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Explosion on the Homestead

May 20, 2017

As a severely wet Spring continues on, there have been increasing moments of sunshine.  These small windows of time are filled with an explosion of activity.  It's a race against the weather and against time itself.  The market is in full swing now.  After the first three markets, we think we have our microgreen display down finally! (we'll probably adjust it anyway).  Customers are steadily making their way to our booth and discovering what exactly microgreens are.

 

We were able to get a few days' relief from the constant bombardment of rain.  That enabled us to start planting in the garden (finally).  Twelve blueberry bushes and sixteen strawberry plants found their new sandy loam home.  We had to look high and low for certified organic bushes.  After a lengthy searched, we finally found one all the way  in Indiana!  The prices were fair and the plants shipped well.  You would've thought that the #1 organic growing state would have certified berries.  Hmpf.  Would've been nice to have some local certified organic stock to purchase (niche alert!)....

 

While the first plants were going in the ground, we also had to take delivery on our storage building trusses.  Forty foot trusses, steep mountain, and a muddy road aren't conducive to front porch delivery!  But, with a helpful neighbor and some ingenuity, they made it safely to the house.  The building should be finished next week and it will be the garlic drying facility this summer.

Our chicken coop project is finally proceeding.  We picked up a 10x12 foot storage shed that was in good shape.  Set it on some rollers and moved her precisely where we wanted it.  It'll be painted to match the house, so it will be white with evergreen trim.  One hundred and twenty square feet should house at least 30 birds comfortably.  Our flock will be entirely Icelandic.  These are a landrace bird that the Vikings brought over to Iceland.  Icelandics are on the smaller side, but are at home in cold weather, are among the best foragers, and come in a kaleidoscope of colors.  We wanted them because they are nearly totally self-sufficient, and produce eggs through most of the winter....and because they're Viking birds.

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