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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.

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Dreaming About Next Year’s Seeds

Gift certificates are available for the holidays or for any occasion.

Gift certificates are available for the holidays or for any occasion.

As the temps are dipping well below zero f., we are looking out the window and imagining rows of lush, green vegetable plants and  fruit trees loaded with apples and pears!  (I know, I shouldn’t write about farming before dinner.)

We are accepting memberships for 2014 and if you sign up before January 1, you can take advantage of our early-bird discount!  We also have some very nice gift certificates that can be used for an entire share for a loved one or for any amount towards one.  Gift certificates can also be used towards any produce purchase at farmers markets in 2014.

We look forward to starting seeds, planting and delivering fresh and delicious, certified organic produce to you again soon!

 

New Season, New Shares; Winter Vegetable Shares Available

A December Produce Share

A December 2012 Produce Share

I do remember long winters with no fresh produce…I mean really fresh, that is, but not for several years.  Growing winter hardy greens in our tunnels has us completely spoiled now.  Starting with a basic low-tunnel that we have moved annually and now our large high tunnel, that I think will be staying put for a while, we have been enjoying fresh greens year-round!   Salad, spinach and a large assortment of greens with their life energy still in them along with the crops that we keep in cool storage; winter squash, onions, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, and other root crops make winter something that I actually look forward to.  Knowing that our members will also be eating an abundance of fresh produce throughout the season adds another comfort.

November 2012 Winter Share delivery

November 2012 Winter Share delivery

The variability of Wisconsin winters make it hard to predict exactly how many days of harvest are possible, but even in extreme cold, sunny days will bring the heat up in our tunnels enough to inspire the sweetest spinach leaves that you have ever tasted to reach for the sky! Although I am not someone who loves the cold, it is very rewarding to be harvesting greens in a sun-warmed tunnel when it is only 15 degrees outdoors.  However, if the short winter days bring limited sun or loads of snow or ice, a veggie delivery day may need to be rescheduled around the weather, so for this reason, our winter-share members must be willing to be somewhat flexible on deliveries during the early months of the new year.

A February 2013 produce share

A February 2013 produce share

We know that not everyone has the ability to manage a large quantity of produce delivered in 2 large deliveries, so our winter produce shares are delivered over several weeks of the winter; all are “weather permitting”.  Winter share boxes have all of the produce that was in our past storage shares only delivered over several weeks throughout the winter with fresh greens in each box.  We plan on 4 deliveries November – December and 2 after the New Year.  (A warm winter may bring a bonus week, too!) As with every other CSA season, there are risks; we are growing a semi-outdoor crop under plastic and damage to that structure could affect that, but those risks are very small.

In addition to our produce share, we are offering a limited number of egg shares and we are also offering an opportunity to our hard-working farm employee Aly Wheeler to pursue her talents in creating pottery that adds another dimension to eating beautiful, organically grown food; beautiful tableware to present it on!  Aly is offering a community supported pottery (CSP) program that would help her find the funding to invest in materials to create her lovely art.  For more about Aly and the new CSP program, click here.

A February 2013 Produce share

A February 2013 Produce share

Because of the need for a heated location to deliver the produce to, we are limited in the number of delivery sites. Veggie pick-ups will be at the farm, at Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson and at the Health Nut in Watertown.

These are our proposed delivery dates.  I don’t expect many changes to the 2013 deliveries unless there is a snowstorm, but there may be changes in delivery dates or additions to the number of deliveries in 2014 as the weather dictates.

2013 Wednesday delivery dates (weather permitting)are:

Nov. 20 and Nov., 27

Dec. 4 and Dec. 18

2014 proposed dates are subject to change per conditions:

Feb. 12

Feb. 26

2013 Produce Shares Still Available! EGG SHARES SOLD OUT (And a Farm Update!)

Lots of veggies, sinking their roots into rich soil!

Lots of veggies, sinking their roots into rich soil!

Rain…sunshine…it’s all good!  The weatherman says possible frost warnings for tonight and that may not be so good, but we don’t have our tomatoes and tender plants planted outdoors just yet.We just sent out the last spring share delivery yesterday and we hope that they have satisfied everyone’s veggie cravings for a while!  It was really fun packing the spring boxes with gorgeous greens from the high tunnel each week.  It was also nice to have yummy salad and cooking greens to eat every day!Summer shares will begin mid-June.  We still have summer veggie shares available and bread shares are available, however, EGG SHARES are SOLD OUT!  Sorry about that, but there is a good chance that we will still have eggs available for individual sales through the season.  Please keep in mind that we also offer winter egg shares from November –April!In other farm news:  We have added an Oconomowoc delivery site  in addition to Jefferson, Lake Mills, Fort Atkinson, 3 locations in Watertown and the farm

It is so nice to see how green everything has become, our veggie plants are all doing well in the fields and the chickens are happy to be back out on lush grass!  Our bossy, “seasoned” layers that are now 15 months old are still laying eggs like pro’s and our sweet,  young pullets are just starting to lay eggs.  They are laying good-sized eggs, too!  Not many of them are the small pullet eggs that we usually get, but we will have pullet eggs available for those who like them for a short while.  (The pullet eggs are usually much smaller than the mature hen’s eggs are, but only for a few weeks!)

After the weather finally improved and the snow melted this spring, the work on our new barn finally started progressing.  Our old barn has been converted to our cooler, washing and packing area and the animals have been uprooted and are in need of a new location away from our work space! The new barn has access to nice pasture and it is nestled into a protected spot.

We have also added to our fruit orchard this year!  Mother’s day here turned out to be a great day for friends and farm members to come and help us add 100 red currant bushes,  25 Juneberries and more apple and pear trees to the orchard!  And everyone who helped did so willingly for a simple scrambled egg breakfast!  (The work crew had pie, though.)  This past weekend, we planted 10 more large cherry trees and more rhubarb plants and now we are done with the big trees for this year.  We are looking forward to adding fruit to our member’s boxes soon!  It is too early to tell if there will be much this year yet, but we are hoping.   The rhubarb and raspberries that we planted last year will be surely ready for shares next year.

If you missed the planting day and are feeling left out we do still have about 50 hazelnut’s that need to be planted (very small ones) and there are also some small oak trees to plant.  We have a few more white pines and Frasier fir’s that we need for now and would be happy to give them away to a good home!

1 of 4 spring share deliveries

1 of 4 spring share deliveries


3 of 4 spring share deliveries

3 of 4 spring share deliveries

An awesome and eager planting crew planting 100 current bushes on Mother's Day!

An awesome and eager planting crew planting 100 currant bushes on Mother’s Day!

They are setting the rafters on the barn; just before they were rained out by a 1.75" deluge.

They are setting the rafters on the barn; just before they were rained out by a 1.75″ deluge.

Finishing up with the cherry treen planting.  Blooming here is a semi-dwarf Golden Delicious apple tree!

Finishing up with the cherry tree planting. Blooming here is a semi-dwarf Golden Delicious apple tree!

Summer Party

What a perfect day for a party!  We had a great turn-out, great food and great music by Los Zombies!  There were no mosquitos and the weather was so fine.  These are the days that I love.  It was so nice to see our members and friends.  Thank you to everyone who made it and if you couldn’t, we hope to see you at our next event!

Extra-sweet bi-color cupcakes brought to the party by Joan.

Eat more cupcakes, Casey!  Zoom-zoom!

Spring Fever

I know it is incredibly cold out there, but the sunshine and the seed catalogs and everyone’s excitement about the new season has me anxious to start planting.  We are now accepting memership for the 2011 season!

Please visit the “Our Shares” page for information about this season’s shares and see “Join Us” to do just that!  We are looking forward to another amazing season of veggies, farm events and to seeing our farm friends again!  We hope that you will join us!

Pretty Potatoes

Freshly dug potatoes: Clockwise from top; Yukon Gold, Adirondack Blue, Dark Red Norland, Kennebec, Red Pontiac, French Fingerlings and Adirondack Red. Missing from the picture are the Golden Russets. They are already dug and tucked in their storage spot.

I started digging these potatoes for the farmer’s market yesterday in the howling wind, on the first un-seasonably cool day of the summer (it is still summer) and I couldn’t stop.  It was like finding buried treasure in each new row.  The Yukon’s in particular were like digging for gold; the big, round nuggets rolling out of the dark, fluffy soil.  My body has been reminding me of muscles that I used to bring these gems in, but it’s nothing an hour or two of stretching won’t help. 

It was nice to have all 8 varieties of our potatoes on the table at the Fort Atkinson Farmer’s Market today.  The wind was fierce and several of the vendor’s tents were put away early, but the sun was out and it felt like an early fall day.  There was a great crowd, great music (as always) and a chance to visit with so many of my market friends!  The Fort Farmer’s Market is a great place to spend a Saturday morning.  I hope that you can make it there this season.  Stop in at our tent and say hello!