Hey all you shareholders!
Guess what, we got some rain!!! (I'm sure you noticed, but we're still excited.) We were starting to get worried and hooking up irrigation lines, since we had that hot, dry spell, but the fields have cooled off and gotten their feet wet, so things are looking up (literally, not looking down wiltingly...)
Sorry we haven't sent out a newsletter in a couple of weeks, I don't know what has gotten into us, call it heat stroke memory loss. The traditional summer veggies are finally coming in, so get ready for cucumber tomato salad, zucchini bread and coleslaw!
Fresh Garlic! Tomatoes
Our favorite recipe these days is a tomato with fresh basil and freshly made raw milk mozzarella. Here's a recipe for 30-minute mozzarella by Ricki Carrol - yum! 30-Minute Mozzarella
Here is a fun tidbit about what to do with all your "confusing-scary" CSA vegetables: http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/confusing-scary-csa-vegetables-recipes
Other parts of the farm are busy as well: the dry spell has given us a chance to put up some hay for the winter, the goats are busy grazing the field edges (and occasionally visiting the neighbors), the pigs are rooting up poison ivy vines, and the horses are munching down the spot where our large high-tunnel will be moved to in the next few weeks. Our heritage turkeys are out on pasture in "the big house", and our standard turkeys arrived in the mail this morning!
We'll be processing our next batch of chickens on July 30, and will be offering discounts for buying them fresh, and buying in bulk - see the price list on the freezer in the farm stand!
We also will have our first lamb available in mid-August - we're selling whole lambs, so reserve one now for August or for late September!
See you soon!
Caitlin and Jesse
April Showers Bring...
What do April Showers bring???? Hopefully May flowers, but at Wild Carrot Farm they've already brought:
****"Brand New Baby Goats"! I've been delaying writing this post, hoping that Melba will give birth to the calf (calves?) that are bulging out of her sides so far that she can barely go from standing to lying down without laborious breath. We have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of her calves for many reasons - baby cows are so cute(!)..... and also it will start the season of milk! (Goat milk excepted... already available weekly!) Whilst waiting for Melba to calve, Calamity Jane had two beautiful kids- a doeling and a buckling. They are so healthy and happily skipping around that no picture can do them justice.
**** PLOWING the fields for the first spring planting! As of this writing, we have seeded peas, carrots, beets, and transplanted kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and swiss chard.
****BABY CHIX get their first excursion onto fresh grass! When the chicks are born, they need to be very dry and very warm, and are kept in a brooder with appropriate temperature control. Today, we moved the brooder out of the greenhouse and put up some portable fencing. Onto greener pastures!
****SHEPHERD training! OBIE (Obediah) our sweet border collie has found his calling, and his instincts are quite keen. He loves bringing the ewes and lambs out to pasture in the morning, and back to the barn each evening. Now we need to start training the ourselves to communicate to Obie which direction to take them!