Spring 2021: Turning the Page

So here we are in mid-April already and we’ve experienced everything from snow and ice to temperatures nearing 80 degrees. It’s a wild ride this spring. And as the country attempts to open up after Covid shut-down, we are probably safe to expect a few more bumps in the road. Keep vigilant, mask up and use common sense. We can do this!

Although we don’t have regular store hours this spring, our products are available by special order. Email us at oldloonfarm@gmail.com to check on what’s currently available or for special bakery orders. Our products are also available through Decamp Gardens in Albion and Wise Farms LLC farm stand on the west side of Old Lake.

On Old Loon Farm, asparagus harvest began last week, but low temperatures and snow are predicted for this week and that will likely affect production. Rhubarb is growing nicely; we’ve covered our patch to protect it from the cold and frost.

Third hoop house going up. Our original hoop needs some TLC after many years of hard work!

This season we’ve added two new field plots in order to increase production and effectively rotate our main crops. So far month we’ve planted 15 lbs of seed potatoes and nearly 1,000 onion sets, eight different varieties. Over the next couple of weeks we will plant shallots and leeks. Garlic that we planted last fall is growing well. Spring carrots have been mostly harvested – they’re generally on the smallish side but nice and sweet. New carrots will be planted every couple weeks over the next couple of months to keep the summer harvest going. And of course, salad greens of all kinds are being planted in the hoops and outdoors often to provide consistent harvest.

And in the kitchen, the last of the spring horseradish production is complete – what we have now will have to last till September. It’s quite delicious!

Starting from seed

After taking a break last year, we’ve once again started some of our own plants. Due to limited space, we don’t have a lot of varieties, but enough to round out a nice selection of heirloom tomatoes, tomatillos, and cucumbers. We’re also attempting to grow Georgia candy roaster squash this year – a very large, delicious and sweet yellow squash we enjoyed so much last fall and winter.

So keep your eye on all those good things available at your local food production centers and outlets – farms and farm stores – and don’t hesitate to support those who support good nutrition for you and your family. Your health is worth the investment!

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