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Boxes start this week!

Posted on by Tim Livingstone

Boxes start this week.  There is a great line up of greens in the first boxes.  This is the first year we've grown Rapini or Broccoli Raab.  This variety is leafy and tastes great.  

It has been a busy couple of weeks on the farm.  The water has been a real challenge to the point that this year will go down in the history books as being the slowest year in history for getting potatoes in the ground in Carleton County.  Some fields may never get planted.  Although we grow many crops, we are still faced with fields so wet we have not been able to get  a tractor on them since early April.  Our last seeding of sweet corn has not gone in the ground and if we can't seed it by the end of the week, we'll have to skip it because there won't be time for it to ripen.


On the brighter side, all our calves have been born and the cows are doing really well again.  The calves are really cute and fun to watch.  This year we have 4 grey heifers and one dark brown steer.


A little over a week ago we picked up 5 piglets that we contracted with a farmer to raise specially for us using our organic grain.  Here they are loving their slops!  They've gotten a little sunburned in the pasture but love the cool shade under the old hay wagon.  Who would have thought that pigs will get a tan!

The wet weather has made weeding a challenge but we managed to get some weeding done last week and hope to do more later this week if it dries up.  Elton (on weeder) and the son of a box customer (Jacob on the tractor) are weeding the strawberries we planted a couple weeks ago.


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