Monday, 27 June 2011

Renegade Geese!

Notes from the farm...
Rain, rain, rain!
We were doing a happy rain dance when the rain began to fall last week – our seedlings really needed it as things were very dry around here. The peas are thriving and finally have flowers on them. But then the rain kept coming and coming, and on Saturday morning we awoke to a flood in the fields! Half of one of our moveable chickens coops had turned into a lake over night. Because our chickens are young yet, they are still fairly sensitive to cold or wet conditions and we unfortunately lost a chicken in the night. I brought 2 more chickens that looked especially cold into the barn and put them under a heat lamp to recover (and they did!). I was worried about the beans I just planted with all the wet weather, but I saw today that they are up and doing well!

Renegade Geese:
Our cute little geese became much less loveable last week when they got into the greenhouse and ate a significant portion of our lettuce and radish crops. Some of it will re-grow, some will not. I was so proud of my beautiful, big heads of leaf lettuce (pictured at right) and it was devastating to see them hacked apart!

Market Stall:
We’re now at the Farmers’ Market! I have a booth on the “other side” of the deck selling duck eggs. Stop by and say hello!

Veggie Boxes:
We’ve begun selling our veggie boxes in VERY limited numbers! Our boxes are sold out right now, but if you are interested, let me know and I can send out an email when we get more veggies to fill more boxes later in the year! Lettuce, radishes, rhubarb, mint and green onions have been the mainstays of our early summer boxes. We hope that peas and garlic scapes will be ready soon! Our first carrots and beets have come up, and our tomatoes have flowers on them – it’s always heartening to see the promise of vegetables to come!

Allison Muckle
Rowantree Farms

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