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  • May 10th, 2012

“You got another Farm Boy!”, exclaimed Dr. Basham.  The thought of those words announcing the gender of our beautiful new baby will forever be special to me—a highlight of my life to say the least!  We welcomed Boyd McCain Courtney into our family on May 1st.  We weighed 9.65 pounds and was 21 inches long.  Head full of hair, little rolls on his arms, and is much loved by big brother and sister!

It probably does seem like I’ve been Missing in Action lately.  To some degree I have been.  I spent the weeks leading up to his birth in the midst of doing what I had to do for the vegetables and other pieces of our farm while feeling about 10 months pregnant!  (It’s nice to be able to see your ankles again!)  I had an extended stay in the hospital and it’s taken me longer to get back in the “swing of things” than I had expected.  We are so gracious that we had Luke and Joe to oversee all kinds of activity while we were away and recovering!  Luke continued on with our planting schedule, irrigation, crop scouting, overseeing the workers drag moss out of the pond, take down fencing, plant and seed.  Joe continued planting corn, watched it rain and he worked on equipment in the shop, helped keep the mowing customers satisfied, etc., etc., etc.!  I have to say, I’m thrilled to be back on board, have a healthy baby, and looking forward to being able to be engaged in the outside activity more and more each day.  

With the unusually warm weather we had back in late winter/early spring, many folks (including Shane and I) were hoping that we’d have a jump start on the vegetable harvest.  With the humbling humor of mother nature, the long dry-spell hit at the wrong time for the vegetables that we seeded in the field (which are primarily the early crops).  It’s up to the weather far more than a seed catalog’s timetable for a plant’s maturity!!  Many of those little seeds sat there far longer than we hoped. We went in and re-seeded several types, then were blessed with abundant rain (be careful what you wish for, right?!) and now we have beautiful rows of young plants in the field.  We are now praying for dry weather so we can get in and cultivate the carpet of weeds cropping up, get in the field to plant many other seedlings that have extended their stay in the greenhouse, and keeping an eye out for disease that often comes with wet/warm weather.  With all that being said, we are now anticipating beginning harvest/deliveries towards the end of May. The beauty here is you will surely receive the best of spring, summer, and fall plantings!  We will keep you posted —now that I’m back in full-swing (well, not quite, but soon hopefully!!!). 

 

From the farm, with another “Farm Boy”,

Mary


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