Ready, Set, Spring!
By Kelly Morris
With warming weather and livening rain, winter is behind us. The berry beds are pruned; the high tunnels are fueling sungolds and the vegetable farm is in full swing. Which means our farmers, the soul of Willowsford Farm, are spending these longer days’ hand-planting, transplanting, irrigating, and preparing for the season ahead. These next seven or so months are going to be busy on the Farm. And while we all know how much our farmers love their vegetables, well, maybe not eating them (sorry, Lex); they’ve just spent another winter reconnecting with themselves during their free (not so free) time.
But I know the best way to get six farmers in a room to talk about their hobbies and winter plans. What’s my secret weapon?
And a lot of Chick-fil-a sauce.
Mike, or as you know him, Farmer Mike, spent some time this winter in Guatemala at a farmer-to-farmer exchange program where he taught and practiced organic-fertility and integrated pest management (IPM) techniques with other farmers from around the world.
Deb, or as the herd know her, Deeehhhb, toyed around with the idea of a walkabout in the woods with said herd. Whether this walkabout transpired is a story for another day. But what I do know is that Farmer Deb traded in being Deeeehbb for Aunt Deb; spending as much quality time as possible with her fast-growing (I mean, what are you feeding them?) niece and nephew.
Anya spent some time on the west coast, at home, outside L.A. But whether she’s in Virginia or California, her love-hate relationship with oil painting is never far behind. “Painting is like working out. I don’t want to do it but it makes me feel good.” If you didn’t already know, Anya is an amazing artist. A lot of her work is based on photographs she takes on the Farm. Check out Al and Bagel or Deb’s Bugs on her website (but don’t tell her I told you).
Lex is a man of very few words. And a cat named Casper. He also likes to make soup. Lex, not the cat.
Al, or as we know him, Al, spent his time off the Farm training to certify organic farms and working his second, most important job: wedding planning. Well, planning his wedding that is. Al got married on St. Patrick’s Day in Cleveland to his now wife, Sarah. And the farmers were all there to help the two celebrate.
Jen spent most of this late summer and fall growing the most precious gift of all. Greta. Now, 3 weeks old, Jen, Ryan and their fur-baby Rifle couldn’t be happier. Keep an eye out for an appearance coming to a Farm Stand near you summer, 2017.
But don’t take my word for it, ask your farmers how their winter was when you see them this Tuesday at the Farm Stand. And don’t forget the Chick-fil-a sauce.
Willowsford Farm Stand opens for the season on Tuesday, May 2 and will remain open until Thanksgiving. Pick-your-own in-season fruits, herbs and flowers and shop for produce from the Farm and other local products. Interested in Community Supported Agriculture, CSA? There’s still time to join; vegetable, chicken, egg, flower and milk shares available online.
Visit Us: Tuesday-Friday, 2-7 PM & Saturday, 9 AM – 2 PM
Willowsford Farm Market & Garden
23595 Founders Drive
Ashburn, VA 20148
Willowsford Ramblings is a blog by Willowsford, a community of new single-family homes in Loudoun County, Northern Virginia.