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Eating my lunch. | Speedkin

Eating my lunch.

I think Ilene put it best:  The farmer’s market has been eating my lunch.  It’s been fun.  It’s been educational.  And I’m so glad I’m doing it.  But, dang,…  Busy, busy, busy.

To do a quickie catch up on the garden:

We strung up fencing for additional tomato rows.  I’ll have to do a count but I think we’re talking a total of around 300 tomato plants in the main garden.  I just have about 50 more to put in the ground tomorrow and I can forget about tomatoes for a while.

The sugar snap peas are doing well, after a bit of sulking during the heat.  I came very close to pulling them during their pouty period so that some pole beans could take their place.  Remembering Josie’s pea drama last year, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  Good thing because they’re now producing pretty well and I have some happy, pea-breathed kids.

I got the TPS (true potato seedlings) in the ground, taking the place of the frost-bitten potato pulls from earlier this year.  The frost-bitten onions are being replaced by a row of basil seedlings and a three double rows of bush beans.  With pole beans late to go in and needing bigger flushes for market, I bought a few pounds each of Contender and Top Crop bush green beans and got them planted tonight.  I’ll plant another couple of rows each week for a steady supply.  Pickling cucumbers went in this afternoon, as did a couple of rows of okra.  I’m not a big okra fan but I planted a row of green and a row of burgandy for my market customers.  Not being in the south, I don’t know how well they’ll be received so we’ll just have to wait and find out.  My broccoli and cabbages are a flop this year.  Either I put them in too late or summer weather arrived a bit to early — or both.  I’m still leaving them out there to grow for the moment since I can harvest the leaves here and there for slaw.

The front sidewalk is almost cleared out now.  I have the peppers still to plant, along with a few miscellaneous things.  Those giant piles of tomatoes, though?  Gone!  I think I have 20 tomato plants left.  All of the others have either been sold or given to friends & neighbors.  Makes me feel good to not have so many left over this year!

Hatching season, for us, is finally nearing the end.  There are a few dozen chicken eggs hatching out right now.  Most of those will go to friends of ours and the others will either be sold or go to replacing aging hens.  (We also have a couple of broody hens so there will be no shortage of chicks this summer.)  One incubator has eight or ten duck eggs, saved from our own ducks, and three more goose eggs to go.  If I’m remembering right, the incubators should be all cleared out by mid-June.  Whew.  We might have gone a little nuts on the incubating this year…

Farmer’s Market!  It really has been fun!  Mostly because the other vendors are so nice, as are the customers.  I’ve sold a ton of plants — man, those were a pain in the butt to haul back & forth.  Still, it was great getting others to try new varieties & colors of tomatoes.  I can’t wait to see them come back excited about growing even more next year.  I’ve also been selling fresh & dried herbs and some lettuce mixes.  The lettuce is about petered out for the spring so I’ll be pulling it out to be replaced with some hot-weather greens.  My big seller right now?  Breads.  I’ve been making French breads, Italian breads, and sourdoughs.  The sourdoughs will, I think, become my hottest item.  I love, love, love sourdough and I think that comes through.  I’m also making a few oddball sweet bakery items to round things out.  Last week was lemon bread and this week will be cinnamon pumpkin bread and chocolate cake with honeycream frosting.  Later on, I plan on adding some sourdough cakes & other sweets.

So, yeah, I’ve been a bit absent on here but we’re all doing well — and working hard.  Once I get a better rhythm down for this baking schedule, I hope to be more efficient & have more time to, well, sleep.  And maybe blog a bit.  ;-)

6 Responses to “Eating my lunch.”

  1. Ilene May 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    WOW, girl!

    • Hollie Bastian May 31, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      I’m exhuasted just reading all that…I’ll be a super duper customer just as soon as the green beans and the mators are ready. I too have a broody hen…again. Eme is excited and set 5 eggs under her today…tomorrows pickings will go to her also. That should be enough for the visial in a few weeks…nothing is cuter than a mamma hen keeping tabs on her babies. Stop working so hard lady…!

      Be Well…

      -Hollie

      • Diane June 2, 2012 at 5:04 am #

        I thought you were going to be cutting down on the critters until after the move, not increasing?

        Ooooh, I so cannot wait for tomatoes and beans! The vendor beside me at market will have both of those before me so I may have to buy some of hers for a couple of weeks. She’s a really great lady, though, so I don’t mind supporting the “enemy”. ;-)

        FYI: A couple of people (with greenhouses) had green beans for sale already last week!! Good grief, I about fainted from pure jealousy. There were only a few but, oh, how I wanted to go buy them & snack on them raw right there under my canopy. *drool*

        • Mo June 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

          A neighbor down the road has been picking ripe tomatoes for a couple of weeks — since the middle of May!!! — Me, I have a few blossoms.

          Lady, just reading your schedule makes me tired. Please find rest and restoration time.

        • Mo June 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

          Hmmm. Has your schedule eaten YOU as well as your lunch.

          Worried here in 90+ degree weather,

          Mo

          • Diane June 12, 2012 at 9:16 am #

            I’m alive. I think. Will try to find some time to update this week.

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