One CSA + One Wedding = Tired Farmers
My last (and first, ha) blog was posted way back in January. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to share since then, it’s more that I’ve had very little brain power to form coherent sentences since the end of January. Take a look. In December of last year Brad and I knew a marriage proposal was in the air for our oldest daughter, Dani. During the month of January conversations were had, proposal plans were made, surprise engagement party scheduled and carried out.
A date was set…May 23, 2015. Not quite 4 months!!! Prime garden prep and planting season also became wedding prep and planning season. The month of February consisted of choosing and securing vendors and venue (the farm) for the wedding while updating the Black Twig Farms site, opening up registration for the CSA and beginning to prepare the garden to receive seed.
As the rains of February slowly began to give way to …. the rains of March, we took advantage ofevery single dry day we were blessed with. The garden was tilled, mowing and weeding began, we finished several projects inside and outside of the house…all requiring little money and much manual labor…mostly Brad with me standing by encouraging (gopher/superviser/quality control?).
April brought more dry days thankfully. The ground was tilled again, seed and plants were purchased and planting began. Lines were drawn, rows were hoed, seeds were dropped and covered, holes were dug and plants were set. Rinse and repeat and repeat and repeat until we ran out of tilled dirt. On the wedding side, beautification was going on…. flower beds were created, planted, mulched; piles of rock from the top of our property were turned into lovely rock walls in strategic places, mounds of mulch dropped over the past year by a local tree service had to be moved and spread; and newly planted blackberry bushes had to be trellised using cedar posts that Brad had to cut down and cut to length. I helped.
By the beginning of May, the garden was alive with green things popping up in mostly straight rows and regular tilling and weeding was taking place by Brad’s Dad, Don. Praise God for Don! Brad’s Mom, Alene, and I were in full on mowing mode. Supplies for packing and delivering garden harvest to CSA participants was ordered and received and thoughts were forming as to how harvesting and delivering would be accomplished. On the wedding front, plans that had been made in broad strokes now had to become detailed,. The weather forecast was checked daily as we prayed for a dry sunny day.
Week of May 23 consisted of confirming vendors and delivery dates and times, changing the tent size because it was clear that we would be blessed with a gorgeous day, 12-15 foot cedar poles purchased from a neighbor were set-up and lights strung for a festive atmosphere, mani’s and pedi’s, rehearsal dinner and the wedding day finally arrived. It was a fabulous day, beautiful bride, handsome groom, short ceremony, delicious food, dancing under the stars and the blessing of celebrating the new couple with family and friends.
One week later we harvested the first crops and delivered to our CSA participants and here we are! We've slept, we've sat and enjoyed the fruits of our labor and we're now looking forward to the summer months full of more tilling, weeding, picking, packing, delivering and most importantly spending time with family and friends!