Volunteers Needed TOMORROW (Sunday, Nov 9)!

Volunteers needed!

We have been so busy picking crops to put into storage for winter; we have
not been able to get the garlic ready for planting. It needs to be
separated by cloves before it can be planted. We are asking everyone to
consider joining us this Sunday at 9 and again at 1. We will be working
all day until all the garlic is separated. We ask for as many hours you
are willing to help. If you are only able to give us an hour or two, we
will take it. Those of you willing to stay most of the day can bring a
lunch and join us in the house for an hour of food and friendship!

Your help would be greatly appreciated because if we do not get this
separated, it will not get planted and we won’t have garlic next year.
Thank you in advance for your time given to the adventures of farming! As
my Grandmother used to say, “Many hands make light work!” So please plan
on spending a little time on the farm working on a very important project.

Newsletter – October 13, 2014

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Dear Friends of the Farm,

This is week 18 and you will receive Yukon Gold potatoes, onions, carrots, leeks, eggplant, cabbage or broccoli, bell peppers, specialty peppers, garlic and tomatoes (red, orange and green).

Honey: Those of you who get monthly and bi-monthly deliveries will be getting your last delivery.

Surveys: We value your opinion very much and look forward to reading all your opinions. If the majority of surveys want a quantity change, we will take a look at the size of our shares and make adjustments accordingly, if we can. Same with suggestions for new crops; if we can grow it, we will consider it! It is imperative you tell us your family size, share size and diet. It makes a difference! (If you haven’t filled yours out yet, you can download it here. You will need to print it out, fill it out, and mail it to the farm.) Continue reading

Newsletter – October 7th, 2014

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Dear Friends of the farm,

This is week 17 of an 18 week season:  You are getting Yukon Gold potatoes (Thur will get fingerling), red, white and yellow onions, carrots, leeks, specialty peppers, bell peppers, poblano and anaheim peppers, garlic tomatoes and celery. Tue will be getting their missing corn.  Were you surprised by the beans and corn last week?  Jerry tries to push the season at both ends…just in case it doesn’t freeze in May and again in September.  We had two light frosts now, the second just happening Sat. morning.  The tops of the peppers and tomato plants are showing some damage, but they are holding on. Continue reading

Newsletter – September 29, 2014

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Dear Members,

This is week 16 of an 18 week season. You are getting Banana Fingerling potatoes, yellow, white and red onions, carrots, golden beets, leeks, squash, fennel, broccoli, bell peppers, new sweet peppers, green beans and corn. Fruit Shares are getting Red Bartlett Pears and Honey Crisp apples!

Guess what? It’s pepper time! You will be getting several types of sweet peppers every week. If this gets overwhelming for you…keep in mind they can be frozen raw! Chop to the preferred size and stick into a plastic bag and freeze. They will be ready for recipes like stir-fries, fajitas or eggs. Continue reading

Newsletter – September 23, 2014

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Dear Friends of the Farm;

This week you are getting French Fingerling potatoes, white and yellow onions, yellow and purple carrots, lemon cucumbers, summer squash, tomatoes, black eggplant and Japanese eggplant, bell peppers and a new sweet pepper that can be either red, yellow or orange.

Harvest Festival:  What a blast we had this weekend!  It was a comfortable sunny day at a perfect 75 degrees.  The side dishes and desserts we absolutely wonderful!  Chili roasting got started early and didn’t stop until 5 o’clock!  Everyone was wonderful about helping set up and volunteer all day long.  Clean-up was a snap with all the helping hands! Continue reading

Harvest Festival is September 21st

The Harvest Festival is 11 am to 3 pm on September 21st. We cook the hamburgers and hot dogs and you bring the side dishes and desserts! There will be hayrides, stick horse races, corn shucking contests, a sweet/savory canning contest, family-friendly games on the front lawn, you-pick crops (chili peppers, raspberries, flowers, and pumpkins) and wonderful food!  Sounds like a party!!

Bring $5 to roast chilis and $10 per person for guests (all ages; guests must come with members).

This is a fantastic chance to see your farm in all its glory.  We have
been trimming and mowing just to show off!  We are really looking forward
to seeing all of you Sunday!

Newsletter – September 15, 2014

This week you are getting Yukon Gold potatoes, carrots, yellow onions, cabbage or broccoli, cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, squash, eggplant, green and orange bell peppers, tomatoes, and muskmelon or honeydew. Those who get a monthly delivery of honey will get some this week. First Fruits is bringing a half box of Summer Lady peaches and a half box of Gala apples.

Winter Share: The deadline for sign-up is in two weeks! If you cannot find your original copy, please ask your DC, they should have additional sign-up forms.

About Your Farmer: A member recently said they thought this was a great year for produce. My simple reply was you actually have a great farmer. I know it is hard to imagine what it takes to get this job done. Especially since we do not have any control of the most important aspect of farming: the weather. This was a difficult year to grow anything because it was too wet and too cold. Because you have a fantastic farmer with a lot of expertise, Jerry made this year look easy with good quality produce. In actuality, we had tractors stuck in mud and fields we couldn’t get into because of too much water. The tomatoes and peppers are a testament to the cold weather. They are having a hard time ripening. Corn seed rotted in the field and had to be replanted over and over just to get the few pickings we received. Watermelon rotted before they had ripened or were too waterlogged to have any flavor and tended to over-ripen overnight! (Sorry if you got one of those.)

Jerry sits down every winter for a couple of months planning the next year. Is there something new we can try, where are we planting, how many times can we plant it, how soon can we plant, and how far into the fall can we harvest? This all makes a difference in your season: what you get, when you get it, and how much you get. After all that planning, the weather can change everything. It can kill a crop, make it abundant, slow it down, or speed it up. Being the caretaker of a farm takes longevity, experience, and patience.

We have been more or less in a drought since 1998. Our weather has changed for the warmer. This past summer reminded Jerry and I what it was like when we were kids. Tomatoes didn’t ripen until mid to late August, watermelon was picked in September, nothing was picked in June—it was way too cold for anything to be harvested by then and our first frost was around September 25th. Guess what folks: we had a light frost last Saturday morning (the 12th)! Some crops were hurt, but as of Sunday morning, nothing has died. The light freeze will really slow things down now because the plant is stressed. I think we are all in for a surprise this winter if we keep going on with this moisture track!!!

Our 80th Anniversary in 2016: Yes, you read that right! We will be turning 80 years old in 2016. We really want to celebrate in style that year. So we want everyone to put on their thinking caps and let us know of things you may have done at other places that may be appropriate for our farm festival. I want to have a t-shirt design contest. How about issuing a new cookbook for our 80th Anniversary? We need your recipes!!! Everyone has a favorite recipe…even if it came from somewhere else! We just need to give credit where credit is deserved! So please send your favorite to Michele Morris: michele@cookingwithmichele.com. If you would like to help edit or work on the cookbook project, please let Michele know. I also want to include artwork from members of vegetables. But the highlight would be to have your farm scene on the front cover! If you are interested in creating an art page, submit that to Michele too! Everyone will have a chance to vote on the winning cover next season! Email me your ideas on how to celebrate!!

2015 Share Renewals: Because Jacquie doesn’t check this blog for comments, please contact her directly about renewals.

Have a wonderful week,

Kyle, Jerry and Jacquie