A few highlights of 2016 in pictures…. enjoy. – the farmer’s daughter
It has been a while since our last post as we have been extra busy on the farm! Our stand closed for the season back in June but we have do still have greenhouse bell peppers at Lowes Foods in Sanford for a limited time.
All my farmers have been staying busy with tobacco. Early mornings and late nights are the days of summer on our farm. The tobacco is coming along nicely.
I have been so excited to have a crop right in front of my house this year! I have loved watching it grow. Tobacco has been a big part of my life since as far back as I can remember.
Only a farm kid or someone who has worked on a farm knows the smell of tobacco curing in the barns. I love that smell and often take walks on the farm just to smell it. My dad started in 1974 with just 21 acres of tobacco and this year he has 750 acres.
I often get asked a lot of questions about farming since I am a farm kid but I don’t know a lot about it. I know basics. What I know is that farming is a lot more complicated than anyone understands. You have to be dedicated to spend from sun up to sun down in the fields. You have to have faith because with a powerful storm or the lack of rain you will lose your entire crop, your livelihood, something we know all too well as both has happened on our farm. You have to know the land in order to know what you can and cannot grow on it. You have to know how to prepare the land and sustain your crops. You have to know how to work on your equipment. You have to often spend more money than you yield from production.
I know very few people that understand the hours put in on the farm. My dad was always working when I was growing up. No he was not there for dinner every night or every game we played, BUT he was there when my girl scout troop went to the park. He was there to put lipstick on my cheeks for Halloween when I wanted to be an Indian.
He was there when I was scared to get my ears pierced so he took me himself. He was there to take me to get my license when I was scared to death of failing. He was there to see me all dressed up for prom. He was there when I walked across the stage to get my diploma and to walk me down the aisle to my now husband. He was there for the birth of both of my boys and he is here for me now.
I know what you are thinking, if farming is so hard then why do it? Because he loves it, as does my brother, and my husband. My dad has always told us “love what you do and do what you love.”
So what has farming taught me? Discipline, dedication, faith, love, family, hope, respect, etc… my question to you is, what has it not?
-The Farmer’s Daughter
It is officially strawberry time here on the farm and boy are we excited. We have had a limited amount of pre-picked berries over this last week but as of yesterday the field is open to the public and the berries have really ripened up.
I had the pleasure of walking through the field on Sunday with the farmer himself and as you can see from the picture each plant has a lot of red berries and green ones for ripening later.
We always put straw out in the rows of our field to keep it clean, as you can see from the picture above.
We rode through to look at some of our current and upcoming produce to see how they were going.
The new potatoes are looking good! We will have these for sale starting Wednesday.
Next up is lettuce. It is plentiful and we will have this starting this week.
It should be about one more week on the cabbage but it sure is coming along nicely.
The onions are growing tall. We are already selling these. Right now they are sold by the bunch but once they start to get really big we will sell them by the pound.
A lot of people have never seen asparagus grow but it actually grows from the ground and you just break it off at the bottom to pick it. We have to pick it daily during its season because when the sun is out it can grow up to 7-8 inches in one day!
That’s all for now but we will keep you posted on new produce to come. Our hours have changed starting this week, we are now open Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 6 pm.
Until my next “ride along” with my favorite farmer…..
-The Farmer’s Daughter
It’s been a long winter this year and we sure are glad to start seeing some warmer weather! Warm weather brings fresh produce! Right now we have greenhouse tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and various canned goods. As the weather continues to warm up in the next few weeks we look forward to burpless cucumbers, asparagus, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, sweet onions, squash, new potatoes, and of course the number one thing everyone loves STRAWBERRIES!!
We have already started going to the markets in the area, here is the schedule.
Tuesday- Fearrington from 4pm- until
Thursday- Pittsboro from 3:30pm-6:30 pm
Saturday- Siler City from 9:30 am – 1pm
We will also be at the hospital every Wednesday starting on the first Wednesday in May from 7 am- 4pm!
Our stands hours will be changing as more produce becomes abundant but at this time we are open on Saturday 9am- 2pm and this week we will be open Monday – Friday from 12:30pm- 6pm. However keep an eye on our Facebook page as well as here on our website for any hour changes as it WILL change.
We also are proud to announce that our greenhouse tomatoes are now USDA GAP certified! We have been working hard and spending a lot of time in the last several months preparing for our audit to get our certification and we just had it last week and passed with perfect scores.
What else is going on at the farm? What isn’t? Gary’s busy season is in full force as he is getting ready for tobacco and other crops. He’s busy prepping the land and getting crops planted. His day starts early and ends late. However I did manage to grab a quick picture of him the other day before he headed to another field!
Thank you for taking the time to catch up with us! We hope to see you at the farm!
-The Farmer’s Daughter
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