I just realized it's been so long since I last posted! That is a testament to busy spring days, when the world is suddenly coming alive at lightning speed, sunny days find themselves sandwiched in between far too many rainy ones, and the desire to get out, be out, and play in the sun just about makes us crazy (especially on all those rainy days!). We are so fortunate that none of our land is flooded. This has got to be the rainiest spring in years, and since it followed a very snowy winter, we are having horrible flooding around here. That's not good news for all the farmers- you can't do much until the fields dry out....
We have planted our first field. Everything is growing very slowly, very tentatively, not quite sure if these warm days are just a tease (which they are, so I'm glad my plants are holding back still). We laid down paper and hay mulch today in all the aisles- a task we didn't finish last year until nearly July, so we are feeling good about our timing. We already have lots of cool weather veggies coming up- peas, onions, spinach, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, asparagus, mustard greens, beets, carrots, leeks, and cabbage.
Our greenhouse seedlings are doing great! We are hoping to sell 1,000 or so this year, mostly peppers and tomatoes, all heirloom and all gorgeous! If you live in the southwest Michigan area and are looking for something fun and quirky for your garden, send us an email! We have everything from striped tomatoes to white eggplant.
Alex also built a new larger chicken pen with a higher fence. Our neighbors have not been too thrilled about our free-range chickens free-ranging over there, so we now keep them in their pen for most of the day, and then let them out in the evening about two hours before sunset to get their fill of bugs and other goodies. That way our eggs are still bright orange and chock full of nutrition, but the chickens don't pester everyone so much. They are very self-sufficient, and put themselves back in the coop when the sun goes down, so all we have to do is close and lock the door to keep those sneaky raccoons out.
And now we're off to camp in our woods. Alex just built a new tent cabin, since we don't seem to have time to go on a camping trip, but have dying for our "camping fix". Can't wait! Will be cooking a big pot of chili and some organic pork tenderloin over a campfire... a nice relaxing evening in the woods is just what the doctor ordered!