Bees, Bugs, Farm and Family Day

Hello Farm Friends,

Warm weather is rampant on the farm these days and that makes everything kick into high gear: plants, animals, WEEDS and us. The boys we say are getting trained for summer as bedtimes get extended a bit once the warm weather hits and the sun is up for so long. Not all that time is spent working. Just last night we had a good family time hanging out with the cows and Houdini the dog. Houdini had surgery yesterday for an eye issue and we were keeping a close eye on him as he un-woozied himself. While we watched him the cows became curious about us and came over to use us as their own personal salt licks! Farm life has its own form of entertainment for sure. Call me crazy, but I really love it!

Yesterday we also worked our bees for the first time this year. Mine are alive and kicking. They seem to be happily doing what they do. They are not aggressive and seem to be enjoying all the pollen and increased nectar these days. Kels' bees on the other hand, now those are some aggressive jokers and perhaps it is because they were a bit crowded, but just between you and me they have an attitude problem! Ok, so you guessed it. I got stung, up my pants leg I might add! Her bees had already begun the process of setting all kinds of queen cells in the hive which took quite a bit of time to clean up. You don't want a bunch of new queens because that leads to swarming. So we hopefully got them back on track and added a new super to give the girls more room. Seeing the honey was really neat. You think it will all be the same color, but it is not, there is red honey, dark brown honey, and golden honey. It was truly beautiful. I guess I should get used to trading stings for honey. Oh I hope not. Next on my shopping list, BEE PANTS!

While we are on the subject of bugs, last week we released 18,000 ladybugs, 5000 lacewing eggs and several million Nematodes into the hoophouses. The ladybugs and lacewings are my aphid control. I do have to spray with an organic plant soap during the winter to keep the aphids in check, but the rest of the time I like to let nature do what nature does best. It is an investment in the farm. I always have to replace the ladybugs each year in the hoophouses 2-3 times, but each summer I find more and more beneficial bugs in our field crops, so I know they are hanging around making life better on the farm in the bug and plant world.

We hope you each have a great week ahead and are able to come to our Farm and Family Day April 24th. Please see below for more details!

Julie

Rocky Glade Farm "Open Farm" Day 2010
Save the Date! We have set April 24th as our Open Farm Day this spring. We hope you will make plans to attend. Hours will be from 1-5 pm on the 24th. The event will take place across the road from our house, on the side of the road where the hoophouses are. We will be offering produce for sale fresh from the farm that day in addition to tours of the hoophouses, mini hayrides back to see the beef cattle, and the sheep will be available for viewing so you will get to see all the little lambs antics! We hope it will be a great day. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to us by April 17th just so we know how many folks to plan for. This is the ONE time of the year when we open up the farm for visitors, so if you have ever wanted to see where your food is grown, please don't miss this opportunity. We thank you so much for your support of our family farm and hope this will be a time of fun where you can feel us saying "Thank YOU".

Rocky Glade Farm in the News
In case you missed the article on local food in the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, here is a link DNJ Living Well Article The article (written by a new summer CSA member of ours) did a great job letting Rutherford County know about all of their fresh local food options this spring and summer.

Stones River Market, Murfreesboro fresh food option
We are proud to be members of the Stones River Market, a member of locallygrown.net. This is a great advancement for farmers allowing customers to become members of an "online" market, choosing products from many area farmers, but picking up their orders in one location, with one bill and your food all ready to go! Please visit . Stones River Market Locally Grown to see this week's list of available items. Orders can be placed Sunday-Tuesday (you get an email telling you the market is open after you sign up!) Delivery in Murfreesboro is in the downtown area around Cannonsburg/Hoopers Supply. For more information please visit the website and contact the market manager!


On-line Farm Market
The ONLINE FARM MARKET will be closed THIS week

Franklin Farmers Market
The Winter Market is open! Hours are 9-12 each Saturday. Our plans are to be there every other week during the winter months. We will be at the market this Saturday. Few items available this week include lettuce, choi, shallots, kale, salad mix, swiss chard, radishes and more!


Farm Life Blog
It is not easy
Farm Life Blog


Photo of the Week
Baby Bison, ladybugs and plants
To see the photo of the week use this hotlink Photo of the Week


Have a great week!

Julie

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