Don't worry it's no April fools that spring is here!
The snow is rapidly retreating up the mountain-sides and the green things are poking up through the ground. I've been busy seeding inside, cleaning up the Dragon Dome, and waiting until my rich clay soil is just a little drier before trying to plant into it. But it won't be long now! The warm days urge both plants and farmers to pop out from out winter hideaways ☺️
I'll be back for the Saturday drop offs in both Libby and Troy. I'll have a full truck with me of eggs, microgreens, salad mix(!), everlasting dried bouquets, seeds, and more!
And you can still pick up your fav greens at the Farm to Market Store in Libby
The wild hens have been flexing their wings and feet as they range wide over the field and forest hunting for delectable bugs and tiny green things. I always enjoy watching them forage with no fence to hold them back (just the watchful eye of the farmer) but ever in the back of my mind is the knowing that so few tiny poultry beings in the world ever get to experience grass between their toes and sunshine on their feathers as the huge majority of commercial organic and even free-range eggs are from hens raised in big long houses that are lit 24hrs with just a tiny outdoor area (sometimes a paved pad) to pop out into. That's the difference between calling them free-range (they have an option to go outside even if it's not grass and couldn't accommodate the entire flock at a time with space to move about) and pasture-raised (when they spend their entire waking life with an outdoor space that is full of grass, mud, and bugs).
The tulips have returned and I'm giddy because these are an experimental plot! All cut flower Tulips are grown as annuals (what! I know I was shocked too!!). Usually cutting the blooms taxes the bulbs enough to where they either won't bloom the following years or it will be a teeny tiny flower on a short stem (and flower farmers and florists like long stems!) So the bulbs are pulled up with the bloom and composted.
These were cut last year, and now they do indeed return with smaller clusters of leaves (which also tells this amateur botanist that the bulb made baby bulbuls). Now the test is to see how many years it takes for the baby bulbuls to grow into full size tulips (yep those bulbs you buy are grown for a few years before being sold!) So each year I plant another batch of Tulips until I can have a sustainable multi-year rotation of bulb that keeps this Regenerative, Sustainability-focused Farmer happy and the Florists and you Customers happy with tall, bountiful blooms!
And you can also see it make Hella the Hunter very happy too! 🌷
If you just can't wait until those first Daffs come in, you can feed your flower fix with some Everlasting Dried Bouquets full of last summers bounty of blooms. They also need no water. They'll never wilt. As long as they are kept out of direct sunlight they will never fade and will last forever unless subject to the destructive forces of children or cats (unless you want flower confetti 🤣)
What's available this week?
Where to find it all?
Find the Veggies & Flowers at the Amish Farm to Market Store in Libby!
Local pickup available on Saturdays,
12-1230pm in Libby at the Chamber Parking Lot,
1-130pm in Troy at the Museum Parking Lot
Order online for local pickup or ship of Seeds, Crafts, & Botanicals!
I'm Farmer Megan with a life full of cackles, clucks, quacks, weeds, crazy kitten, and one tiny, senior, blind dog.