Up and Running
From a quick review of our website blog. It looks like we only posted once last spring. I guess that tells you something about how busy life gets once harvest season starts! We are going to try to do a bit better this season.
We are back at it after a fall and winter off. Chantee and I returned a few weeks ago from a 5 month trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And we are home with a baby on board! (not born yet). We are waiting until approximately May 8 and peak asparagus season for that :)
It is cold outside, but we have the heat mats full of sprouting seeds and baby plants. We are also gearing up for an early planting season with a new caterpillar tunnel. Another one will go up in the next few weeks. They are a lower cost solution for season extension than traditional high tunnels and greenhouses. We are hoping to have a greater variety of produce earlier this year. Other new items for this season: Strawberries! Last fall, we put in 1000 strawberry plants for our CSA members! We are looking forward to a good season. CSA Registration is now open! Sign up early!
For those of you that are interested in our day to day and week to week farm happenings, we will be posting regularly on Instagram (follow us by our user name: Fishersproduce and #fishersproduce) We also have a log of pictures from our mission work in the Congo on Instagram as well. For more stories from the Congo, we posted several on our personal blog site.
Luke & Chantee
Life on the Farm
The little green heads are pushing up through the dirt, and my heart is smiling. I love working with living things, from the sturdy little tomato seedlings to the bottle-fed lambs that follow my footsteps all over the farm!
As the days grow longer and the plants grow taller, we look forward to (soon) providing fresh produce for your tables once more. In the meanwhile, enjoy the pictures of the progress. :) More pictures can be viewed at our personal blog.
I treasure this simple life, which brings us closer together and closer to God.
“And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, that they may yield a fruitful harvest.” Psalm 107:37
The seeds are getting big and ready for transplanting into the garden. Going in the ground this week will be cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choi and lettuce.
It's a salad in the making and so we would like to share a favorite salad dressing we enjoy at the Fisher family dinner table. This tofu salad dressing is delightful on whatever lettuce salad the season brings you.
Tofu Salad Dressing
1/4 cup Oil
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp Oregano
1 14oz package Firm Tofu, cubed
Mix ingredients together and let it marinate in the fridge overnight or at least a few hours before adding to your favorite salad.
Sign up now for the CSA to ensure you have an excellent salad spring this year! Click here for more information.
"While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." Genesis 8:22
The addition of a high tunnel has been our biggest project this season. It has been a long process but we are happy to report it is finished!
Good things are growing!
Planting season is picking up as we prepare for spring. This keeps us on the move and sometimes the camera gets left behind. The phone usually makes it though so here are few moments I captured with the (low quality) camera on my cell phone.
We have two new high tunnels here at the farm! The past weeks have been busy ones getting them ready, but we are excited about all the growing opportunity they provide.
This is one of the high tunnels getting covered in plastic. We tried to pick a day that wasn't too windy we may have missed, the plastic got a little hard to hold down.
Elisa is transporting the transplants! The new high tunnel will house onions that we started in our smaller hoop house.
Here is the high tunnel all set up and getting planted in onions.
Asparagus is up!
The warm weather has brought the asparagus out early. We picked about 45 pounds today. It will keep picking up for several more weeks, but since it started early, it will also end a bit early. Get it while you can!
We pick daily. Call (918) 639-0244 for availability.
Other news around the farm: we transplanted brocolli, head lettuce, and pac choi out to the garden on Friday. It is looking good. Also, the green onions, spinach, beets, and greens, carrots, and radishes are all sprouting.
Will post pictures soon.
Feels like spring
Today was my first day back in Oklahoma after 5 months in South Sudan. I hear that I missed a cold and snowy winter! It was feeling pretty nice today though, so I got to making soil blocks and planting seeds. Tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and celery. Over 2000 in all (so far). Its good to be back.
I have been busy repotting tomatoes for the last day or two. They are really growing. And it looks like we have some lettuce and spinach ready to move to the field. I plan to start setting them out tomorrow morning.
Here are a few pictures from the greenhouse today along with one of my sisters planting onions the other week.
The farmer of Fisher's Produce