Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February on the farm

It has been awhile since I have been able to post, but figured with spring around the corner it is time to update folks that are interested as to what is new.

Let's start with the sad / bad news. We will not be providing a CSA package this season. Being a farmer is hard work, harder than I could have ever imagined. Steve and I have spent the last two years farming for 9 months and working in the school for 9 more. Yeah, that makes 18 which is more than a year and means for 6 months we are juggling two very full time jobs in addition to trying to be great parents. Something had to give. I truly wish we were at a point where we were financially comfortable enough to dive into farming full-time. We are not there yet. If and when we get to that point, we will let you know. It saddens me to share this with those of you that have supported us, but know that we have appreciated your love, support, and kind words. Thanks to people like you, small scale farming can and will survive. Keep on supporting your local farmers!

We will still be growing food, and lots of it! We are expanding our herbs (both fresh and dried), getting more chickens for eggs and meat, raising a couple of pigs, growing 70+ different types of vegetables, and expanding our orchard. Any of these items can still be purchased and we encourage you to contact us if you are interested. We will also be showing up at some local farmers markets (Marshall, Redwood Falls, and possibly starting a new one in Lucan), please come by and say hello.

In the next weeks the plants will be started, the hoophouse will be tilled and planted, and the bounty will begin. I am so excited for fresh baby spinach! I hope you all are, too. Pictures to come.

Love and happy almost spring!

Kicking Mule Farm