Happy New Year!
Wow! How ever did we get to mid-January? As usual, we have spent several weeks wading through seed orders and are 98% complete – woo hoo!!! Some of the seed ordering takes place back in October, but the fussy, smaller orders happen now. Surprisingly, companies sell out of certain items early, so if you snooze, you lose. Also, there are crop failures to contend with, and then one must really be on the hunt to ensure we have it for planting time. For example, our preferred kale variety has struggled with crop failures the past couple years, so we started calling companies the day after Christmas to see if we could get the seed we needed. We did, but it took two weeks! Last year we grew Lemondrop (aka Aji Limon, or Amarillo) peppers for the first time and I loved them! it helps that a lot of you did too, so we’ve added more to the crop planning this season. What can we grow for you? Please email or FB any special requests for the veggie you wish we would grow 🙂 For our flower lovers we have several new begonias, a few gorgeous peonies, a kickin’ collection of Clematis, new succulents and so much more. I am really excited about planting my containers and gardens this season because they all took a back burner last year when we were setting up BPM. The Boston Public Market keeping us busy… If you are just tuning in, we have three stalls there and are rocking it out with all sorts of apples, radishes, turnips, pears, cabbages, carrots, mesclun, kale, spinach, Bok Choi, Pak Choi, assorted other Asian greens, potatoes, honey, wheat flour and berries, dried beans and so much more. We hope you can make it part of your neighborhood shopping (if you live in the neighborhood) or venture in on the Orange line, or make a trip of it and park in the garage. We can validate your parking – three hours for $3!
We have filed our first job order and I have been busy cleaning, repainting and organizing the guys housing for inspection. I feel pretty good about it, but I am sure there will be things to fix when the housing inspection with Department of Career Services happens. Let’s leave it that my house would not pass inspection (no heat upstairs, rust on some of the radiators, chipped dishes, a spot of mildew on my bathroom ceiling (no worries, there’s none in their house…only mine ;), etc.
The big news is we finally closed on the house down the street for Egbert. Boy, have I got my work cut out for me! While we are very excited about this opportunity, there is a lot to be done before it is ready…it stood empty for two years. Thank you so much to our mysterious friends in Quincy who sent a Lowes card. I went down and bought paint, a broom, dustpan, light bulbs, joint compound, caulking, and some cleaning supplies. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has offered to donate to furnishing the house. Thank goodness for all of you. Without, this would be a very scary undertaking! This will be my project for the next month or so. Basically, the house needs a MAJOR cleaning and every single surface needs to be painted. The laundry also needs be moved to the next room over. Other than that it is so sweet! I cannot express my gratitude for all the support! I really cannot. I will take before and after pictures. Just trust that this is going to be perfect for them once I scrub everything down and paint. The wish list is looking pretty good. I felt kind of gross about setting up a paypal account or something, If any of you have other ideas and can help, please weigh in. This is not something we do…we farm :). Now that we are actually getting into the space and seeing what else needs to happen (like move the washing machine), a little extra could really be helpful. So, I still feel squeamish about a paypal account, we will cover the plumbing costs to set up laundry, but supplies for fixing up the place are adding up, so gift cards to Lowes or Amazon are really appreciated.
Again, thank you for everything contributed and thank you for your moral support!!!!
And, it need not be said, but I will anyway, you supporting our farm though purchases at market or CSA, supports our efforts to help our wonderful employees.