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.
Kale safely stowed under our Remay cover, a cloth covering that helps us to keep out pests allowing us not to spray.
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!
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.
After a long wait mother nature has finally let us start to get back out into our fields. Spring is a busy time for sure! Sean has been hard at work getting our hoophouse all ready for our greens to go in, which will be ready by our first market day at Lincolnville Farmers’ Market at Dot’s on May 16th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We have spinach, kale, lettuce, kohlrabi, and cabbage planted and tucked away safely for the early spring season. We are glad to have some green life back on the farm while many of our other seedlings are happily growing in the greenhouse space we are renting this season.
Beyond getting our fields ready, Sean and his father built a beautiful chicken coop for our four happily laying girls. We plan to eventually grow our chicken flock but for now we are happily enjoying our fresh eggs and can’t wait for all our other on-farm ingredients to be ready to throw into the pan!
The snow keeps on piling up over here, but thats not going to stop us from seeding our first batch of crops in the hoop house. This week a bed of arugula, one of baby carrots, another of scallions, and a few beds of kale and chard all made it in during a rare thaw. I’ve considered the hoop house to be a valuable hedge in providing more varied crops early in the season, particularly to the CSA. While we can only dream of seeding out in the field, its nice to get a jump on the season any way that we can.
Winter is here, and there’s nothing we can do except get ready for our second season. For anyone interested in signing up with us for the 2015 CSA with Siberia Farm, please keep a look out for more info. As a general rule, the price will stay the same at $550 for the 17 weeks of veggies (and hopefully strawberries too!).
At this point we are transitioning to living off the grid and the first thing to go was the internet, so updates may be more scattered, and emails not quite returned as quickly as I would like. But we will be delivering the brochures for the 2015 CSA to Siberia as soon as they are printed up. Stay tuned.
The farm is still producing but it is starting to wrap up for the season. The Maine winter is closing in and we will take whatever we can get from here on out. Ol’ Man Winter is nipping at our toes and only the hardiest greens and roots survive outside.
This past month we have been busy working on the back field some more. We now have over 150 blueberry plants out back which should be bearing a bountiful crop in no time at all. We also transplanted most of our strawberries and next year’s pastures are ready to go and are a nice mix of grasses and clover.
We plan on incorporating some livestock into the rotation next season. We will certainly have a couple of pigs to till up a bit of land that will eventually be our herb and perennial crop garden. We are also going to raise a couple of cashmere goats for meat, fleece and pelts.
The farm is coming together very nicely and we are grateful for everything it has produced and continues to produce this year. This is a long-term project as all true sustainable farms should be, and we are just getting started! Thanks for all who have supported us this year and we look forward to growing the most sustainable veggies for you and your family for years to come. There is a lot more to look forward to over the years as we work towards offering a full range of local, nutritious, and delicious products!
The air is crisp but it is not too cold yet. We planted a lot of greens hoping for a late flush, and so far so good! With a little bit of rain hopefully we will have some nice, tender greens right through the month of October. Once the greens are out the fields will be ready to put to sleep in preparation for winter, we are just getting started over here.