Busy busy!

Wow!  May turned out to be a real humdinger - not a whole lot of sunshine, but plenty to keep us busy.  Here's a list of what we've been up to - I think you'll see why I've been slacking on the newsletter.

  • Moved cows to summer pasture and started rotational grazing.
  • Moved grower pigs to summer pasture and started rotational grazing (and rooting).
  • Moved the grower pigs to summer pasture again, after they decided to move themselves back to their winter quarters in the middle of a rainstorm.
  • Picked and piled stones from last year's 4 acres of pig pasture to get ready for summer forage and cover crop seeding.
  • Got a new bull to breed the heifers this summer.
  • Had a litter of 10 beautiful piglets, the first litter from our Duroc boar, Bruno.  This was a long farrowing, and required us to pull 3 piglets from the sow.  The whole ordeal ended at 1:30am.  And then we were up at 5:30am to get to the Portsmouth Farmers' Market!  Which leads me to...
  • We started the first three of our 5 summer markets - Portsmouth, Exeter, and Newburyport are in full swing.
  • Moved into our new commercial kitchen in Dover.
  • Tilled our first half-acre vegetable plot, prepared the soil, made beds, and seeded carrots, beets, Korean cabbage (kim chi!), cilantro (Chorizo Verde!), and some other fresh herbs.
  • Transplanted 5000 onions, 200 cabbages, 400 Korean cabbages, and about 150 parsley plants. And planted 1100 feet of potatoes. Thanks to New Roots Farm for the awesome organically grown seedlings - don't miss their plant sale this Sunday!
  • Turned in the rye and vetch cover crop on our second half-acre vegetable plot to get ready for heirloom flint corn, heirloom pie pumpkins, and fall cabbages and radishes.
  • Slaughtered and dressed a pig for our Spring Pig Roast.
  • And I'm sure I'm forgetting some stuff!

The fact is that any farmer you talk to at the markets right now could offer a list that looks something like this one.  This is a crazy time of year, and all of you - our dedicated and enthusiastic customers - make it worth the effort.  Thanks so much for your support, and we'll see you this weekend in Portsmouth and Newburyport!

Jeff Backer