Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cooking Light, Beltaine + Tomatoes!

Sunday is May 1st, May Day & Beltaine! The sun is midway between spring equinox and summer solstice, a beautiful, fertile time and perhaps this year.... a 70 degree day.

Today looks like it might reach 60 and that's sweet, too. We do have our first herd of tomatoes in for you, strong and smelling of summer. We are keeping them under a low plastic hoop house at night and recommend you either keep them in a sunny south facing window, greenhouse or homehade cloche or greenhouse. We have 4 mil and 6 mil greenhouse plastic, 10' wide, that we custom cut by the foot for you. We also carry 9 gauge wire and custom cut to fit your beds. Last year with all the early bursts of sunny weather, we kept encouraging everyone to wait until the end of May to put tomatoes out unprotected and then it rained 3 more weeks in June after that. Under plastic will make a big difference with our cool nights and the rains that will still come, otherwise patience and experimenting in whatever ways are fun for you!

Floating row cover, also known as reemay or agribon, is also available in 6' or 7' widths, custom cut by the foot or by the roll, great for warming up soil for germination, and the growth of your spring crops. It lets light, air and rain in, while also keeping insect pests out, such as leaf miner and cabbage moths.

We're in a neat article about Portland's delicious, vibrant food scene this month. May issue of Cooking Light, there is an 11 page article, 'Portland's Food Rules, Forget NYC & LA: If you live in the rest of America, here's how a midsize city can become a big food town.' We are in the section about Portland's progressive livestock laws, No. 3 Farm Animals Are At Home Here. Along with the Mayor and the 600+ food carts this city allows to flourish, Stone Barn Brandyworks, whose fruit mash we compost here, the Portland Fruit Tree Project, SoupCycle, Tasty n Sons, Lost Arts Kitchen, Ned Ludd, Salt, Fire & Time, Portland Meat Collective, Josh Dodds of Velocifeed and many more!!

So many cute baby chicks here and our veggie starts, herbs, berries, kiwis, fruit & nut trees, ground covers, sedums, natives and dreamy annual and perennial flowers await you. Seeds stand by at attention to go home and snuggle into your soil. Mmm... the beauty of spring and of all your energy and enthusiasm. We adore you and thank you for keeping us so inspired to keep growing for you.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Sunday!

Yes we are open 10 to 6pm today! Stocked full of everything fun for you: 19 Breeds of chicks and pullets, lots of new tools, hundreds of seed varieties, pet food, feed, organic fertilizers, books!, a beautiful selection of flowers, herbs, veggies, sedums, natives, nut and fruit trees, berries, honey, chocolate truffles.... mmm : )

Bumblefina and Fizz Gig give feathery and furry smooches xox

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Potatoes, Tools & Ducklings!

More certified organic spotatoes in: Yukon Gem, All Reds, Yellow Finns and Russian Banana Fingerlings!

More Tools! More broadforks, soil blockers, Glaser Stirrup Hoes in 3.5", 5" and 7", Trapezoid Hoes, Narrow Collinear Hoes, more Earthway Seeders, Stockton Heath Digging Forks, Spears & Jackson Spades, Pruning Sharpeners, more Felcos, Diamond Sharpening Hones, Victorinox Knives and more. Enroute, lots of harvest knives, sheaths, grafting and budding knives, fruit harvest bags, axes, post-hole diggers for your fencing, cultivators and lots of other neat tools!

Plus lots of Chickes, including Egyptian Fayoumis! and we have 5 awesome Khaki Campbell Ducklings available - more on our Hens, Chicks + Ducks link

Photos of our shop hen Bumblefina soon.... with the little kitty, Fizz Gig........... ooo! and a Siskiyou Seed order just came in with corn and lots of other goodies

Rumors of the infamous sun visiting us this coming week? A bit of essential drying out of the soil is in the day and night dreams of many of us, especially market farmers. Rain, we love you too, we just need a little, very important break.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

We are a nursery in two neat ways...

Nursery for plants: We are growing our plant selection to meet your desires - multiple plant orders landed this week! Big list in the shop, more than what's online and lots of flowers, herbs and veggies arrive two times each week.

Nursery for chicks and ducklings: Big batch of baby chicks coming Friday. Ducklings coming this afternoon for special orders and we may have some extras available.

We are very busy parents.... Come and take home some new kids of the plant or animal variety... Wooo hoooo!!

and lots of cute human babies visit us.......... ; )