April 4 will see major changes at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. Building A will only be NC growers, producers, and farmers. B building will be re-sellers/wholesalers and miscellaneous. C building will have at least 10 spots for local farmers and maybe more along with I think bakers and seafood purveyors.
There is supposed to be 5-7 food trucks located in front of C building and they have set up picnic tables in the front of the greenery shed as an eating zone.
We had our required meeting with the new market manager who, in my opinion, is doing a pretty good job of moving the market forward and dealing with 20-plus years of baggage on how it has been run.
We were offered a fairly stable spot in A building and a more stable spot in C building. We chose C. I don't know who will be where except that Way of Life Farm and Jill at Poplin Farms will be in A building for sure and Nise's Herbs, Donnie Cline (New Beginnings Farm), and us will be in C building.
It is going to be a mess for a couple of weeks but a fun mess!
This batch of birds has been moved around more than any bunch of birds I have raised in 18 years and it was all because I was unprepared.
They spent their first week in a cardboard box in the basement, the next 1.5 weeks in a converted freezer in the barn, then got moved to a 4 feet bu 4 feet box in the greenhouse for a couple of weeks, then turned out on the dead bermuda grass in the greenhouse and finally moved out to fresh grass 2 weeks ago. Levi and I caught them all one by one and moved them back into the greenhouse, all 44 of them, in anticipation of the forecasted 24 degrees overnight.
My farming on paper with the details stored in my brain overran my actual capacity to physically get things done. It is like when your mind computes that the task can be done by noon tomorrow and three days later, you are almost done. Things have been going slower than expected to re-start the farm to where it should be.
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield; email@example.com.