Hi everyone. We are finally peeking out from under the frost cloth. The cottonwood trees are starting to leaf our, a sure sign that spring is around the corner.
This season we are excited to debut our new name, Aravaipa Creekside Growers. Although we will always have our roots in the “Old Pueblo” it was time for a change. My talented Mom helped us design our new logo, thanks Mom! We won’t officially change things for a few more weeks, but keep an eye out for us and our new name at the markets.
We got a new farm toy last month, a BCS walking tractor! Originating in the market gardens of Europe this machine does everything a tractor does on a small scale. It’s perfect for the intensive style of our farm. We used to till the soil and than shape all of our raised beds with hand tools. The walking tractor does that all for us! It’s been an incredible time saver and has enabled us to plow a ton of new rows for Spring plantings.
The next few weeks will be filled with weeding, tons and tons of weeding on all the new rows we have planted. If you have been enjoying our salad mixes we will have a lot more coming in as well as chard, beets, carrots, radishes, kale, turnips and more.
And of course lots of mushrooms and perhaps the long awaited shiitakes! We have been experimenting all winter long and working hard to perfect a way to grow shiitakes here in the desert. It seems like it will be paying off soon (we hope!). In the mean time it is perfect oyster mushroom growing season. We have some happy fungi in the greenhouse right now, that is for sure!
In other news my mom came out and helped on the farm for a few weeks in February. We began the process on renovating the old shed into a farmstand that sits on our property. It will take a while but it feels good to get the ball rolling on it. First step was removing the old dead bamboo grove which is a lot harder than it sounds! I’ll keep you all updated our progress on this beast of a project.
Oh and last but not least a really cool shot I got up on the hill of one of our fields….