Greetings and thank you for visiting the official Bellair Farm CSA blog! We are all extremely excited for the growing season right in front of us, and are already hard at work getting seeds in the soil, taking care of our young flock of hens, building coops, watching the rains, keeping our fingers crossed regarding floods, tilling, ordering supplies and just generally enjoying the spring air and keeping busy. This is the time of year when we think we can and should do everything under the sun, and in that spirit the blog that you are reading has been conceived and born. We want to make your experience of Bellair Farm as interesting and engaging as it can be, so in addition to facebook (look for us there, and like us if you haven’t already) and our weekly newsletters we thought a little spot for regular musings of an educational, philosophical or observational nature would be fun.
Things are moving fast right now, and every day our list of tasks grows longer. We are already getting some of the hardier and/or slower-maturing crops planted, either in the greenhouse, as with our onions and leeks, or directly in the fields with some root crops like carrots and beets. In the picture above you see our recently plowed Pick-Your-Own (henceforth PYO) fields; as soon as the soil dries up a bit from the heavy rains of the last couple of days we will go over it with a discing implement to break it up a bit more and get it ready for planting peas. We will have sweet shelling peas, snow peas, and sugar snaps. Personally, sweet shelling peas are one of my favorite foods, and every year I look forward to the simple Italian rice and pea soup (really a soupy risotto) that I make sure to cook when sweet peas are fresh and in season. It is delicious and utterly simple and brilliantly shows off the incomparable qualities of fresh, seasonal local food. I will pass on the recipe when the time comes.The implement you see in front of the fields is called a chisel plow; it is a good all-around tiller and relatively easy on the soil, and in particular is good for deep-tillage and loosening compacted sub-soils. However, a keen eye will see that the field has actually been worked with a moldboard plow, which leaves the distinctive, regular ridged appearance that the soil has in the photo.
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