What’s been going on!
Newsletter a day late as yesterday was turkey moving day, planting and on to Farmers’ Market so there was no opportunity to sneak away and write. The first stage happened Tuesday morning when I was up at 5:45 to catch the eleven guinea hens while they were still a bit sleepy. They have moved over to Liz’s Bushy Tail Farm where they will grow up and hopefully eat all of her ticks. When the Barkers are ready Confit and Fricassee (or is it Grits and Gumbo?) will move on over to their house to live out their guinea fowl lives.
Yesterday morning I was out just after 6:00 (this damn heat!) getting ready for the move of the remaining 70 birds. Turkeys are always a bit daffy when exposed to new things and so I wanted them to have 24 hours to get used to not having the guinea hens around before yet another new experience of moving to a new field. By the time Jennie and Liz arrived at 8:00 I had the electric fences up, waterers and feeder moved; everything ready for the long walk.
Like last year I thought it would be less stressful to walk them the 200 feet down to their next location instead of catching each one, putting them in the truck, driving them down and then grabbing them again and setting them out. I have to say that this group is not as cohesive and sharp as last years but it still seemed the best option. 30 minutes and a lot of patience we coaxed them past the gravel drive (they are easily distracted by bright objects) and the sliding tunnels to some nice green grass and the shade of some bushes.
Usually when turkeys move into a new lush area they make the “happy turkey” sound, heads down searching out new bugs and tender greenery to eat. This outfit stood in the corner of the fence calling out and staring back towards the brooder. Eventually they finally settled down and the heat drove them under the bushes and close to the waterers. Finally late in the day they began to explore their new larger accommodations, another successful move.
Picture of the Week
6 feet per minute, through the scary narrow gate
What’s going to be at the market?
We are definitely on the backside of our tomato crop, still fair supply but much fewer heirlooms. In reds we have an abundance of full flavored Big Beefs. Still good amounts of Cherokee Purples but fewer of its cousins the Cherokee Green and a few Cherokee Chocolates. A small supply of pink, low acid German Johnson. Plenty of the fruity bi-color Striped Germans. In orange/yellows there are Orange Blossoms and the beautiful Kellogg’s Breakfast. In cherry types we have an OK supply of Sungolds and the mixed Sungold cousins Sun Lemon (orange), Sun Peach (pink) and Sun Chocula (I did not make these names up) and the bi-colored elongated Blush. The best supply we have ever had of the Italian Oxheart sauce tomatoes and beautiful Romas, if you want to make sauce, now’s the time.
The peppers are starting with lots of Shishitos and Padrons for appetizers. In hot peppers plenty of Serranos and Jalapenos, the first of the Anaheims and Passillas and maybe some Poblanos. Purple Bells and Cubanelles for salads. Sweet Red Onions and Basil to go with tomatoes! Flat Leaf Italian Parsley. The first of the heirloom Italian Eggplant. Amazingly another flush of the aromatic Galia melons.
Betsy and the flower department are settling into the summer mix. The Crested Celosia wave is beginning to roll with large heads. More long lasting Lisianthus, queen of cut flowers, mostly in purple with some pink and white. Lots of fragrant Oriental lilies in pink and white. The Zinnia flood rolls on with the Sunflowers. Annabelle Hydrangeas for drying and the great Limelight Hydrangeas starting. Beautiful Bouquets!
As a reminder if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.
Hope to see you all at the market!
Alex and Betsy