New first market days are as follows:
- Stockbridge on May 26th from 4 pm to 7 pm and every following Friday through October!
- Dexter on May 27th from 8 am to 1 pm and every following Saturday through October!
- Howell on May 28nd from 9 am to 2 pm and every following Sunday through October!
- Ann Arbor May 31st from 7 am to 3 pm and every following Wednesdaythrough December!
- Ann Arbor June 3rd from 7 am to 3 pm and every following Saturday through December!
Well I had better tell you something about what has been happening here, otherwise you might think we are just relaxing, drinking margaritas!
Here are the most noteworthy tasks accomplished this week:
- We used our ancestral two-bottom plow and flipped two and a half acres. All of this will be planted in vegetables by the end of the year. This was very exciting. It was my Grandpop's on my mother's side.
- Updated our deer fence to enclose just over 7 acres. This involved a lot of post pounding and line stringing. We also got a spicy new fence charger, the kind that plugs into the wall. With our old solar charger, I always tested the fence with my hand. NO MORE! It is too shocking!
- We got our first round of cucurbits in the ground (cucumbers, squash, and melon). We have lots of different varieties. Goldy is my favorite zucchini, flavorful and smooth. Silver slicer is a wonderful cucumber, mellow and never bitter. And the cantaloupe? Well it is just so hard to choose. You will have to tell me your favorites when the start showing up in August.
- The celery, celery root, parsley, leeks, some of our flowers, and second round of tomatoes also somehow all made it into the ground.
- We ran the irrigation out to the new field, which is no small feat. Over 500 feet of line, connected up and moving water to our tender crops. This involved taking stock of what we have and running new line too.
- We have laid ground cloth for subsequent plantings. This acts as a weed barrier, as well as heats the soil and helps in moisture retention.
- We got the hoops up on the new hoop houses! All we have to do now is add a little rigidity to the structure with some purlins and endwalls, then slap some plastic on there!
- Despite not having endwalls, we composted the ground in the new houses to prepare it for the ginger, which is finally starting to spout.
- We weeded the kale and some of the spring greens.
- We found quite a few Redwing black bird nests, expertly woven into sturdy clumps of grass, each with three to four light blue and brown speckled eggs. We will wait to mow those areas until after the babies have fledged. I have been amazed with how tolerant the parents are of our presence.
- We have a lovely, giant garter snake that lives around our greenhouse that I have nicknamed The Greenhouse Guardian. Hopefully our serpantine friend will enforce our strict no seedeaters allowed policy. Incidentally, we also have a pair of toads protecting our greenhouse from insects. Hopefully, the toads are snakewise. I think the must be to have gotten as giant as they are!
Helen, Jim, Exie the dog, and the Lake Divide Farm Crew!