The Month of June at the Farm!
S. Peg Maher
Michaela Farm Director
Can you believe that it is June already? The farm is looking so very green. The grass is growing, the trees are in bloom (actually some are in full leaf), the gardens are planted and the harvesting is beginning. Victor brought in the most beautiful head of endive I have ever seen. It is almost to pretty to break apart and eat. Notice I did say “almost”. The lettuce, romaine, endive and herbs are coming in. Radishes and asparagus are doing wonderfully well and there is some rhubarb. The high tunnel is planted. The greenhouse is full and with some warm weather and just enough rain we seem to be doing very well right now.
Our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) began on the 19th of May. We did have to make some changes in pick-up procedure because of COVID-19 but that has gone well also. We are pleased to say that our CSA is full this year. We are trying to concentrate on building up of the Farm Store sales this year. Right now a lot of the produce is going into the CSA but we are hoping that as the season progresses and the production of produce rises, the farm store will become a destination for local shoppers. We do have to smile a little when people ask where are the tomatoes, squash and other later season veggies. We tell them it will come in later this month and into July. We are all so used to shopping markets that carry those products all year round that people forget when they occur naturally in Indiana.
Hopefully by the time you read next month’s column, we will have some new chickens. Our chickens are about two years old and their egg laying capacity is starting to fall. Daniel has found some laying hens to buy and will be picking them up later this week. Finding laying hens is difficult this year. Our regular supplier has sold out everything he has to the large egg production companies. After many phone calls, we found some and we are happy for that.
Please keep us in your prayers as we move into this growing season. Thank you for supporting us by the thoughts and prayers.
This Week in the Farm Store
These are the products we have in the store this week:
- Dried Herbs
- Local Honey
- Herb Infused Olive Oil (herbs from Michaela Farm)
- Local Applesauce
- Local Apple Cider Jelly
- Local Apple Butter – NEW!
- Potted Amaryllis
- Potted Herbs
Soon we will have dip mixes and soup mixes for your winter parties and suppers! You’re welcome any time dawn to dusk!
FOOD. FAITH. FUTURE.
This is Michaela Farm. The farm derives its name from Sister Michaela Lindemann, one of the first women to join the new congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis in 1851, who began directing the work on the then newly acquired land in 1854.
Merging agriculture, education and spirituality, Michaela Farm builds on and enfleshes the Franciscan value of “just relationships with all Creation.” This value is core to our attitudes toward Earth and is a source of inspiration and motivation for our work. We express this value by these actions:
- Simple living
- Seeing all (creation) as “kin”
- Respectful use of resources
- Striving for sustainability
- Gratitude, hospitality and sharing
Michaela Farm is located among the rolling hills of Southeastern Indiana. See more on our Directions page.