The weather finally broke, but unfortunately, so did the tractor. One thing about being a farmer, you need to be able to wear many hats. From plumber to electrician, carpenter to welder, etc. And most importantly - mechanic.
Equipment always breaks. Always. And what I have learned, is that the likelihood of a breakdown his highly correlated to when you need that piece of equipment.
I spent much of the past 2 weeks brush hogging the edges of the property to get ready for the deer fence we are having installed. When the weather finally broke I went to put the tiller on and the brush hog was frozen on to pto spindle. It wouldn’t budge. To make a VERY long story short, I wound up cutting off the receiver with an angle grinder. That allowed me to put the tiller on so I could work one of the fields for planting.
As a result, last week I was able to plant lettuce, spinach, beets and Swiss chard. Today I planted carrots, leaf lettuce, salad greens, turnips and potatoes.
We will be transplanting the chard, broccoli, lettuce (Bibb and romaine), leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, etc. that has been growing in the greenhouse later this week.
This all brings us ever closer to our first CSA drop point. Weather will obviously play a big role between now at then, but if all goes well we should be looking at about a month from now for our first CSA drop.
But then again, it is supposed to go down to 20 tomorrow night. I am so done with this cold!!!
I planted the all blue potatoes that I am very excited about. We have planted blue potatoes in the past, but those are blue skinned with white flesh. I am planting that variety as well. But these are blue all the way through (as you can see).
The other big project going on here at the farm is the construction of a walk in cooler. I am building an 8’x12’ cooler (carpenter and electrician) to store our CSA boxes as they get packed to make sure your produces stays “just picked” fresh. We are putting the cooler in one of our out buildings (a garage) so that it is easily accessible for truck loading and for our farm pick-up CSA customers.
So that’s the news for now. We are getting very excited for the season!