May 15, 2023

There has been a lot going on this week.  Too much really.  We are getting things done, which is fantastic, but there have also been a few dumb mistakes that come with trying to do too much.  Parts of some orders were missed and we are still sorting that out, we forgot to bring bags to market, and also for a second week in a row didn’t bring a watering can for the plants at market.  It is all small things, but on a normal week might have more likely been caught before we left home.  This week already looks even busier but hopefully we can start to settle into some sort of a routine after that.  There are lots of updates to share so I’ll jump right into them.

Dufferin Grove is back in the park this week!  We are excited to kick the season off and look forward to the full 2023 market season.  This is also our last week at the Montgomery’s Inn Farmer’s Market.  We will be sorry to say goodbye to so many long time customers and know we will be missed, but this last was more than enough confirmation of why this change is necessary for our sanity. 

Fresh Chicken This Week!  The first batch of 2023 is at the processor now and should be available for all three of our markets this week.  If you want a fresh chicken we will be bringing some to market, or if you want one (or ten) reserved for you send us an email today so we know not to freeze them.

This week we got the new lambs out on pasture so now all the sheep are on fresh grass.  They are happy to see something fresh and green, and we are glad for some relief from how fast they were eating hay in the last few weeks.

Most of why this week was so busy was getting caught up on planting.  All the cabbage are now in and the onions as well.  And on Friday we even started Potatoes with the first three beds planted.  The seeds we planted last week are up as well so before long there will be weeding in the field to keep on top of.  But after feeling hopelessly behind on planting a week ago it feels good to be caught up.  On a less happy note, we were trying to get wood chips spread for squash on Wednesday and after the first three loads the newly fixed manure spreader decided it didn’t like working and broke again.  Nathan took it apart on Thursday and re welded the part that broke, but now something else isn’t working so it is parked waiting for him to have the mental energy to figure out why it doesn’t work now.  Never a dull moment.

This is the first week of our summer CSA season.  If you intended to sign up but didn’t, you can still sign up and just start next week at a prorated price.  We intended to mention something about CSA in last week’s update, but that isn’t how the week went.

This week in CSA we have Asparagus, Carrots, Arugula, Bok Choi, Cabbage, and Green Garlic

It is only the middle of May and we are already getting worried about how dry it is.  We have some repairs we need to do on the irrigation system and lots of normal setup work, so if we have any time this week that is what we will be working on.  It seems as though this might be the new normal.  Just frustrating going from it won’t stop raining to it won’t rain at all in such a short time.

Well that’s about everything for this week.  

Until next week,

Happy ordering!

Nathan and Aleta Klassen

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