Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CSA week 2

Week 2
Beet greens
Red Radishes
Hakurei Salad Turnips

The days are zipping by and we are wild and manic with harvesting and planting and weeding. Every weekend this time of the year has us traveling all over the place dropping off wedding flowers. Each minute seems accounted for. It's a pretty wild ride, farming in June in Maine. We are trying to remember what varieties of tulips we loved last month when we were harvesting them so we can get our order in now for fall planting. 6000 tulips gave us a lot to think about! And then there were the anemone and frittalaria and the narcissus and the tree peony! Spring has been abundant

As we approach the summer solstice, with a berry stained hands and our arms loaded with peonies, it all feels right.

Our crew this year is amazing. There are old faces and new faces and everyone's hands seem to be able to move while they talk (important criteria for farm work). I love to hear their dreams, watch them learn new skills and overhear last year's intern who is now a returning employee skill share with a new intern. Knowing they are learning, gaining skills, eating well and being present in the work and in this moment of their lives makes personnel management ever so pleasant.

 And, we say it every year, but the truth of the matter is they make this place what it is. Without them, John and I would be, well.... pretty lonely and working really hard to keep up.

There are some introductions to be made. For those of you who are planning to visit, there are 2 adorable baby goats. They are still without names. They are 3 and 5 weeks old. They are currently living in the animal barn. This season's pigs have arrived as well. They are in the tree line in the field across Hanson Rd from the farmstead. They love company so make sure you go up and say hi.

 And, a little harder to visit but undeniable the cutest, there is a batch of kittens in the farmhouse. Flora is fostering a momma cat and her 3 babies in the bottom drawer of her dresser for the Brunswick Animal Shelter. She has a lifelong (all 8 years of it) dream to run a cat shelter cafe where you could come in and have tea and pet cats. At 8 weeks of age, the kitties will be ready to be adopted. They are heavily handled by our resident cat whiperer so I do expect some well socialized felines to enter society after they leave here. Kittens anyone? Or a lovely momma cat who is a baby momma herself? If you're interested, you'll need to adopt them through the Brunswick Animal Shelter.


  1. Your flowers are beautiful, no wonder you've got such orders for them. Good luck with your harvests. I hope they're abundant.

  2. Really beautiful flowering!

  3. Exquisite them
    Alexa-asimplelife visiting from Sydney, Australia