Thursday, April 2, 2009

Country folk step country store

So the joke among farmers goes as follows:  Do you want to know how to make a million dollars farming?  Start off with two.  And after getting the majority of our business taxes done this past weekend, this joke is seeming more true than not.  But we are off to a great season so far, and main season starts this Sat.  Who cares if it's been raining all spring and our early summer beds that we'll need to plant in four weeks are still in cover crop???  Who cares that some weird maggot is eating our squash seeds and that mice won't leave our basil alone??  We're farmers!  Deal with it!  So we decided to leave the farm this week for a shopping trip to spend some well-earned cash money on, that's right, farm supplies.  
The whole store smells like a chemical factory, but it is a great place to go for supplies---and we still had a gift card leftover from our wedding (thanks uncle Stuart and aunt Jackie!).  Luckily we didn't need to pick up this scary sign, evidence alone that chemicals maybe aren't so great to be using on your fields.  Stuart paused for a long moment to look at camouflage baby clothes....after a quick picture I had to speak of some machetes I had seen tucked away in a corner to get him to move along.  And oh the cooking section at this place.  Unbelievable.  Tons and tons of cast iron cookware.  They even have a seventy gallon stewing pot for who knows what; you'd need three horses just to tow it.  We spent a lot of money, mostly on t-stakes for our new fence we need to put up around our early summer plot, but no fence, no food.  so it goes.  

1 comment:

Abounding Harvest said...

I'm friends with Sarah Garlick, and she passed along your website. Unfortunately for you, I suspect the "maggots" eating your squash seeds may be Symphylans. They're voracious little critters and can easily cause transplants to "punk out," staying the size you put them in indefinitely. If you notice this, or positively identify them (very fast, white, two antennae), the best way to fight them organically seems to be with brassicas. Somehow, that seems to knock their numbers down. On the flipside, the best way to cultivate them is by planting grasses, such as oats or perennial rye grass. I don't know what you're currently doing for a cover crop, but if you do indeed have symphylans, grasses are to be avoided.
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