News from the farm:
In spite of the ever changeable weather patterns, Spring is just around the corner on our little farm in the Cascade foothills. Her emissaries, the daffodils and snow drops, opened their blooms on February 1st over by the old garage, which has a good southern exposure. If color was sound, the golden trumpets, white tear drops and green swords of foliage would sing the ballad of the end of Old Man Winter’s reign, the return of the Sun and the fair maiden we know as Spring.
Rain came recently, a welcome, gentle rain that continued all night. I thought I heard the Wind during the wee hours of the morning, the sound of which could make one believe in Banshees. It woke me up, and I looked around, half-expecting to see an uninvited wraith in the shadows. Dark clouds scudded across the sky in the first blue light of day, adding to the effect off other-worldly things happening during the night. An old friend once said Wind talks about travel – tells you where it’s been, and all it has seen along the way. Often just passes through in a hurry, but sometimes not, and will want to stop and visit. Storm is the angry sibling of Wind. More energetic, but less well traveled.
Among the many changes that came in February was the parting with some of our foster cat family members. On occasion, some waif, or two, or more, lands upon our farm’s shores. We try to help as best we can. I have not yet found the sign post pointing our direction, like the ones hobos left for each other back in the days of hopping freight trains and noting where the friendly houses were where they could get a handout. Somehow, they find us. An emaciated, 6 lb tabby cat mother we called “Silvie” came to call, and eventually brought her kittens out of hiding. We took them in, and have been spaying, neutering and vaccinating the lot in preparation for finding homes for them. Silvie (now 9.5 lbs) and her orange tabby son Tio Pepe were recently placed in a good home with a friend, leaving the Three Sisters – Wynken, Blynken and Nod – waiting for an adopter. Like their snow-capped volcanic counterparts in Oregon’s Cascade Range (named Faith, Hope and Charity early on by settlers, but are now known as North Sister, Middle Sister and South Sister), they are snow white with rocky-grey streaks showing through on their peaks. Beautiful girls with lots of personality!
Rick pruned the vineyard in January, but the coming of February means I must get out the orchard ladder and start pruning the fruit trees and blueberries. The Oregon State University/NCAP sponsored Blueberry Production Workshop is coming up February 11th, and will focus on mummy berry, spotted winged drosophila prevention, and pruning. Always something new to learn!
Music news (schedule posted on the Performance Schedule page):
We will be performing again at the Corvallis Indoor Winter Market in February and March. Come on out and get fresh winter vegetables, nuts, meats, cheese, mushrooms, artisan baked goods, handmade items, etc, in addition to some folk music!
I’ll also be at Fireworks in Corvallis the first Saturday of every month. This venue has done a lot to support local musicians. Good food and friendly atmosphere! Eat here often, even when there isn’t any music playing. Help support a good supporter of local music.
Please visit the performance schedule page at salmonbrookfarms.wordpress.com
In your area, wherever you may be, please do all you can to help keep local music alive. Go out and see someone you don’t know, host a house concert, download songs or buy CDs. Or even just stop for a minute to hear someone at a Farmers’ Market. Live, local musicians provide a wealth of talent most people will never hear about in this age of iPods, Internet and TV.