June 2013 Update: Open Market, Summer Plantings, and Friends

[singlepic id=163 w=320 h=240 float=left]The month of June has seen a lot of progress. The public market has now been open for a month and we are excited to see so many repeat customers and smiling faces. We would like to extend our gratitude to all those who have supported us at the markets and helped us bring the Lick Run vision to reality.

We have been hard at work getting squash, watermelon, muskmelon, zucchini and cucumbers in the ground.  Some beautiful fruits are setting and I can’t wait to get them to the market. We have also planted both bush and pole beans and are looking forward to sharing an abundant harvest. Tomatoes, which were transplanted in May, have shown great growth and are now producing their first fruits. The last of the radishes have been harvested and sold at market, but carrots are coming in and more will be available over the coming weeks. It was a pleasure last weekend to see a small child at the market grabbed the entire bag of carrots and looked at his father while asking politely if he could have them.[singlepic id=167 w=320 h=240 float=right]

Some of the work over this past month was aided by the help of some very good friends. A special thanks to Andrew, Thomas, and Sophie who came out and helped us with a number of transplants, starting seedlings, and mulching. Another thank you goes to Ray who came out to visit and hopped right into the swing of things. His willingness to explore the depth of our vision and our practice, as well as his willingness to actively share in our communal space was a great reminder of the power and need of community that we all share. We have also been working this month with Nick, Lick Run’s first intern. He has been of great help and has shown quite an aptitude for learning new skills and retaining knowledge.

[singlepic id=165 w=320 h=240 float=left]I also thought I would share an update on life at Lick Run. We have a flock of the most beautiful chickens, but something seemed a little off when we started hearing crowing at 5:30 each morning.  It appears a rooster was in our coop. We received our chickens from a no kill hatchery with a 99% guarantee, but sometimes you just luck out. Fortunate for Midas, the male Gold Laced Wyandotte, we were able to find a nice farm out in Catawba who wanted to care for the guy.

We hope everyone is enjoying the rain here in Roanoke and we look forward to see you soon,
Rick and Hunter

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