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Posted 5/19/2014 5:50am by Dave & Jen Paulk.

Hello Farm Fans,  This past Saturday we completed our 6th farmer's market for 2014.  It feels like the cold winter is behind and that everyone is getting back into the groove of growing and eating local produce.  Thank you for supporting our little farm!  We thrive on your enthusiasm and energy!  

The extended cool weather has been a rare treat and perfect for spring crops such as strawberries.  The berries were ready to harvest this week, one of several fruits we grow, and they have excellent flavor. We need to enjoy them while they are here, since the season in Southern Maryland for them is very short because of the hot summers.  More temperate areas can continue to grow them through much of the summer/fall.  We should have them at the next market and we've been selling them to our friends at The Good Earth Natural Foods Co., Keeping It Local, and Chesapeake's Bounty throughout the week.  

Looking around the farm, our cover crop of rye and clover is at its peak. Soon we'll mow the crop down and plant our summer cover crops.  We grow cover crops to improve our soils, attract beneficial insects and birds and help keep weeds shaded out - always a challenge on an organic farm.  

Most of our summer crops are in the fields growing and looking great.  Our first planting of Tomatoes, Cukes and Squash are in the ground, followed soon by Peppers and Watermelon.   In addition, all the early spring crops including, Kale, Lettuces, Peas, Beets, Chard, Scallions, Spinach, Onions and looking really nice.  And we also noticed that very soon we'll have Garlic Scapes and Sweet Onions.  We should also have some nice early season New Potatoes in a few more weeks.  

Had a pleasant surprise yesterday, we have figs trees!  Last fall we planted 12 figs trees and we thought all of them got zapped by the single-digit temperatures as they looked like little brown dead sticks in March.  Low and behold, while walking the farm, we saw new green growth on 9 of them yesterday!  It will take a few seasons to produce figs but in the future we'll have them at the market for all you fig lovers.  

Finally, we've been managing our three bee hives and quickly learning more about these fascinating insects.  With a little luck, we might be able to let them share a little honey. 

One more thing, we are looking to hire another part-time worker to help harvest on Friday’s.  Please visit our Employment tab for details. 

Your Farmer's David & Jennifer Paulk

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