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Spring Update

Posted 4/15/2018 11:30pm by Valerie Tachenko.

We’re almost done calving and the chicks are growing fast. April showers have been abundant and we’re looking forward to May flowers. The greenhouse is overflowing with plants waiting to be put into the ground. And everywhere we look there’s something that needs done.

It’s officially Spring here at the ranch in Eastern Oregon!  

We have 176 different varieties of tomatoes this year! One of which is called “Black Beauty”. The tomato is black in color and has great reviews; we’re excited to give it a try!

We put up a new high tunnel… it was suppose to be a “low profile” model. But at 100’x30’x17’, there’s nothing low profile about it! You can see it from either highway! Another greenhouse is going up and should be finished this week. This greenhouse measures 100’x20’x12’ and sits right next to the high tunnel. Our old faithful greenhouse is still standing and is bursting at the seems. Many of it’s plants have been transferred to the high tunnel in an effort to make more space in the old greenhouse.

The high tunnel has Chinese cabbage and spinach growing it now (the hail won’t get the spinach this year). We are going to plant tomatoes in it this week. Our goal is to offer produce ten months out the year. We’re excited for this new venture.

Broccoli, kale and cabbage are planted in the garden above the house. We put row cover on these guys to keep them nice and toasty warm until the temperatures decided to stay up (so probably another two weeks or so). 

Does all this sound like something you want to be a part of? Well you’re in luck! Now is the time to sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership. What is a CSA membership you ask? Essentially it’s a partnership between you the consumer, and our family farm. You pay up front for a season of produce and then we in turn supply you with 20 weeks of the best fruits and veggies. Please go to the following link to learn more about all our different CSA options: http://www.valsveggies.com/csa-shares Or feel free to give us a call 541.853.2358 to learn more.

It’s late and the rain just finally quit…. tomorrow will be another busy day in the mud. We hope this update finds you warm, dry and not stuck in the mud!

 

Best regards,

Rod and Val