Bayview Veggies

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My 1st Year at Farming!

Wow . . . almost a year has passed since my first blog entry in December of 2008!  You know, I enjoy reading blogs written by other farmers but I can't for the life of me figure out where they find the time to write! haha. . .

 

Most of my days start early, getting my child off to school, an hour at the gym, then I head off to the farm.  I stay as late as I can which on most days is not too late - I'm the resident chauffer for the kid!

 

 It is hard to differentiate between fun and work at the farm . . . it is all good!  Whether it is pulling weeds, hoeing a row, cleaning out the chicken coop (oh yeah, we have chickens!) pulling weeds, planting transplants, mowing the grass, pulling weeds, irrigating, turning the compost, pulling weeds . . . it is all good.  Did you notice that we spend a lot of time pulling weeds! hahaha

 

Chickens ... are amazing, entertaining little creatures!  Last week, Jack and I took our chairs out to the coop and ate lunch with the chickens.  We had about 30 or so little chicks and they are non-stop running!  Unfortunately, coyotes like little chickens and we are down to about 20 . . . it's hard to get a good count since they move so quickly!

 

Today I started weeding the jicama row and melon row.  It looks really good!  The jicama should be ready in the next few weeks.  It was planted in February and needs 10 months in the ground.  If you've never had fresh jicama, you should try some!  You know how tough the peel can be . . . well, with fresh jicama the peel is not tough at all and the jicama is juicy . . . I did not tire of our jicama last year at all. 

 

I'll write more later - hopefully before 10 months pass me by!

 

Rhonda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brownsville Farmers Market

WOOHOO ... the Brownsville Farmers Market opened on Saturday, October 3 and it was great to see everyone . . . our customers, the other vendors and the new customers.  A local newspaper reported that around 400 people visited the market!    We will be back next week!  Drop by and say hello!

 

By the way, send me an email if you would like to receive the weekly newsletter from the Brownsville Farmers Market . . . my partner Jack, writes the letter and it is usually sent late on Friday evenings.  He includes a list of vendors and their product mix..

 

 

Harlingen Farmers Market ... coming soon!

Good News!!!

Harlingen Farmers Market coming soon!!

The market will be held weekly on Saturday afternoons at El Mercado Mall, at the intersection of Morgan and 77 Sunshine Strip in Harlingen. There is plenty of shade - our tables will be in a beautiful patio area toward the back of the mall. There are restrooms nearby and plenty of parking.

 In case you aren't familiar with the location, the mall is near the intersection of 77 Sunshine Strip and Morgan. In fact, if you approach it from Harrison and head north on 77 Sunshine Strip, look up as you get near that intersection and notice that it is behind the big yellow M....
Yes, that M really belongs to a fast food restaurant, but very soon
everyone in town is going to know it also stands for MARKET!

This setting is refreshingly beautiful, reminiscent of a Mexican
mercado with its Saltillo tile, shady trees, and flowering plants.
There is plenty of parking, restrooms close by, and a wonderful
selection of other businesses you will enjoy becoming acquainted with.
More on that later....

Before the market can open, there are permits to be secured from the city.  If all goes smoothly we should have their approval by early
December. Just in time for the bounty of fresh produce that your local
growers will be harvesting....

Rhonda

By the way, check out Harlingen Farmers Market Facebook page!  If the linke below does not work, simply search facebook for Harlingen Farmers Market . . . feel free to join the group!  

http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=harlingen+farmers+market&init=quick

 
 

My 1st Week at Farming

My name is Rhonda and for the last 22 1/2 years I've been a banker.  Well, with things as they are in the world right now, layoffs are inevitiable and that is what has happened to me.  I've been "severed" and now join my partner Jack in our farming endeavor.   I am a farming banker! 

I'm reflecting on what I did yesterday and the contrast between the "real work" and "paper work" is astonishing!  I planted 100 strawberry plants, harvested many pounds of jicama (and that, my friend is not an easy task!) and harvested jicama seed. 

I started this blog on December 10 and today is December 29.  I visited the strawberry plants today and they are looking lovely!  Last week Jack mowed down some oat hay and we snuggled the little plants with hay.  They look so pretty with their dark green leaves against the brown hay. 

The other thing we did today was "turn" our compost heap.  It is really starting to cook and smells so nice!  We have about 1,000 seedlings in flats and will use the compost to prepare beds to receive the seedlings.  We have lettuces, bell peppers and habanero peppers to go in. 

Will write more later!  Gotta fix dinner now . . .

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