Room at the table

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The tomatoes are so tall even Kathleen has to stand on a milk crate to reach the top

You are invited to a farm party!  We are hosting our first annual Abundant Acres farm inspection tour and feast.

The time and resources that used to go into being certified organic will go into hosting you, our customers for an afternoon together on the farm.  We are still committed to the principles of ecological agriculture, so don’t worry, we are not about to start using synthetic pesticides or  fertilizers and are continuing with our program of compost and cover cropping that has done so much to bring life to our land and great produce to your table and ours.

We will eat lots of fresh food, tour the gardens, answer questions and give you a chance to see for yourself how we grow our food.

If anyone reading this would like to come early to help with the food, you are most welcome!

Date: Aug 11, rain date Aug 18

Time: 1pm, food served at 4pm

Place: Abundant Acres Farm, 182 Red Bank Rd, Centre Burlington.

Cost: Pay what you can, all proceeds go to the farm crew salary bonus.

RSVP: by Aug 4 to jenredfox@gmail.com

This week on the farm, in addition to all the regular farm work, we have been eating lunches outside, swimming at the gypsum quarry down the shore, and hoping for our 200th farm share member.  Only 2 to go!

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We don’t often see Marshall and Hilary sitting down but I caught them sitting with the lay-dies in the pasture overlooking the river where they got married almost a year ago.  Now they have their own farm next door called Fill Yer Boots Farm.  All their eggs have a boot stamped on them and are sold through the Warehouse Market and at our stall at Seaport Market.

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These hens are moved to fresh grass and they have a lot of space to roam.  This method of raising hens is more work, and sometimes more risk, but the hens and eggs are healthier and happier than hens in a permanent (static) run.  These hens also get vegetable scraps from the Abundant Acres wash and process room.

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The pool noodles are being used in all kinds of ways.  Primarily to prevent people from getting injured on the trellis rebar

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We’re going to have lots of peas this week!

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Onions and leeks have a long growing season!

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It’s always good to see these ladybird beetles in the greenhouse.  If you look closely you can see little aphids on the plant, but not nearly as many as we had in the spring!  It seems things have come into balance.

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It is nice to have a group of people to work with.  There’s always lots of chatter and laughter coming from the field on harvest days.

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Isador(able) is in charge of hunting.  She’s just a little cat from the SPCA’s barn cat program.  She came here in March, so skinny and scared, but now she strikes fear into the hearts of mice.  She might even do some laundry

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Eating lunch outside

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Preparing carrot hills.  We’ll be planting storage carrots soon.  We don’t have a lot of bare soil exposed like this on the farm.  This field is just coming into production out of a long term cover crop

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Kathleen never uses bug spray so I asked her why.  Her response: I guess because I’m outside so much…  Or because I eat so many vegetables.  This woman eats an incredible amount of vegetables!  Always with a big smile on her face.

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Soon we’ll have so many tomatoes!

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We had to cut a lot of leaves off to stimulate ripening

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At the Warehouse Market, the building next door is gone and the excavators are digging themselves into a big hole.  Luckily they have to take lots of breaks!

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At Warehouse Market, we have Jess Ross’ sourdough breads available every week

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Hyla in the front field.  What a force!  We’ve really been blessed to have her associated with our farm for so long.  She will be leaving in August, and we will definitely miss her!  Hyla, you are always welcome here anytime.

 

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