Spring Has Sprung March 2, 2015
There were a few weeks recently during which it positively felt like spring. After a storm delivered a couple inches of water to the farm, fully saturating all the root zones of the trees, vegetable crops and grasses on the farm the sun came out like mad and delivered 70 and 80-degree days. This combination let the farm explode into spring. Birds chirped, flowers bloomed, bees buzzed, grass grew - the smell was in the air and wafted into my truck, office and home.
Dark shades and hats came out, and there was no longer a need for jackets. In the greenhouse, our tomato, pepper and eggplant transplants grew quickly (check out the pictures on my Instagram account; @farmerthaddeus). On the farm, the bare fields with thick soil held stubbornly to the moisture from the last rain. With no plants yet growing to use the water, the fields remained too muddy for tractor work. The tractors sat idle next to the field longing to start the process of applying pre-plant organic fertilizer, injecting drip tape into the soil and to incorporate the soil one last time before the transplants from the greenhouse will be delivered and tucked into their beds.
The apricot orchard stands next to this field, looking very handsome from its recent annual haircut from the pruning crew. I am always struck by the color of the trees’ bark when it is fully exposed and not hidden by the leaves that cover them for most of the year. The branches are red in color, with hints of blue or purple that make them look shiny and even metallic.
The apricot blossoms are never the first to come. They come after the almond and early peach blossoms, which have already come and are beginning to shed their delicate petals onto the orchard floor. The buds on the apricot branches are already swelling. Within a week or two, the apricot flowers will emerge from the branches like popped popcorn.
In a field down the road, our asparagus is just waking up from its winter slumber and beginning to send the first asparagus shoots. Spring has arrived.
Enjoy your boxes and find us on Instagram (farmfreshtoyou) and (farmerthaddeus).
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