Our feature photo this month is a close-up of one of our crabapple trees, in bloom early! We have had an unusually dry and warm end to winter this year, with many days in the mid 70s. The weather has returned to a more seasonal mood in the last few days, with mornings in the 30s and daytime temperatures in the 50s and ominous-looking dark grey clouds against a light blue spring sky. Honeybees are out in force today, as cherries, plums, pear, some of the apples are in bloom about 3 weeks early. The heavy, heady scent of such a profusion of blooms coupled with the droning of large numbers of bees is an experience like no other. Sight, sound and scent form an indelible memory of place and time.
News from the farm
We have bud break in the vineyard and even the blueberries are beginning to flower. A spring frost or April snowstorm at this point could set us back, and we are hoping for a cooler, but more even ride into the growing season. With the end of winter comes a change in mood of the sky, land and soil. Warm sun feels good in contrast to the mountain air’s cold bite, and we dress in layers that will come off and on with the drifting armada of clouds. Dark-grey galleons obscure the sun and dapple the hillsides with shadows and light, and I have already smelled the presence of the first visiting skunk of the year. It is spring in the Cascades.
News from the Cats of Salmon Brook Farms
The crew, like us, is getting older. The Three Sisters, the newest members, have been with us almost 2 years now. Abby Abyssinian turns 13 this month! Although not a new picture, it is an Abby classic of her checking out what’s on the table. She is way too curious about the camera resulting in too many close-ups of her nose. Good photos of her are hard won! Please visit the Cats of Salmon Brook Farm page for more on the crew.
Music news (schedule posted on the Performance Schedule page)
The Corvallis Indoor Winter Market has only two weeks left, and I have finished playing there for the season. If you are in the area, please stop in on Saturdays between 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and continue to support our farmers and artisans who provide our community fresh meats, eggs, cheeses, mushrooms, winter vegetables, baked goods, honey, crafts, etc. every week! Both the Corvallis Saturday Farmers’ Market and Albany Saturday Farmers’ Market open on April 18th, and I will be playing one day at both Saturday markets this season. Check the performance schedule page for dates and times. The Corvallis Wednesday Farmers’ Market (opens 4/22) will also have music, but I will be working at the Market booth there and have a front row seat to listen to some great music while I work! Please visit http://www.locallygrown.org
I will be at Ankeny Vineyard in Salem this month. Please check the performance schedule page for the date and time. Any changes and updates are posted there!
In your area, wherever you may be, please do all you can to help keep your own 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.
Bookings and home-grown produce:
Lavinia and Rick Ross
Salmon Brook Records / Salmon Brook Farms
Our lives, like rocks in a stream bed, are etched and shaped by the waters of time, circumstance and experience. People and animals flow in and out of our lives, sometimes remaining for a while in an eddy, or mossy pool. Eventually, they too, will move on, leaving evidence of their former presence written upon the stones. – Lavinia Ross