Welcome to our farm journal! With only 100 frost free days to work with here in the frozen north, days get pretty chaotic as we try to get everything done. We hope you enjoy our scribblings on the day to day (or week to week) life when you're Just Farmin'!
6-15-09 the rain finally seems to be abating. thank heavens! after last years awful/crazy/awful weather every time the clouds come out i get overwhelming anxiety and my mind screams "what if it never gets warms again? it's going to be cold forever!" i guess that's where hardwork, faith, and prayer come in (and thankfully, eventually the sun did return in all its magnificent glory). there never seems to be enough time in a day, but today was one of those that you sit back at the end and sigh, we got something done. dad spent the morning on pest control, trying to thwart those pesky root maggots and cut worms. next came ground prep for the third of five plantings of transplants which involved discing, fertilizing, and rototilling. the boys were doing grass - sod grass that is! installation/planting of new sod was foremost on their agenda. it won't be long before we see a green hue overtaking the brown, dad says its like felt on a pool table. the rest of their day was spent mowing existing sod, and cutting/installing for orders. the workers were thrown back into the weeds.
7-8-09 apparently i should have said this was a month-to-month journal! we have got so caught up lately that i have failed to keep the journal updated. in the whirlwind that was june and the beginning of july we have accomplished quite alot. the last few weeks have been devoted to getting in the hay, which looks smokin awesome i might add. we were able to get it in without any rain to ruin it though with the scorcher days we've had, i am sure the workers would've loved some cloud cover at least. and let's not forget to give a shout out to the pumpkins and their planters for finally getting their gourdish butts in the ground and covered, we're shooting for a bumper crop this year! and then, of course, the workers were thrown back into the weeds.
7-11-09 last field of hay cut and curing. hallelujah.while we have been extremely blessed with the hay crop this year it will be nice to get one more monkey off our backs! u-pick is starting to pick up as more vegetables get ready. Exciting News-just found out that the Air Force Band agreed to send a dixie ensemble to perform at the fall festival-WOO HOO! stay tuned for more fall festival prep as the summer goes on.
7-18-09 with hay done we have once again turned to our greatest enemy-weeds. seemingly overnight they overpower us and, as luck would have it, this is about the time our workers start asking for some time off for vacations and stuff. our second greatest enemy has returned as well, the moose. we've tried everything but still find ourselves falling prey to these native creatures. they see the fields as a smorgesbord at their disposal. golden corral holds nothing to them as a buffet line! call us first if you have a cow tag for moose huntin'.
4-28-10 I know, I know- slacker! this journal has taken quite a break and flew right past the end of last season, the harvest, and the long awaited festival. after a winter in hibernation (not really, winter is simply a time to prepare for the next season) things are up and running again. we have spent the last couple months fixing equipment, seed and plants ordering, and preparing seed potatoes for the nurseries and home growers. once again we find a shortage of being able to supply seed potatoes as more and more certified seed potato growers drop out of the market. if we're not careful, we sell more then we should and then find ourselves in a shortage. we're also already outside now between bouts of spring wind which is, of course, just shy of hurricane force gusts. be we're also getting excited now that the elusive sun has decided to grace us with its' presence. first on the agenda is trying to attack the weeds pre-emerge. that is, treat for some of the weeds before they sprout. we have also started seedlings for transplants and clearing more land to start two of our newest, exciting, top secret experiments--stay tuned to find out what they are and if they are successful!