Friday, April 30, 2010

Photos from around the farm

Strawberries ready for market.

Hoop House tomatoes.

Onions. We have 3 varieties this year.

Bee hive from Cedar Grove Bee Works.

Crimson Clover cover crop. Bees are happy.


Sunset at Wild Hare Farm.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Farm Tour April 24 and 25

Wild Hare Farm is excited to be participating for our 7th straight year in the Carolina Farm Stewardship Associations North Carolina Piedmont Farm Tour. Visit this link for more information on how to participate.

Farm Tour is a great opportunity for folks to visit area farms, see where their food
is grown, get ideas and meet the farmers.

We have tomatoes growing in our Hoop Houses, multiple varieties of flowers, our field strawberries are just starting to ripen and other goodies growing such as lettuce, radishes, carrots, etc.

Hope to see you all on the tour and that everyone enjoys all of the great local farms.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Where's Tom Sawyer when you need him

Recently a proclamation was made at WHF, that the pretty flowers didn't look so pretty on the ugly market tables. It was a fair statement. Being dearth of Tom Sawyer's powers of persuasion meant a mini-project painting the market tables was in my immediate future. Our market tables are of the home made variety and serve double duty. They are handy for several things around the farm and as such catch a fair amount of abuse. An antique table from Smith and Hawken (while very cool) is not really required for the farmers market, but having your market hardware distract from your product is not smart for business either.

Painting our tables is really no big deal, other than there is nothing about painting I like. Some people state they don't mind painting, it is the prep or clean up they don't care for. Not me, I loathe it all. The only thing I can find redeeming about painting is I can usually have an adult beverage during the process.

The brush strokes I employee can be best described as: sling, glob, dribble, pool and puddle. And if I have to paint it, then you can have any color you want as long as it is white. The word "Trim" is not part of my vocabulary.

The final paint job doesn't look too bad all things considering and achieves the goal of not distracting from this bucket of ranunculus. Now I have somewhere to place my beverage. Wonder if I'll be required to use a coaster?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Parrot Tulips before coffee

It has been a busy spring and we were looking forward to having 2 cups of coffee and a low keyed Easter Sunday morning. Our parrot tulips thought otherwise, formed a union and decided to all open at the same time. Who can blame them, if we were as pretty as these guys we'd want everyone to see us too.

In "The Botany of Desire" Michael Pollan poses the question of who controls who. Do we control the plants or do they control us ? Needless to say, we spent Sunday morning pulling Tulips instead of drinking coffee.

With the early summer like temperatures Tulip season is rapidly coming to a close. We'll have have them for another week or so and we will have one last round for Mother's day.

Tulips require a great deal of our time and energy, but they are something special. We are already planning the varieties we'll have for next year!