Six Years Overdue

It has been six years since I updated this website (October 12th, 2015 to be exact). It felt fitting since I unexpectly reconnected with a former CSA family. As you may or may not know, our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) ended in October of 2015. It was a change that we had not planned for when we started the farm. However, it needed to happen. We needed to expand our production, rent more land, and hire employees to be financially stable. Needless to say it was a decision that was not taken lightly. Change needed to happen and it felt right for Adam to accept a (full-time) off farm job. Our growing focus switched to wholesale accounts with the St. Peter Food Coop (Produce and Deli), River Rock Coffee, and Indigo Organic Deli. We continued the Farm to School partnership with Cleveland Public School. As well as the partnership with the Mankato Salvation Army Food Shelf and St. Peter Area Food Shelf (sponsored by The Food Group formerly called Harvest for the Hungry).

Fast forward to to the fall of 2017 and our family grew with the birth of our second daughter. Lupita took an unpaid three year leave of absence from teaching. The following growing season would include the sale of tomatoes, peppers, kale, onions, shallots, sweet potatoes, watermelon, and potatoes. In the early months of 2018 our 40 x 80 high tunnel collapsed due to the excess weight of snow. That was our tomato production haven. We knew to rebuild it, was not fea$ible. We had received a matched $avings account (to help fund this high tunnel) through a Farm Beginnings Course we took in 2011 or 2012. We would have needed at least $10,000 to rebuild it. The farm was making enough money to cover the growing expenses (seed, etc), property taxes, and the loan through the FSA (Farm Service Agency).

Fast forward again to 2021. We continue to grow produce, however, on a much smaller scale. A lot has happened since we started working with and on the land we call home. Adam continues to focus his attention on permaculture and sustainable growing methods. His vision remains; to build and grow for the unexpected. Living Land Farm is currently not the CSA we started, nonetheless is evolving and still growing. We envisioned growing fruit and now have 25 apple trees, 6 cherry, and 3 pear. Future plans include honeyberry, currants, hazel nuts, juneberry, elderberry, blueberry, sea berry, meat birds, and a few pigs.

We are forever grateful to all the families and the community support during our CSA years and the present. The farm continues to be powered by the sun, passionate humans, a diesel fueled BCS (a walk behind tractor), hand tools, and a John Deer tractor purchased in 2016! Cheers to you and doing what feels right.

Organically yours,

Lupita

week 18 of 18, October 2015

Greetings!!!

We had record temps on  the 11th followed by extreme winds on Monday.  Due to the extreme changes in temperature we have included a list for what was harvested on October 12th and what we think will be harvested on the 15th.

Harvest on Monday: potatoes, onions, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, peppers, eggplant, kale, salad mix, green beans, and beets.

Anticipated Harvest on Thursday:  potatoes, onions, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, kale, salad mix, leeks, turnips, parsley and beets.  Weather dependent  peppers, eggplant, green beans,

2015 has been a year full of ups and downs while adjusting to life on the farm.  As I write this final post for the 6th CSA season – I think about how focused Adam was to start the onions in our greenhouse just days after our daughter Iliana, was stillborn on February 27th.   Adam was driven to make sure that all of the farm tasks were done all season, each day working long hours while also working two off farm jobs.  Each week we were able to fill the shares with a variety of produce – harvested, packed, and delivered the same day.  Thank you for trusting us to grow food for your family.  Thank you for eating farm to table and supporting what we value – solar powered, organically raised produce.

Cheers and Blessings,

Lupita and Adam

Week 17 of 18, 2015

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Greetings,

Harvest: potatoes, beets, leeks, winter squash, sweet potatoes, eggplant, peppers (banana, jalapeno, red and green), onions, carrots, cilantro or parsley, spring mix, and kale.

For odd half share members – this is your last box for the season. Please remember to return the empty share boxes.

We hope you had a great experience eating farm to table!

Cheers and Blessings,

~Lupita and Adam

Week 16 of 18, 2015

Greetings Members,

Farm News: There are 2 more weeks of delivery after this week.  Which means that odd week half share members will pick up the last box either Monday, October  5th or Thursday the 8th.

Harvest: potatoes, carrots, onions, peppers, eggplant, kale, squash, beets, cilantro

Have a great week!

~Lupita and Adam

Week 14 of 18. 2015

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Greetings,

Posted in the photo above is one of the many monarchs exploring on the farm.  August 25th we witnessed at least 100 clustered in a tree on our land – magical and amazing!

Harvest:  potatoes, carrots, peppers (hot and sweet), onions, a winter squash, green beans, and tomatoes.

Enjoy the produce!

Blessings,

Lupita and Adam

week 12 of 18, 2015

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Greetings,

An assortment of peppers in the share box this week.   What else is in the shares this week?   Harvest will be posted sometime in the evening Monday, August 31st.  Gears are shifting on the farm with school back in session.  Lupita will return to teach and Adam will be working fast to harvest and complete all the other projects as time allows.

Harvest: Kale, potatoes, carrots, leeks, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, collards – (Monday only).

Have a great week!

week 11 of 18, August 24. 2015

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spiralized zucchini

Greetings Members,

The past week sure felt like fall!   The rain was welcomed even if we had to harvest in the downpour at times.  Adam is busy turning over beds and getting areas ready to cover crop as crops finish and time allows.   The yearly watermelon feed this year will not take place since a disease came through and finished off the crop earlier than expected.  We are glad to have had enough to send in the shares for 2 weeks and some for wholesale.

Anticipated Harvest: potatoes, tomatoes, onions, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, beets, kale, eggplant, peppers  (maybe cantaloupe, sage and thyme).

In our kitchen: Eggplant breaded with buckwheat flour

Have a great week!

~Lupita and Adam