It's been a very busy few weeks on the farm. We've both put in long hours to prepare more ground for planting, cleaning up, weeding, installing a walk in cooler and more! We have some produce starting to come in mainly salad greens and roots. It's exciting to not buy these items at the grocery store.
Each day we have been focusing on one or more projects and working as a team to push through them. It's interesting not having any helping hands we find things are much faster and then other things are much much slower. Everything from soil to weather is so different here and we relish the 30 minute naps we get to take during the afternoon thunderstorms. It's purely amazing to work on a farm that is flat. It takes me back to the NY days at Sisters Hill Farm.
We should have enough food to soon be at the Transylvania County Farmers Market in downtown Brevard. We have been visiting the market almost each weekend to buy the local beef, honey, and awesome wares. It's nice to be involved in a community where everyone is interested in your story and how you got here. It's a slower pace of life that I am finally getting used to. We have even had our extension agent out to visit a few times already and he's helped us navigate our new territory, take soil samples, and even pull weeds!
Well that's all for now. My farming life bed time is early. More pictures and articles to come soon!
It's been a busy three weeks since we've written anything about our progress. The more we cram into our schedule the quicker the days go by.
A lot can happen in three weeks.
Our first radish planting was harvested -- totaling a full bin that I am now pickling and sharing with friends since we don't yet have enough stuff to take to market.
We've picked our first lettuce mix and are enjoying a nice salad with every meal.
Our winter squash and summer squash have about 4 true leaves now and we'll soon be uncovering them to let the pollinators work their magic.
Beets and carrots emerged with a full blanket of weeds -- many of which rival our evil bermuda grass of Serenbe. So Justin and I have successfully done the first time consuming weeding and thinning of these tiny and slower growing crops.
Flea beetles prove to be a concern and we've learned that growing brassicas without covering them won't happen. So little lessons are guiding our decisions.
Okra and beans are shooting upwards and liking this soil as their home.
First round of sweet potatoes went in the ground yesterday so now time for lots of water to help their roots spread out.
Our one block of sunflower cover crop is germinated nicely and about ankle high and growing every day.
Weather has been very cooperative and relatively dry for the region. Nice days in the low to mid 80s and cool nights make for happy farmers. And of course the bike trails are pristine.
Now that we're feeling settled we're finding our routine balancing all the things we love.