This has been a pretty busy month for us here at Grabishfarm and we haven't had a lot of time to reflect. Special events are now part of our repertoire (wedding on the farm), pig adoption (our # went from 6 to 19!) has significantly increased our hog herd and we've also had a first for Grabishfarm - goat kidding. Panda, one of the does we brought to Grabishfarm back in January, had two baby goats Wednesday and although I wasn't present for the birth (saw the videos...) everything seemed to go better than expected and the two kids are happily boppin' around in the back.
Gosh, on the garden front, we had our first harvest of fava beans, beets (yes, the ones that were planted back in November finally had root bulbs big enough to eat), lettuce, spinach and carrots. We've also started some beans, herbs, squash, melons and peas for spring & summer harvest.
The piece de resistance of the garden this year very well may be popcorn. Yes, popcorn. Non-GMO, heirloom popcorn. Oh, one of my favorite meals some days. Some people like ice cream or chicken fried steak or who-the-hell-knows-what - but one of my weak points is stove-popped popcorn. We have "Early Pink" and "Calico" multi-colored that we'll plant and harvest.
We are thinking about opening a farm stand through the summer months on the weekend. If anyone is reading this - please let me know if we should bother. It looks like the Dixon farmer's market will be on Thursday afternoons - 4-6 p.m. as opposed to last year's schedule of Saturday mornings; would a Saturday or Sunday morning farm stand work?
By then we'll have our silo in place. Happy Sprung!