This past week we welcomed a new flock of chicks to Tumbleweed Farm. Fifteen girls will be joining the tribe and we could not be more thrilled. Their chirps are the perfect background noise and the farm feels a little more cozy with our new additions. The older gals continue to be good layers and we’ve been bartering fresh eggs for local coffee and meat. It’s a great trade and we’re excited to add more layers to the mix!
We’ve been seeding, transplanting and tilling up a storm. Every day more plants move from the greenhouse out to the field and Taylor continues to till more areas of the farm in preparation for planting. It’s been a busy week and things continue to get a little more hectic with each passing day but we’re staying on track with our schedule and hoping to not fall behind. We’ve spent a couple of late evenings putting row covers up to help protect some of our early spring greens from frost. The days have been warm and sunny but the nights are still pretty chilly around here so row covers are mandatory.
This coming weekend we’re going to catch up on some weeding and we have a HUGE brassica planting heading out to the upper field. It’s going to be a busy couple of days around here but we have a barbecue planned with some neighbors so there will at least be something fun to look forward to. The farmers market kicks off in a few weeks and our CSA begins at the end of May. There is so much work to get done between now and then that sometimes it can feel totally overwhelming. However, if we keep taking things one day at a time I think that heavy feeling that has settled in our chests will subside and we can continue to tackle chores and stay on top of everything. I love the spring but man, it really is the most stressful time of the year to be a farmer. Any mistakes we make now we’ll be paying for in the summer and fall. We’ve been at this for 8 years now and you’d think we’d be more relaxed with each passing season however, we still feel completely vulnerable every spring. I don’t think that will ever go away.
I hope wherever this post finds you that you are enjoying some early spring produce and are able to kick back and relax a bit this weekend. If the sun is shining maybe fire up the grill, crack open a few colds ones and enjoy a meal with friends.
Cheers from Tumbleweed Farm.