Sunday, February 20, 2011

Thinking of Spring

This is the time of year where I have to hold myself back as I'm itching to start my tomato plant seedlings. If I start them too early, then I've found that they get too big and are hard to transplant. I've also gotten better at growing seedlings so I have a good idea of how long it takes to get them to a good size to transplant in my area.

I wrote in a post a while ago that I was going to try print advertising. We had an advertisement placed in our local Carroll County Magazine that is free to households and are distributed to local businesses to put in their waiting areas. As a result I can say that the print advertising did work and lots of friends and neighbors told us they saw the ad. Now how many that saw the ad purchased meat from us or joined the CSA? Much less than saw the ad, but still more than enough to pay for the ad several times over. So select print advertising seems to work for our farm. If anyone local has other ideas of where we should advertise, let us know!

We are donating a 1/2 share of the CSA that you can bid on at the silent auction at the Carroll Community College Random House Book Fair on March 5th at Carroll Community College. So come out and check out the Book Fair and bid on Green Akeys Family Farm Products. Full disclosure- I am the chairperson for the event. It's a wonderful event and all proceeds are used for student scholarships.


WeldrBrat said...

I'm having trouble understanding why you have trouble transplanting if you start your tomato seeds early? I was shown how to dig a mini trench - rather than a hole - and lay the entire stem gently down the length of the little trench - leaving about 2 inches of stem below the bottom set of leaves exposed above ground. All the stem buried under soil will produce a stronger foundation of roots for the plant. It's always worked for us down here. Are you not able to do so because of your short growing seasons?

thestorypoet said...

Church bulletins are a good idea and they are fairly reasonable.

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Keep up the good work. And don't forget to ASK each customer "How did you find us ?" The best way to track the effectiveness of any marketing you do