Sunday
Jun032012

Wet June

What better thing to do on a rainy rainy Sunday than sit down and write a little blog entry? We have had a serious amount of rain in the last 24 hours, and it will continue for another 24, it seems. The newly plowed field is pretty well swamped, but at least I had raked up about half of the raised beds and these seem to be floating as there are moats surrounding each. We spent a good deal of time digging trenches to run off some of the water from this field, and it did seem to work to some degree. I spent some time photographing vegetables in the garden today during a short 'dry' spell (that lasted all of 15 minutes or so).  

We have been very busy around here! We started two of the three farmers markets that we will be doing this summer. The Falmouth market is every Wednesday from 12-4, and the Yarmouth market is every Thursday from 2:30-6:30. It is pretty funny to realize that the markets have felt like my 'down time'. They are more relaxing than my regular pace of life here on the farm! I have really been enjoying getting to know the customers, and getting ourselves out in to the community a bit. The vendors at both markets are great and I finally feel like I have a social life again:) We will be starting up the Lewiston market on Sundays starting in two weeks, every Sunday from 10-2. 

Our vegetable CSA starts in a few weeks and I am looking forward to the regular pace of harvesting and washing and delivering vegetables. I have been bringing some veggies to the markets and had great success selling them. I have also been making batches and batches of fresh cheese, and experimenting with many different flavors. They are quite popular at the markets and I have sold out both weeks. The most popular flavor this week was chipotle, which I was a little surprised at, but I guess Mainers like their spice!

There is a very good chance we will be getting some Berkshire (pig) breeding stock very soon, in which case we will have lots and lots of piglets in our future. The list of projects seems neverending and often overwhelming, but this coming week we need to focus on building some A frames to house pigs out on pasture. We also need to start building a more permanent housing solution for our newest chickens- 120 more golden comets to join the 50 mixed heritage breed chicks we got earlier in the spring. Currently they are clearing a large area in the homestead so that I can seed some flowers. When we finish their mobile housing they will be out on pasture for the summer. Come late July we will be swimming in eggs!

I keep hoping for some real summery weather but so far we keep getting more of the same- wet and fairly cool. Looks like this week won't bring the sun, but I am hoping the second week in June will be sunny and warm.

 

 

 

 

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