spring

Last farmers market ever

Posted by Lisa on April 25, 2013
farmers markets, Richmond, spring / Comments Off on Last farmers market ever

hear ye hear ye

Many of you (hopefully most of you!!) know that we’ve been at Richmond farmers markets throughout the winter season, selling our pork and eggs and occasional vegetables. We Moussallis moved up to New York about a month and a half ago, but our longtime crew member and even longer time friend Joseph has been staying at Frog Bottom and selling at market in our stead while the farm is on the market.

In good news for all, the summer market season is just around the corner. Over the next several weeks market tables everywhere will be creaking with the ever-increasing weight of turnips, cooking and salad greens, scallions, green garlic, peas, rhubarb, radishes, asparagus, maybe the first strawberries and peas and summer squash. Most chickens, done with their main winter work of staying warm, are turning again to egg laying, so you’re probably seeing more of those cartons on market tables too. And as more of you shed your winter woolens and head outdoors with a spring in your step, more vendors will be there to meet you.

But it also means it’s time for us to really and truly say farewell. This Saturday marks our very last Virginia farmers market ever. You’ll find us from 10 to noon at the South of the James Market, in the parking lot of the Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts, 3411 Semmes Avenue at Forest Hill Avenue. Joseph will have spinach, fresh oregano and sage, fresh eggs, and pork.

We’ve got some specials lined up: 10% off any pork purchases over $25, $1 off sausage and eggs when you buy them together, and/or 2 dozen of the finest eggs in Richmond for $8.

The farm is still on the market and so every little bit truly does help. We hope you can make it!

In related news: since we won’t be at market anymore, we’ve got a whole lot of hens looking for homes. We’re thrilled that the Richmond City Council just voted to allow backyard chickens! Chickens are quite a delight, not too much work, and they give you delicious food (almost) every day! We’ll be writing up a longer post soon about our chickens, but if you’re interested in buying some, give us a call at (434) 248-5525 or send us an email at info (at) frogbottomfarm (dot) com.

Gearing up

Posted by Lisa on April 03, 2012
chickens, CSA, farmers markets, greenhouse, pigs, spring, the crew / 2 Comments

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Ribbit. Happy spring, y'all.

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That’s right! Around here it is all cool misty mornings (the fear of frost still not quite past) and warm sunny days (with plenty of spring-rain-just-when-we’re-ready-to-transplant-all-that-kale) and nights full of frogsong; a riot of redbuds and wisteria and dogwood and viburnum in the woods and a greenhouse filling just as rapidly with tomato, parsley, basil, oregano, sage, kale, broccoli, leek, scallion, eggplant, sweet pepper, beet, and chard seedlings; new building projects; and one young rooster trying to make sense of it all.

We are all in spring scramble mode, trying to get everything in place before our new piglets arrive next week, before our new laying hens arrive later in the month, and especially before our market season begins this week and our CSA season begins in late May!

Learning to juggle

Posted by Lisa on June 20, 2011
CSA, cucumbers, goats, spring, the crew, the family, the farm, tomatoes / Comments Off on Learning to juggle

Well! It’s been nearly a month since our last post here.  Looks like our big plans for more recipes, cookbook giveaways, more interviews, an easy-to-use recipe index, and discussion forums are taking some time to implement.  We’re still learning to juggle the start of the CSA season and life with a toddler.

Things have been busy over at the farm Facebook page though!  We encourage you to check in there regularly to share your recipe ideas, get ideas from other CSA members and market customers, and enjoy some more snapshots of our farm season.  You don’t even have to have a Facebook account!

We hope to be back later in the week with some tasty ideas for using cucumbers.  (In the meantime, our “How to be cool as a cucumber” post should help.)  And until then: some photos from the last month.

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“In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

Posted by Lisa on May 27, 2011
CSA, spring, the crew, the family, the farm / 3 Comments

And boy, do we!  We smell like dirt plus some.

We used that Margaret Atwood quote right about this time last year, and we’ll probably be saying it to ourselves again come June 2012.  Our farmers market season started a few weeks ago.  Our CSA starts next week! And the story all spring long has been rain rain rain. So in between thunderstorms, we scramble and sweat to get as many beds tilled, as many seedlings planted, as much compost spread, and as many rows weeded as we possibly can.  It’s kind of hard to believe Eric, Shannon, Tim, and Ali, along with James, Josh, Troy, and Matt, are still standing.

We have lots of fun plans in mind for this space this season: more interviews, more (and better organized) recipes, a monthly cookbook giveaway.

But for now, there are tomatoes to stake.  And chard to pick.  And lettuce to wash.  And two trucks to load. So I’ll let the pictures do the talking, and we’ll see you here again soon!

(One small piece of business: the CSA starts next week, so if you or a friend has been thinking about joining – you’ve still got time! Sign up here.)

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Just wanted to underscore both points.

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The chard (that the deer haven't eaten, grrrr) is lookin' good!

(Do you know you can click on any of these pictures to see them large? Kinda fun.)

Last week in pictures

Posted by Lisa on June 21, 2010
beets, CSA, cucumbers, last week in pictures, lettuce, melons, spring, Swiss chard, the crew, the farm, tomatoes, weeds / Comments Off on Last week in pictures


Picking cucumbers

So long, lettuce! See you again come fall.

Picking parsley

Parsley prep

Washing beets

Wheel hoes in the chard

The tomatoes are coming! The tomatoes are coming!

This watermelon is about the right size for Arlo right now.

Beautiful beets!

Last week in pictures

Posted by Lisa on June 14, 2010
last week in pictures, spring, the family, the farm / 3 Comments

Arlo loves watching the harvest

Another friendly reminder that farming is hard on your back!

Transplanter travails

A scallion is a good plaything

First potatoes of 2010!

Ta da!

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” *

Posted by Lisa on June 07, 2010
spring, the family, the farm / 6 Comments


Watering the greenhouse

Transplanting tomatoes

Hooping

Stirrup hoe

Spreading compost

A little rest for the weary

Spreading pearl millet seed to grow as a green mulch between tomato rows

Admiring the fruits of our labors

Washing lettuce

Baby's first chard!

Just a quick peek into how we’ve been keeping ourselves busy these last few months.  We’ll try to start every week in similar fashion here on the blog — a photographic look back at the week before. Hope you’ll join us!

* Thanks to Margaret Atwood for the reminder.

At season’s start (a peek)

Posted by Lisa on March 31, 2010
greenhouse, spring, the family, the farm, tomatoes / 13 Comments

And like THAT!, our winter’s rest is over and the farm has come alive again.  Here’s a little bit of what’s been filling our days in recent weeks.  We have lots of things in store for the blog this season, so come visit often!