day off

Dear Readers,

It's Memorial Day, and we're taking the day off! I did swing by the farm to meander around with the camera, and good thing I did, because the sweet peas apparently decided to bloom over the weekend. Hallelujah! This is the first year I've managed to grow sweet peas successfully without a hoophouse (and the third year trying), and it was a labor of love: seeding them, planting them, trellising them, covering them with frost protective cloth, weeding them, training them onto more trellising... but it was worth it!

This is our last week of slacking off while all of our veggie farmer friends hustle to harvest early spring kale, onions, and lettuce. We'll start harvesting with a vengeance next week for our CSA members, restaurants, florists, and events. The wash station is all ready to go, with big Home Depot buckets for tall stems, and smaller black buckets for shorter stems. The big blue bin is for water with a bit of bleach, which we use to scrub all of the buckets before harvest. After harvest, the buckets go into black crates, which keep them from tipping over in the truck during deliveries.

I love to walk around the farm and get a good look at what's happening. There is so much life even in one little square foot that the details have to be ignored during a work day so I can actually get things done. But on a day off, I can spend time taking it all in...

 paprika yarrow, getting ready to bloom

paprika yarrow, getting ready to bloom

 chief mix celosia

chief mix celosia

 purple sage

purple sage

 blue boy bachelors button

blue boy bachelors button

I wish you all a burger on the grill with some fresh local herbs!

Laura Beth