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Open Farm ~ Indoor Market Day November 19, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm!

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There is an Open Farm market day coming up Saturday, November 19, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm!  Stock up on produce for the holiday season and beyond.  We are finishing our field harvesting this week before the snow flies and you have the opportunity to enjoy the sweetness of fall greens, roots and other storage vegetables.

Salad mix, spinach, kale, collard greens, arugula, cabbage, brussels sprouts, potatoes, onions, squash, pie pumpkins, carrots, micro-greens, daikon radish, leeks, sweet potatoes, parsnips, kohlrabi, broccoli and fresh eggs are some of the things to look forward to.  Stop in and have a bowl of soup and a cup of coffee!

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CSA Sign-ups are Open!

Warm weather is on its way and we have begun our seeding for 2016!  Baby leeks are up and spring share crops are on their way!  Early spring shares will bring lots of salad greens, cooking greens, spinach, green onions, spring herbs, rhubarb and asparagus!  A few weeks after our spring shares end, our summer shares will start in June and the boxes will be filled with all of the vegetables of the spring, summer and fall season, right into October. Optional organic, soy-free egg shares will begin with the summer vegetable shares too!

We invite you to join us this season for another great year of FRESH, ORGANIC produce delivered to a location near you! To Join, go to our “sign-up” page.

Giving Thanks

I have had a few quiet days and time to reflect on the past year.  I have so much to be grateful for; family and pets, friends, good health and loyal farm members and market customers.  Our workers and employees give me extra pause.  We could not manage without them and they are so much a part of our farm.

Even with the snowstorm last weekend, we had a successful market at the farm.  Matt, Kevin, Libby and Maria worked especially hard to get the last of our harvesting done and potatoes and onions bagged while Mike and I scurried to get our pastured chickens into a protected winter home. (Just in the nick of time, too!) Our greenhouse is up and almost ready to start seeds in in January and all of our equipment is safely tucked away for winter.

So, for all of that and so much more, I am very thankful to all of you who are a part of our farm and family.  I hope that you have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Gratefully, Meg

“Open Farm” Market ~ Saturday, November 21!

Our first winter share date is Wednesday, November 18 and we are looking forward to packing some very beautiful produce into our winter share boxes!  There are still a few shares available and we have egg shares available as well.

We are also holding an Open Farm Day Market at the farm on Saturday, November 21.  We are open to the public from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Bring your shopping bags and come to the farm to stock up on varieties of bulk potatoes, onions, cabbages, an assortment of root crops, sweet potatoes, PIE PUMPKINS, leeks, assorted greens, Brussels sprouts, parsnips and much more.  Visit the farm, have some soup and snacks and prepare for the holidays and a winter of comforting local, organic food!

We will also have stewing hens, organic, soy-free eggs and a limited number of roasting chickens available.

The market is indoors, cozy and heated and there will be items from a few other vendors as well.  We look forward to seeing you!  Click the link below for a map to the farm:

DIRECTIONS TO HIGH MEADOW FARM

Garden Gleanings and Open Farm Days

Days like these have me missing the harvesting for the farmers market, but then I know there will soon be more days like last Saturday’s market; low 40’s and pouring rain!  That’s not so much fun anymore!

None the less, there are crops in the field that are continuing to grow and produce beautifully.  We have already harvested and put into cold storage most of our crops for winter.  There are still some tasty vegetables in the field that we’ll harvest for the early winter storage share boxes and for our Open Farm Market and we also offer some select produce for sale now from the fields while the weather holds.

With the extended warmth of this extraordinary fall, I have been enjoying the continued season of gleaning produce that remains in the field, even though I know that an El Nino season isn’t without consequence.  We have had a few light frosts, but no hard freezes yet and that is very unusual for this time of year.  The frosts have made some of the hardier greens that remain in the fields sweet and tasty and we continue to harvest them until the extreme cold arrives.  I know that we will be relying on our storage crops soon enough but for now, with a little more time to cook we’ve been gleaning the fields and loving it all.

With a little more time on my hands I have been playing with leafy “blends” and there have been some interesting creations.  I wince each time I say “pesto” (sans basil) so perhaps “pâté would be more appropriate.  My favorite so far is Kale and Fennel Leaf.  You may find that blend surprising, but then so did we! The Fennel leaf brought an unexpected sweet balance to the kale and it was very good. Spinach and cilantro was also a hit although the Arugula/cilantro mixture was…so-so.  I’m still working on that.

Sweet Onion and Savoy Cabbage Casserole

Sweet Onion and Savoy Cabbage Casserole

We’ve also been on a bit of a sweet onion binge.  (So sweet they have Halloween candy beat!) The large, sweet beauties don’t store as well through the winter months as the storage varieties do but they sure do caramelize and cook down for some delicious onion soups, onion tarts and baked onion dishes. They were also a perfect pairing with Savoy Cabbage in a Sweet Onion and Savoy Cabbage Casserole last night.

Our first Winter Market at the farm is coming up on Saturday, November 21. From 10:00 – 2:00 pm. There will be lots of certified organic produce, eggs and more.

Available from the farm NOW are some varieties of potatoes, onions; red, yellow, white or sweet (get them while they last) and anything that we can easily harvest from the fields for you: beautiful broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, celery root and Daikon radish and leeks. Just call ahead to set up a time and stop out: 920-988-5023.

For the “cream of the crop”, mark your calendars for Nov. 21 or sign up for a winter share to be sure that you get the crops that we have reserved just for them!

Getting Ready for Winter

Standing in the kitchen at 5:00 pm and looking out at evening blackness is not something that I ever get used to.  Waking up an hour earlier has its ups and downs too and I have noticed that a few more hours of sleep help with the “ups’…but then there is the cold to deal with.  While I love being outside early in the morning, I have yet to find the perfect gloves to keep my fingers toasty while we harvest and wash the remaining root crops and cabbages for storage.  The weather forecast tells us that this is the week to get that all finished up; highs only in the 30’s next week and lows too low even for cabbage to stay out.

So far we have been very satisfied with our fall yields of storage crops.  The carrots are large and sweet, and the parsnips are perfection!  We had a great yield on our late-planted potatoes and look forward to sending them out in our winter shares.  The cool weather crops and greens have been incredibly sweet this fall.  They will be in the first winter boxes and we’re looking forward to bringing them to our next farmer’s market at the Center for Women’s Health in Watertown on Sunday, November 18!

Applying steamy compost to late-harvested fields

There is a lot of work to be done this week; we have been bringing in all of our irrigation, planting cover crops and garlic, adding compost to the fields and laying all of the equipment to rest for the winter all while harvesting our root crops and storage crops for the season.  We are also toying with the idea of adding a layer of plastic to our already planted high tunnel.  To do that requires a warm, calm day (Saturday looks promising!) and a crew of nimble-footed volunteers for a few morning hours.  I think that the thermal difference would be well-worth the effort as well as increasing sunlight by reducing the condensation on the plastic.

It is starting to look like rain out there right now so I am off to get done what I can before it arrives.  A rain-snow mix is predicted for today and then a warming trend for a few days.

We still have a few winter produce shares available!  Our 10-week winter share program begins on November 21 and includes a mixture of hearty storage vegetables and fresh greens and herbs!  Check out the description or call/email with any questions!

Getting Ready for ‘Bike the Barns’ (and the rest of a busy weekend!)

This weekend, High Meadow Farm will be the first rest stop on the big ‘Bike the Barns’ Bike ride – the biggest fundraiser that MACSAC puts on for the year.  They say that there is nothing that we really need to do except give tours to the bikers if they are interested.  Then these porta-potties seemed to appear out of nowhere.   We are told that more equipment will be arriving tomorrow afternoon, and Sunday, the 550 or so pastries from Graze restaurant in Madison will be here very early in the morning, ready for the riders when they arrive.  Needless to say, we are getting very excited and not doing much about it.  (Not just excited about the pastries, either.)

Yesterday, we harvested what to my back feels like 16 tons of squash and covered plants again for the second night of frost.  Our frost damage wasn’t too bad.  The green beans appear to be toast, but the rest was either covered or survived.  Our work load seems to have drastically dropped as far as weed control goes.  The weed seeds seem far less interested in germinating if at all and the bugs seem to just brace from the cold under a leaf or something, coming back out when the temps rise. They are eating like they are preparing for a long winter, too.

Today, I prepared for the Fort Atkinson Farmers Market where we will be tomorrow with bowls of delicious watermelon and more.  Tomorrow evening is Lake Mill’s big Main Street event; Paint the Town!”  If you stop in at Bungalow Jo’s after 6:00, you will hear Los Zombies playing in the store!

Sunday is of course the big biking event-500 + bikers passing through between 9:30 am and 11:30 am, then we finish the weekend with Gemuetlichkeit Days in Jefferson, and another exciting Zombies showing at the Brickhaus Cafe.  For more details on the Zombies, click this link: Los Zombies  and visit the “Entertainment” tab on the blog.

Moon rise over the chicken tractors

Subie; our hard-working farm vehicle, being filled with watermelons.