Belated happy Mother’s Day!


While never having children of my own by choice, I have had the complete joy of being surrogate mother to many many many two and four footed “children”…all that I have nurtured and loved in their own way and in my life!


AND on Sunday morning, from my incubator I heard this tiny peeping, and here is my first of many to come, a tiny little Sebastopol gosling…..and since these babies imprint on the first living being they see, yup, you guessed it… I am now officially Mother Goose….the joy of motherhood, my own version of Mother’s Day !… for the next week or two, whenever this little one hears my voice ,he or she will begin to peep and holler away. When I put my hand into the brooder box, this tiny baby scoots right into the palm of my hand for a cuddle. In the brooder box and house I will keep them for another week or so until they begin to get larger and a bit more self sufficient.


From there the babies graduate into a secure outdoor pen and our adult geese will gather around them curious as to who or what these little critters are. For a week or so, I will keep them separated, and, in a magical moment of freedom, I will open the pen doors and all the “Aunties and Uncles” (geese that is) that have been keeping a curious eye on them will gather around the newcomers, herd them into the pond, show them the farm boundaries , where they can forage for the best greens and bugs but most importantly keep them safe from predators…there is not many more formidable protectors than adult geese…. Even my big dogs give them wide, wide berth….


Our Cumberland market begins this Saturday, and I will have fiddleheads, ramps, asparagus and rhubarb to offer up. We have also included them on this weeks food list, well all except for the asparagus… I just received a call that a farmer has a bunch for sale, so if you’d like some, let me know!


Additionally, we will be changing our food delivery system around for the warmer months, it is my intent to get our food sit out on Sunday evening, and if you’d like to order we will put an order together for you for pick up at market on Wednesday, or I will deliver to you after market in Falmouth for our Portland customers. My Lewiston and Auburn friends can still enjoy a delivery on Saturday or you can make a visit to the Red Shed farm store here at the farm . This is a decision that has been made out of necessity due to limited amounts of free time ,farm help and the rising cost of gas. So, our delivery will happen as usual on Frida this week, but next week it’ll change . Gosh, will the rising prices ever end? Seems doubtful….


As always, please scoot out to enjoy what local great foods our excellent small Maine farmers have to offer at markets, most have begun operation!

Your ongoing patronage and commitment to Valley View Farm and local foods is an important part of feeding your family and friends all the best in farm fresh foods!


My small needy friend and I look forward to hearing from you soon,


Happy Spring,

Kath

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Good morning all,


April showers…… April showers….. makes our grass grow, the daffodils blooms and the fruit trees begin to blossom.


We are in the early stages of setting more fruit trees in here at the farm, peaches, pears, Asian pears, plums . Our climate has changed significantly over the past few years, and the stone fruits (peaches and plums) were not able to be successfully grown in Maine, until just the past few years…. And new varieties are being developed to endure to colder winter temps….raspberries, thornless blackberries, and mulberries are in the greenhouse right now, growing in pots for a few more weeks before they will be planted in their new beds too.

Farmers markets in Cumberland and Falmouth will start mid-May, and so another growing season gets goin’ !

Our weekly list is included here for you to peruse, feel free to ask if you are looking for anything special not featured on the list. I do expect fiddleheads and ramps so very soon, the rhubarb is slowly making its way out of the ground, I would expect that the asparagus will be right behind it…I thank you for your support of our farm, the excellent local Maine foods, and our vibrant small (and very necessary)farms and farm families….

I look forward to hearing from you!

Grateful for all of you,

Kath

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Good morning folks!


What an amazing start to the week! AND ,will you look at these brilliant egg colors! We run a large flock of many breeds of chickens and our eggs range in color from deep brown to the pastel greens and blues…. I can box up these eggs with the colors of your choice at no extra charge…… and they taste just the same (maybe even better) !!!

Our product list is included on the bottom of this email for the week, we will begin to offer herbs and vegetable seedlings by the end of April for sale.


So, my message to all of you is short this week, I am in hopes for ramps and fiddleheads by the end of the month , the rhubarb and asparagus is just beginning to pop up too!

Feel free to let me know what I can deliver to you, and please accept my grateful thanks for your continuing support of my farm and our other local food producers...thank you, thank you, thank you!


Gratefully yours,

Kath

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