Every week we get an email from Tony Ricci, Farmer/Owner of Green Heron Farm, letting us know what fresh product is available. He also sends amusing thoughts and anecdotes from his week, making his emails a pleasure to open each time. We have asked special permission to reprint here - they are funny, dry, interesting, sometimes political, and earth-connected. Please see lots more of Tony's writing at his website & blog: greenheronfarm.net
3/30/14 Green Heron Availability email:
A lot has happened on the farm in a few short weeks, but not exactly the things I was planning on. Last year at this time I had at least two fields tilled up and most of the compost spread. This year the soil hadn't thawed out enough to stick a shovel in until last week That doesn't mean there wasn't enough to keep me busy. Because of the cold I was actually forced to pay attention to things I'd been assiduously avoiding for about two years. (It's amazing what you find under an old pile of lumber.) Of course, the greenhouse is filling up fast and the high tunnel is already producing a small crop of greens. This week we have young mixed chard that was planted last fall and survived the worst of the winter.
Besides the usual horticultural endeavors I spent an inordinate amount of time transporting possums far enough from the farm that I wouldn't have to buy cat food every three days. (Caught the third one today and judging by its youth it has about another 12 siblings waiting in the wing.) And predictably the blog that I started has taken on a life of its own - not because I'm getting a lot of traffic from customers, but my spam folder is bursting at the seams. Who knew that I would become so popular with deposed African royalty who are willing to part with their inheritance and savvy Asian businessmen who want to buy my garlic. So much for tapping onto the local market. You'd think I'd learn from this foreign invasion of my virtual space, but noooo. My response was to start a Twitter account so there would be yet another direct conduit into my waking life. So If you're into that sort of thing you can follow the little bird all the way back to the nest.
The plant list will be coming out soon. Look for in the coming weeks to place your annual plant order. We will have some new varieties of tomatoes and peppers to offer.