This is embarrassing to admit, but I still have a draft from October with an overview of last year. Instead of finishing that, I figured you may be more interested in the current happenings here on the farm.
This spring has been hot and rainy and as long as it dries up enough for us to transplant our seedlings, we don’t mind one bit. We are renting greenhouse space this year from our neighbors across the road, Post Farms. Compared to last year when we had a basement packed with seedlings that we moved outside during the day and put to sleep on our dining room table every night, this extra space has been fantastic.
Our perennials are coming back full force and making it feel like the season is really underway. We harvested the first asparagus and rhubarb for dinner tonight and maybe I teared up a little as I enjoyed the gift of new growth, fresh food, and the return of some of my favorite flavors. Last week we planted spinach seedlings out in the field as well as carrot and beet seeds. Today we added lettuce, kohlrabi, and kale. Peas have just sprouted and cabbage will be planted next!
Last year was exciting because it was our first year. This year is even more exciting because I can feel it all beginning again and I know what to expect and it doesn’t overwhelm me. It is all starting over, the warm sun and cool breeze, the smell of rain-soaked earth, the bird song in the early morning, the CSA members telling me how they can’t wait for the first week of June, the dirt under our nails, that welling expectation of new growth and hard, meaningful work, and the mouth-watering, satisfying crunch of an early spring pea pod. I can feel it all bubbling up inside me and I feel fit to burst with the joy of it. Spring has sprung.
We have so many wonderful new things happening this year! Last year we donated vegetable shares to a few of our local food pantries through our own Sow It Forward project. This summer we are actually part of the Farm to Pantry program through Access of West Michigan and will have grant-funded shares purchased from our farm for North Kent Community Services in addition to the donations we bring in. We are excited about our growing relationship with these two organizations and the positive change within the local food system that we are collaborating towards.
We have big plans for keeping you updated this year! Stay tuned for monthly news from the farm.
Grace & Peas,
Bethany (and Mike, Everest, & Magnolia)