Life on the farm has been very busy! The gardens have grown beautifully, our corn patch is spectacular and we began harvesting our first planting this past Thursday… which means… the stand is open for another season!
It has been relatively busy for us in the stand, and everyone has been very patient with our new rules in regards to COVID-19. We have developed a new layout for the stand that allows a flow of customers in one direction, we have created a new exit off of the property to make the flow traffic one way. Lots of changes, but it has been good! We are really looking forward to where this harvest season takes us.
Thank-you to all who give us the support! It is much appreciated.
Another rainy day.
An upside to all this wet weather, we haven’t had to irrigate our crops much.
We started cutting down part of the first crop of alfalfa this week for silage, and luckily got all of it into the bags before the rain hit. Good timing on the master farmer around here, Kevin Day! We are still crossing our fingers for some dry weather so that we can take down the rest of the first crop.
The gardens are really loving this rain; everything is so green and happy! When the clouds part and we getting a little bit of sunshine, the plants are going to just burst with energy.
We are still actively working on our online Market Garden, and are very excited for the harvest season for you all to try it out. We can’t wait to make it easier for our customers to get their favourite local produce!
Until next time!
Hi everyone! We can’t believe that it is already June! This season is really moving!
Lately a lot of our energy has been going into tending to our youngest orchard, spreading the limbs and training the tree to grow to ensure good production in the future. The pear crop is looking great, the pears are sizing up in the heat we have been having the last few days.
As for our gardens, things are looking really great! Our weed control is paying off and the gardens are beautiful, the plants are thriving. The image posted with this update is our potato patch; I love the straight lines with the buildings in the background. You can look forward to our beautiful red, white, and yukon gold potatoes this market season!
Soon we will be taking our first crop of hay off; the alfalfa fields are tall! We are crossing our fingers for the weather to stay dry.
Until next time!
Hi everyone! With the remodeled website, we want to get back into the habit of posting updates here. So keep your eyes open for any new posts!
This year has been a strange one so far, with the current world circumstances as they are. But we are still working away as we normally would. The gardens are just about fully planted, and the plants are happy and moving. Our famous corn has been loving the rain and heat over the last while, and you can almost watch it grow.
Our alfalfa fields are luscious and tall, so we will be taking off our first hay crop soon. Keep your fingers crossed for dry weather!
The pear orchard has since bloomed, and now the little pears are thriving; we will be starting to thin the crop soon!
We are really looking forward for the upcoming season. Please keep your ears open for any information in regards to the online store I am in the midst of creating. Our Market Garden is going to operate as normal, with the new social norms of course. We are all super excited to provide you all with your favourite local produce!
Until next time!
I have been remiss in the timeliness of my updates. My appologies. Here we are at the beginning of November already. The pears have all been harvested, stored and packing is ongoing. The Bartlett have all been packed, shipped, and enjoyed by many of you who have taken the time to send us your kind words of appreciation for our products. Most of the Bosc and Red D’Anjou have been packed and shipped and upwards of a third of the Green D’Anjou. The harvest, while not the largest ever, was a very full crop with unsurpassed quality this season. The sugar content and maturity, (read excellent ripening capability), is exceptional this year. I must say that we were blessed with the volume and quality of all the crops we grew on the farm this year. Three crops of hay in the barn rain free, 700 pound calves off the range, ready to be weaned and sent to market, vegetables all harvested and eaten by our local customers, our own larders full and ready for winter.
We are just finishing up readying the farm for winter. Irrigation equipment picked up and stored, pipes all blown and winterized, final mowing to reduce rodent habitat for the winter, winter feeding grounds for the cows readied, harvest equipment cleaned, repaired and stored until next season. The leaves should finish dropping soon, which signals the start of the dormant pruning, probably the most time consuming job on the farm. The importance of a quality pruning job, however, cannot be over emphasized. Tree vigor, crop load and harvested quality all starts with how well the pruning is done.
I guess it is time for me to give you an update on our farming activities over the last six weeks or so from my last update. Where did that time go? It is the 18th of August already. Our on-farm market has been very busy and we have probably sold two thirds of our market garden crop in the last 4 weeks to some very happy, corn crazy customers. Of course, they seem to like melons, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, peaches, and all the other vegies and fruit we sell. Looks like we will sell everything by mid September , just in time to complete our pear harvest by the end of September and divert attention to gathering the cattle from the open range . Pear harvest is once again upon us and we will start picking our Bartletts in a couple days. Time has really flown by and although it has been a very busy season so far, I am excited to start picking and consequently packing the pears as that is the most definite signal that the fall is rapidly approaching. I look forward to starting to pack and market our pears from our packing house, but must admit by end of April I am quite happy to see the last cases shipped We have about 12,000 bales of rain free hay in the barn from the first two crops, and the third crop is beginning to flower. We will definitely be taking 4 crops from some fields this year. I can only hope that we get some good weather for the fall. As I mentioned earlier, we will be gathering the cow herd from the range in October in time to wean the calves. They will be fed on a natural hormone-free diet to supply an ever increasing demand for a more natural product. The calves will almost definitely average in the high six hundred pound range at weaning as the grass at elevation has been exceptional this year, despite the hot conditions. A few very timely rainfalls have saved the season in that regard. Well, I must go now. I look forward to updating you after I put the farm to sleep if not before.