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29 Mar 2013

So, after a little bit of a delay, the 2013 season is officially on!  As seen in the picture, the first wave of sugar snap peas went in the ground March 28th.  Not bad considering there was snow on the ground last week.  The air got considerably warmer and the spot we planted drained well and we were able to till and plant relatively quickly.  Jed and Q fixed our old seeder (and added the new one) and it sowed like a dream!

Historically, the first peas go in the ground a little after St Patrick's Day so this is pretty good.  Soon the first kale(s), swiss chard, spinach, radishes, lettuce greens, and other earl;y hearty fare will be in the ground, too!.  Sweet. 

More to come later but just so psyched to be finally in the ground.

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22 Mar 2013

Two days into spring and what you may ask does that mean for the farm?  Well, usually the first wave of sugar snap peas would have been in the ground but there still remains a few inches of snow cover, as well as the fact that the ground has yet to thaw.   We  had hoped to get some hearty fare into some row covered rows by no, too, but it looks like two weeks before we'll be in the ground, at the very least.  Depending on which ground is ready first, we'll have to plant carefully in the first few weeks of April.   Often the planned site for a certain crop is not ready yet, too wet. The gradual start to the season we hoped for looks now to be one which starts all of a sudden and doesn't let up till fall..  But, we will be prepared for it.   The greenhouse is full, our offsite growers are ready with our seedlings for a mid April first pick up, and the season will get underway eventually.

The maple sap has been flowing fairly well and we look to have a wonderful supply for the year (about 80 gallons - which is great for us), and the CSA program is busy collecting funds and getting new and old members caught up with the goings on at the farm.  machinery is primed and ready, farmers (Jed and Quincy - Patrick is on paternity leave for a month) are chomping at the bit to get outside and farm the land. 2013 is so full of potential and excitement, we are really looking forward to it.

So, spring will have to wait another week.  Such is life.  When the snow finally says goodbye and the ground warms, winter will seem a distant memory.  

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14 Mar 2013

Ah, March, you rascal.  Balmy and sunny one  moment, snowy, icy and cold the next.  As spring peeks out from around the corner, winterreminds us she still has a few last bursts of arctic air left to dispel.  The month where we start the process once again of toiling the land, creating from the good earth a sustainable crop in which to feed the community.  A month where seeding directly into the ground will begin (sugar snap peas go in the ground in 7 days) kicks off the long 7 month planting season here at Waldingfield, it is also the month which sees the last of our 2012 storage crops coming to an end.  A month of contradictions.

So as the weather challenges us outside, the warmer temperatures in the greenhouses provide the perfect environment for our spring greens to flourish.  Rows of salad are sprouting up (the pic is from a few weeks earlier) and now the entire house is filled with greens which will be ready for market in early April.  The snow from last week is now gone, the thaw not quite making the muddy mess we're sure to get, and the farmers can easily maneuver around the property on the tractors.  The buzz has started for 2013...

A couple of nice notes to pass along.  One of the farmers, Patrick, and his wife Suzie, are now the proud parents of Griffin Ryerson Rogers Horan, born 3.5.13.  Mother and child are well and will be spending much of the summer at Waldingfield.  Also, we are happy to announce that Waldingfield will once again host "Outstanding in the Field" in 2013.  The event is September 4th, tickets go on sale March 20th.  

So, as our CSA sign up continues, and the spring planting begins, there is much to rejoice for the upcoming season.  All we ask for is that March goes out like a lamb and allows us to farm unencumbered by Mother Nature.

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