FARM REPORT FRIDAY

Good luck to all the competitors at this weekend’s State Track Meet.  I hope Noah Ollerich Kunasek brings home medals in the 100 meters, long jump, and 4 x 100 relay.  The Flying Bohunk.  Sam, your turn will come.

Butchered 22 Cornish on Wednesday.  Freezer birds.  Duncan’s Poultry north of Missouri Valley.  The’ve built a store out of hand milled, 35 year old cedar telephone poles and it is worth the drive to marvel at the craftsmanship.  The 20 baby layers now holding their own at the feed trough, growing every day.  Money from them expected late fall.  Picked up 43 eggs yesterday, selling out now before produced.

Here’s some of what we’ll bring to tomorrow morning’s Village Pointe Farmer’s Market:

 

Bumper crop of spinach thanks to the cool spring.  Butterhead lettuces (80 each bed) flank to the left and right.

Fava beans.  Perhaps with a nice Chianti and liver?

Swiss Chard, fit for the Bard!

Curly Kale and Collard Greens.  The healthiest plates you’ve ever seen!

Linda planted 2000 onions in yonder four beds.  Tedium infinitum.

 

Garlic up and fine, scapes soon to be shooting flavorful garlic puffs skyward.

There’s fennel, rapini, broccoli, beets, carrots, radishes, snap peas, basil, cabbages, parsley, cilantro, kohlrabi, turnips, garbanzo beans, lima beans, butter beans, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, cantaloupe, melons, summer squash, pumpkins, gourds, butternut squash,  potatoes, and so much more in our neatly trimmed beds.  All by hand, never any chemicals!

One of my favorite corners features close to 40 milkweed plants that I’ve carefully maintained for the last couple years.  Pollinators are our friends!

Potatoes on the far eastern fringes.  We planted 10 apple trees for our fledgling orchard, some right in the midst of our garden.

These happy little cluckers now reside in a more frigid clime.

Back where I  started.  Noah (grey shorts) is the only Ralston junior to qualify for state.  He qualified in the hurdles last year while attending Burke.  I’m thinking future decathlete.