Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Romney Farmers Market Opening

Hello everyone,
The farmers market opens this weekend in Romney. This Spring has been cool and wet so the start is a bit slow. However, everything is planted so we're just waiting for warm days. We'll have plenty of things at the farmers market including eggs, chicken, greens, jarred products, etc. We have more new jarred products that were processed by Gourmet Central including hot pepper jelly in a sugar free format and raspberry jam. If you are ordering in advance, we'll have your order for you at the market. We'll be using our trailer this year so cargo space will never be an issue. There was a nice feature article in last week's Hampshire Review about the market. As a reminder the new web site is www.romneyfarmersmarket.com Also www.buylocalwv has good info. Our county agent Dr Jerry Leather is working with the Review to publish an announcement each week in the newspaper. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

I See Miles and Miles of ........ Mulch Film

Well our spring planting is finally progressing, just about on schedule. From the photo, you see that our new mulch film layer has been put in service. This is a photo degradable mulch film for weed control. The film will degrade and decompose from sunlight as the season progresses so there is no issue with disposal. Using this method of weed control, we don't have to use any herbicides around the plants. We also do not use any fungicides to extend shelf life. We just don't want these toxic chemicals in your (and our) food. This is the first year we've used our plastic layer that we purchased last winter and it works very well. So we should get higher yields since the plants won't have to compete with the weeds for moisture. Its been a cool wet spring so far which delayed things a bit but hopefully we'll catch up in the next few days.