This week we seeded out our first 600 plants for the 2012 season. We started kale, lettuce, pac choi, broccoli, bunch onion and broccoli rabb which we will transplant to the field (under low-hoops) in mid-March. For the last couple months, I had been feeling a lot of nervous energy and apprehension about the new season. [...]
Over the weekend we started planting out the basement grow room. And now, a couple days later, we have 1,200 plants happily germinating away. We start all our plants in soil blocks because they require no ag plastic and are much better for the plant (that’s what you’re seeing in the picture above). So far we’ve started [...]
Last weekend we attended our very first farmer’s market and I’ve got to say it started off scary. Our first four perspective customers all asked for eggs and left disappointed (and empty handed) when we told them we didn’t have any. Fortunately, the next several dozen people didn’t give a toss about eggs and bought up almost everything we had. We’d come with spinach, kale, soil blocked starts and plants in compostable pots. We left with a few soil blocks and a couple tomato plants. It was a great day and a fantastic introduction to the farmer’s market. Best of all, it left us with a clearer vision of our business and new ideas for our future.
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For us, summer started a few weeks ago, in mid-March, during a snow storm that would ultimately drop more than 12-inches. Early on we declared a snow day and spent a morning planting almost 1,000 tomato and pepper plants in our basement grow room. Without question this will be the most important planting session of our growing year. Baring grievous misfortune or outrageous happenstance, tomatoes will be our largest dollar crop by a significant margin (just as they are for almost all mixed veggie farms). Sold as both plants and fruit, they could account for up to a full 5th of our income. In no small way, the financial success of our farm depends on our success with tomatoes. The peppers are important too. While they won’t drive as much income as the tomatoes, they are essential to our presenting a vibrant and interesting market stand. We focus on growing unusual varieties with great flavors and colors. So when the pepper come good, they will help us build a colorful, vibrant and delicious market stand.
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