Sunday, May 20, 2007


(this is a delayed post. It went out on time to 2007 subscribers. If you aren't a member of our farm this year, maybe next)

OK, first things first.

We will be having the 'come out to the farm and get free seedlings' event this Saturday. That's 10 am until 1pm, Saturday, May 12th.

As always with these things, the early bird gets whatever it is the early bird is after.

I have set aside about 6000 seedlings so there should be plenty for everyone. I will also have some seedling trays for you to put your selection in.

Directions to our farm are on our web page.

The last mile of the trip out here is on a one lane gravel private road. If you haven't been out before the question that is most often asked is, 'what do I do if I meet a car coming from the other direction?' and the answer is, 'one of you will have to back up to a place where two cars can get by'. There is usually one of these things every 100 yards or so. The rule of thumb (which I don't always follow when meeting someone on the road) is 'be nice.' Yes, it is true, some of my neighbors aren't always good neighbors when it comes to meeting someone traveling in the other directions. But mostly they are.

This is usually a fairly big event and we don't have a lot of parking but that usually isn't a problem. I won't be out there directing parking but there will be enough parking spaces. Try not to park someone else in, though.

To the best of my memory here's the seedlings we'll have out for you to pick through:

About a dozen types of tomatoes, many sweet peppers, hot peppers, various eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, oregano, thyme, tarragon, sage, epazote, sorrel, catnip, marigolds, salvia, celosia, black-eyed susans, Italian basil, dill, fennel, and pac choi. I'm sure there's another half dozen or so varieties but I can't recall without running up to the greenhouse and looking (and I don't feel like doing that right now).

Other rules?

Number One!
Please don't bring your dog. We have the sweetest large dog, a great Pyrenees, and while she wouldn't dream of hurting a human. She loves people. (children can beat her with sticks and she won't get upset) However, GP's have been bred for a long, long time to not trust strange dogs (and other strange animals) no matter how nice and sweet (or ferocious) they are.. The chance is very strong that Andorra will not be friendly to your dog if you bring her out. Andorra is a working livestock dog.

And that's about it for rules. Everything else is pretty much obvious. Don't stomp on the vegetables. Don't let your child start up the tractor (this has happened). If it looks like poison ivy, it probably is.

Besides that, if you want to go for a hike, I can point you in the right direction. Our valley is several miles long with a number of nice trails.

There is plenty of room to have lunch. I'll try to have lemonade. At least there will be spring water to drink.

If you want to pick vegetables there will be sorrel and herbs to pick.

And that's about it.

I will be showing people around the farm. Explaining our history. Explaining which crops are planted when and give those who are interested a brief run down on our farming philosophy, etc.

Hope to see you this weekend.

Leigh Hauter


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