Despite all the sweaty t-shirts and sluggish afternoons, the hot weather was a welcome change on the farm. The Big 3 of Summer–peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes–went from pale and shrimpy to seasonally-appropriate nearly overnight. It feels like the Sungolds put out a hundred new blossoms for each upward tick in […]

Hello, Dog Days!

                          These two pictures have nothing to do with each other, but I figured it’s been a little while since I included a picture of Frankie. She’s getting so big! You know what else is getting big? Our […]

Dream Fig

We received a lot of valuable feedback in last year’s end-of-season survey, but one takeaway stood out from the rest: you want us to be more adventurous in our variety choices. Traditionally, we’ve focused on varieties that we know grow well–disease-resistant standard bearers with good yield potential. A lot of […]

Sense of Adventure

This year, we’re making our tomato beds due double duty as lettuce beds. The photo to the left shows the tomato transplants down the center flanked by lettuce on either side. We’ll harvest the lettuce this week before it gets crowded out by the tomato foliage. Generally, we don’t do […]

Double Duty

It feels like we spent most of last year learning how to farm all over again. With Frankie around, we could no longer solve our problems by just working until we ran out of daylight and soothing our weary muscles with cold beer and ice cream. We had to do […]

Lucky #7

As the season winds down, we just can’t stop daydreaming of Thanksgiving tables piled high with farm-fresh veggies, glistening turkeys, and perfectly-browned pies.  Landon makes excellent pies.  While the food gets all the glory, we all know Thanksgiving’s real magic comes from the company.  Good food tastes all the better when […]

Thankful for You

  Fall on the farm!  We’ve finally arrived at that point in the season where things really start to slow down, whether we like it or not.  (HINT:  We like it.)  The battle with the weeds is on hiatus until spring, the cover crops are seeded, and the days are […]

The Comforts of Autumn

Few things make me smile like a fat praying mantis and a compost pile.  Earlier this week, imagine my luck, I got to take in both at once (see left).  The praying mantis population has been delightfully robust all season, and we’ve started noticing some egg sacks popping up around […]

A Thing of Beauty

The Silver-Laced Wyandotte cuddling up with Landon is nearing her 6-month birthday, so she should be just a few weeks away from laying her very first eggs.  After months of feeding these hens, cleaning their bedding, and moving their chicken tractor to fresh grass, we’re ready for them to start […]

Lay, Lady, Lay

  We’re just a week or two away from wrapping up a season’s worth of transplanting, and we have an unwieldy tower of plug flats to prove it.  Navigating this pile of 10x20s that once held a farm’s worth of baby produce is like playing the most boring game of […]

The Sweet Spot

  We’re trying out a lot of new things on the farm this season, but the biggest change is probably the addition of our first official farm employee.  We’re excited to finally introduce you to Joe Painter!  By day, Joe is a hard-working and enthusiastic member of our teeny-tiny farm […]

A Farm Milestone

With all the peas picked and this season’s strawberries in our rear-view mirror, it’s really starting to feel like summer.  The recent solstice and face-melting temperatures also go a long way in setting the scene.  In just a few weeks time, the summer veggies will make their grand entrance, like […]

An Ensemble Performance

  When we set out to build a farm five years ago, we pictured bountiful vegetable rows free of plastic mulch.  We didn’t like the idea of laying out a field’s worth of petroleum-intensive plastic, only to throw it away at the the end of the season.  We also felt […]

An Evolving View on Plastic

  These nodules on the roots of our Austrian winter peas are host to every farmer’s favorite nitrogen-fixing bacteria.  We incorporated the peas (and the nitrogen they store) into the soil a few weeks ago and are now planting peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants into those beds.  As we develop a […]

How do you like them nodules?

  While the market table suggests a season in its infancy, we’ve been sticking veggies in the ground for about a month and a half.  The greenhouse, meanwhile, has been home to baby plants since the frigid days of February.  Don’t let the harvest fool you–Spring’s decisions have already been […]

Slip Service

  Each season, we learn something new about navigating the unique needs of spring production.  Last year’s lessons were all about our veggie transplants.  Our greenhouse was too cold and our germination mix too low in fertility to start happy, healthy plants.  We made some tweaks over the course of […]

New Season, New Lessons

    In the waning days of fall, with our cover crops seeded and our frost-sensitive veggies tucked under row cover, there’s nothing left to add to the fields. So, we have no choice but to start the bittersweet process of taking it all away. We spend our meager hours […]

Saying Goodbye to 2014 with Flair

  It’s the end of an era on Root Mass Farm. After nearly 4 seasons with the faithful Dodge Ram ’98 van (pictured above), we’ve decided to replace it with a shiny, new Ram Promaster. Our new vehicle will be more functional in every possible way, with three seats in […]

The End of An Era

  This time of year, we tend to let some things go. Our drive to get fieldwork done is stifled by two complementary feelings–a weariness from the work we’ve already put in and a contentment with the results. If we just stopped working today, we could probably get you kale […]

You Win Some, You Lose Some

  Some (maybe most) parts of running a farm can only be mastered with lots of time. No matter how many books we browse or numbers we crunch, Landon and I just have to learn our lessons from season-to-season and make changes incrementally. When a wrong gets righted one year […]

The Secret of Good Farming is Timing