Monday, March 10, 2008

springtime in the mudhole

If you look closely, you can see the West Desert Trio singing and playing their instruments up in the hayloft. Aren't we old-fashioned?

Every year my dad's business holds a customer appreciation breakfast, so that's what we did on Saturday. They used to clean out the tractor shop and have it in there, but starting last year they hold it in a great big barn a few miles down the road from our house. It's a much more scenic location, and this way they don't have to put the shop out of commission for a week getting everything out of it--and it doesn't require nearly so much schedule witchery for any tractors that might need to be repaired. It's a fun little community event, because it turns out that almost everyone around here has been a customer at some time, or at least thinks so. There is nice old-timey country music sung by the West Desert Trio, and everyone has a good meal.

This afternoon we planted two rows of peas and two rows of carrots. Short rows, but so what? It's spring! We're experimenting with a newfangled invention called seed tape--the carrot seeds are all embedded in what appears to be miniature toilet paper. You just lay the tape down in the row, cover and water. No thinning, no losing handfuls of seeds. I wonder if it will work.
Look how straight our rows are! It's the seed tape.

Also I have glass in my foot from the windows.

I was talking to my grandpa today, and he mentioned that he has a neighbor who sells additive-free beef and lamb at their farmers' market, and he has people asking him for goat meat all the time--more than any other meat, he said. So my grandpa wanted to talk to me about it. Hee. I can't even give goats away down here, because everybody thinks goats are for eating ditches, not for meat or milk. But not me. I'm so far ahead of this curve. See how I have my finger on the pulse? Finger! On the pulse!


All8 said...

The breakfast sounds like a lot of fun. Congratulations on getting your peas and carrots put out. I'm planning on putting some peas out tomorrow.

Goat is a big thing here too with the ethnic populations. There's a farm about two (very small) towns over and they sell all of their goat meat. In fact, it's usually bought before it's born. It's not unusual for customers to find you after the know where they can find great product. Good luck on making your decision and developing your market.

Hope that you foot gets feeling better soon.

Jill said...

I am so impressed with you Layne! How do you do so much. I wish I had your energy. Maybe it's the goats....

Matt and Emily said...

I can't believe you already planted in your garden. It looks great. Our garden still has more than a foot of snow on it. We're excited for Spring.


layne I did'nt know you could plant that early..Noah and I planted all ours in cups pumpkins, squash, watermelon, radishes, tomatoes, the radishes and toms are already have emerged...the rest are coming I hope. Maybe people in Chesterfield should start eating goat out here there certainly are enough of them around.. Good Luck