Farm Updates 5/18/20

Welcome back, everybody! Here’s a riddle for you: what’s little, white, has about six petals, and blooms around this time every year? We’ll give you a hint: it’s showing up on our farm right this minute! Don’t worry, you’ll know what it is by the end of this post.

It’s that time of year again—the time to get lots and lots of crops in the ground, so they can have plenty of quality time with the soil before harvest. Over the past week, we transplanted tomatoes, watermelons, beets, and several colors of string beans into our high tunnel. The sheltered environment will be just what they need to grow big, strong, and delicious.

If you haven’t done much gardening or farming of your own, you might think transplanting would be a simple process. But there’s a lot more to it than just pulling a plant out of a pot and sticking it in the ground. 

First, we move the plants out of the greenhouse and let them sit outside for a few days. That helps them get used to the great outdoors (which, at this time of year, is definitely a bit cooler than that nice, cozy greenhouse). Then we get the beds ready, stirring up the soil a bit and using compost to add some nutrients.

Then, finally, we get the plants situated in their new spots. The whole transplanting process happens in stages, and sometimes it takes a whole week to do it right. So we’re pretty happy that we got so much of it done last week!

Meanwhile, our work on the farmstand continues, and we plan to have it open for business this Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’ll have some plant starts for sale in case you’re interested in starting your own garden. And, of course, we’ll have our own veggies, too—head lettuce, green onions, radishes, spinach, and more. We hope you’re interested—we’d love to see some friendly faces!

The online Farmers Market is still going strong, too, and we’re happy with how much interest there’s been. We’ve had an average of 40 customers per week—if you’ve been one of them, thank you so much for your support! Our selection will be mostly the same as last week, including spinach, radishes, Asian greens, asparagus, foraged greens, plant starts, and more.

Orders can be made on Tuesday and Wednesday, and pickups will be at the Embassy Vineyard Church building in Waverly, from 8:30 to 11:30.

And now that we’ve kept you on the edge of your seats—it’s strawberry blossoms! That’s right, our strawberry plants are looking more luscious by the day, and it won’t be long before we have some juicy red fruits to share with everyone. They made a lot of people happy last year…maybe you’ll be one of them this year!

That does it for us for today. Thanks for stopping by—again, we really appreciate your support. Tune in next week if you’d like to hear a bit about our favorite crops to grow! Until then…have a berry nice day!

Photo by John-Mark Smith on Unsplash