It is officially Spring on Small Farm Central farms; we've been through a long farm conference season getting new ideas and honing old ones. Now it is time to get seeds in the ground, make equipment work, and get down to the business of growing food. Catskill Merino Sheep Farm is on Day 16 of lambing and Prairie Fruits Farm has starting selling their on farmers dinners which are being snapped up months in advance. That's a tasty thought to get us through this Spring cold snap (at least here in western Pennsylvania).
Vermont Herb and Salad Company is pushing up their microgreens while we were sorry hear about a partial loss of the fruit crop in western Colorado. In eastern Pennsylvania, Little Peace Farm is getting some wild Spring weather : "Well last Sunday we got nickle sized hail that punched a few holes in the greenhouse plastic but not much more. This week was miserable with 2" of rain, 50 mph winds... And today, welp, a lovely one but it is not to last. They're calling for another 2" over the next 2 days."
Green Gardens farm posted a video from Hugenot Steet Farm which promises CSA humor such as "harvesting" from the grocery store, painted rocks, squash we can all relate to, and special nutrient procurement systems. Hugenot Street Farm spent a lot of time on this one!
Peaceful poultry has started the season with day-old chicks. Laura writes, "Stepping back into farming makes me feel whole again. Whole and tired, but a good, healthy, sleep soundly through the night tired... all the chickens are happy, seem healthy and are eating, drinking and pooping away." That sounds like as good of a declaration of Spring as I can imagine.
For a vintage taste of Spring, check out our Spring blog entry from last year.