What’s been going on!
I know, I know, where have we been? Fair weather farmers etc. Even we are ready for it to warm up and dry out so we can get some more things in the ground. Don’t get me wrong, we need all the precipitation we can get right now but we also have to get spring crops planted like the 11,000 onion plants that came last week and are patiently waiting for their date with some soil.
My usual great trip down to the Georgia Organics conference last weekend. I have been going down to work with and do workshops for this group almost every year since the mid 90’s. It is exciting to see the growth of small farms in Georgia and the organization, nearly 1300 attendees at this years conference. This year I co-presented with a friend of mine from South Carolina in a half day session on Crop Planning. I know yawn, but maybe the real core to a successful farm business. Full room and not too many confused looks throughout the afternoon.
The greenhouse is definitely full now including the first tomato seedlings. We did manage to get the first lettuces in the ground and seeded Sugar Snap Peas, Turnips and Radishes before the last rounds of rain and snow. Even though it will remain cool through next week it looks like it will dry out enough to get caught up with planting- onions, lettuces, beets, carrots and the first spring planted flowers.
The building project creeps on due to the cold and wet weather. The electrician starts tomorrow and I have begun the plumbing, hopefully to complete in the next week. Soon thereafter insulation, sheetrock and the push to the finish. We really need to be done by the end of the month otherwise time to work on things not involved in growing things gets very short.
Picture of the Week
At least these lettuces are warm and growing
What’s going to be at the market?
Another cool day on Saturday but at least no precipitation.
It’s still the really deep winter selection all great soup ingredients. The winter potato- Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes). A little more Spinach. Maybe a bit of Lacinato Kale but for sure beautiful tender and sweet Collards. Still plenty of sweet Carrots.
More and more of the brilliant and amazing Anemones, a must for brightening up winter.
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
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A student of the Piedmont Farm School this year, I sure appreciated the opportunity to meet you, visit your farm, and glean just a smidgen of knowledge in the couple of hours that we got to spend there. I learned a little about a lot, but you know a lot about a lot! 32 years is definitely something to be proud of. I hope to meet Betsy some day; maybe I’ll make it up to the Carrboro market. Be well, and thanks again for having us!