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Four Country Gals passes Certified Organic inspection

UDAF Inspector carToday was another awesome day, as the Four Country Gals once again passed their Organic Certification with flying colors. All the paperwork was in good order, and the inspector really liked how we grow so much in so little space.

New this year is the Aquaponcis system. His only question is the “paperwork requirement” that may be unique to aquaponics. There are no written standards in Utah, so we will have some important input in that area.

Inspector with BevIn  all, our inspection took about 90 minutes, and that included a tour of the entire farm, from the compost area, to our animals (not under inspection, but still of interest), through all the gardens, into the aquaponics greenhouse, and finally stopping at the chicken coop.

We’re allowed the same inspector three years in a row, and are hoping this guy will return next year to see the changes as we begin a full year with  the big garden completely under the cover of two hoop houses. 

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Cedar City Downtown Farmers Market opens July 25

Judging by what you’re looking for… the Cedar City Downtown Farmers Market tops your list.

We’ll be there (right across from Mike’s Tavern) on Wednesday afternoon at 4pm. This is a new location from last year. We’re actually in the parking lot that is bordered by Hoover St (one way FROM Main St) and W 50 (one block south of Hwy 56). This year we have natural SHADE from the big trees that line the west side of the market.

several kinds of mintAre you a mint lover? We have seven different kinds of mint. From the traditional mint, to apple, lemon, chocolate, spearmint, orange, and peppermint, it’s loving our greenhouse.

When it comes to basil, we’ve planted several varieties. You can expect to see the standard Genovese, Cinnamon, Thai, Purple, and Lemon basil.

If the critters don’t get it, we have several different kinds of lettuce,

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Cedar City Downtown Farmer’s Market Update

Here’s the latest on the Cedar City Downtown Farmer’s Market.

New location: Right across from Mike’s Tavern (how convenient). The new location is in the parking lot at 50W and Hoover St. Now, Hoover is one-way coming off of Main St. 50W is a two-way street. We’re occupying the entire NW section of the parking lot. There are several large trees providing shade for most of the market from the time we start.

The set-up is a bit different this year. Those of us considered “truck farmers” are all in one row, with our booths facing west. We’re on the east side of the market and we will have our trucks roped off, so there is no access between us. Depending upon who has what, we’ll expand the length or contract as necessary.

On that row, you’ll find Randy, a truck farmer from Enoch (also the UDAF inspector),

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Farm update… what’s getting planted, what’s growing

Mid-April, and beautiful weather makes it real tempting to plant faster than planned.  After all, the sooner we get things planted, the sooner they can grow, and the  faster we can have  a greater assortment of veggies for Farmers’ Market, right?

Not so fast, rookie.

It might be 80 degrees in the afternoon, but with blue skies, not a cloud in sigh… the temperature can easily drop below freezing by dawn of the next morning. All it takes is a storm moving east hundreds of miles away and let it’s little cold tail swing through the atmosphere… and boom, we’re below freezing.

At over 5000 feet elevation, the surface cools much faster. Add to the fact there is next to no concrete or blacktop, no large trees, or massive shrubs, and the air simply goes up, up, and up. The faster it leaves, the colder it gets.

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Planting season begins

For the first time since we began this gardening project, we’re planting according to schedule, utilizing our small hoop house to start seeds as necessary.  We live in Zone 5B, so can expect frost well into May, and even June. On  the other end, we can expect a serious frost in early September.

First into the seed pots will be red cabbage, savoy green cabbage, and  Utah celery. We’ve made paper pots this year. That’s a task for someone who has little or no life. While it is good for the environment, and aside from the cost of the pot maker, it’s pretty cheap, if you value your time, it’s not cost effective.

There is an advantage to the paper pots. No transplanting required. Once the seeds are planted in the seedling medium, with a little worm castings added, they will remain in the same pot until time to set into the ground.

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  • Goats helping photographer
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  • Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014
    Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014.
  • Cindy feeding Chaffhaye
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    Bev recording milk weights, Shari stirring the Cajeta
  • The first two little doelings.
    The first two little doelings.
  • Mom with Thor
    Mom is cuddling our new buckling, Thor.
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    Our Farmer's Market cargo trailer.
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    Shari pitches in and digs up broken water line.

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