April Showers Bring…April Mud

As the thoughts of drought have been washed away by the recent rains, we sit waiting for a chance to plant.  The cool wet weather is a normal April reality, however, with the beginning of May as the starting point of the Farmers’ Market season, we are anxious to get our first crops in.  We have a few transplants in the high tunnel, but many of our plantlets are still in the basement waiting for a stint of moderate weather to permit their graduation into the bubble world of the tunnel.  It has just been too cold at night.  To go from 80 degrees to below freezing at night is a shock that the plants aren’t able to endure, so you need a few days and nights above 40 so they can handle the shock; even with double covers inside the tunnel.

It appears that without artificially heated greenhouses, we will forever be behind the trend of having produce for the first market of the season.  We’ll be behind, but we always seem to come into our own on the schedule of nature.  This delay in planting is a great reason to get everything organized, cleaned up and set for the real push of the season.  Today we spent all day cleaning the barn.  J was of course instrumental in orchestrating the clean-out and reconfiguration of the farm’s central hub.  Renee and Matt took every odd job we could throw at them and by the end of the day, the barn was about a day away from being a real work place again: a satisfying sight and thought.

I know that these types of stories aren’t that exciting for most, but running a farm has its little victories.  Today was a major one.  Thank you to this year’s crew.  I’m confident we will take on all challenges that lay ahead.

Tomorrow, we will have many, many eggs.  Please come for them.  Also, chickens and cheese.  Next week we will sell potatoes for planting or eating as well as shallots.

Hope to see you there,





About saltforkfarms

A small organic farm in Iowa that raises Standard Breed laying hens and hybrid broiler chickens suited for a pasture-based system, as well as varieties of vegetables and fruit suitable to our Eastern Iowa climate. We grow food, we eat food, we sell food!
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