A Farmer's Market-Journal Week Ending June 12
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A Waxing Gibbous Rose Moon 2011

If I had had some common sense, I would have used the Strawberry name for this Moon, although the peonies are incredibly beautiful and resemble double roses. The harvest of the strawberries is underway, the rains helping to produce what appears to be bumper crops. Asparagus season is coming to a close, planting continues apace alongside harvest of salad mixes, lettuces, baby kale, spring garlic, arugula, broccoli rabe. The fields all around are greening up with row upon row of emerging crops. It's been a pretty rainy growing season so far, though. The see-sawing temperatures and weather patterns wreak emotional havoc on the farmers just barely eking out a living as it is. I don't envy those in the midwest and along the Mississippi River down to the Delta. Back when I was a teenager, I had no clue of the day-to-day efforts of those who produce our foods. I vowed never to be a farmer. I put in small vegetable gardens in my various homes and helped tend those of neighbors and friends; I slowly gained an appreciation for the hard work involved. And here I am, right smack dab in the middle of it, pulling my weight as well as I can, watching the young people dig in and do their share of this labor of love. Ecologically speaking, organic farming is the right thing to do: for our bodies, for our land, for our neighbors, and most importantly for our Mother. No Farms, No Food. If you can go to the farmer's markets, please do, and support local agriculture by keeping the money in our own back yards. Yes, and plant some food, too.


June 2011
12th-13th Extra Good For Planting Fall Lettuce, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, And Other Leafy Vegetables. All Aboveground Crops Planted Now Will Do Well. Plant Seedbeds.
14th-16th Poor Planting Days. Cut Hay Or Do General Farm Work.
17th-18th Plant Late Beets, Potatoes, Onions, Carrots, And Other Root Crops.


June 12th
Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors
June 13th
Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors
June 14th
Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Dig Holes, Wean, Potty Train, Wash Windows, Advertise to Sell, Travel for Pleasure
June 15th
Dry Fruits and Vegetables, Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Pick Apples and Pears, Wean, Quit Smoking, Potty Train, Perform Demolition, Wash Wooden Floors, Wash Windows, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Advertise to Sell, Buy a Car, Slaughter
June 16th
Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Pick Apples and Pears, Wean, Quit Smoking, Potty Train, Perform Demolition, Wash Wooden Floors, Wash Windows, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Advertise to Sell, Buy a Car, Slaughter
June 17th
Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Prune Trees, Slaughter
June 18th
Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Prune Trees

The Moon visits these constellations this week:

June 12,13- Scorpio
June 14,15- Sagittarius
June 16,17- Capricorn
June 18-20- Aquarius

be safe, stay happy..

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A Farmer's Market-Journal Week Ending June 5
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A Waxing Crescent Rose Moon 2011


All of a sudden, there are trees full of mature leaves, the azaleas and daffodils are a sweet memory, columbines and bleeding hearts grace side yards and shady nooks, fawns and goslings are wandering on new legs behind parents: yes, this is spring upon us. We've eaten through the asparagus, the spring onions, the last of cold-storage potatoes, and have tasted the promise of garlic-to-come in the sweet flat greens of this strong garden crop. Trucks roll out early throughout the week in the early morning hours towards farmers markets; rumor has it that the broccoli raab was great according to happy customers discussing recipes. This spring season has brought terrific weather patterns all across the country. Flooding, tornadoes, severe heat, all challenging our faith that it will all smooth out and become "steady" again. This writer's block I'm experiencing, too, seems to have an unsteadying effect. Words are trapped in my skull, roiling about, tripping over each other. A stormy weather pattern in my head, all is well with my life, and yet I'm unable to express myself. Changing patterns, still waters, undercurrents, stormy weather ahead?


June 5th
Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Paint, Get Married, Buy a Home, Entertain Friends, Host a Party, Travel for Pleasure
June 6th
Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Paint, Get Married, Buy a Home, Entertain Friends, Host a Party, Travel for Pleasure
June 7th
Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors
June 8th
Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors
June 9th
Bake, Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Get Married, Buy Clothes, Entertain Friends, Host a Party
June 10th
Bake, Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Get Married, Buy Clothes, Entertain Friends, Host a Party
June 11th
Bake, Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Get Married, Buy Clothes, Entertain Friends, Host a Party
June 12th
Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors

June 2011
5th-8th Poor Period For Planting. Kill Plant Pests, Clear Fencerows, Clear Land.
9th-11th Favorable For Planting Peas, Beans, Tomatoes, And Other Fall Crops Bearing Yield Aboveground. Sow Grains And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers.
12th-13th Extra Good For Planting Fall Lettuce, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, And Other Leafy Vegetables. All Aboveground Crops Planted Now Will Do Well. Plant Seedbeds.


..and the constant moon traverses:

June 5-7- Leo
8,9- Virgo
10,11- Libra
12,13- Scorpio


see you next week

a.

A Farmer's Market-Journal Week Ending May 22
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A Waning Gibbous Milk Moon 2011

According to the Farmer's Almanac the temperature reached 101 in Lewiston, Maine on this date in 1911. In light of that I wonder how long ago global climate change actually kicked in. Perhaps it happens continuously, involving broad fluctuations and constant surprises to the humans inhabiting planet Earth. It's an inconvenience if the crops haven't been planted or harvested; if our travels are impeded by snowstorms or torrential rains; if we miss a flight due to volcanic drift. Small creatures take this all as matter of course and adapt (or not). The most serious issue involving our battle with weather is the effect it has on our modern-day planting practices and the amount of food stored in our respective coffers, obviously having trickle-down results for our livestock and families. Nomadic peoples simply followed the breezes. Settling down has created the boondoggle of having to adapt to local seasons. I'm reminded of a wise farmer who used the climate in his favor: Masanubo Fukuoka; his amazing book One Straw Revolution  has had a huge impact on how I view farming and conservation. It has just recently been re-issued and is available on bookstores. Please find a copy and investigate these practices. Even if you use a small part of what he teaches, you will be doing yourself and Mother a huge favor and She will feel your efforts. The website "Soil and Health" offers a huge collection of books on diverse methods of natural farming [www.soilandhealth.org/]. And here is a link to the book entitled The Natural Way of Farming: http://soilandhealth.org/files/YJNdWSuUFh/010164.fukuoka.natural.farming.pdf
(If that doesn't work, you can find a download link in the agriculture library section.) If you can afford it, Steve could use your support; he's doing an amazing job. And there's always our pal Mr. Rodale.

Go out there and plant!!!

May 2011
23rd-25th Kill Plant Pests On These Barren Days.
26th-27th Favorable Time For Planting Late Root Crops. Also Good For Vine Crops That Can Be Planted Now. Set Strawberry Plants. Good Days For Transplanting.
28th-29th Poor Planting, Fine For Cultivating Or Spraying.
30th-31st Root Crops That Can Be Planted Now Will Yield Well. Good Days For Transplanting.

May 23rd
Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Dig Post Holes, Wean, Quit Smoking, Potty Train, Jar Jams/Jellies, Wash Wooden Floors, Paint, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Host a Party
May 24th
Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Dig Post Holes, Harvest, Wean, Quit Smoking, Potty Train, Jar Jams/Jellies, Wash Wooden Floors, Paint, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Kill Wild Onions and Weeds, Host a Party
May 25th
Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Dig Post Holes, Harvest, Wean, Quit Smoking, Potty Train, Jar Jams/Jellies, Wash Wooden Floors, Paint, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Kill Wild Onions and Weeds, Host a Party
May 26th
Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Wean, Potty Train, Brew Beer, Get Married
May 27th
Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Wean, Potty Train, Brew Beer, Get Married
May 28th
Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Harvest, Pick Apples and Pears, Quit Smoking, Perform Demolition, Wash Wooden Floors, Start Diet to Lose Weight
May 29th
Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Harvest, Pick Apples and Pears, Quit Smoking, Perform Demolition, Wash Wooden Floors, Start Diet to Lose Weight
May 30th
Mow to Retard Growth, Dig Post Holes, Jar Jams/Jellies, Paint, Get Married, Advertise to Sell, Ask for Loan


La Lune:
May 22,23- Aquarius
24-26- Pisces
27,28-Aries
29-31- Taurus

Hold the citizens of Joplin, Missouri in your prayers.


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A Farmer's Market-Journal Week Ending May 15
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A Waxing Gibbous Milk Moon 2011


So much activity here at The Lucky Dog; the chives are already pushing out their first blossoms; the asparagus is finally braving the upward stretch above the soil and into view. Head lettuces, spinach, baby kale, and salad greens abound and the CSA starts in less than two weeks. Even spring garlic has been harvested. Farm hands have been going to market for a while now, bearing ever-expanding loads of food offerings, including soft loaves of fresh bread. And so the season progresses; all actions become deliberate and close to furtive, work starts at sunrise continuing into dusk. Fresh produce is brought to the cafe kitchen, to be transformed into delectable dishes, maintaining the tradition of what is now known as "farm to table". Old-timers very likely never imagined that what was, to them, just getting by would be turned to catch-phrase mentality. The bounty from this farm, and others like it, feed the masses of people which include neighbors, travelers, workers; eaters clambering for food only a few hours from the soil, a subtle sense of connection to the source.
This is a great time to learn about foraging for wild foods and forest offerings, as these were the first "farm-to-table" foods; berries, greens, mushrooms, ferns. Cultivation and agriculture have drawn us away from these delicacies. Take some time to wander where the green is abundant, stop and smell the damp wetness of spring.
If you decide to bring food to YOUR table:

Rhubarb Bread Pudding With Whiskey Sauce

Bread Pudding
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
5 cups day-old cinnamon bread (with or without raisins), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 pound fresh rhubarb (about 6 hefty stalks), cut into 1/2-inch slices, or 4 cups frozen rhubarb
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Whiskey Sauce
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons half-and-half
2 tablespoons whiskey
Pinch of salt

1 In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, half-and-half, 1/4 cup of the sugar, the vanilla, and salt. Stir the bread into the egg mixture, cover the bowl, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours, pushing the bread down into the liquid from time to time.
2 Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter an 8-inch-square baking pan. In a medium bowl, combine the rhubarb, the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, and the cinnamon. Gently stir the rhubarb mixture into the bread mixture. Pour the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake until golden brown and slightly puffed, 55 minutes to 1 hour 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack for about 30 minutes.
3 In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the sugar, half-and-half, whiskey, and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce is slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
4 To serve, spoon the warm bread pudding into serving bowls and drizzle with warm whiskey sauce.


Asparagus With Crème Fraiche Mustard Sauce And Prosciutto

INGREDIENTS
(makes 4 servings, active time 15 minutes, total time 15 minutes)

2 pounds asparagus, tough woody ends snapped off
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1/2 cup crème fraiche
Juice from 1/2 lemon
16 thin slices prosciutto

1 On a baking sheet, toss asparagus with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
2 In a small bowl, combine mustard, crème fraiche, and a little lemon juice. Stir well to combine.
3 In a grill pan or over hot coals, grill the asparagus until just tender, 3-5 minutes depending on thickness.
4 Drape prosciutto over a platter, top with grilled asparagus, and drizzle sauce over spears.


May 2011
13th-15th Excellent Time For Planting Corn, Beans, Peppers, And Other Aboveground Crops. Favorable For Sowing Hay, Fodder Crops, And Grains. Plant Flowers.
16th-17th First Day Excellent For Planting Aboveground Crops. Second Day Favorable For Carrots, Beets, Onions, Turnips, And Other Root Crops. Both Days Good For Planting Cabbage, Lettuce And Other Leafy Vegetables, And For Planting Seedbeds. Second Day Good For Transplanting.
18th-20th Do No Planting.
21st-22nd Plant Late Beets, Potatoes, Onions, Carrots, And Other Root Crops.


May 15th
Bake, Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Get Married, Buy Clothes, Entertain Friends, Host a Party
May 16th
Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors
May 17th
Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Retard Growth, Prune Trees, Go Hunting, Jar Jams/Jellies, Slaughter
May 18th
Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Pick Apples and Pears, Wean, Quit Smoking, Potty Train, Perform Demolition, Wash Wooden Floors, Wash Windows, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Advertise to Sell, Buy a Car, Slaughter
May 19th
Dry Fruits and Vegetables, Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Pick Apples and Pears, Wean, Quit Smoking, Potty Train, Perform Demolition, Wash Wooden Floors, Wash Windows, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Advertise to Sell, Buy a Car, Slaughter
May 20th
Dry Fruits and Vegetables, Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Pick Apples and Pears, Wean, Quit Smoking, Potty Train, Perform Demolition, Wash Wooden Floors, Wash Windows, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Advertise to Sell, Buy a Car
May 21st
Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Prune Trees, Wean, Potty Train
May 22nd
Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Prune Trees, Wean, Potty Train
May 23rd
Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Dig Post Holes, Wean, Quit Smoking, Potty Train, Jar Jams/Jellies, Wash Wooden Floors, Paint, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Host a Party



The Moon she moves as well:

May 15,16- Scorpio
17-19- Sagittarius
20,21- Capricorn
22,23- Aquarius



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A Farmer's Market-Journal Week Ending May 8
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A Waxing Crescent Milk Moon 2011

Happy Mother's Day


May 2011
7th-8th Most Favorable For Planting Corn, Cotton, Okra, Beans, Peppers, Eggplant, And Other Aboveground Crops. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens.
9th-12th A Barren Period. Good For Killing Plant Pests, Cultivating, Or Taking A Short Vacation.
13th-15th Excellent Time For Planting Corn, Beans, Peppers, And Other Aboveground Crops. Favorable For Sowing Hay, Fodder Crops, And Grains. Plant Flowers.
16th-17th First Day Excellent For Planting Aboveground Crops. Second Day Favorable For Carrots, Beets, Onions, Turnips, And Other Root Crops. Both Days Good For Planting Cabbage, Lettuce And Other Leafy Vegetables, And For Planting Seedbeds. Second Day Good For Transplanting.
18th-20th Do No Planting.

May 8th
Bake, Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Get Married, Start Diet to Gain Weight, Buy a Home
May 9th
Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Paint, Get Married, Buy a Home, Entertain Friends, Host a Party, Travel for Pleasure
May 10th
Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Paint, Get Married, Entertain Friends, Host a Party, Travel for Pleasure
May 11th
Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors
May 12th
Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors
May 13th
Bake, Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Get Married, Buy Clothes, Entertain Friends, Host a Party
May 14th
Bake, Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Get Married, Buy Clothes, Entertain Friends, Host a Party
May 15th
Bake, Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Get Married, Buy Clothes, Entertain Friends, Host a Party



short and sweet post this week

a.

A Farmer's Market-Journal Week Ending May 1
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A Waning Crescent Planters Moon 2011

Acceptance, an interesting all-encompassing behavior owned by all creation, whether acknowledgement comes directly or subtly, slowly or instantaneously. The perceptions and reactions of circumstances which beset us create a myriad of responses in us humans: we cringe, embrace, shudder, gawk, shrink, and react to events in our supposedly steady day-to-day lives. Flora, fauna, water, rock, each bending to the directives of change, each passively resisting or succumbing to the winds of time, according to their wont. The natural world takes this all with a grain of salt, we humans use our intellect to respond, either with wit or ignorance. Choosing the former allows for easing into the next phase of the change, whatever that may be. The latter, on the other hand, creates strife and stress. I prefer to be like the tree, the rock, the water; let this pass on to the next with little attachment to the outcome. It took a long time for me to arrive here, this place of easier bending. I'm glad I made it.

Did someone mention recipes?

Ramp Compound Butter
(From Serious Eats)
1 1/2 pound ramps, trimmed and cleaned
4 pounds unsalted butter, cut up and at room temperature
2 lemons, zested and juiced
Salt and pepper to taste
Thyme (optional)
Parchment Paper (or wax paper)
Freezer Bags

Trim the ends off of the ramps and clean them well under cold, running water.
Blanch them quickly (30 seconds) by dropping the ramps in a large pot of salted, boiling water, and then shock them in ice water.
Drain the ramps, squeezing as much liquid out as you can. With a sharp knife, thinly slice the ramps.
In a large bowl (or Kitchenaid with a paddle), mix well butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, ramps, salt, and pepper.
On sheets of parchment, form logs of butter of approximately 1/2 pounds each, and roll the parchment tightly around the butter.
Put the butter logs in two sets of freezer bags and seal tightly, removing all the air, and store in the freezer.


Pickled Ramps
1 cup white wine vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon mustard seed
1 teaspoon coriander seed
1 teaspoon fennel seed
1 teaspoon red peppercorns
1 teaspoon white peppercorns
1 bay leaf
2 pounds ramps, cleaned and trimmed
Kosher salt for blanching
1 tablespoon salt for the pickling liquid

Trim the ends off of the ramps and cut down the leaves leaving about 1/4 inch of green, saving the green ends for another purpose. Wash the ramps under cool, running water.
Blanch the ramps quickly (30 seconds) by dropping them in a large pot of salted, boiling water, and then shock them in ice water. Drain the ramps well and place them in a mason jar.
Combine the vinegar, salt, sugar, and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the bay leaf, mustard seeds, coriander, pink and white peppercorns, and fennel seeds.
Pour the hot vinegar mixture over the ramps in the mason jar and let cool, sealing tight and transferring to the refrigerator.
Notes
In the refrigerator these pickled ramps will last a few weeks to a couple of months. If you follow traditional, safe canning techniques, these will last for a few months, or until you eat them all, which ever comes first.

Trout with Fiddlehead Ferns
1 whole trout, cleaned
2 tablespoons margarine, divided
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
salt and pepper to taste
4 ounces fiddleheads, chopped
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1 beaten egg

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
Spread about half of the margarine over the whole trout and inside the cavity. Combine the flour, salt and pepper; coat the inside and outside of the trout with the mixture.
Melt remaining margarine in a large skillet over medium heat. Lightly saute the fiddleheads until just tender. Season with salt, pepper and tarragon. Add the lemon juice and white wine, and cook for one minute. Transfer the contents of the fiddlehead pan to a bowl, and mix with egg and bread crumbs. Stuff the mixture into the cavity of the trout, and place it on the greased baking sheet.
Bake uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve immediately.

Cream Of Fiddlehead Soup
1/4 cup butter 50 mL
1 cup sliced leeks or onions 250 mL [read: ramps]
2 tbsp all-purpose flour 25 mL
2-1/2 cups chicken stock 625 mL
4 cups fiddleheads 1 L
2 cups light cream 500 mL
1 tbsp lemon juice 15 mL
1/4 tsp white pepper 1 mL
Pinch cayenne pepper Pinch
Salt
1/4 cup sour cream 50 mL

Directions
In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat; cook leeks, covered and stirring often, for 10 to 15 minutes or until softened but not browned.
Add flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
Gradually stir in stock; increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil, stirring constantly.
Add fiddleheads and return to boil; reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes or until fiddleheads are tender.
Remove 6 fiddleheads for garnish.
Puree soup in batches in blender or food processor.
(Recipe can be prepared to this point, cooled, covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days.) Return puree to saucepan; whisking cream.
Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or just until heated through but not boiling.
Stir in lemon juice, white pepper and cayenne; season with salt to taste.
Garnish each serving with sour cream and fiddlehead.


ok get cooking!

or gardening:
May 2011
1st-2nd Poor Planting, Fine For Cultivating Or Spraying.
3rd-4th Favorable For Planting Beans, Corn, Cotton, Tomatoes, Peppers, And Other Aboveground Crops.
5th-6th Any Seed Planted Now Will Tend To Rot.
7th-8th Most Favorable For Planting Corn, Cotton, Okra, Beans, Peppers, Eggplant, And Other Aboveground Crops. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens.

and the chores?
May 1st
Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Harvest, Pick Apples and Pears, Quit Smoking, Perform Demolition, Wash Wooden Floors, Start Diet to Lose Weight
May 2nd
Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Harvest, Pick Apples and Pears, Quit Smoking, Perform Demolition, Wash Wooden Floors, Start Diet to Lose Weight
May 3rd
Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Paint, Get Married, Advertise to Sell, Buy Clothes, Buy a Home
May 4th
Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Paint, Get Married, Advertise to Sell, Buy Clothes, Buy a Home
May 5th
Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Host a Party, Travel for Pleasure, Write
May 6th
Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Host a Party, Travel for Pleasure, Write
May 7th
Bake, Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Get Married, Start Diet to Gain Weight, Buy a Home


the Moon is here this week:
May 1- Aries
2,3- Taurus
4-6- Gemini
7,8- Cancer

Remember to bend

a.

A Farmer's Market-Journal Week Ending April 24
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A Waning Gibbous Planters Moon 2011

From outside the window this morning, I heard the early call from the mourning dove, accompanied by robins and, my most favorite of all, the chickadee, whose song I had always thought was of the phoebe. The robins have been busy now, for weeks, building nests and finding bugs and nest-fillers. It's wonderful to have this, the renewal of life's activities among the creatures of our planet. I was torn between two subjects this morning: Easter celebrations and their origins, which I feel have been covered close to ad nauseum. Right on the heels of that is the observance of Earth day this last week, an event relegated to one day, as with most of the holidays dealt out to the populace, and instantly forgotten to be replaced by the next scheduled celebration. Even the arrival of the Morris Men in our area has been narrowed down to short visits to the more wealthy of villages here, the small farms forgotten and ignored. These farms being the original focus of this ancient Spring blessing, now overlooked in favor of rapid-fire and money-related tours. Does Mother feel this psychic withdrawal, I wonder. Another symptom of our ignorance of the importance of Nature and the necessity to pay attention to the small sweet songs of the soil, creatures, and rustlings of the trees. Easter and the fairly-new Earth Day have been swept under the proverbial carpet of our cyclical and commercial dollar-oriented celebrations. The commodification of a once precious and holy thing.

This reminiscence is triggered by my opening of an old paperback copy of Silent Spring, written by Rachel Carson back close to 60 years ago. I never read the book when it came out, I didn't have to. I knew what she said in that small yet powerful volume. She spoke to those of us who feared the encroachment of dangerous chemicals and poisons into our waterways and soils. It's painful to read, especially now. A long-forgotten warning swept under that same carpet. Stewards of our planet will be aware of this oversight and correct it by rising each day, planting another year's crop, using safe and gentle practices. We worship Her by treating Her with respect, celebrating each day as Earth Day. Such are the people who know these sacred observances are day in and day out, not just one day a year. When you step out of your house, know that She feels your tread and say hello back at her.

April 2011
23rd-25th Favorable Days For Planting Beets, Carrots, Turnips, Radishes, Onions, And Other Root Crops.
26th-27th Excellent Time To Kill Weeds, Briars, Poison Ivy, And Other Plant Pests.
28th-29th Favorable Days For Planting Root Crops, Extra Good For Vine Crops. Set Strawberry Plants. Good Days For Transplanting.
30th Poor Planting Day. Break Ground Or Cultivate.


April 24th
Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Prune Trees, Wean, Potty Train
April 25th
Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Prune Trees, Wean, Potty Train
April 26th
Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Dig Post Holes, Harvest, Wean, Quit Smoking, Potty Train, Jar Jams/Jellies, Wash Wooden Floors, Paint, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Kill Wild Onions and Weeds, Host a Party
April 27th
Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Dig Post Holes, Harvest, Wean, Quit Smoking, Potty Train, Jar Jams/Jellies, Wash Wooden Floors, Paint, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Kill Wild Onions and Weeds, Host a Party
April 28th
Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Wean, Potty Train, Brew Beer, Get Married
April 29th
Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Wean, Potty Train, Brew Beer
April 30th
Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Harvest, Pick Apples and Pears, Quit Smoking, Perform Demolition, Wash Wooden Floors, Start Diet to Lose Weight


Be nice to Her, She's all you have.

a.

A Farmer's Market-Journal Week Ending April 17
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A Full Planter's Moon 2011

The winds this week are blowing hard, shaking awake the trees and plants, wafting over the land, sending warm reminders that it's time to begin, time to rejuvenate. Many years ago I had a friend who was worried about a sapling he planted that was not thriving; he traipsed out and shook the trunk a goodly turn. Two weeks later the tree was alert and green, almost grateful for the rousting. The spring signals of yellowing of the willows and hints of buds on the shadblow have arrived. The hills and mountains ever-so-slowly greening up. Another month from now and the whole scene will be abuzz with activity of all critters, human and four-legged. The first ramps have been pulled, to be presented to kitchen for a delightfully wild effect in an otherwise domestic meal. Fiddlefeads ..hmm.. very soon now, quickly becoming tall green heralds of the woodland; not to forget the mosses, which have been green almost all winter in some spots. Farmer's Almanac says that there will be coolness for another few weeks with snow in the higher peaks and warming slowly into May. Keep those seedlings warm and sunny.
Apologies to those readers who look forward to the weekly farming and chores lists, woefully missing on the last posting. All seems well with the site now and so on to the gardening advice:

April 2011
16th-17th First Day Good For Planting Corn, Melons, Squash, Tomatoes, And Other Aboveground Crops. Last Day Favorable For Planting Root Crops. All Days Favorable For Sowing Grains, Hay And Fodder Crops, And For Planting Flowers.
18th-20th Good Days For Planting Beets, Carrots, Radishes, Turnips, Peanuts, And Other Root Crops. Also Good For Cabbage, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Kale, Celery, And Other Leafy Vegetables. Start Seedbeds. Good Days For Transplanting.
21st-22nd Barren Days. Do No Planting.
23rd-25th Favorable Days For Planting Beets, Carrots, Turnips, Radishes, Onions, And Other Root Crops.

Chores:
April 17th
Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Entertain Friends, Host a Party, Slaughter
April 18th
Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Retard Growth, Prune Trees, Go Hunting, Jar Jams/Jellies, Slaughter
April 19th
Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Retard Growth, Prune Trees, Go Hunting, Jar Jams/Jellies, Slaughter
April 20th
Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Retard Growth, Prune Trees, Go Hunting, Jar Jams/Jellies, Get Married
April 21st
Dry Fruits and Vegetables, Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Pick Apples and Pears, Wean, Quit Smoking, Potty Train, Perform Demolition, Wash Wooden Floors, Wash Windows, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Advertise to Sell, Buy a Car
April 22nd
Dry Fruits and Vegetables, Cut Hair to Retard Growth, Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Pick Apples and Pears, Wean, Quit Smoking, Potty Train, Perform Demolition, Wash Wooden Floors, Wash Windows, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Advertise to Sell, Buy a Car
April 23rd
Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Prune Trees, Wean, Potty Train
April 24th
Mow to Retard Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Prune Trees, Wean, Potty Train


For the Angler:
Apr 17, FAIR Evening
Apr 18, BEST Evening
Apr 19, BEST Evening
Apr 20, BEST Evening
Apr 21, POOR Evening
Apr 22, POOR Evening
Apr 23, FAIR Evening
Apr 24, FAIR Morning
(POOR day basically means the fish will either steal all your bait or will not even touch your line.
FAIR day means that you may catch one or two fish but you will have to work hard to do so.
GOOD day means that you will catch enough fish to feel gratified.
BEST day means that you will catch something almost every time you cast your line in the water)


The Moon traverses through these signs this week:
April 16,17- Libra
18,19- Scorpio
20, 21- Sagittarius
22-24- Capricorn

And so I fold the Almanac up and wish you a peaceful week. Who's started Spring cleaning yet? Mine is today. What fun to open the windows and let fresh air in.
Be well
a.

A Farmer's Market-Journal Week Ending April 10
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A Waxing Crescent Planters Moon 2011

The awakening of the soil!! The arrival of weather which prompts the removal of another layer of jacket and long-johns. The funny thing about the latter? Once you don them, it's very hard to remove them, even just to replace them with a cleaner pair.
That slim flat surface of warmth keeps us isolated from the chill of winter. Our reluctance to shed them come spring is similar to the slow unfolding of this next season, which arrives in fits and starts. The farm hands are spreading compost from piles which have been baking over winter; heaping mounds of brown rich soil. The fields are almost clear of their long-johns cover of snow, the hills as well. Small patches of hard icy cold stuff spackle our walkways through the woods. Trout season has started with various forms of successes and failures to bring home dinner. Families of deer and turkey wander over corn fields, the young having quickly adapted to the travails of life on this planet, along with other creatures wakening from hibernation, seeking emerging greenery. These events quickly pass into furtive scrambles to survive, procreate, grow, plant, eat, and harvest, thus renewing the struggle to continue the species. Our long-johns shed, we head out to hoe and plant:


[farmer's almanac website down for now; will add the gardening and task info later]

A Farmer's Market-Journal Week Ending April 3
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A New Planters Moon 2011

How wonderful it is to watch the snow slowly disappear from the hill across the road. Slowly but surely, those whose hillside drives have been iced over are now attempting sojourns by car over the re-appearing gravel and dirt. Geese are pretty much returned on their way further north. Robins perk about on their missions of foraging for twigs, and fillers of nests soon to be occupied by well-protected eggs. I miss the call of the chickadee; it'll be nice to open the window and let in the sounds of Creation.
The farm's greenhouses are churning out greens: baby kale, spinach, fluffy frisee, spicy salad mix; the possibilities expand day by day. Market meetings are in full swing, subscriptions to CSAs are renewed, the expectation of a good season is high, accompanied, of course, by the lurking dread of too much or too little rain. The potatoes which have been in storage all winter are slowly dwindling in volume: blue potatoes made into fresh french fries at the inn here are especially delicious knowing the proximity of the soil in which they grew. This is the time fingers and hands itch to dig in soil, till and plant. Those who have started seeds in windows are very likely glorying in small shoots pushing up and divulging green identification marks of future vegetables. The urge to place these seedlings in the growing sun outside must be limited to cold frames and hardying-off sojourns to the back porch. One month from now, the braver folks will be planting and taking chances on a frost-free spring. Do keep in mind tomatoes will not grow at all if the soil is not warm.
Asparagus, ramps, skunk cabbage, baby chives, and early fiddlehead shoots will be poking bold heads up in search of the sun: a truly wonderful and promising time of year. Get out there and watch for your own signs of early spring growth. In the meantime, the gardening advice:

April 2011
3rd-4th Poor Planting Days. Break Ground Or Cultivate.
5th-6th Favorable For Planting Beans, Corn, Cotton, Tomatoes, Peppers, And Other Aboveground Crops.
7th-8th Poor Days For Planting, Seeds Tend To Rot In The Ground.
9th-10th Plant Tomatoes, Beans, Peppers, Corn, Cotton, And Other Aboveground Crops On These Most Fruitful Days. Plant Seedbeds. Start Flower Gardens.


...and the chores continue:
April 3rd
Bake, Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes
April 4th
Bake, Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes
April 5th
Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Paint, Get Married, Advertise to Sell, Buy Clothes, Buy a Home
April 6th
Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Paint, Get Married, Advertise to Sell, Buy Clothes, Buy a Home
April 7th
Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Host a Party, Travel for Pleasure, Write
April 8th
Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Host a Party, Travel for Pleasure, Write
April 9th
Bake, Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Get Married, Start Diet to Gain Weight, Buy a Home
April 10th
Bake, Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Get Married, Start Diet to Gain Weight, Buy a Home

The moon continues Her walk across the sky:
April 2-4 - Aries
April 5,6- Taurus
April 7-9- Gemini
April 10,11- Cancer

From my personal perspective, I ask those of you who have loved ones who are ill and suffering, or have yourselves lost someone near and dear recently, please keep them and their families in your thoughts. Deal them compassion and patience from the well of Love deep in your soul.

a.

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