Today was a beautiful morning. It got hot very quickly. We went out early to harvest summer squash, green beans, swiss chard, peas, cabbage, beets, a few tomatoes and bunching onions to take to the Northeast Height Farmers' Market. You can visit www.farmersmarketsnm.org to find out more about this market. Hope to see you there!
Today is a hot, but beautiful day. We continue to wait for rain... The corn likes this daytime heat and is beginning to form ears.
We have begun attending two Farmers' Markets; the one in Cedar Crest on Wednesdays from 3 to 6, and the one in Edgewood, on Thursdays from 3 to 6:30. We hope to keep adding to those as the produce selection grows. We are currently harvesting summer squash, sugar snap peas, beets and bunching onions. Some of the tomatoes are beginning to ripen.
Our chickens began laying this week. Our young son has gladly taken on the egg harvesting job. Oldest son added nesting boxes to our moveable coop that sit at just the right height for young son to peek into. When he peeked in this morning, with a delighted face, he informed us of the six eggs they had laid!
Later this morning our friend called saying he saw an antelope crossing through the farm. Everyone wanted to race out and see what he saw. Near one of the corn fields we came across a beautiful buck with singular spikes. We wondered how far he had traveled and if he would make it back to the mountains where he belongs. We went back again later in the day, but he had moved on. We had never seen a deer on our property and remembered the plight of so many wild animals during such a hot and dry year.
After watching a nest in the back corner of the house for the last few weeks, we discovered the babies had hatched today. Truly amazing!
I hope that you too are enjoying the simple joys of each and every day.
Much work has been done since I wrote last. The following is a list of what has been planted in the last two months: more corn, pinto & bolita beans, potatoes, tomatoes & peppers and the garden vegetables. We have spent the many days irrigating, weeding and cultivating the crops. The winds, heat and smoke from Arizona and New Mexico wildfires present a challenge. We consider it a blessing that things are growing and the fields are getting green.
We have harvested some lettuce, eaten a handful of peas and made grilled squash pasta salad (see recipe page) with the first of our summer squash.
We will begin attending the Edgewood Farmers' Market this week or the following (depending upon what we have available). The Market opens this Thursday, July 8th at the Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood.