Our first garden pick ups went great. Thank you everyone for your patience as we organize parking, picking, etc. This week’s share will expand and include:
red romaine lettuce
butter crunch lettuce
green romaine lettuce
We are so lucky to have such nice families. See you Thursday between 6-8pm or Saturday between 9-11am
The rain is falling on newly sprouted spinach, red romaine and butter-crunch lettuce, sugar snap peas, garlic, onions, strawberries and herbs. Most of the beds are ready for planting, and the newly tilled garden sections are ready as well. We have lots of seeds in the ground, and plants ready to go after the fear of the last frost has passed. Every year we seem to have a hard frost in mid May, and this year will probably be no different. I was pleased to see so many apple, cherry and plum blossoms after the unpredictable weather earlier this spring. We are looking forward to planting over Memorial Weekend and want our garden members to join us Saturday morning if they like. There will be lots to plant!
Bluebird Trail Farm was the proud recipient of the AIM Sunshine Grant last week. We will be installing a wheelchair ramp into the barn/activity room. Thank you AIM!
An abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, green and purple beans, herbs, kale and sunflowers fill the garden boxes this week. We are enjoying our garden families who come weekly to pick their share and enjoy the farm.
A very large blackberry crop is on the way, followed by raspberries and apples!
Everything is green and growing. Weekly shares have begun and each will contain fresh strawberries/ spinach/ rhubarb/ herbs ( dill and basil) / lettuce / radishes/. Check out the photos below of the garden.
Very soon we will experience an abundance of peas/ squash/ chard/ and cucumbers. A gently reminder that we do not use any chemicals on our produce and we also compost. So please thoroughly wash all of your produce before consumption. Many of us are accustomed to this perfectly clean romaine lettuce. In ours one may find a few bugs / holes/ and some dirt.
We processed the first group of Cornish Roasters and now have available 5 pound roasters. These birds were raised on pasture with grain. The meat is tender and tasty.
We continue to collect over a dozen eggs a day. If you did not add the eggs to your half or whole share and would like some/ let us know.
Thank you for your patience while the garden is growing…..Margie
Green and growing!
Daisy our sow!
What’s new on Bluebird Trail Farm this week? Baby lambs! On Thursday we rescued three abandoned baby lambs and are now bottle feeding them in the stable. We also received our next 100 baby chicks who are now warm and cozy in the brooder house. Daisy our momma sow is sleeping and eating more and more preparing for her big delivery on May 24th. If you would like a “delivery alert” sent out when she begins labor let us know.
Today in the garden we added to the garlic and strawberries already growing….onions kale broccoli and sugar snap peas. It was cold and windy but our trusty CSA members dug onward and inward.
The tree swallows who dominated the Bluebird Trail have all settled on their new homes…now the more passive Bluebirds are finding their way and building their delicate nests made of pine needles and grass.
Our first farm event day today “Old McDonald’s Farm” endured the brisk wind and cloudy skies to enjoy feeding the lambs and pigs then hiking the Bluebird Trail to catch a few frogs in Cattail pond.
More to come…………
It’s been a very eventful week on the farm. “Daisy” our sow arrived and is proving to be quite social and friendly. She is due to deliver ( we hope) 14 piglets or more over Memorial Weekend. Please stop by and meet them!
This week also we will receive another 100 Cornish chicks that will stay warm in the brooder.
Our bottle fed Nigerian goats will arrive Saturday just in time for “Old McDonald’s Farm” event on Saturday May 3. We still have room for participants. On Saturday you can enjoy bottle feeding the goats/ meeting Daisy/ feeding the baby chicks and hiking on the Bluebird Trail. We also have some nice crafts planned.
The garden beds are almost ready to plant. This past weekend our CSA members tilled the compost and peat moss into the beds. The rich dark soil is ready to plant……in May.! To date however we do have strawberries garlic and peas growing with spinach ready to go.
The tree swallows are dominating the Bluebird Trail this year. But we are hopeful that two bluebird nests ( not quite done) will yield a brood.
We enjoyed a wonderful troop of 13 Brownies last night for a hike and evening on the farm.!