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4.26.20

This week just FELT so good - to have my hands in the soil, to feel the sunshine on my face and shoulders, to hear the birds singing, to see my favorite Mountain Bluebirds perched on our fence, to smell the apricot blossoms opening, and to witness the earth coming to life as irrigation water started to seep into neighboring fields.  Ahhh...it's times like this that I wish I could just bottle up and save for a rough day.  As I transplanted all of our brassicas into the field, my mind wandered and I recollected the many steps to getting this small starter plant to where it was at that moment - taking up residence in our field for the season.  All of our seeds were ordered on New Year's Day, thankfully before there were any signs of seed shortages that are now common due to COVID.  The brassicas were all started in organic Pro-Mix potting soil in small, 98-cell flats between the second and fourth weeks of February.  They were thinned a week or so after germination, once their first true leaves appeared.  Then, after a couple of feedings of seabird guano and kelp, these tiny plants graduated from the grow room to the greenhouse where they were eventually transplanted into 2-inch pots in mid-late March enriched with organic worm castings and compost.  They have been talked to daily (this is no joke), have been fussed over continuously, and spent most of their life in a grow room that was warmer than my house.  Truthfully, this may contribute to why I spend just SO much time with my plants.  Wink, wink.  


It's a pretty amazing thing to pop them out of their 2-inch pots, see this labyrinth of roots that they have grown, and then to gently cocoon them into the clutches of Mother Earth.  They stand bold and strong, but appear so small and innocent in the long beds.  They say when you practice mindful eating that this is the sort of thing that should run through your mind before each bite - what is the story that that food has to tell?  Where did it come from?  Who grew it?  How did it get to my plate?  Who cooked the food?  Conscious eating is a sacred act.  It is venerable and can be done with awe.  What we put into our bodies feeds our inner temples - it nourishes, it nurtures, and it sustains.  


We have been so filled with gratitude at the interest in local foods from our farm as of late, and now, we are blown away, yet again, by the interest in starter plants for home gardens.  Wow...this is so fantastic to think of everyone growing their own food and eating locally!!  With the pain and suffering that has permeated much of our society with the pandemic, it is refreshing and inspiring to see an opportunity such as this blossom.  With this said, there is a list of plants that are available below.  Please email any orders for the PLANTS ONLY to ultreiafarmstead@gmail.com


This coming week, we will get our potatoes in the ground, we will finish transplanting peppers and eggplant into larger pots, and we will start the never-ending process of weeding those crops that were seeded in mid-March - think peas, carrots, and greens.  Next week, it'll be time to get the alliums in the ground.  The first succession of peas are nearly four inches tall, the first carrots are displaying their frilly tops, the garlic is mid-shin to knee height, and our first field greens are about a week, maybe two, away from harvesting.    


This week we have lovely salad greens, spinach, baby kale mix, and limited spicy greens available.  We also have sweet, buttery hakurei turnips, our heirloom cornmeals, limited radishes, colorful eggs, and fresh herbs, including sorrel which is an incredibly flavorful, lemony leafy herb that is amazing cut into small slivers in a salad.  


And, finally, to let everyone know, our summer Market Share CSA has sold out for the 2020 season.  If you are NOT a member of our CSA but have interest in receiving emails this summer in high season when we have extra produce available, please communicate this to us and we will add you to this list. 


With this, we wish you all continued safety and health.  We thank you for your continued extraordinary support of our farm and hope that you have a happy, peaceful week ahead.


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