Paper Roller Video
As we talked about in an earlier post, we want to avoid being a farm that uses plastic when planting our seeds and crops. There is enough plastic in the world filling up our landfills and the amount of plastic needed for all of our crops result in a lot of waste. Compared to the amount of crops planted on most farms, we really only plant enough for our family and some extended family, though not enough to really sell anything on our corn stand. We tried some new ideas last planting season to hopefully allow us to change that. We used "paper mulch" to help keep weeds down around our plants and in between rows and found it to be a huge success. So this year we are excited to announce that you will be finding many different new vegetables on our cart this August.
In order to cut down costs, we asked for my father-in-law for some help to build a contraption to unroll it using a tractor and would also bury the sides so there would be less labor and time on our part. Like Thomas Edison, my father-in-law didn't fail many times, but found many ways in which it didn't work, or at least didn't work to his liking. We would hear him coming up the field (as it is next to my house) on the tractor, watch him in the field for about 5-10 minutes, then watch as he made his way back to his garage. This happened many times before we had an official "paper laying" ceremony, if you will, in which Dave recorded what his father successfully built, to save us more money than I want to actually think about! This year, we will be expanding our crops now that there will be less weeding and upkeep. With the addition of a many-acre deer fence, we will offer more vegetables on our cart this season. We have had other produce on our cart last year, however, as soon as we put those products on the cart, they are sold almost immediately. And again, thank you so much for your support of our farm and farming philosophies, by purchasing our products and visiting our farm.
*One question I have received many times from callers or those visiting our cart and buying our products..."Are all of these products from your farm or do you buy it from other farms and resell it?" The short answer is, if it is on our cart, it is from our farm and picked within the day (as our products never stay on there longer than that due to customer demand). We do not buy products from other farms and resell it on our cart or at our butcher shop. We want to ensure we know exactly what went into the growing/raising of that product and be able to tell you about that product, should you have any questions. There is nothing wrong with farmers that buy from others and resell it; it enables products to be available and sold to consumers that wouldn't have those products available otherwise. We actually sell our products to other farms and businesses and are happy that they are made available to those that cannot drive hours away to purchase our products. But we do not buy products grown or raised by others in order to sell here.
I hope you are looking forward to this growing season as much as we are. And remember, our products are being grown without chemical fertilizers and without ANY kind of pesticide/herbicide/insecticide sprays!