And What a Summer It Has Been…

Wow, it may just be us but doesn’t it seem like this summer has just flown by? It is hard to believe that it is already September. Our CSA and markets are coming closer to wrapping up but our fields are still producing bountiful amounts of baby carrots, potatoes, greens, and more!

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As fall approaches our corn is growing quickly and our sunflowers are coming to the end of their reign. We have had a great season thus far and plan to end it accordingly and are already planning for next year.

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This year a focus of our farm has been saving our own seeds. This fall all the kale and mustard will be grown from our own saved seeds, this is a very exciting venture for us and allows us to become self-sufficient and not dependent on seed companies who may have a crop failure certain years or may choose to stop offering certain varieties we depend on.

Throughout the summer we have been feeding our chickens and goats with our leftover produce, it gives them quite a feast that they all enjoy together. Our goats have grown quite a bit since the beginning of the season and are just as playful and silly as ever.

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Life on the farm has been busy but good. We look forward to a pleasant fall, a restful winter, and another great season shortly after, but until then there are still a few months left of hard labor, perfect working weather, and delicious farm fresh foods.

The goat kids have arrived!

After much waiting we have finally driven up to Mandala Farm in Gouldsboro and picked up a young flock of cashmere goat kids, and let us tell you they are a joy to have! We are currently pasturing them together with our small flock of laying hens and these very curious and adventurous goats quickly took over the chicken coop where the goats and hens now sleep together.

photo 4 photo 1 photo 14 photo 15Although it is tough to concentrate on anything else with such cute new additions to the farm we are busy at work tending to the vegetable fields. Yesterday, we had a much needed full day of rain that accomplished more for our fields than we could have ourselves. A nice rainy day is always an enjoyable one for farmers, to sit back, relax, and watch nature do the heavy lifting.

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First CSA Share of the Season!

Hello and welcome to our CSA members!

We really hope you enjoyed your first share of the season. It was packed full of greens, with a few veggies with some color packed in as well. We enjoy nothing more than boxing up some great looking veggies just picked fresh that morning and sending them your way!

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Hello Freedom, We Are Murphy Family Farm

Now that we have put up our new sign in Freedom, and now that you know who we are we just wanted to introduce ourselves. We are Murphy Family Farm and we grow diversified vegetables and will be having a market this summer right down the street at Freedom General on Sundays. Come on by and say hello if you see us out in the fields or at the market and let us know what you would like to see.

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A Busy Time of Year

The farm has been busy with tilling, seeding, transplanting, going to markets, and prepping for our CSA with Siberia Farms which begins on June 4th. Beyond the usual farm tasks Sean and his dad have been working on putting up the Murphy Family Farm sign his dad made, so this past week they built a sign stand, hopefully the sign will be going up soon!

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Market, raised beds, and transplanting season begins!

We are growing excited as the time for our first market is quickly approaching this Saturday, May 16th from 9 to 1 at Dot’s Cafe in Lincolnville. We have a great variety of greens and more planned for the first week! We will be bringing lettuce, spinach, kale, scallions, and seedlings. Collecting fiddleheads and ornamental blossoming cherry branches is also on our list of things to gather for this first market.

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Kale safely stowed under our Remay cover, a cloth covering that helps us to keep out pests allowing us not to spray.

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The week has been busy as we have been creating permanent raised beds in our main field. This means a lot of hours are spent shoveling the top soil from the paths in which we walk onto the beds. Once we turn around and look back at the gorgeous beds created it is certainly worth it all!

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We also spent a lot of time in the field transplanting our beautiful seedlings out. Above is our newer lettuce patch with kale on the left and broccoli on the right, both protected by Remay. Below are our beets freshly transplanted in the fields and a photo of our broccoli seedlings before they were transplanted.

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Warm weather, busy times, and foreign friends

Suddenly the weather has taken a turn for the better as it has warmed up and the fields are drying out. Tomorrow is the big day when Sean will get out into the field and till it up for the Spring. Meanwhile we have filled the hoophouse, most recently planting the last available row with bok choy on a lovely morning off from work. The orchard has also now been planted and although it is a long-term project it is one we are very excited about!

Bok ChoyTraveling VeggiesLettuceWateringThis past week we had visitors come to the farm, Anna’s grandparents flew over from Germany and excitedly explored all the farm had to offer. They loved the beautiful views, the lively hoophouse, and the beginnings of our lovely cabin. They also loved the coast and enjoyed several meals at Dot’s Cafe in Lincolnville, the location of our market which is starting next Saturday, May 16th, we hope to see you there!

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