Monday, April 11, 2011
Fresh Sheet Post April 11th "Harbingers of Spring"
Its official. It must be spring. The hummers have arrived or more specifically a single hummer. One Rufous male who does appear rather plump if not happy came to the feeder on Sunday in absolutely atrocious weather, had a sip and left, came back for another, and again flew off and upon a third return, stayed. So the familiar zip and zoom and bob and weave are back, abet only one so far, to bask in this year’s dismal spring. Follow the migration at http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/humm_rufous_spring2011.html
The garlic is up. The shoots are pale, as though they have been resisting pushing through the recently frozen earth, emerging into a cold wind that smacks and slaps with flakes of snow and rain. Not all of each the bed has emerged, the variables being; different planting depths that hand planting with a crew of people can create, soil types with part of the beds being lighter, sandier and hence warmer or heavier and thus cooler, slow melting snow drifts as these beds are 700 feet long and the snow settles across them in its own particular and lazy way, fertility variations as the plants root during the fall and winter and as some may be more robust than others as a result, or shear obstinacy for either pushing out into near winter conditions or refusing to emerge into those small condition. All I can say with certainty is that there are these and other variables that I haven’t considered which need to be factored in and only then you will still never really know.
On a brighter note, soon to be announced in the Farm Bakery and Café is a new culinary partnership with North Arm Farm and the opening of the best darn patio in Pemberton resplendent under a grape and wisteria trellis looking over the fields of vegetables and flowers, up and away 8000 feet to a majestic and immense Mount Currie. Visit us and experience it all this summer.
The sheet hasn’t changed this week and as usual we are delivering in Vancouver on Wednesday and Whistler on Thursday. I was optimistic on the Hops shoots but will keep you informed.
Have a great week.
Jordan and Trish