The Roller Coaster Ride of Spring

The past two months have certainly felt like a roller coaster ride between the crazy hot and cold weather we have been having and the domino affect it has on all things farm related. Tonight it is supposed to get down to 25, all my row fabric is out in the field, still with some things uncovered, I hope everything makes it through the night. Spring to me always feels like a test of wil20140301_155110l power, its a race against the clock and mother nature.

I have very much been enjoying getting reaquainted with the farm again after being away for 3 + years (since I was an intern). The farms John Deere tractor and I,  have also been getting to know each other quite well, as we have been prepping lots of ground for spring and summer crops. While we still spend lots of hours in the greenhouse we have have finally made our way into the fields with lots of planting and irrigation work. In between the rain, and snow, and hot and cold, we have managed to seed or plant thus far: bok choi, chinese cabbage, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, asian greens, mustard greens, kale, chard, collards, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, lettuce, lettuce mix, cress, mesculin, spinach, arugula, snap peas, garlic for green garlic, sunchokes, dill, cilantro, chives and 1200 feet of onions!

It20140320_151601 feels great to be outside  growing vegetables: planting, irrigating and weeding again, after the rough winter we have had.

The farm bonfire and food truck we hosted this past Saturday turned out better than I could have imagined. So many people came out the farm it was amazing, and the Happy Belly Food truck was delicious, www.happybellytruck.com. We are leaving the christmas lights up permanently and will certainly be having another on farm bonfire before the year is over.

This years first two apprentices: Matt and Jessica have been doing an awesome job picking up the ever changing farm tasks and duties we encounter on a daily basis. I am so grateful to have such fantastic help this season.

The next few days we will be trying to get out our next big push of spring crops from the greenhouse as well as potatoes. We are doing most of this intense planting to feed are CSA members and to fill up our spring shares, and we are still accepting CSA members for this season, with market style pick ups on farm tuesday’s from 5 to 7 pm, and box share pickups on wednesdays all day. Please visit our webiste for more information: www.serenbefarms.com/CSA

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