The Farm Market will begin an abbreviated schedule this Tuesday, October 22, 2013. We will be open Tues - Fri from 11 to 3 pm, Sat 11 to 3, Sun 11 to 2. The Farm Market will close after store hours on Friday, November 1, 2013. We continue to have a nice selection of produce and will be selling those items on an "on call" basis after the market closes. Currently, we have Bolita Beans, potatoes, onions, some pie pumpkins, bulk carrots and beets (30 lb. boxes) that can be purchased by appointment or "on call" if you stop in and we are around.
It has been a great season thanks to all of our wonderful customers. We hope you were pleased with your vegetable purchases. We always stand behind what we grow. If you have any issues or concerns, please get in touch with us.
As I walked through the garden last night, I noticed that many of our squashes were getting to perfect harvesting size. The first of our summer squash was harvested today...
Potato digging crew.
...we also had our annual family potato harvest. We usually go out with potato fork in hand to dig a few hills and see how big the potatoes are getting. Everyone enjoys unearthing those vibrant potatoes. After digging a few hills of a new variety, Purple Viking, and a few Colorado Rose potatoes we headed in.
Lunch consisted of some tasty, creamy potatoes and sauteed summer squash with onions. Mmmm they were good! We hope to have a greater selection of veggies to take to markets soon, so you can try them too!
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First planting of corn.
June has been a very busy month and we are only half-way through! Since the garden was planted on May 25th, we have seen seedlings emerge alongside numerous weeds. Last week we went through the garden and hoed out many of those weeds. We also planted second plantings of squash, beans, cucumbers and melons. Farmer Dean has planted pinto beans and a number of additional plantings of corn. Weeding, cultivating, fertilizing and scouting occupy most of our time. As oldest son has said many times, "It is good the see the plant emerge amidst the forest of weeds". It makes weeding worthwhile.
We recently participated in The Self Reliant Fair in Edgewood this past weekend giving a garden class and will be conducting another here in Moriarty at the Library this week. It is great to hear of many individuals desiring to and starting their own gardens.
Local Flavor, a local newsstand magazine, did an article about our farm and family. June is their farm and ranch issue and they chose to feature our farm along with another local farm. They also write about local restaurants, businesses and events. Please see the article at http://www.localflavormagazine.com/the-magazine-2/this-month/ or visit local restaurants and grocery stores in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos to pick up a copy. We are grateful for the kind article they wrote about us. We hope you enjoy it.
This year has certainly flown by! I had hoped to get to blogging earlier this season, but it did not work out that way.
During the winter, Farmer Dean plans the layout of the fields and rotation of the crops, seed and other farm inputs are purchased. Field prep begins, cover crops are tilled into the soil and planting beds are shaped. In April, onions and carrots and the first planting of corn are planted. Through the month of May, more corn is planted, the garden vegetables and potatoes are put into the ground. Pinto beans and more corn through the month of June. The last planting of corn just went into the ground two days ago. Delayed somewhat due to a good rain storm. Right now, most of our time is invested in cultivation, weeding, fertilizing, scouting for pests/disease and watching the crops grow.
The first planting of corn is almost ready! Summer squash, lettuce, beets and bell peppers are ready for harvest.
The Farm Market will open Wednesday, July 25th, 2012. Keep an eye on the site to see when the corn harvest will begin and where you can find our produce. We look forward to seeing you!
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.