Good day all ! I hope you enjoyed the brilliant weekend, we’ve been busy planting, planting and more planting here.
Strawberries are in ! Woooo hooo! They will be added to the food list for this week: fresh, deep red, juicy berries. Picked when RIPE, they are bursting with flavor ( as compared to the grocery store variety that have hollow heart, are white in the middle and are relatively flavorless). Now, that also means that Maine grown berries are incredibly fragile and are best fresh, frozen or turned into jam. BUT that also means that raspberries, blueberries and blackberrries are not too far away in season. Who doesn’t have memories of Grammie's strawberry shortcake or strawberry rhubarb pie????
We will have beet greens this week, locally grown shiitake mushrooms, baby chard and fresh cut basil ! I will imagine that local peas, zucchini and cukes are in the picking window very, very soon!
Our farm flocks continue to expand here, we let our chickens out everyday after they lay their eggs ( they pretty much roam from noon time til dark),they help turn the compost piles ,move mulch around the plantings and do some “secret laying”. And that means that we are having little baby chicks hatch out here and there. Mamma raised babies of ANY variety are always healthy and thrive like no other, but that also means that a lot of roosters are born, but gosh are they cute when they first hatch.
Rain is desperately needed for our gardens and new plantings, so lets’ keep our fingers crossed that there will be more in the future(except on market days). Speaking of markets, the Wednesday and Saturday markets we attend have been wonderfully busy, our friends are eager to buy from familiar faces and to meet some new ones too.... I hope you all take some time to visit our Maine farmers markets, they are fun, exciting places to be!
As always our grateful thanks for your support, and as an added bonus, our frozen soups will be on sale this week to create some space for incoming poultry ,and red meats..... check out the listing, all will be first come first serve, so don’t delay!