<< Back to main

Just One Not-Nice Thing at Town Farm

Posted 4/20/2014 9:16pm by OONA COY & BEN JAMES.
Dear Town Farm Friends –
Some springs the most exciting thing to happen is your radishes come up early. Other springs the most exciting thing is your truck gets stolen and your neighbor Ed finds it the next morning in the Meadows and you and your kid ride bikes out to get the truck but before driving it home your wife decides to call the police who inform her that they have a video of the truck being used in an attempted robbery of an ATM machine at an Amherst liquor store and you need to come into the station for fingerprints.
Some springs the most exciting thing to happen is the days get longer and your chickens start laying more eggs. Other springs the most exciting thing is your very decisive guard rooster makes a less-than-excellent decision and pounces on a toddler's face and there is blood everywhere and that night you kill the rooster and next morning inform not only your children but the whole school downstairs that  Culpepper is dead. And then Evan and all the kids write Culpepper a song.
Culpepper you were a fine bird
So we wrote you some kind words
Thank you for scaring away hawks
Thank you for scaring away dogs
There was one thing, one not-nice thing
When we got close you'd flap your wings
Yeah we didn't like that not-nice thing
When we got close you'd flap your wings
We miss you
Goodbye goodbye
We love you
Goodbye goodbye
We've had an interesting spring. We could tell so many stories! And I bet you, dear friend, have some stories of your own. Come say hi THIS TUESDAY and check out our radishes at Tuesday Market. And salad mix, kale, spinach, scallions, onions, arugula, and even a few more items we've managed to grow during this cold, wet April. And shaved ice and ice pops, of course.
Usually I wait until at least mid-season before thanking our crew for holding the entire farm together. This year the thanks need to go out early. We are so lucky to have Hana and Andrew and Mia back this year. Thanks guys! Oona even updated the crew page on our website in your honor. Here's Hana seeding while the snow was still on the ground.
Here's Silas' photo of a Northampton detective investigating mysterious shoe prints where our truck had been parked.
Here is our excellent Culpepper, who raced head-long at menacing dogs while every other creature on the farm ran the other direction, but who also provoked such text messages as the following: "Ur rooster just attacked my leg."
Here are some radishes. That first hit of red poking from the dirt in early spring is an exceptional thing.
Here is Mia spreading compost!
Here is Oona seeding.
Oona seeding
Hey, Tuesday Market is 1:30 - 6:30 every Tuesday, and Town Farm is always there.