Monday, March 29, 2010

2010 Planting Plans

Here is a list of everything I’ll be planting this year and also a rough estimate on what you should see when in your boxes.

Early (June and July): lettuce, spinach, green onions, radishes, new red potatoes, snow peas, snap peas, swiss chard, green and purple kohlrabi, yellow and red beets, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, leeks, green, purple and yellow beans, rhubarb, orange, yellow and red carrots.

Middle (August and September): various tomatoes including cherry and roma, eggplant, sweet corn, cucumbers, rutabagas, okra, red, yellow and white onions, pasta squash, fennel, dill, green bell peppers, sweet peppers, cilantro, potatoes, flowers, green and yellow summer squash, tommatillos, basil, kale, water melon, musk melon, collards, sweet potatoes, shelling beans, and turnips (note: with the exception of peas and leeks, much of the early produce should show up again during mid-season).

Late (October): gourds, sunflower seeds, cabbage, arugula, miscellaneous greens, ornamental corn, pop corn, carving pumpkins, pie pumpkins and various types of winter squash.

Garden Update: Since we’ve had no snow this month (very strange) it is already dry enough to start planting. This week I’ll be putting in potatoes and onions. I’ll follow these with plantings of peas, beets, lettuce, spinach, sweet peas, kale and perhaps some radishes. Then I’ll move on to everything else and by Memorial Day I should have everything in at which point I’ll start planting second crops of certain things.

Hoop House - We're Getting One!: We’ve ordered a hoop house (also known as a high tunnel) which is an unheated greenhouse constructed of giant metal hoops and plastic sheeting. Hoop houses are used as season extenders meaning growers can set plants out two weeks earlier and stave off frost for two extra weeks at the end of the season. The one I ordered is 24 feet wide and 72 feet long…quite the structure. I’ll be putting tomatoes, eggplant and sweet potatoes in it.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sold Out for 2010 Season

We're sold out folks! If you are still looking for a CSA check out the Land Stewardship Web site or head to the Seward Co-op for a big CSA fair on April 24.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

2010 Shares Still Available...But Not In St. Paul

Today I sold out of shares to be delivered to the St. Paul drop site (Hampden Park Co-op).

We do still have some shares available at the Stillwater drop site (River Market Co-op) and the Hudson drop (Fresh and Natural Foods). If you are interested in signing up please see a previous post entitled "New Member Sign Up Time Is Here". At the bottom of that post you'll find a sign up form which you can send or e-mail to me.

River Market CSA Fair: I’ll be setting up a booth at the River Market Co-op CSA Fair which will take place Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. both days. River Market is located in downtown Stillwater on Main Street. Should be a pretty fun gig, there will be lots of CSA farmers their hanging out in the produce section.

Coming Soon: I’ll be posting a list of everything I’ll be planting this year. It should be quite the list…guaranteed to kick your cabin fever into high gear.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pictures From the Farm

If you are interested in becoming a member of Eener’s Farm CSA see the previous post. We still have some spots left.

It’s looking pretty snowy around here…but there are some things happening. Here are some recent farm pictures:

Throughout this winter we’ve been working on restoring our haymow floor. One half of the haymow is right around 100 years old. The other half is part of “the new addition” put on by my grandparents in the 1950’s. It’s been quite the project and I’m excited to report that we can now walk across the floor without worrying about falling through!

A view into the chicken coop. The ladies are really enjoying all the sunshine we’ve been having. They are still a little apprehensive of our new dog Mabel hence all the bunching up. On the upside Mabel’s presence makes taking their picture as a group way easier.

Phyllis, one of our ewes had triplets! I expect her herd mates, Thelma and Bernece to lamb soon too.