March went out like a wimp and April came blowing in like a small MSU Bobcat! The moisture today is needed, but I would rather have rain. I am tired of winter and cold! Last Sunday afternoon we had a BIG controlled burn in our 11 acre of Native Warm season CRP north of the grove… perfect day with a nice south wind for a good burn. We kept the burn exactly where we wanted, thanks the new fire chief at the vermillion fire department, and our neighbors big tractor and disk. I dragged the black remains over the last 2 days. We plan to plant pollinator friendly flowers for our raw local honey production this summer.
Our fresh garden greens from the greenhouse are ready to start picking, but we are going to wait until next Saturday (4/12) to have our 1st 2014 distribution of lettuce, spinach, arugula, and radishes. Also we will have Hutterite chickens, eggs and turkey from the lake view colony at Lake Andes for you to purchase from Joe. If you like their poultry produce we will take orders for the next week and beyond.
The last couple of weeks have been busy with CSA shareholder renewals and a number of new shareholders, many from pay pal on our updated website. I think we can still handle about 30-40 new shareholders this year with our extended plan of 10 acres of fresh local produce. Last week we pruned 80 of our new fruit trees that will be in their 3rd year in 2014. Good Lord willing with good spring weather we can expect a significant increase in fruit production this year. We will see you next Saturday April, 12th!
Sincerely, Sam and Heidi