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  • CSA, June vegetables, French breakfast radish, salad turnips, garlic scapes, rhubarb, purple leaf lettuce
    An early June CSA box from our farm: Red leaf lettuce, garlic scapes, French breakfast radish, turnips, mesclun, rhubarb, Han Tsai flowering broccoli
  • Cucumbers always make my mouth water
  • The beautiful heirloom tomato we call: Black Krim
  • Corno Di Torro pepper, an Italian heirloom variety
  • Ground Cherries: These little paper lanterns are hiding a delicious sweet fruit that appears virtually unknown at grocery stores. They're the size of grapes and deliver a nice bundle of flavor.
  • CSA Shares include both beefsteak tomatoes and pints of mixed cherry tomatoes
  • A little about what we grow! Clockwise: Mixed Habaneros, Carrots, Fennel, Beefsteak Tomatoes, Rainbow Swiss Chard
  • Tomatillos
  • A typical August CSA Box: Escarole, Beefsteak tomatoes, mesclun, cherry tomatoes, basil and dill, patty pan squash, mixed heirloom beans, red peppers, red globe radishes
  • Crookneck Summer Squash.
  • From Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Kale, Mixed Habanero Hot Peppers, Persian Cukes Rainbow Carrots, Rattail Radishes, Quatre Saisons Head Lettuce Beefsteak Tomatoes, Poblano Peppers, Cherry Tomato Pints

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What a ride~ Final Vegetable Delivery — Reflections

What a ride!

I just delivered my final veggie boxes for the 2015 season, and while I’m glad to have the break this winter, it also leaves me thinking a lot about what I did right, what I’d like to do better, and also try to figure out how to avoid the disasters that we inevitably faced as well.

The really great things we did:

We delivered 20 fresh veggie boxes, weekly, of what was in season and fresh.
Families enjoyed what they were receiving based on the shared pictures and emails we got from our clients.
We met some really important people, our customers, and were able to really build some relationships with people. ***That was pretty much the most awesome thing ever!!!

What I can do better:

Next year I want to get a few more “Important loveable vegetables” into the boxes. We really had a problem with Arugula and Spinach, and I feel there wasn’t enough Broccoli nor squash in our boxes. I’d also like to include more winter squash such as the beloved Acorn and Butternut squash. Plus the Brussel Sprouts didn’t succeed this year as they have in years past, so that’s my big goal for 2016.

Lots to think about, lots of planning already underway for 2016!

 

In the meantime, a huge thank you to :

Hayley and Michael

Parie, Adam, Soosan and Chris

Kat and Jesse

Erin and Fraser

Anna

Sandra

Andy and Effie

Morgan and Randie

Lindsay and Alex

Lauren and Scott

Erica and Justin

George

Isabelle and Jay

Tyler and Mike

 

You’re the reason we do this!

Organic Vegetables

Organic Vegetables

Plantain plant!

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My friends from Bella Terra Farm, the wonderful Joan and Paul aka the Butcher and the Vegetarian, came by for dinner!

It’s the first time they’ve visited us so we gave them the tour. After inspecting our bee hives, Joan told me a wonderful little treatment for bee stings.

She informed me that if I get a bee sting, search for this lovely little weed. Pull off one of the Green leaves and make a spit poultice by chewing up the leave and placing it directly onto the sting. Wrap a bandage onto it to hold in place for an hour, and it will draw out the bee venom.

It almost makes me eager for my next sting so I can witness another miracle from nature.

Thanks Joan!  I’ll keep you posted..

Delivery day CSA 2015

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I must remember for next year, its a long slog through June and July waiting for these guys, but man-oh-man is it worth it!

The beefsteak tomatoes are finally getting ripe on the plant and they taste just as amazing as they do every year.

We’ve planted a red Rebekah, a pink German, an orange Valencia, a green Evergreen and a purple Krim.

Doctors always say to be at your most healthy, eat a rainbow…

Our little Tuesday adventure…

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On Tuesday morning, a bicyclist tapped on our front door to notify us that a coyote was hanging out at the fence staring at our piglets.

The biker also informed me that the coyote did not look well, and was showing possible symptoms of rabies, including drool coming out of his mouth.

I grabbed Stubborn Boy, who quickly got the situation under control. We didn’t want our dog involved, firstly because I was concerned about the possibility of rabies (even though he’s vaccinated) but also because we wanted to make sure the problem was eliminated.

You can see the fence right behind the doomed beast. Behind that fence are our piglets: fourteen piglets who we are raising to feed ourselves and our friends And family.

It’s always sad to end a life. But we saved fourteen others in the compromise.

Why farmers make such great baseball players

I’m becoming an expert at throwing rocks.

We’re doing a deep dig on all the garden beds. Usually I’d do this by hand, cussing and sweating and getting frustrated with each metallic ringing “ping” of the shovel hitting the umpteenth rock. In past years I would spend about four hours per bed, getting a nice 24″ depth with enough cleared rocks that I could pass a pitchfork through the soil like a knife through butter.

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An example of the rocks we are moving

Digging, by the way, is grueling work:
Shovel. “Ping“. Bend. Pitch rock. Fork. Repeat.

But as much as I love / hate the old way, I simply do not have the time to prepare the garden beds with that much attention. I’ve got families to feed! I need cleared beds and i need them fast! So we’ve employed one of those bucket diggers to loosen up the soil. Stubborn Boy runs the bucket and I jump into the pit, chucking rocks aside like a crazed octopus on a sugar high…

But still inefficient. After I hurled the rocks out of the bed, I still had to move them OUT of the garden, which basically meant we handled each rock multiple times.

So finally we got smart about it. We rented a tractor with that huge dump bucket, so now I just ready-aim-fire and toss the rocks right into the bucket. Now I don’t mean to brag here, but my aim is getting pretty good with those rocks, and I’ve only been at this a couple of days.

So then my mind starts thinking about my boy cousins growing up and about how awesome they were at playing baseball. My cousin Alvin could hit a baseball clear into another corn field, and my cousin Gary could whip those pitches so you’d never get close to touching balls with a bat.  While I might not be *quite* ready for the major leagues, there’s something to be said for natural pitching skills developing as a result of clearing rocks from land.

Someone has stolen the queen!

I imagine that’s what Blue hive is buzzing about lately.

“Someone has stolen the queen! Execute a search immediately. All strangers must be interrogated. Be on full alert!”
Actually, sorry guys, that was me.

So blue hive came through the winter with flying colors. I’m serious. When I opened up their box in early April, the number of bees in there was incredible. So, thinking of all the problems I’ve had with swarming when a population gets out-of-control in years past, I decided to try “a hive split”.

A split is when you take half the population and move it into a new hive, along with a queen and create a sort of false swarm. However, my friend Levi suggested a move i’d never really tried before. So I followed his suggestion and this is what I did.

While in Blue hive, I located the queen on a frame with loads of working bees and I stole her. I moved her into the available real estate left over from red hive. Then I moved over a few more frames of bees and a new frame of honey, and I put a lid on red.

Next, I took a few frames with day old bee larvae, and I used my hive tool to smush the bottom third of individual honeycomb cells, because Levi had suggested that makes the bees lay queens right where you want them to be. When blue realizes the queen is missing, they’ll immediately start making new queens from baby bee larvae naturally. Basically I’ve artificially mimicked nature and let the bees do all the work.

I really wish I could throw some pictures in here, and I promise to do it in future posts, but frankly there wasn’t a lot of time to photo-journal when one is busy kidnapping the queen.

So we’ve got two weeks to wait to see if it worked. (I know it will, actually). It might work so well that I can do it again. After all, I have four empty hive boxes; that’s prime real estate for the bees and if it keeps them from swarming, so much the better!

Springtime Stress — Otherwise known as “payment due”

Don’t you just hate the words “payment due?”

I hate it. Seriously. I hate getting bills, I hate juggling the ebb and flow of personal finances, and I guess partially I under-anticipated how much worse it would be as a business owner.

Add in there the added abuse that now I’m a person who has to call other people and say “Payment Due” makes a girl want to pack it in and move south to a beach instead of slogging away at this rock-infested land to create an opportunity where people can actually meet the person growing their food.

But slog on, I will. Actually we’re just finishing up lunch here. Next I get to do something super-duper fun:plant the peas and carrots. (Sorry, just heard Forrest Gump in my head as I wrote this). Then finish up transplanting the remaining two flats of peppers and tomatoes, and seed some delicious spinach, broccoli rabe and turnips.

After all, “Payment Due” is going to work itself out one way or another, and when it does, I better be ready to make my payment in kind. After all, we all get “payment due” signs every day.