Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Flowers in Bloom!

Sigh - I thought I could keep up with a weekly update on what's available, but these weeks just seem to slip by before ya know it. All the greens are growing and loving this cooler, damp weather (glad somebody does).  On the last week of spinach though, it's decided to bolt and we'll cruise through the summer before planting more next fall.  Have beautiful chard, robust lettuce, super tasting kale, a hoophouse full of mustard greens and flowers!  Interesting budding this year.  I think with the few days of extreme hot weather, then days and nights of cooler weather, the buds set on the plants much shorter than normal. Should all even out though - the bachelor buttons, saponaria and bupleurum are close to 3 feet!

Here's a list of the flowers we have this week:
Lupines
Bachelor buttons
Bupleurum
Field Daisies
Allium
Calendula (double/triple petaled and gorgeous)
Stock
Saponaria

Next week the peonies, double petaled poppies and dianthus should be blooming.
Happy June to you!
Cathy


Thursday, April 20, 2017

We've Got the Greens!

We've definitely hit our stride and the hoophouses are full of beautiful spinach, kale, chard, lettuce and mustard greens! All available, plus gorgeous tulips.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

March is Looking Green!

We're on a roll in the greenhouse!
Thousands of kale, chard, lettuce, mustard greens, spinach and flower seeds are planted and growing!  Last week we actually started planting in the hoophouses, but have my fingers crossed they stay warm enough under 2 layers of remay this weekend.  Brrrrr!


Tulips are coming in like little soldiers.  Can't wait to see them start blooming.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

We are up and running!

I'm delighted to say we started the farm back up February 1st.  Ahhh, feels so good.  With the new greenhouse operating, we were able to plant spinach, kale, chard, lettuce and mustard greens. Five days later, the spinach already germinated.  We're also experimenting with Johnny Jump-Ups in mini pots and getting the Bupleurum going as well.
There's about 2000 tulip and brodeia bulbs coming up as well.  Unfortunately the moles have decided they make a great snack, so the Jaws of Death traps have had to come out.  Always hate when that happens.  The two middle rows are taking a break from planting for a few months and have a good layer of cardboard and aged horse manure on top.  The tarp speeds up decomposing and the earthworms love it!
Chad is busy broadforking all the beds before we add soil amendments and get ready for transplanting, which will be sometime in March.  Expecting spinach and salad mix ready to harvest by April.



Sunday, December 18, 2016

READY FOR SLEIGH RIDES!

We're hoping this winter is going to bring snow and clear sunny days for sleigh rides.  Rocket and Jaguar are fit and ready to go.  Check details under the "wagon and sleigh rides" heading for details.  Hope to see you this season!

Cathy

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We're now Certified Organic!

I'm delighted to announce that Unity Farm's greens, flowers and hay field are now officially certified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF).  We are proud to carry the logo on our products and look forward to having new labels that say we are certified organic.  That is one of many good things that came out of being in the hospital - I actually sat down and filled out all the paperwork required for the certified organic application!

The heart transplant happened very quickly and I was home by Good Friday.  In fact, I got a heart 4 1/2 hours after being listed, which is the fastest in Mass General's history.  The recovery has been going smoothly and I'm about 3 weeks ahead of the usual recovery schedule.  Must be all the great energy from the farm, right?!  Looks like we'll be heading to Boston for the stem cell transplant around June 27th, and then I'll be in the hospital for 3-4 weeks after that.  By the end of July the majority of health issues will be over and we can start looking forward to rebuilding for a whopper of a year in 2017.  In the meantime, we've been planting windbreaks of edible shrubs like elderberry, currant and hazelnut, planting more perennials, planting cover crops, mowing and working the horses. Starting to feel like summer already and so glad to be out enjoying the outdoors.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Message from Cathy - March 6, 2016

Dear friends and customers,

I am sad to let you know that our greens and flowers will not be available this year.  I've had to take the year off for some medical reasons - actually, right now I'm in the hospital at Mass General having just had a heart transplant! That is part one, because in a couple of months I have to return for a stem cell transplant that will take the rest of the year to recover from.  The good news is that the farm is going to be used growing delicious greens and herbs, just not by me.  And, the horses are still working and would love to do wagon rides - you can always contact me, I'm right here on my computer and phone.

I hope you will remember how beautiful our flowers are and how good our greens taste - we'll be back and better than new in 2017!

My best wishes and gratitude to all,
Cathy