April Showers

A rainy day is a great opportunity for updating the farm blog, after planting the squash and cucumbers of course! Even though it might not be the most pleasant weather to work in, cloudy and rainy days are the perfect conditions for transplanting. We’re in a transplanting frenzy this time of year, with more and more going in the ground each week. It’s also the start of the farmers market season. We’ll be back at both the South of the James and the Carytown farmer’s markets this weekend. This spring we’ll be bringing some heirloom tomato plants to sell at the market in addition to our chemical-free produce. We’ve still got a few spots left in our CSA, so if you’ve been thinking about joining, you’re not too late! It starts the weekend of May 30th, and you can find all the details by clicking here. By joining a community supported agriculture program you are making a commitment to support a small farm, but you are also making an equally important commitment to yourself- to eat healthy locally grown food each week. See you at the market!

Lettuce patiently waiting its turn to be planted.

Lettuce patiently waiting its turn to be planted.

Potato plants off to a great start.

Potato plants off to a great start.

Preparing the field for spring transplants.

Preparing the field for spring transplants.

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Farmers Markets and CSA

Farmers market season is in full swing now, and you can find us at two Richmond,VA farmers markets: South of the James Market on Saturdays (8am-12pm) in Forest Hill Park, or at the Carytown Market on Sundays (11am-3pm) in the Wells Fargo parking lot at the corner of W. Cary and Auburn.  This spring has brought the perfect weather for greens, so stop by the market and try one of our three varieties of kale! Our shiitake logs have also been enjoying the wet weather and have provided us with a fantastic harvest of mushrooms. If you need a little inspiration for how to cook your ‘shrooms then head over to River City Good Eats and see what Michele Humlan prepared, looks delicious! Next weekend is the first pickup for our Community Supported Agriculture program, and it’s not too late to join, check out the CSA page for more info and the registration form!

Pine Fork Farm tent at the Carytown Farmers Market.

Our tent at the Carytown Farmers Market.

Fruiting shiitake mushroom logs.

Fruiting shiitake mushroom logs.

Snap pea blossoms.

Snap pea blossoms.

Exciting news!

We’ve just received word that Pine Fork Farm will be a vendor at the Carytown Farmers Market this year. The market is on Sundays from 11am-3pm in the parking lot of Carytown Cleaners, 3300 W. Cary St, Richmond, VA.  The first market of the season will be April 14th, so mark your calendars! This also means that we are able to confirm the Carytown Farmers Market as a pickup site for the CSA. Shares are still available and you can find the updated registration form and more detailed information here.

Straw mulch on the asparagus beds.

Straw mulch on the asparagus beds.