A miserable day today as we get ready for the Ottsville Farmer's Market. Fortunately most of the produce that needed harvesting was in the high tunnel so we didn't get that wet.
We're starting a new curbside delivery service. We will get wet so you can stay warm & dry in your cars. Call or text us at 215-896-9233 to place your order and we will bring it out to your car when you arrive at the market. Please be sure to be at the market by 6pm.
Tonight we begin our 2014 market season at the Ottsville Farmers Market. We will be bringing radishes and lettuce. Unfortunately with our harsh winter that doesn't seem to end the growing season is about 3 weeks behind other years. Even using a high tunnel we have had set backs with the cold weather.
Stop on by tonight from 4-7pm. We'd love to see you all again.
The farm stand will be open Friday's & Saturdays for the next few weeks. For this weekend we have: broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, sweet potatoes, acorn, butternut & spaghetti squash, peppers, eggplant, turnips and tomatoes available.
The stand will be open from 9am-5pm.
Today the farmstand will be open until 6pm.
We have the following fresh picked produce:
Peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini (both green & yellow), beans (green & yellow), eggplant, candy onions, potatoes, tomatoes and grape tomatoes, melons (cantaloupe, honeylope, and canary).
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the first lambs of 2012!
The first lambs are scheduled to arrive starting tomorrow, the 17th. We have several ewes that should lamb over the next few days so it looks like it will be a busy weekend for us.
No matter how many years we have had lambs born, it just doesn't get old. We get just as excited to see them every year.
This year we are confronted with a new problem - a coyote has been seen walking in the field next to our property and we are very concerned to keep all of the sheep protected. Unfortunately it isn't safe for us to let them out of the barn at this time so they are unable to walk around as much as they'd like.
We will have a busy Friday this week. Paul will be in Ottsville at the Market with farm fresh produce and I will be in Perkasie for the First Friday event with our wool crafts and wool products.
I will also be doing a needle felting demonstration if you like to learn what this craft is all about and you can give it a try yourself.
While picking tomatoes tonight we realized that our kids are the 4th generation of farmers in the family. Here is a picture of Paul's mom and grandmother picking tomatoes circa 1940. Paul's Aunt Florence is on the right.
This photo is of the 3rd and 4th generation farmers. Paul, Sarah, Hannah and Patrick.
This afternoon we were all out working in the garden. I heard a strange cry and looked to see what was wrong with the lambs. To my big surprise a small fawn was running in the pasture with Duffy, our Haflinger. Duffy is normally very mellow and happily allows the sheep or our dogs to be in her pasture and enjoys the company. For some reason Duffy was in hot pursuit of the fawn to make her get out of her pen.
We all sprang into action to try to catch the fawn so that we could put her over the fence so she could find her mama. The fawn hurt her face trying to run through the fence but the scratches were minor. She was adorable and very soft.
Several weeks ago we had alot of damage to our lettuce crop due to hail produced by a severe thunderstorm. With today's weather forecast for more severe storms and the potential of hail, I decided I better protect our lettuce crop.
Here is a picture of the lettuce all covered up.
Friday is almost here again and time for the Ottsville Farmer's Market.
We will be harvesting our fresh produce tomorrow morning and are anticipating bringing the following:
Lettuce (Romaine, Buttercrunch, Boston, Red)
and maybe STRAWBERRIES.
We are hoping that enough of them will be ready for harvest tomorrow.
Last week we sold out of everything very quickly, so make sure you stop by early. The hours are 4-8pm.