Blood, Sweat, and Dirt

We have been working hard to get our beds made and planted for the spring.  It has not been easy to find enough dry time to do all the work necessary though.  Don’t get us wrong we are very thankful for the water that has fallen from the sky (the ducks and geese are loving it), but it does make it hard to work the soil. If it is too wet, we will damage the soil structure and it is hard on machinery and our backs! A shovel full of soil that is saturated with moisture is about three time as heavy as a shovel full that is fairy dry!  We still have lots to do and many plants to get in the ground yet, but we persevere, because that is what farmers do!

Our first market of the season is on Saturday (April 20th).  Unfortunately, the weather has not been ideal for an early harvest, so we may only have eggs and a few pounds of rhubarb, but we will be there none-the-less!

Unworked Ground
This is one of our growing areas that we work by hand. This photo is of the section we have not been able to work yet.
Worked Ground
This is the part of the growing area we have whipped into shape, but only after blood, sweat, and lots of shoveling!

Spring has arrived

OK now it feels like spring.  The trees are in bloom and are they beautiful?  Well you can judge for yourself.  The pictures below were taken today. I think this will make the bees happy; I know it make us happy!

It is quite incredible that in a few months there will be ripe fruits in place of the flowers. Mother nature is amazing.

Peach Tree blossom
Blossom on one of our peach trees
Asian Pear Blossom
A branch of an Asian pear in bloom

Eat Local!

Thanks to all who came out for the Eat Local Expo this weekend in Kansas City, which was organized by the KC Food Circle.  We had a great time and it was the perfect event to get us ready for the farmers market season.  It was wonderful to see some of our faithful Brookside customers at the event.  Duck eggs were by far the most popular item we brought.  Who knew!  The following chart will help you plan for great cuisine throughout the summer. I know Gazpacho is always one of the first things I like to make when tomatoes are ready!  I am making my mouth water as I type.

Opening day for the Brookside Market (at 63rd and Wornall KCMO) is April 20th.  Hope to see you there.

You can click on the chart to see a larger version of it.

Seasonal Chart
A seasonal sampling of what we grow at Green Gate Family Farm in 2013