We’ve been busy down on the farm this week planting a little bit of everything. We now have 175 pounds of potatoes in the ground, a bed of turnips, a bed of kale, nearly a full bed of lettuce, some cabbage and scallions, and even a 100 foot bed of sunflowers. A huge thanks goes out to Village Farm for their generosity supplying us with a full load of excess seedlings, thanks to their support we are now right on track with our crops for our markets and CSA. If you are in the market for organically grown seedlings for your own garden this summer make sure you check out Village Farm’s Seedling sale next week in Freedom, they have some great looking stuff (they are certainly helping us look like pros).
Don’t forget to check us out at our first ever market at Dot’s on Route 1 in Lincolnville this coming Friday, May 16 from 11 to 3. There should be some kale, radishes, pea tops, hopefully some tokyo bekana, and a little baby spinach. We are looking forward to offering much more as the season progresses, but for now we will enjoy the bounty this spring has provided.
Since we haven’t been using mechanized tillage we have been able to get out on the fields early. We have ten 100-foot beds planted for the early markets and CSA. We’ve got everything in the ground from beets and carrots to asian greens and lettuce. We planted sweet onions yesterday and the garlic from last fall is starting to sprout up!
We picked up 250 pounds of seed potatoes yesterday as well as a variety of trees and fruiting shrubs to work on our long-term goals of sustainable and nourishing agriculture. The farm is starting to take shape and we look forward to the season ahead.
Though the snow still lingers on the fields and the daylight is not yet long enough to grow crops again we are busy planning for the summer. We have been accepted to the Northeast Harbor Farmers Market on MDI and are planning on selling at a small market in Lincolnville. These markets will allow us to expand our reach significantly, essentially allowing us to market our products throughout Mid Coast Maine.
At Northeast Harbor you will be able to find us every Thursday down by the Marina selling a variety of cut flowers, particularly sweet peas. We plan to dedicate our small 14×20 hoop house entirely to flowers for this purpose. The market typically runs from the last week in June until the end of August, while the island is flush with tourists. If you venture over to MDI feel free to stop by and say hello.
In Lincolnville we will be selling a variety of vegetables at a relatively new, small market right on Route 1. More details about this market will follow, but we are very excited about the possibilities.