Bloomfield Farmers Market Starts Tomorrow!

Join us at the Bloomfield Farmers Market SATURDAYS 9am to Noon at the Bloomfield Town Hall.

Tomorrow we will have zucchini, summer squash, snap peas, kale, chard, collard greens, lettuce, cucumbers, beets and more!

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WIN_20140703_184759You can also find us THURSDAYS 3pm to 6pm at the Simsbury Farmers Market and the Wethersfield Farmers Market.

Elizabeth Park Rose Sunday June 15th

We will be vending at the Elizabeth Park Rose Sunday on June 15th in Hartford. Stop on by from 10am to 3pm to get some delicious spring greens! This is the best time of year for lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, chard, mustard greens, and radishes! spinachlettuce

Auerfarm Lead Removal Fundraiser

I wanted to let you know about an upcoming Lead Removal Fundraising Dinner hosted by the Auerfarm. They are raising money to remove lead from some of their historic farm buildings. I plan on attending the dinner!

“Join us on Tuesday, June 17th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Attilio’s – Maple Tree Cafe in Simsbury for a Lead Removal Fundraising dinner. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at the door or by visiting the farm. For more information, please contact Mark at 860.242.7144 x10.”

The Auerfarm lead removal campaign is looking to raise $30,000. Please visit their Rocket Hub site for more information and to donate. They have some great videos that explain more. 

They were also featured on channel 3. 

 

CSA starts June 4th

Our first CSA pickup with be June 4th!
It has been a slower than normal start this spring with the cool weather.  But we have tons of crops in the ground and they are growing!
We have been super busy the past few weeks getting everything in the ground. We’ve transplanted and seeded thousands of seedlings!
The field is full of seedlings
The field is full of seedlings
We’ve made some great improvements this spring. We bought a solar powered electric fence system and put up an electric fence around the crops to keep the deer out!

Solar powered electric fence charger
Solar powered electric fence charger
fencing
We have two strands of electric fence wire encircling the crop field
We built a 200 foot hoop house in the field to have extra heat for our summer crops. We just planted summer squash, zucchini, and cucumbers in it and soon there will be pepper plants too. We plan to use it in the fall to have an extended growing season for our greens.

hoophouse in the field
Hoophouse in the field
We are in the process of installing a drip irrigation system. This involves a system of tubes that slowly drip water onto the soil next to the crops. It is a far more water efficient system than what we were using before  (which was sprinklers). Once it is all set up, it should be an awesome way to water the crops!

Drip irrigation lines
Drip irrigation lines
In livestock news, our ducklings are all grown up now and living with our adult ducks. We rebuilt their house and they now enjoy a spacious 12 foot by 8 foot house.

The ducklings are all grown up!
The ducklings are all grown up!
Inside the new duck house
Inside the new duck house
The duck house
The duck house
We recently decided to sell our cows. We had been losing money on our cows for a while, and decided it would be really nice to have fewer projects. So last Friday they went off to live on an organic farm in North Stonington, CT. They were a great addition to that farm’s beef herd.

Goodbye cows
Goodbye cows
And lastly, we are going on a huge mulching extravaganza this year! I just bought 100 bales of rye straw and we will be mulching around the crops and in the field pathways.

100 bales of rye straw
100 bales of rye straw
Mulch helps keep weeds from growing. It retains and holds moisture. It helps stop nutrients from being leached out of the soil. It encourages worms and other soil life. And it slowly decomposes adding organic matter to the soil.
With all these great new projects and systems, this is lining up to be an awesome season at Bright Yellow Farm!

Earth Day Event this SATURDAY 1pm-4pm!

We will be doing our first event of the season at LaSalette Park in Bloomfield this Saturday May 3rd from 1pm to 4pm! The address is 130 Mountain Ave Bloomfield and this event is hosted by the Wintonbury Land Trust.

We will have microgreens, pea shoots, scallions, and seedlings for sale! Stop by and check it out!

Greenhouse in mid April

Germination Box
Lots of swimming with all this rain
Charlie and Zoe
Charlie Allie and Zoe

 

Spring is Here, so are the Ducklings and our CSA is SOLD OUT!

I am glad to get the season rolling again, and it sure is fun starting off with some cute ducklings! We received 24 Ancona ducklings in the mail on Friday. They are doing well and already growing fast.

Ancona ducks are a heritage breed, and considered dual purpose (meaning they lay great eggs and you can use them for meat as well). I have raised this breed for three years now, and I love their personalities and foraging abilities. They will be living in the brooder for about 6 weeks before they go outside to live with the adult ducks.

Nap time

Play time
The adult Ancona ducks