We survived our grand opening yesterday, and I'm happy to say it was a success! Thanks go out to all who stopped to see us, your support of local, organic food allows us to spend our time doing what we love- farming!
I admit, I have been pretty stressed about opening. We did open for a partial season last year, but opening August 1 means lots more veggies are in season. However, the table was NOT bare looking even though it is only May! I've been busy with my jams, mustards and flavored vinegars, we have a nice assortment of raw milk cheese, and in addition to early crops like spring onions and rhubarb, I also have some hardy herbs that are already needing to be cut. We also had lots of pork and our first chicken of the year. While we did sell out of one or two things, overall we had enough to keep the table filled all day. My other fear was that no one would come, but we had a wonderful turnout. So now that the opening is over, I'll be much less anxious about the coming weeks.
The garden is looking greener every day. Last week we put in 10 flats of transplants, so the plastic I put down is now filled and then some! It's hard to believe, but our last killing frost was actually in June last year, so as much as we wanted to plant earlier, we also hated to take the chance of losing all our seedlings one chilly night. Here in northwest PA, the general wisdom is that it is safe to garden after Memorial Day, so here's hoping that it will be great gardening weather from here on out. We're planning on putting in some of our least frost tolerant seeds later today as well as planting beans and lettuce again so we can continue harvesting them throughout the season. The peas are blooming, so they will be ripening quickly, and I know we'll be overrun with zucchini before long. We've got more rhubarb than I can even describe right now, so I'm going to try and come up with something fun to can this week, so who knows what will be new for sale by next Saturday!
We hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend, and we hope you'll be able to visit us on Saturdays!