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Spring is a-Coming!

An August share

 

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!

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Autumn’s Bounty

20141022_095555The harvest continues at the farm!  These past few gorgeous days have been so wonderful to work in, but I know those long, finger-numbing harvest days are just ahead.  It will be good weather for soups and stews soon and we have just the right vegetables here for you to make them!

Our summer CSA season has ended, but there is still a lot that we haven’t even harvested!  Much of our fall harvest is reserved for our Winter CSA shares but there is an abundance of some of our fall crops available for anyone to purchase.

As we shift gears for the winter, we are planning on several “Open Farm” days at the farm with lots of goods for everyone to stock up on.  Meanwhile, we have very fresh, certified organic produce available for you at the farm all this month.  We will be “open”  to the public this Saturday, November 1 from 10:00 – 3:00 pm. You are also welcome to pre-order and pick up anytime if you make arrangements to pick up ahead of time. Call 920-699-3658 or 920-988-5023.

Check out the list of produce that you have to choose from HERE.

Wrapping up the Season on the Farm

Standard share; week 20

Standard share; week 20

Wednesday morning harvest and afternoon packing crews.

Wednesday morning harvest and afternoon packing crews.

This was the final week of our summer CSA season.  It feels very strange not to be thinking about next week’s box and what needs to be done before that.  It also feels sad to think that all of our dedicated worker-shares are done for the season, too.  Next week, the farm will be quiet. Ugh.  We are going to miss everyone and we are eternally thankful to all of our members and workers for making another great season possible!

We have a new deadline for harvest now; the hard freeze.  We’ve had some frosty mornings, but nothing that a head of cabbage can’t stand…yet.  Last year, we still had some cabbage in the fields when the temps dipped to the teens and the cabbage looked like it was frozen beyond return.  A few upper 30 degree days were all it took to be restored.  What an amazing plant family those brassica’s are!  Last year, Matt and Casey were washing carrots outside when it was in the 30’s.  This year, we have a root tumbler to help with that. We also have a lot more carrots to wash!

Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, carrots, Romanesca, leeks and late potatoes are the big crops that we have left to harvest.  Most of that will occur in November after the storage areas have cooled down more.  After the fields are cleaned up and after the garlic is planted.  We will have all of these staples throughout the winter and available for anyone to stock up on.  Most of the greens that we have planted in the high tunnel and some of the less prolific cold-weather crops will be used for winter shares, but we may have some of those available from time to time, too.

Brussels sprouts in the field.

Brussels sprouts in the field.

If you would like us to send you an email when our winter farm market is “open” just sign up here:

Winter Produce 2014-2015

or email highmeadowfarmcsa@gmail.com and ask to be added to the mailing list.

Thank you to all of our CSA members, farmers market friends and farm customers who have helped us to have a great season of produce!

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!

 

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!

Winter Shares sold out! On to 2013!

This is our first delivery of the winter season!

We are sold out of our winter produce shares!  We DO still have bread shares and egg shares available for the season.We are taking memberships now for our 2013 shares and will have that information on this site in the next few days!  We hope that you will join us next season!