Precipitation to date this month: Rain 3.9” Hail: golf ball-sized
For one of us at least, the theme for the season may be “Tuck in your flappables, Mabel, storms a-commin’!”
We were lulled into a relative sense of complacency this spring. The weather was warm and mild. We were able to get into the gardens earlier than ever to start prepping the beds and sowing early seeds. The fruit trees bloomed with crazy abandon and even though they were about three weeks early, the weather continued to be so agreeable that we almost thought we were going to escape a freeze. Almost. Then the weather returned to a more seasonable normal. The immature fruit on most of the trees was lost. No apricots, plums, nectarines, mulberries or pears this year. The peaches, oddly enough seem to be holding on. The jury is still out on the apples. Even the asparagus froze to the ground, although it recovered days later as new spears broke through.
We were making exciting
progress on the barn, too. The new main
floor has been poured, complete with drains and plumbing connections and the
electrical work was moving out into the lean-to, where the new walk-in cooler
is to be built. Ah, the electrical,
which tends to be run high on the wall and require ladders for
installation. Sean was working on the
electrical project late on April 11th when he fell about five feet
off a ladder. He broke his left humorous
and fractured the left side of his pelvis in a couple of places. Jill got him quickly to the Knoxville ER who
did x-rays and started IV pain medication (they also had to cut away his Carhartt jacket and heavy hooded sweatshirt – oh
well). Transported by
ambulance to DM Mercy Hospital for more intense care and an
On Saturday night, April 14th,
it was windy and raining on and off until shortly after Sean’s brother pulled
into BGF from
So we are now trying to find our new balance. The regular chores of the farm continue on, as do the escalating duties of spring. The large high tunnel is in full production, in preparation for farmers market. The onions, leeks and shallots have all been transplanted into the garden, as have 200 pounds of seed potatoes. This week we start on the cabbage and broccoli transplants. The garden peas, head lettuce, radishes, spinach, mustard, beets, turnips, arugula and kale were all seeded in the past weeks and are up and growing nicely. Nearly every flat surface in the sunroom is filled with tomato, eggplant, okra, peppers, cucumber, squash and herb transplants. Everything is growing like crazy, including the weeds and the grass! Jill’s dad and Sean’s brother have tended to all the hives on the farm and most of the colonies are growing big and strong. Honey supers will go on soon! Our target is to keep about 28 hives this summer.
The DM Farmers’ Market opens it 26 week season on Saturday, May 5th. Hours from to . Look for us at our new location on the NW corner of Court & 2nd. Once market opens, weekday egg sales at Ritual Café will cease for the summer.
Last minute update: This newsletter was supposed to go out yesterday, but there were
complications with Sean’s recovery and he was shuttled from his doctor’s office
to the local ER then via ambulance to a
2012 CSA Season
Statements to all members were e-mailed out over the weekend. Please let us know if you did not receive a statement. The full balance for all CSA members is due May 1st unless other arrangements are made with us. We anticipate the first delivery of the 2012 season to be the first week of June, weather-depending. Prior to the first delivery we will hold orientation meetings for our new members – more info later.
That’s about it this month, if you have any questions or comments be sure to let us know.
Best from the farm,
Jill & Sean (and Blue & Luci)