Dear friends and shareholders,
Big week at the Heikes Family farm, grass began to green, worms came up,
and the robins are happy, pheasants are on the strut, after the 3rd
100 degree day in the greenhouse the lettuce, arugula and kale are ready for
first pick of “farmer Sam’s fresh salad greens.” The certified organic garlic
broke ground yesterday and the asparagus will break ground tomorrow. With a good
watering and tilling we might have a nice 1st cut next week after the
rain. Tomorrow we go to Minnesota to pick up certified seed potatoes: Norland, Yukon Gold’s, and Fingerlings.
The onions and leeks are on the way up from Texas, and the Sweet Potato plants
will be shipped from Tennessee when it warms further. My old 4 row JD lister
will be ready to plant potatoes and onions next week after we spread manure and
till it in. Soil compaction tests and electrical conductivities indicated the
need for some further soil amendments later in the season. Hopefully the pea mix
cover crop that we will plant later will continue to improve our good soils.
We’re entering the final stage of our membership drive with a strong
spring advertising campaign. Our goal is 75 personal shares, and 20 commercial
shares. We’re shooting for April 13th which is Next Saturday
as our first farm CSA distribution with greenhouse production. And some Asparagus
Please Continue to pray for rain as we are now entering a new growing
season with very little subsoil moisture 8-10” below normal. April showers bring May flowers.
See you next week
Sincerely in Spring,
Sam and Heidi