another story but it saved the night from Jack’s grip of frost. Steve wandered out to check on the tomatoes and found NO heat! After dismantling everything he remembered having jarred the wire to the thermostat and sure enough – it was loose…..

The moral – I may know my power source but am I hooked up to it? There’s the Main Power Source or power plant, but then there are a few sub stations and of course power lines with poles that can blow down between me and the Main Power Source.

Plants have leaves that have chlorophyll, little energy factories. Leaves face the sun – no wires attached, but energy flows the same.

To help with the outlying power that keep us strong and hopeful we present: salad mix, spinach, asparagus, rhubarb, herbs, potatoes and pickles for the larger shares.