Dishing Up the Dirt

Fridays at the Farm

April 8, 2016

Chickies!!!!

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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.



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5 thoughts on “Fridays at the Farm

  1. tamara says:

    i love love love your little chickie photo! Is it too late to put it in your book. It really captures something special. excellent. love, tamara

  2. Susie says:

    Lovely writing…great photos!

  3. Jewel says:

    I must tell you, Andrea, that I just love seeing your email in my inbox! At first it was for the delishishness of your recipes, but it has become more than that as I follow the workings of the farm and all that you and Taylor do to make it a successful business and comfortable home. Rachel and Jesse originally shared your email with me while I was still in Maine, but I’ve now relocated here and look forward to meeting you at some point. Thanks for all your great recipes photos, and for sharing the story of Tumbleweed Farm!

  4. Ms. Becky says:

    Ahh, things are heating up at the farm. I love the chicks. when I as a little girl that was one of the most pleasant things about spring – when the chicks arrived and we would fill the brooder. They are so cute. And then they grow into hens that peck and get angry when I want an egg! Not all, but I sure have memories of some ornery hens back in the day. thanks for sharing your farm activities. looking forward to the fun.. wishing you a successful season at Tumbleweed Farm.

  5. Jeanette says:

    OH, those chicks – so utterly adorable.

    and it’s so funny – that last picture with the mountain in the background – looks like two eyes on the side of the mountain – checking out the beauty of your farm!!!

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