The Greenhouses are open and fabulous. We have amazing hanging baskets, almost overwhelming selection of interesting flower and foliage plants to complete the containers of your dreams – or to copy something fabulous you saw in a magazine, AND, OF COURSE, we have the most extensive selection of herbs and vegetable plants. It’s still early for the tomatoes and peppers (tons of varieties!!!!), but we’ll gladly sell you lettuces, greens, and other hardy items. Having mentioned tomatoes, we have SO many varieties started. Do check out our online catalog (yes, it’s last years, but it is fairly accurate – we’ve only added more!)
We’ve got weekly specials planned for the Spring and we’ll be starting the markets soon too. I’ll be updating our fans on Facebook before the general public. Click here and be a fan!
I gave my talk in Hardwick last month – there were actually a bunch of people there! I showed some great slides of the area and did my big plug for buying local and keeping the local economy going. Many of you might be surprised about the economic contribution agriculture makes in our state:
~almost $500 million in sales,
employs well over 13,000
~MA ranks 1 in US for average value of direct marketing sales per farm
~Worcester County ranks 4th among ALL COUNTIES in US for value of direct sales of Ag products to consumers
~pays about $100 million in wages
Whoo- hoo Mass Ag!
We had a lamb from our Tunis sheep. We had brought our sheep over to Kate’s farm to get bred and now we have a lovely little lamb named Coco.Loads of Blackbirds! The sound is deafening. I have some great sound I hope to upload. The turkeys are strutting their stuff daily – lots of brakes down the street as folks/hunters have to stop and watch. The kids and I went for a walk around the pond in the woods the other day and were delighted to find peeper and green frogs and even a lovely Painted Turtle!
Glenn has been planting peas, beans and corn this week. We’ll hope for some nice weather now. The greenhouse tomatoes are all planted and growing well. That’s always a great benchmark in the Spring.
The great news is 6 of our returning workers from Jamaica have gained clearance from Department of Labor and Immigration. Apparently our government didn’t like the withholdings the Jamaican government was taking – hmmm. Anyway, the story is not over…DOL has changed their interpretation of the guest worker program regulations AGAIN and the torture continues. I’ll be sending out an email in the next few days letting you know all about what is going on and how we are all affected – farms are already selling out and giving up and no one seems to know about it. More to come.