Digging those brilliantly colored red and golden potatoes brings sweet memories of the first digging we usually do as a family each year! Eating them is just as delightful! Sweet corn is still under mature, but kernels continue to fill up the cob. We remember Farmer Dean's birthday during such a busy time. Thankful he is such a wonderful Farmer, husband, father and friend!
The morning is dark as we rise early. Open windows let in the fresh morning air and rain is falling softly. The fields are getting watered. Farmer Dean gets a short, but needed break from early morning irrigation responsibilities. All the crops continue to grow, but are slowed by these cool cloudy mornings. Please check back often, as we prepare to open for Harvest.
The early spring brings days of soil preparation, along with continued farm and garden planning. Once complete, we transition to days of planting sweet corn, onions, carrots, potatoes, strawberries and greens. Our market garden and u-pick garden are next in line for planting. As we continue the busy days of spring, we remember our dear dog Barney, whom we lost last Saturday. He was a great dog and loved by us all!
The day begins before dawn. The annual trip to southern Colorado for potato seed has come. Breakfast is warmed, we load up and head north. As we travel between Moriarty and Santa Fe, the sun peeks over the horizon. We arrive in Center, CO around 10:30 am where our potato seed supplier has Yukon Golds and Colorado Rose potato seed inspected and ready to load. The mountains are snow capped and the day is cool. The children run around, throw rocks, sit on an old potato planter and visit with the staff at Zapata Seed. After a quick lunch, a visit with a pleasant retired farmer and a stop at the tractor dealer, we head back south. We arrive safely home with potato seed to be planted later this week
Farmer Dean heads out to check irrigation water. Auburn headed girl and Ms. Bitty scurry about asking, "May I go!? May I go!?" Boots are thrown on and off they go! An opportunity to ride with Daddy and play in the soil is always welcome here! I watch them walk off together and the sight brings much joy. It is the simple joys in life that are a treasure to this Farmer's wife. Look for the simple joys in your day today!
The sun spills over the fields as I head outside with brown eyed girl and the four younger ones to plant strawberries. Farmer Dean prepares the planting beds, we lay black weed barrier and drip tape. After carefully cutting holes in the weed barrier, we carefully place the tender strawberry shoots in each freshly dug hole. Blue eyed boy and auburn headed girl help, along with some dear friends. Dirt flies as we dig and as curly headed boy and Ms. Bitty play at the end of the field. The work is hard, our backs and knees ache a bit, but much joy is found in the work of our hands and the treasure of seeing children play in the same soil my Farmer husband played in as a boy. Now we pray for the plants to take root and for strawberries to produce, so we can offer you U-pick berries in the near future.
Taking some time today to catch you up on farm life here at Schwebach Farm. Sorry I have not blogged in a while. Life is full!
A blustery night turns into a blustery morning. Planned outdoor work is postponed. In the early afternoon, the winds calm. Farmer Dean heads out on the big red tractor with blue eyed boy to begin field work. From the kitchen window, I see the soil in the field north of the house freshly turned. Auburn headed girl, curly headed boy and I head outside. The mid-afternoon is beautiful. Clear blue skies and the smell of freshly turned soil are inviting. We visit, climb the haystack, visit the barn cats and head inside before the sun dips down. Already planning for another season. We look forward to seeing you again later this year!