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The weather may have changed, but the rain didn’t start until we had a good stretch of ground planted. Peas, radishes, turnips, carrots, beets, arugula, mizuna, yokatta-na, salad, spinach, dill, cilantro. Like I said, a nice space is now planted and *well* watered. Because, by the time the gentle spring rain was done Sunday night, we estimated that at least 3 inches had fallen. That’s what we call a soaking. But April Showers bring May….food!
Last week, we waited somewhat anxiously for Lillibet to deliver her new litter. The calendar said Easter Sunday, my estimate was for Wednesday, but she finally brought them into the world Friday morning. 10 beautiful babies. I take no credit, she’s an amazing mother.
Monday, we picked up our first batch of fryer chicks for the year. These will be ready to butcher in June, so if you haven’t reserved your plump, juicy fryers yet, be sure and get yourself on the list. There are a few not spoken-for, and there will be more in the months to come.
Kerri and Dan, our interns for the summer will be arriving in two weeks, which should be just in time for heavy planting season. The potatoes will arrive this week, onion transplants next week, and then round one of transplants in the greenhouse will be ready to go out. Bring on the warmer weather, because we’ve got so much to do!
We are still hoping to fill about 50 CSA subscriptions. If you would like to join us, or if you know someone who would like to join us, please don’t delay! Summer will be here before you know it, and our summer season starts in just 9 weeks. We would love to share this great upcoming season with you!
Late breaking news is that the first Tree Swallows arrived today! There must be 50, swooping and diving over the rapini patch, picking-off flying insects. They are a great thing for the farm because they can make a serious dent in the insect pest population. I read reports that they can eat 60 insects per hour—that’s around 25,000 insects per month, per individual! Next time you’re complaining about mosquitos, bring in the swallows! The orange-and-black Barn Swallows haven’t returned from the south yet, but they will be here soon and hopefully will be taking up their nests in the cow barn again.