Friday, April 18, 2008

A Long Slow Spring

What a lovely spring we are having this year! The cool weather has been wonderful and it has helped our early spring crops grow - but not too fast. I cannot believe how beautiful it has been with everything slowly coming to life. You can really appreciate the various flowers and leaves of spring without fear of missing something when you blink.

This week I was hoping to have enough lettuce and other odds and ends to have shares for pickup. The cool nights this week, have challenged the lettuce considerably. It is smaller than would be expected at this time. We'll take a wait and see attitude here. Next week looks quite promising.

Here is what I expect to have in the shares next week - April 26: Collards, lettuce, chives, eggs, lemon verbena for your tea and yarrow for a sweet scent. Check out What's in the Basket for more complete descriptions later this week. Just a reminder: shareholders on a payment plan have payments due this Saturday, the 19th.

Things have been quite adventuresome in the last couple weeks. Duchess was mauled by a young coyote. Two dogs found new homes. Plants emerged from the ground. The chickens got a new home. Various wildflowers have been blooming and putting on quite a show. I see more this year than ever before. A consistent challenge has been to photograph everything going on here.

Everyone is invited to visit us on Saturdays at the Ashland City Open Air Market at the corner of Washington & Main Streets in Ashland City. Many farmers and craftspeople have booths for you to visit. Don't miss the "Pie Lady" or many of the other wonderful vendors there.


Kate The Great said...

What happened to Duchess, is she ok?

Ms. Anne said...

Duchess is going to pull through, but she cannot support her weight on her front legs while she is healing. I am hoping to steal - err borrow - the camera from my husband soon, so I can take pictures. Thank goodness it was a young coyote.

Alan said...

I've seen this reference to a slow spring a couple of places (here's one and I must admit I'm a bit jealous. I cant seem to run fast enough to keep up with what needs to be done. It seems like our spring is just about to jump into summer like it did last year (its been over 80 the past few days), and I'm not ready. Enjoy it while you can.

Ms. Anne said...

We had your spring last year. It happened in about a week and then we had a "normal" last frost which killed any chances of a fruit harvest. The drought was just icing on the cake. This year's Spring is probably close to "normal" but it just seems to be nice and slow because of how things went last year. Hopefully things will slow down for you without a drought.

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