Hey y’all! This is the farm update for May 2020 and the first one that I am posting through my blog instead of on Facebook.
First, I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has been following our story. Everyone has been so supportive; it means so much to us! I actually was so overwhelmed with farm work this week, that I called some family members in to help. I am so extremely grateful for my awesome friends and family!!
The team is coming this weekend to help break up the ground for Fall planting, to transplant blackberries, and to help fill in low spots that typically flood in the summer. We are paying in pulled pork sandwiches 😄 I just feel so very lucky right now!
Most of our outdoor spring crops are coming to an end already. The field crops suffered, as I put all of my energy into learning microgreens and FINALLY starting the business side of our family farm. So, I am celebrating and also mourning the poor crops that I failed… it’s confusing 🤷♀️
Today I harvested the last of the cantaloupe… (and we’re eating them, sorry!). The zinnias are in the way of our fall plans, so I will be cutting them and replanting. I’ll be able to make a few bouquets. The okra is just starting to come in, as well as cherry tomatoes. We also have beefsteak tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and sunflowers that should be ready in a few weeks.
I am going to try my hardest to keep the okra, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant going throughout the summer but you just never know with the summer storms.
EGGS: most of our chickens are young, this is their first season laying. We had eggs rolling in for about 2 weeks, then the heat picked up and the eggs slowed down. This is normal for chickens, especially new birds. I will update ASAP when eggs are available. Oh yeah, and my favorite hen turned out to be a dude... so… there’s that...
MICROS: This Saturday at the Punta Gorda farmer’s market, we will have radish, broccoli, sunflower, and peas. Our seeds were delayed so we won’t have wheatgrass for the market this coming Saturday, but we will have it for June 6th. We are also trying new varieties! We will have brussel sprouts (thanks to a customer for the suggestion) on June 6th. And on the 13th, we will have red acre cabbage and cilantro, as well as our usual flavors. We’re experimenting with creating our own spicy salad mix too, so look for that in the future!
FALL: it’s May and we’re preparing for fall. We’re going to plant the most pumpkins we’ve ever done here. I am most excited about the giants. I just want a massive 100+ pound pumpkin!! And please help me talk J into a mini corn maze!!
So now you're all caught up on what's happening over this way. We'll see you at the market on Saturday!
Pics from May 27, 2020