Sunday, June 19, 2011

beginning of summer update

Ah, the beginnings of summer... one day it's 75 and sunny, the next is 60 and raining.  No complaints here, the farm and I are loving it! So what's going on at Blue House Greenhouse Farm? A LOT. More planting, more weeding, more harvesting, more watering, more of everything! Here are a few snap shots of the past couple weeks.

The farm stand has been open for two weeks!  Pictured on the left is Kevin along with the first week's bounty. The farm stand is open Mondays from 3-6 pm, come and see what's available! This week we will have salad greens, turnips, Asian greens, chard, and more.

On the right, Kimi is double washing the salad greens- not only is the produce delicious, it's clean!

On the left is an extreme close up of the farm.  Pictured are lady bug eggs.  Normally they are found on the top or underside of leaves, but here the eggs were laid on a twig in the soil.  Also pictured is my finger for scale. pretty neat.

We've been harvesting a ton of radishes and  we don't sell the ones that are split or a little less than perfect.  What to do with all those radishes?  Radish Kimchi (pictured right)! We used a recipe from Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz.  We also made french radish pickles- using a recipe from a friend- and sweet radish pickles with rhubarb. yum.

More random updates to come! stay tuned.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

farm stand opening! Monday June 6!

That's right!  Blue House Greenhouse Farm is opening a farm stand on Monday afternoons from 3-6pm.  Beginning this Monday, June 6th! Come by and check out what's for sale.  This week there will be a variety of fresh delicious veggies- salad greens, kale, cilantro and lots of asian greens! You can just come and  say hi!

In other news (there is a lot of other news), the farm has a logo!  Many many thanks to the lovely Clare Price, a fabulous artist and friend, for creating this logo.

The walking group from NARA came to the farm this past week before their "greens and beans" cooking demonstration and harvested some greens!

My mom was in town this past week and helped out a ton at the farm.  You can see her weeding (and hiding from the camera) by the peas.  Thanks mom!

While she was in town we also went to DOC, one of the restaurants to whom I sell my produce.  It was incredible!  ridiculously delicious.  Here are my salad greens with strawberries and goat cheese!

drip irrigation system

Adam, star volunteer, cutting sections of
the 3/4" polytubing to put together the
main lines.  The system has three separate
sections to maximize flow rate.
Here we go into the world of drip irrigation.  I have to say that I have a love/hate relationship with irrigation (and when I speak of irrigation- I only have worked with drip so I won't even get into my feelings about other types of irrigation).  I love drip irrigation because of its efficiency and water conservation capacity.  I hate it because I spend hours trying to figure out why certain components are leaking.  In the end, I have loads more love, for sure.

Check out the photos for detailed info and if you have questions please don't hesitate to contact me!

Here you can see the valve on the 3/4" polytube, which is
one of the three sections.  You can also see the attachment
with which the T-tape is connected. Each attachment has
a valve to be able to select which rows can be watered.

Becca is demonstrating how we roll out
the T-tape.  Brilliant.

The finished product! We actually aren't finished yet...
there are a few leaks that we have to deal with, but we are on
our way!  and those are tomatoes under remay on the left!