Spring

Once again we are left feeling like spring has arrived a month early. Has all the snow melted already?

It's easy to be caught off guard by a brown Easter, and while temperatures have again been a little higher than average it's our snowfall (or lack there of) that is the biggest issue... less snow means it'll melt away sooner. It also means less deep moisture capture in the soil and a greater reliance on spring rain (which may not come) and/or irrigation.

We try to plan/predict the future as much as any other farmer. Which crops should we increase? Which should we cut back? How are we laying out the field plots this season? How much growing space are we giving up for a water truck path? 
All questions that aren't able to be truly answered until fall.  But we try our best, relying on past seasons to make the best guess possible.

What's New?

Newly built coldframes

Newly built coldframes

Zac and I have been building 2 different styles of coldframes. A flat-back style for against buildings (pictured above) and a "peaked roof" style that goes right into the field, like the low tunnels we use. The ones for the south side of the greenhouse won't have soil until summer. For spring we'll use them to harden off transplants (still in flats or pots) and in fall they'll house cold-hardy greens.

2 field frames, not yet completed.

2 field frames, not yet completed.


The field frames will see use much sooner. Our garden is almost devoid of snow and as soon as it's not too muddy to prep soil they'll be out and get kale or spinach or chard transplanted into them.

Some spinach and chard, still adjusting to being out in the passive heated greenhouse. We have to open a door during day so it doesn't get too hot for the little seedlings and cover them with frost cloth so they're not too cold at night.

Some spinach and chard, still adjusting to being out in the passive heated greenhouse. We have to open a door during day so it doesn't get too hot for the little seedlings and cover them with frost cloth so they're not too cold at night.

A variety of kales waiting for the field to be ready.

A variety of kales waiting for the field to be ready.

Our Kickstarter

Thank you everyone who supported our Kickstarter! Unfortunately we didn't make our goal, but that's ok. It was awesome to get all sorts of messages from backers saying they'd still love to experience the events we had as rewards. So, we're gonna work on making that happen and post all the info on our blog when it's ready.

CSA Add-ons

I'm just finishing up the order form for our CSA Add-ons. We've partnered with some great producers this season and we're excited to be able to offer their products to our members! 

Here's a sneak preview... 

Bloomy Rind cheeses in the ripening room at Winding Road Artisan Cheese by Smoky Lake.

Bloomy Rind cheeses in the ripening room at Winding Road Artisan Cheese by Smoky Lake.

 

Time to get outside!
- Deb