Sunday, December 4, 2011

Saline Winter Farmer's Market & Local Tree Farm & Other News

Just in case you haven't heard, there's an indoor market in Saline.  It's at Liberty School on Saturday's between 9 - 12.  You can park within 20' of the door, walk INSIDE, and shop for your veggies, breads, sweets, gifts and other items, all within a very welcoming environment.  I have to say that I am really happy to be part of the vendor team at this market.  All are really friendly and are hoping the market does well as a whole.

Nathan and I have gone for 3 weeks now and traffic is OK but could be better.  So spread the word and come on out.

This past week I took black radishes, watermelon radishes, red turnips (with samples of all three), spinach, napa cabbage, carrots, kale, potatoes, aji peppers, some tomatoes, garlic, french breakfast radishes, cherry belle radishes, cilantro, broccoli and eggs.

Next Saturday I plan to offer chard, lacinato kale, radishes, American Purple Top turnips, rutabaga, potatoes, garlic, dill, parsley, eggs, beets, broccoli, spinach or lettuce, carrots, maybe some tomatoes if they're any good, maybe some peppers and maybe something else.

If you plan to be there and have a request, please let me know.  I think I have some sweet peppers that are still good.  I have lots of habeneros and aji peppers.  Peppers haven't been big sellers but maybe they'll catch on.

Other news:  You may have noticed the rain.  It's a bit much, again.  Maybe 2011 will go down as a year in history - I'm hoping 2012 isn't a repeat of this year.  So far, the west field is relatively flooded - we may lose some parsnips, salsify and winter savory but other than that, all is out of the field and cover-cropped.  The front garden seems fine.  We harvested the remaining turnips, most of the daikon and rutabaga on Friday and they seem fine.  Some might have frozen but most appear to have weathered down to 17 degree nights over the past few weeks.  On Friday, Nick and I harvested a bunch of broccoli from between the hoops.  They were still covered in snow but they weren't damaged.  Most are side shoots which are just as tasty as the main head.  We also harvested a few brussels sprouts stalks which I cooked up last night.  They were small but oh so tasty.  There are still quite a few (maybe 50) stalks out there along with a lot of broccoli, arugula, beets, carrots (which have been mulched), some daikon, leeks, radishes, etc.  The herbs are also chugging along.  I think there might even be some calendula still in bloom.  It really is amazing how cold-tolerant the plants can be.

Oh yeah - we have 2 baby goats.  Finally.  Dixie gave birth last Tuesday to 3 beautiful babies.  Unfortunately one developed a septic infection and didn't make it.  Another was rejected for whatever reason and is now in the house.  In doggie diapers.  Eating every 5 hours by bottle.  But she's super-sweet and likes to follow us around and isn't too loud.  So that's that.  The third is a boy and he's in the barn with Dixie, drinking all of her wonderful milk and getting fat - which is good.  We also kept 4 turkeys this year - one tom and 3 hens.  I hope that at least one of the hens will sit on eggs next spring and hatch out about 20 turkeys.  Probably won't happen but that would be nice. 

Hope you're staying dry and warm and are enjoying the pre-Christmas festivities. 

One plug for a local farm - we have been buying our tree for the past few years from Urquhart Tree Farm:   /  They're on Jerusalem Road, just west of Parker, on the north side.  You can choose from one that they have cut or go out and cut one yourself.  It is a lot of fun.  Susan has also sold me hay for mulch over the years.  I went out one June to pick up the mulch and they were hard at work pruning and planting and irrigating.  It takes a lot of work to make a tree grow in the shape most of us seek.

Until next time, take care and enjoy making snow angels (or at least watching the children do it).