Richert/Phillips Farms

  (North Liberty, Indiana)
ventures of a small fresh pick farm
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maple sap is running, chickens ordered and seeds planted

   We have had a busy week--our season has began. Maple trees are running(giving sap) and we have been setting new taps while collecting sap from already set trees. Most of the time sap is collected once a day but today we had to go out twice, that is perfectly fine. Leon will be cooking and bottling it for us, so everyday(except Sundays) I deliver to him. Leon is a good man and farmer(small produce and livestockman). With his young family he has hard times, yet smiles a lot with a good story from time to time.

   Daniel and I finally got the floor done in the greenhouse with other work like building a propagation chamber(an inclosed selving system well insulated with watertables to start seeds). Monday we will start seeds for the field.

   Finding straw for the berries and asparagus has been difficult--there is a lead that will be fallowed up on Tuesday. As long as the snows do not melt the strawberries will-be fine, but if it rains Saturday night(like the landlord says) all the snow will melt and the berries will need covered.

   Chickens have been ordered and will be coming soon. We are going to order a few ducks for some customers who like there eggs over chicken eggs--we will see if it works out.

   Well, I have to go and study my lesson for Sunday school I am the teacher for mens class for a few months--

   Jesus love

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