Month: April 2016

Working Like Dogs

“A lot of people ask how to get to where I am, and the single biggest thing, which is not profound, is that I work like a dog. And I work seven days a week.” Mindy Kaling We are in the midst of the busiest time on the farm: getting everything planted and seeded. And we are working like dogs. So this post will be short. Our sweet peas have popped open this week, we have planted some seed starts and if you’d like to purchase a May Day or Mother’s Day bouquet, we still have some available.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth and Tired Arms, Legs, and Backs

We somehow made it through this week. The only reason we made it through is because we have unbelievable, undying support from our family and friends. We would not have eaten or gotten anything done on the farm this weekend without our family. Last Sunday morning, Lincoln woke up crabby and with a red rash on his face, a few red dots on his hands, and a red dot on his foot. After vaguely remembering a family member talking about their son having it a few years back, I questioned if it was Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease. After a quick google search (seriously, what did Moms do before Google?) and speaking with the doctor on call through Lincoln’s doctor’s office did we confirm that yes, Lincoln had Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease and by no means were we to bring him into the office to be looked at (because it’s highly contagious) and over our dead bodies were we to take him to daycare until all the blisters had scabbed over. We were to disinfect …

May Day and Mother’s Day

May Day Celebrate this year’s May Day with local flowers from Finding Eminence Farm.  Never heard of it?  Think this is just another made-up holiday that florists and card companies create in order to make more money?  WELL YOU’RE WRONG.  (But we are still interested in some of your money.)  May Day has its roots as a pagan, pre-Christian tradition.  Over the years, the day evolved into a celebration of the coming of spring, often through the giving of flowers (awwwww!).  In the U.S. in the spring of 1886 some 200,000 U.S. workers were like, “We don’t want to work so much, you greedy capitalists!” so they went on strike in order to gain an 8-hour workday.  Three years later the International Socialist Conference declared May 1st “International Workers’ Day,” which meant that one hundred years later, in the midst of the rampant fear of communism during the Cold War, Dwight Eisenhower felt the need to declare it “Loyalty Day” in the U.S. so everyone remembered what side their bread was actually buttered on. A …

A Little Windblown Around Here

We spent the weekend trying to not get blown away on our little hilltop.  After two days of wind advisories, we’re just happy that our hoop house is still standing strong.  So, instead of being outside, we got to work inside.  I finished rebuilding the five foot tiller we bought last fall and now we’re just waiting on a piece to arrive in the mail and we’re ready to work some ground.  The mower is ready to cut some grass, which desperately needs done, but there was no way I was going to battle the winds on a mower this weekend.  We’re also still planting new seeds every week in our basement and potting them up and transferring them to the hoop house as needed.  Today Audra potted up zinnias, celosia, and frosted explosion grass, and we’ll most likely end the night down there planting our next round of kale, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, and whatever else we can fit under the grow lights.   If you haven’t already, please be sure to join our email …