We have a small test garden and orchard on the farm, where we grow a variety of fruits and vegetables to see whether we’ll ever want to grow them as a major crop. Mostly, we end up eating them; but sometimes we have a little extra to give to volunteers or sell to local folks.
Last season, we grew some great beets:
Hours spent scrubbing them by hand led to to plenty of “beet” puns: Our favorite song to sing on the farm is now “Beet It!” You know it’ll sound good, because “We’ve got the Beet.” The above photo of John is titled “Beauty and the Beets.”
Molly started keeping bees as a hobby in 2010 and expanded to two hives and moved them out to the farm in 2011. Honey bees diversify our pollinator population and sometimes provide some sweetness for our kitchen, but we also consciously manage our farm to create habitat for native pollinators and other beneficial insects.
In 2011, we planted six apple trees, a sweet cherry, and a dozen raspberry and blueberry plants. If they can survive the deer, the harsh winters, and the strong prairie winds, we’re looking forward to a big fruit harvest in a few years!