Farm Journal 5/21/23

This is the last week for high tunnel spinach. It’s starting to get pointy tips and stretch up to the sky – this means it’s on it’s way to bolt and start flowering. I’ll clear the beds and get ready to plant tomatoes. There’s still plenty of lettuce – so be sure to place your order and make a large salad each night for dinner!

Order your spinach here!

Order your lettuce here!

Field Notes

We spent Thursday transplanting a bunch of crops that are planned for our first CSA harvest in a couple weeks. We put more dill, cilantro, lettuce, endive, escarole, celery, and scallions out in the fields. We proceeded to get the pump from the pond going. Pond water is pumped up hill to the field, where Greg was there to greet the first flush of water, and connect the hose to the filter. We have a sand and gravel filter that the water flows through, and then is pushed out to irrigate the fields.

It’s been so dry here that my beans and beets weren’t germinating. I connected all the fittings, adjusted all the pressures, identified all the leaks, and then voila! The fields are being watered!

And…. guess what: It has been raining for the last two days! Alas, we’re set up and ready to get back to irrigating next week – when it dries up again!

Notes of Interest!

>> Don’t wait to snag your CSA share here

>> Interested in Lil’ Homesteader Saturdays? Learn more here!

>> Now’s the time to plant your garden – get your seedings here

Who said Co-Op? 

Setting rumors to rest and catching up before the CSA season… we are hosting a potluck to reconnect with each other and talk about our ‘official’ co-op potential on the farm. Our recent work with Keystone Development Center and the CMU class: “Resilient and Sustainable Communities,” has given us some ideas to share about a possible evolution of Blackberry Meadows to increase community involvement.  Stop by for part or all of an informational potluck and community hangout on Memorial Sunday (May 28) from 3pm till 7pm to see what we’re up to for the next.


Where to find us:

The Farm: Wednesday 3 – 7 pm. For pre-orders only. Park at the top of the hill (by the wood chip pile), come to the patio at the house and you’ll see your order waiting for you. Check the white cooler for any meat orders.


Northside: First market of the season May 26th! See you Friday 3 – 7 pm at the Allegheny Commons

Squirrel Hill Market: Sundays 9 – 1 in the parking lot of Beacon/Bartlett (no minimum order for this delivery)

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