It may be cold and snowy outside now, but the seed ordering has got us thinking about spring! Join us for another great CSA season in 2016. You and your family deserve to eat fresh, clean and delicious organic produce and eggs. When you know who your farmers are, you don’t need to wonder what you are eating!
I mean it, too, it really is! Although we still have 2 winter share deliveries coming up in February, we are getting ready to start planting seeds for our spring shares and onions and a few other things for Summer shares.
The membership sign-ups have been coming in and that gets us very excited to get to work. We are looking forward to trying some new plants this year and re-planting some of the old favorites.
February is actually a pretty busy month for us. As we get ready to plant, we also have the Organic Farming Conference to look forward to in La Crosse, FairShare workshops to attend, brochures to print and hand out and fliers to hang. (Help us get the word out!!) We start taking applications for seasonal and year-round help as well as signing up our work-share members now and order our necessary equipment, irrigation supplies and other supplies so that we are ready to go when we start growing and delivering organic produce to our members.
We are looking forward to this season as we always do and hope that you will join us for the 2015 season!
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!
An awesome and eager planting crew planting 100 currant bushes on Mother’s Day!