The Month of May at the Farm!
S. Peg Maher
Michaela Farm Director
The sounds of spring are once again heard on the farm. The tractors have started up and the carts are rolling by. The planting in the fields has begun. Those are always welcome and exciting sounds. While the farm has been busy all winter long with needed repairs and general work and the greenhouse has been growing new plants since February, those first field plantings are a time for extra excitement. The gentle rains over the weekend helped to water the plants into place and the promise of sunny days for the next few days is good news. The days are long, the work is hard but I see lots of smiling faces around here right now. A big thank you to all the farm staff for their work every day.
Our farm store has been busy throughout the winter months with eggs, honey, maple syrup, apple sauce, flavored oils and dried herbs. We still have plenty of all those products in stock. We have been very careful over the last month with cleaning and washing down all door handles and refrigerator doors and shelving. We are taking all precautions possible in this time of national concern over COVID-19. We will continue to do so as we move into the growing season and the harvesting of the spring and summer produce. We should begin harvesting in about one month. Watch our Facebook page and the website for what is available in our store.
Our CSA is full, but we have planted enough to have a full store in which you can shop. Watch our Facebook page in order to see what is available in the store. Our plan is the harvest in the morning s and stock the store as we clean up the vegetables. We still have plenty of honey, flavored oils, applesauce and dried herbs.
We hope and pray that all of you are well and taking all precautions in this trying time. We look forward to seeing you…even at a distance…as we move into our harvesting season.
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!
News from the Farm
S. Peg Maher
Michaela Farm Director
Although the thermometer still says temperatures are still in the 20’s, it seems like the sun is feeling just a bit warmer as it streams through the windows. Could spring be on its way? The calendar says March 19 is the first day of spring but we shall see what nature says about that. What is clear is the farm is getting ready for spring planting.
We started heating the green house at the beginning of February and shortly thereafter, the first seeding began. Our green house is getting filled with plants of every variety. Every few days new seedlings are started so that they can be planted as needed in the gardens and high tunnel. There should be plenty of plants for both the gardens and for transplant sales.
We are completing our first winter with the new concrete floor in the greenhouse. Among the reasons for cementing the floor was to help to hold the heat in the structure. Our hopes were fulfilled and it seems as if we are holding the heat better and using less fuel to do so. We are pleased to say the least.
We are busy preparing for the 2020 summer CSA. We have made a few changes this year by changing some varieties of vegetables grown to a more hardy variety and by removing some less popular vegetables from our growing list. Information regarding the CSA will be available on our website and Facebook pages very soon. Watch for the big announcement that the CSA is open!
We continue to make improvements in our Farm Store. While we have very little fresh produce available at present, we still have our eggs, honey, dried herbs and herb mixes, flavored olive oils and some maple syrup from the trees at the farm. There is apple sauce and apple jelly from Doll’s Orchard.
We thank you for your continued support of the farm and ask for your prayers and support as we move into the 2020 growing season. As Earth begins to shake off the winter’s cold and return to warmer times, the farm begins to follow the lead. Together let us move into a glorious spring.
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.