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.
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.