So much is happening on the farm these days, I try to not get overwhelmed but it happens. That feeling of so much to do but not being able to keep up, it can be difficult to stay up beat about the daily tasks at hand. I stop and think, wow so far a great year, the best yet and I can manage this. I have some pretty awesome friends that help me when ever I call and ask. It is the asking part that I am getting better about. We have opened the farm stand finally, as the squash is coming off and more soon to follow. The CSA has been huge for me. It has made me plan the gardens, stay active in planting seeds and taking out what is past its time. I am really excited about the possibilities of growing our local multi-farm csa. The more members we have, the less I need to travel to Dallas for markets twice a week. Market farming is grueling. The days are long; chores start way before the sun rises, 4am usually, because we have to leave by 6am to get to market set up and then return home in the afternoon for chores and harvesting for the Sunday market. Saturday is my longest day, clocking in 16-17 hrs during market season. But, for me market is a second home. I get to converse with other farmers, talk shop, and meet my customers. It is probably the most social time of the week for me, which i really enjoy.
I am having shirts made soon, so stay tuned to purchase those. We use Sugar Rock, a local web design/graphic store for our logo and products. They have done a fantastic job at creating a brand for our farm.
Plants are still going in the ground and produce is coming out. We harvested the first bell peppers last night, a few jalapenos are ready to. Five different types of summer squash are in the field and I will have a second planting in in a few weeks. Right now its yellow crookneck, tigress zucchini, lemon squash (my fav), tondo squash and lungo bianca (great for grilling). I am starting to get winter squash planted and cantaloupes. The watermelon patch has been way to wet and our first two plantings did not survive, its ok, we will keep trying ;) Thanks for supporting our little local farm. We couldn't do it without you!