We have spread approximately 60 tons of chicken litter over the last two weeks. That has been an interesting, slightly stinky adventure. Although the smell is bad at first, we have discovered that you pretty much become immune to it and don't even notice much more... unless the wind catches it and blasts you away with it! Fortunately, we had a gentlemen from Orchard Hills come and spread several tons for us recently and it was an amazing sight to see.
There are several items which still came up without rain, thankfully. The beans look great, as do the potatoes. My tomatoes have been blooming and I'm thrilled! The squash and zucchini may be ready for this week at the market. The sugar snap peas (the ones not eaten by the deer) are producing little by little. And the onions look and smell beautiful. Other things ready are the Shanghai Baby Bak Choy as well as some of the wild Arugula.
I'm really looking into starting a CSA program for the fall/winter months and continuing it into the next year. What I'd really love to do is offer the option to add meats and other items to the boxes. For example, Welton Bettis, who owns Happy Hogs LLC of Double Hill Farms in Meriwether County, sells wonderful pork and would be a great addition to a CSA box. Even adding goat cheese and farm-fresh eggs would be great. Chickens are something we would love to add to the farm and are getting closer to accomplishing. I will, this week and weekend as well as in the near future, conduct a survey of what customers are interested in seeing at the markets and in their homes (realistically, of course) and also seeing who would be interested in participating in a CSA program for naturally grown produce and other items.
Well, it's beyond time to get out in the fields and get to work! Check back soon... You know there's always something going on here at the farm!