There's never a dull moment in the spring! We're charging ahead on everything we can while we wait for fields to dry out enough to do tractor work. We continue to harvest lots of greens from our high tunnels and greenhouse, so there's lots of those coming your way this weekend, including Big Bag Specials!
We are setting up systems to make material handling more efficient on the farm. Here's Sophie and Hannah posing in front of their handiwork: new seedling carts to move seedlings around the greenhouse, in and out for hardening off, and COMING SOON TO A MARKET NEAR YOU: seedlings for sale on these racks which we will roll on to the market truck and roll out at farmers' market!
Another exciting thing we are doing is trying to cultivate habitat for beneficial insects and educate ourselves about the interactions between predator and prey. Here are some hover flies attacking aphids which just appeared on a small patch of our spinach. I was going to nip it in the bud and try to remove the plant material which the aphids had gotten into, but the flies beat me to it! I spoke with a lab in NY state that is going to support us with beneficials in our greenhouse. Next week is our first shipment of lady beetles!
Lastly, come see us at market and be sure not to miss the Farmers Market Bluegrass Jamboree we are hosting Friday night at the Topsham Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall! It runs from 6-10 PM with great music all throughout. Ben and Nick's band Rough Sawn is opening from 6-7:15, then local talent Borderline plays from 7:30-8:45, and from 9-10 is an open jam with lots of great local musicians planning on coming! There will be farm-fresh hot food available for purchase from the Market Cafe, and admission is a suggested $10 donation for adults (KIDS FREE!). Hope to see you there or at market this weekend!
Ben and the whole crew