The Depot Farm

  (Corfu, New York)
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Currantly!

The busy season picking is upon us! With the usual mix of beans, kale, leeks, broccoli, greens and such, we have had a banner year for currants. We hand pick, so it is time-consuming, but we are pleased with the size and large quantity of berries. The bushes are so heavy with fruit they are bending over their wires and touching the ground. Add picking raspberries and I think my hands are permanently stained.

Tomatoes and peppers are still a couple of weeks out yet, but looking excellent so far. Cucumbers are just starting to produce. The zucchini and summer squash are producing as fast as we can pick! Winter squashes look good and we have started our plantings of fall crops. Beds not in use get a cover crop of rye grass and buckwheat. Straw mulch is being added wherever possible to help hold the moisture in. Garlic should be ready in about a week or so, then we will have to pull and cure the bulbs. We will again be offering garlic braids at the markets when the bulbs cure and we make them up. Potatoes are still green and bug free; but we did lift some plants to get some new potatoes for fresh sampling.

Overall, even with the extremely wet, cool spring, plants seem to have adapted and are producing well. I think that covers it for now; I'm back out to the fields to pick for the morning market tomorrow.

 
 

Smell The Roses!

  As the planting season is in full bore, many times we find ourselves so busy we don't know which way to turn. Tilling, plowing, weeding and planting are just some of our chores we try to fit in our busy days. Once in a while I like to take a break, walk over to the field edge by the woods and just sit and watch the world go by. It's amazing to see all the critters busy doing their own thing; while I'm working I didn't even notice them. Bluejays, cardinals and hummingbirds fly back and forth chasing the food for themselves and their young. Insects move up and down, doing their own thing. A woodchuck plays hide and seek in the hayfield not yet mowed. I see him stand on his hind legs, surveying the area, then duck back down  only to surface somewhere else in the field. Two deer are lazily feeding in the far corner of the field. They know I'm here but evidently I'm not a current threat to them so they pay me no heed. I've seen fox and coyotes many times when I'm taking a break like this.

  The quiet and peacefulness of this short break energizes me and gives me a better perspective on what is important in life and to learn to see and enjoy all the little things in our lives. I guess it could be called my life's daily attitude adjustment break. Refreshed, I'm back to work again!

 
 

Planting Update

  Just to update everyone on progress in the fields. The first and second plantings of our spring crops are in and growing. The soil is still too cool to start beans or corn but we are making progress as areas dry up to where we can work the soil and add crops. The rain has been tough, an area dries out and then it rains all over again and it turns to muck.

  The plants in the greenhouse are looking fantastic; not leggy or spindly, nice and green and healthy looking. While the brassicas have already been transplanted outdoors, warm weather crops like tomatoes and peppers will stay indoors where they are protected until warmer weather arrives.

  The markets open on the 17th; we expect to be there with spring lettuce mix, spinach, radishes and kale. Asparagus and chives should round out our offering for the first week. A little light in selection but still a welcome fresh treat. Our CSA members are still on schedule for their first pickup on June 1st. 

  This week promises to be warmer and drier, so we have much to get done. The fence is strung and in place; row covers protect the early crops from possible frosts and have helped in shedding the excess rain so the plants haven't gotten soggy and stressed. While still having a lot of plantings to start in the greenhouse, the better part of this week will be spent in the fields. Flat seeding will get done in the early morning while it is cool then we move outdoors to continue planting. I guess that's about it for now, but we hope to see you in a couple of weeks at the market.

 
 

Winter Blues

  Winter drags on with the cold seemingly relentless. Zero degree nights and days in the single digits. Outside work is keep to a minimum. I've learned to accept it. On the good side, I've managed to catch up and update all my paperwork, do the taxes, even get a head start on this years' files. My eyes hurt and my fingers are sore from writing. Who knew bookkeeping could be so strenuous.

  On the farm side, details for our CSA are completed, seeds and plant stock ordered are arriving almost daily; crop plans, rotations and planting calendars are completed. I was going to make a "to-do" list but decided to wait, (it was number one on the list!) because of the risk of carpal tunnel. I guess I'll have to be content with putting another log on the fire; having a cup of hot tea and thumb though my dog-eared catalogs one more time! Keep warm.

 


 
 

Work in Progress

  With another cold blast this winter, my outside work comes to a halt. The past week with temps in the 30's got me out to start trimming and pruning the trees and bushes. Some needed maintainance work got completed in the barn while I mentally keep a list of the tools in need of replacement. Duct tape and wire only works so long. 

  I've ordered most of my seeds for this season; adding a few new varieties to "test" in the garden. Most seeds are old favorites, chosen over time for taste, vigor and production in my soil. The seeds I saved from last season have all been cleaned and processed; stored away till it's time to replant again.

With the temperature hovering in the single digits for today, I think its  time to make a pot of soup, sit by the wood stove, thumb through another catalog and dream of spring. Life in the fast lane!

                              

 
 

First Snowfall

We received our first snowfall last night. Not much, only a couple of inches. Just enough to cover the ground over. I bundled up in my hat and gloves, took my morning coffee and went out to sit on the deck. Something about the first snowfall; everything clean and white, makes me feel that this is how everything was meant to be. The sun just rising, causing the snow to sparkle in the trees. No wind, No sounds. Peaceful. Calm. Right. 

  Slowly things come alive, the hustle and bustle of people with places to go, people to see, but I will keep that feeling with me. It gives me a sense of Being. Of life and purpose.....


 
 
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