Sunday, May 16, 2010

Photo Updates

As promised, some (belated) pictures!

Baby Chicks 2010!

Grace & Jamie with the new babies!

Pepper Plants
Tomato Plants


Well, grass cutting season is in full swing and we should have a lot more garden planted than we do, but sometimes things just don't go how you think they might!  While the grass is in full swing, temperatures have remained quite cool and while it hasn't been what you may call a "wet spring", it hasn't been a very sunny one either!  I'm anticipating a very busy next few weeks!

I'll close with a picture of the kids at last weekend's Mayflower Alpaca Show in Crapaud.  They all participated in the junior showmanship.  Grace got 3rd place, Jamie 4th, and poor Katie ended up only with a medallion and honorable mention because her alpaca "spooked" and drug her around the show ring.  She made us proud, though, and handled it well. 

Grace, Katie and Jamie at the Mayflower Alpaca Show

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Jamie's Big Day

Today was a special day for the Hughes family.  Jamie made his First Communion today - the first gluten-free First Communion in our Parish actually!  As you can see, he was decked out for the event (less the needed haircut)!

What's new on the farm?  Well, most of our early garden planting has come up.  Yeah!  I can almost taste the fresh lettuce mix and spinach.  Also making an appearance are peas, beets and Swiss chard.  No sign of the carrots yet, but they usually follow close behind the beets which are just barely peeking.  Our tomatoes, peppers, onions and flowers started indoors are doing well too.  I will get some pictures of all that this week to post.

Other big news on the farm is that we will be getting some baby chicks (meat birds - layers will be next month).  So, I will definitely get some pics of those cute yellow fluff balls posted for everyone's enjoyment! 

I'll sign off with a couple of pictures of the day we planted our early potatoes/garden (the week after Easter).  Take care.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Out with the old....

2009 financial books that is! Yeah, I finished the books on Friday! Now, to get started on 2010 and do a little bit weekly to keep it manageable - a goal that we will succed in this year!

Approximately 1500 onion seeds are busily germinating, but not peeking at us yet. Last year was the first we started onion from seed (in addition to sets, which was always what we used - but are not available organically) and we were very pleased with the quality of the onions. They are actually quite easy to grow from seed, but take up a lot of room! This is the year we plan to finally get a greenhouse, though, so we should have more room for our "grow op" as Gary has dubbed it (I'll include a pic when there is actually something growing). I'm a bit later getting some things started compared to last year, but I felt I had to get the books off my mind before I could focus on anything else. Next to be planted: more onions, leeks, peppers and tomatoes!

Well, our early, beautiful spring weather seems to be taking a break - but, wow, the snow has really disappeared! The kids have their bikes out and are loving it!

Hope all is well in everyone's world!

Monday, March 22, 2010

And we begin!

Well, this is all very new to me. I thought it was about time to embrace the world of blogging! Since we don't have a website yet, I thought it would be a way for friends, family, and people who support our certified organic market garden products know what life is like here on our farm.

On the market side of our farm, we are happy to announce that we will be offering a limited number of CSA shares for the 2010 growing season. The share cost is $400 for 20 weeks. Thanks to Kerry & Julie McKenna for being our first share owners:)!

March Break is over and spring has sprung! The amazing weather we've been having have stirred up those feelings of wanting to grow things again! The winter break from planting, weeding, harvesting and preserving certainly does wonders. It won't be long 'till we're back at it. I love seeing those first signs of green peeking out in the garden!

One of the March Break activities - cleaning out the hen house!

I'll try my best to keep up with this blog. Hope all is well with everyone!