Farm Journal 4/3/22

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Where to find us?!

The Farm – WEDNESDAY (11 – 7). We’ll set your order out, you come pick it up. (If our driveway is treacherous, we’ll set up cooler down by the purple garage).

Northside – Wednesday 12:30 – 1:00 at the parking lot on Union Place by Allegheny Commons. Ask about delivery options.

There’s a couple dozen white eggs up on our web-store, for those looking for dye eggs. No limit on Eggs!… seriously guys… we’ve got a lot of eggs! In fact, we could still use more egg cartons! Thanks to those of you who keep dropping them off for us!

Place your online order here. Give us a 24 hours heads up please. New! White eggs, a few heads of green lettuce, scallions and seedlings. Coming up in the next couple weeks: kale, green garlic, and sorrel too!

We have a few pork sampler packages left. Here’s what you’ll get: Includes riblets $18, ham slice $8, bacon x2 kinds $22, sausage x3 $30, shoulder steak $8, pork chops x2 $20, 2# ground $15. $120 worth of pork for $100! Buy it here!

Are you ready to start your garden? We have a garden share program, which is fantastic for those of you looking to keep your garden going throughout the whole year. We’ll supply you with seeds and seedlings for April through September for a 100 sq ft garden.

If you’re not ready to commit to a garden share program, you can start ordering seedlings now – a la carte, as they become ready.

Or – go ahead and use our new seedling ordering form. Place your order now (or soon), for pick up on May 7th (Mother’s Day weekend). All of these varieties of fruits and veggies are the same ones we grow for the farm – they are tried and true for our farm! Click on this link to get to the order form.

Field Notes – by Annie

The no-till snap pea experiment continued yesterday, this time with a broadfork and compost. It was on pause for most of this week with the rain, snow, and below freezing temps. I am learning how to crop plan this year, and it was a good reminder that the weather has a final say in what actually happens. The need for adaptability is constant. Thankfully, there was plenty more to be done this week!

Jen taught me how to mix soil using the cement mixer in the greenhouse. I’ve only ever mixed soil using my arms, so this was an exciting new tool to learn. We add PittMoss to the potting mix which improves the water absorbing capacity of the soil – the opposite of adding sand to soil, as you might for a succulent. Mixing in water is necessary because otherwise the dry soil acts like a dry sponge, not absorbing right away (this is the part that wears on the arms). Meanwhile, Moonlight was not interested in me getting work done.

The Farmers Grill

We’re gearing up for the farming season, as well as the grilling season! We took a winter hiatus from the commercial kitchen that we rent in Sharpsburg, La Dorita. Soon, we’ll spend our Thursday nights cheffing up polenta (from Wetherbury Farm in Avella), fresh vegan sides from our farm veggies, and other goodies. There’s a quite before the storm – but we can hear the winds picking up and the whirlwind of “farm season” is about to sweep us away!

Workers on the farm

Tuesdays are great days for us to take on a few extra hands. If you’ve got cabin fever and would like to spend part of your day weeding, digging, picking rocks, or whatever multitude of tasks we have going on here – we could use the help. We’ll keep you supplied in fresh greens, pork and good company!

Hear about our CSA on the SarverLiving Podcast

Click here to hear what Jen has to say about our CSA and farm. Syliva has been a CSA member and farm fan for a long time! She’s started this podcast to highlight some of the businesses and people in our area. We had a good chat and it was fun to talk about the heart of the farm!

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