May 12th Market
It seems like this past week has flown by! Last Saturday, y'all were instrumental in helping us have our best market day ever, and we're so thankful for your support. Of note this week: we've got lots more basil plants ready to go, including a really beautiful purple variety, and the first of the fennel, so be sure to stop by and check it out. Maybe we can even top last week!
We didn't get much rain from the systems moving through last week, but we got just enough to keep the garden happy. And as much as we need a really good, soaking day (or three) of rain, we were fortunate that the light precipitation didn't interfere with shearing day yesterday. Shearing day is probably the most stressful day of the year for us, but it went off without a hitch thanks to the Hearnes, our amazing shearers. They sheared all 77 of our Tunis sheep in just under three hours: no small feat! Now it falls to us to skirt the wool and send it off to be processed--into roving for handspinning, and into blankets that you'll be seeing later this year at the market. It's a (really) dirty job, but somebody's got to do it!
With shearing behind us, the next big event is the CFSA Upstate Farm Tour on June 2nd and 3rd. This will be our third year on the tour, and it's going to be bigger and better than ever. We're going to be a "dessert stop" this year, which means that a local chef--Lisa Marvel of Marvelous Pies--will be selling her delectable desserts at the farm during the tour. (Don't worry, we'll still have herbal snow-cones for sale!) You won't want to miss it, so swing by our booth to buy your button (your button is your ticket!) and grab a tour directory.
For those service-minded individuals, please consider volunteering to help during the tour. Volunteers are needed at every farm to check guests in, sell buttons, and direct guests to activites and facilities. A volunteer shift runs from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on one day of the farm tour, and you'll receive a free pass so that you can go on the tour yourself the other day! Volunteers will also receive a CFSA branded gift, courtsey of Whole Foods. You can visit the tour's page on VolunteerSpot to sign up: http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/842345634773586031. This is a great way to help out both the CFSA and local farms on the tour, so I hope you'll consider participating!
Here's what we'll have at the market in the morning:
Oregano, savory, thyme, chives, sorrel, peppermint, spearmint, dill, lovage
Baked Goods & Herbal Products:
Lavender-mint shortbread, herbed focaccia bread, "Farm Hands" herbal salve
Swiss chard, "Red Russian" kale, "Toscano" kale, "Mantevano" bulb fennel, green garlic, garlic scapes (only a few bundles right now, so stop by early to snag them!)
Comfrey (Russian), gotu kola, lovage, lemon balm, "Genovese" basil, "Dark Opal" basil, "Thai Magic" basil, "Greco" basil
Hope to see you in the morning!
Red Fern Farm