On April 25 we finally were able to open our farm stand/store for the season, and it’s been going well! Thanks to all our neighbors and friends who have been visiting us on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
It took some serious remodeling our of space over the winter, but we now have a dedicated sales area and more room for baking and packaging our products. We find it’s more efficient for prepping for the Saturday farmers market in Columbia City too.
Speaking of the Market, it opened for the season in downtown Columbia City last Saturday, May 6. We sold out of most of our products. It’s been a long and eventful winter, but worth all the effort, as the Market has now incorporated as a community based not-for-profit corporation! Find out more on the Whitley County Farmers Market FaceBook page. And visit us Saturdays downtown!
Back on the Farm, here’s what’s IN STORE for you: Currently our Tuesday/Thursday market, open 10 am to 6 pm, features fresh asparagus, salad greens, fresh eggs, assorted baked goods, and home crafted jams and jellies. We’ve already sold out of our creamed honey and will have to wait for June until we can harvest new honey. Chuck and his partners are out working in the apiary today – prepping for new queens that will arrive tomorrow.
Out in the garden, we are just now beginning to till and direct seed crops. Warm weather prior to Easter tricked everyone into thinking summer, and then of course Mother Nature announced it was still spring in northern Indiana. We had lots of cold, rainy days, and a serious frost/freeze a few nights ago. We lost some nice tomato plants overnight, even though they were in the closed hoop house! But at least according to weather reports, the cold and frost is behind us now, so we are anxious to get out into the garden and get planting!
Despite the cold, the Spring blooming season was gorgeous! Chuck has set out at least 1,000 new asparagus crowns, so we should have plenty in the years to come! The berries and fruit trees are looking good and were flush with blossoms, so we are keeping our fingers crossed for an excellent fruit season. And the morel mushroom harvest wasn’t too bad either!
As always, enjoy your time in the great out of doors! Take a walk in the woods and greet all those beautiful wild flowers. They fade fast!