Sunday morning Autie woke up at 2:30 a.m. (as I was hoping to finally go to bed) with a fever and throwing up. With Tom in the midst of wheat harvest I was unable to make it to the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in Lincoln, NE. Normally Tom would have the girls spend the day with him in the combine and playing in the fields, but that was not going to work for Autie. I hate missing my markets, but Autie needed me. She barely ate anything until 4:00 a.m. this morning when she woke up demanding breakfast. L So you can imagine I have not had very much sleep the past two days. On the plus side, for those who live nearby, I have a lot of produce available on farm at really good prices, so stop by.
Autie is feeling better, but her germs were passed to me. I can only hope to rebound as quickly as she did. Despite feeling under the weather I did manage to get a few things done today.
I cleaned up some of my seed trays and added the dead plant material to my current compost pile. The pile is really growing which is good. We are learning as we go about compost, but are finding the effort to be worthwhile. We are fairly remote and buying compost is expensive, especially when you factor in transportation. When you really think about it, there is no need for us to go off farm. We just need to learn what we need to know. Who knows in time we may get to the point we have compost for sale. Building up organic matter is important for produce farms... especially if you are trying to use organic growing practices. Organic matter provides nutrients; helps retain moisture within the soil, and can also help minimize weeding.
I checked on my tomatoes and my Orange Parchute and red fig tomatoes are starting to ripen like crazy. That is GREAT news. Usually once cherry tomatoes start they fruit like gang busters. I also expect to have a few red beefsteaks by the weekend. I see some others that are also starting to ripen as well. Bring them on. I also checked on some other things and my green beans have flowers and tiny bean pods on and I will have beans within the next week to 10 days. The zucchini, yellow squash and cucumbers have also kicked into gear. The sweet corn is tasseling and now it is just a matter of time. My chili peppers and bell peppers are still growing and I hope to have some by the weekend. It may or may not happen.
I also finished my online store and made my updates for the first part of the week. Now you can go to http://lecuyergardens.locallygrown.net/ and place your order. This will make it a lot easier to keep up on availability and help my customers track what they have spent. In time I will have the ability to accept debit and credit cards and will always willingly collect at the time of delivery. My online store will work for my mid-week deliveries and for my farm market customers. A few customers have already placed their weekly order and there is still time for both my Wednesday and Thursday deliveries. Some items ship very well and now my attention is focusing on how that could work for those who live outside the area.
Tonight the girls had a slumber party with their Grandma Betty and I am working on paper work and laundry. I also need to clean my kitchen. I made a batch of tabouli using our hard red winter wheat and yum! Bulgur wheat is good, but our wheat adds a nutty flavor and since it is our wheat I am a little biased. I need to check the rules to see if this is something I am able to bring already prepared. It is good and on a hot day fills you up without the heavy feeling. The flavor improves the longer it sets in the fridge. If you make a batch and are not totally impressed you may be astounded to learn what the tiniest amount of salt can do to balance the flavors. It does not need very much. I future batches I will add the salt to the water as I cook the wheat berries.
In the morning I hope to feel well enough to go pick wild raspberries, mulberries and gooseberries. I also need to plant a few more things. I hope plant the first of my fall squash this week. Livie has t-ball s Wednesday and Friday and Grandma Carol is planning to come out here to see her game Friday night. We hope to be able to take her out for supper afterwards. She is driving more than two hours just to see a t-ball game!!!! My girls will be thrilled.
Tom expects to be finished with wheat harvest by Thursday and I can tell he is ready. Normally wheat harvest is followed by a frenzied period where he plants either soybeans or milo in the wheat fields. We have fields we planted a few weeks ago when we were expecting rain that has not come up. We have not received the rain needed. If it is not going to rain there really is no point. This is all part of farming, but… we need it to rain.My thoughts of gratitude focus on finding a few ways to work smarter and not harder. I am hopeful the online store will make ordering easier for you. I also hope it will make it easier to keep track of each individual order. Technology can be frustrating but it is a good thing.v