It is the middle of March, but I think someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. We have had such an up and down season, that some of our plants are as confused as we are. Only time will tell if this cold spell with have an effect on the fruit trees. A couple of our trees have merged from dormancy to the next stage (know as swollen bud or silver tip), so they are more susceptible to damage caused by extreme cold temperatures, fingers crossed that they were able to handle this last week of cold temperatures.
We have been busy with starting seedlings, with all the onions and leeks growing well, and the celery is beginning to sprout. We have also just started one of the varieties of tomatoes that we grow. The Beaverlodge is a nice early variety, that although a smaller tomato has great taste, is the perfect size for a delicious tomato sandwich and can easily be grown on ones patio. We have started extras this year and will have them available at our farm-gate store, open house and markets.
We are thrilled with the overwhelming response to our CSA program already this year. This is the second year of us offering shares and with the success of our first year, we decided that we needed to expand and have increased the number of shares we will be offering this season. Believe it or not, we have already sold more shares this year then last. So for those who are hoping on signing up, please register sooner than later, as I am anticipating selling out again this year.
Lastly, with the need to expand we have applied for and have received a grant for hiring a summer student. So, if you know of any high school students, that enjoy working outdoors, have an interest in knowing where their food comeand doesn't mind working in the dirt, please have them contact us for more information.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!