Week 8, 2011

Green House Tomatoes.  Oh, so tasty!

Harvest Newsletter, August 2011
Week 8 of 18

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Farm News: We are becoming more and more grateful for the heat as we see the watermelons grow and tomatoes in the field ripening.  The mosquitoes, biting flies and humidity on the other hand, are a bit overwhelming.  Thank goodness for the Bug Off shirts (made in the USA of a very fine mesh fabric) – they work great early in the morning and at dusk, provided we are not sweating too much. Continue reading

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Week 7, 2011

Green Kale.  Try the Chip recipe …

Harvest Newsletter, July 2011
Week 7 of 18

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Farm News: We have discovered vine borer  and it is very evident in most winter and some summer squash. The plants looked healthy (most still do and are forming squash) however others look wilty (we thought heat induced) but never bounced back.  So what does that mean for this year’s winter and summer squash availability for the CSA?  Butternut has proven to be a very hearty plant, and hopefully acorn too.  We decided to cut openings into the stems (with a razor) of the acorn and inject them with BT, which is a bacteria in the soil which kills the borers/loopers.  BT is approved by the Organic Standards, so we feel this is the best way at this point to attempt to save the Acorn Squash.  As for the other 4 varieties we planted of Winter Squash (Guatemalan Blue Banana, Potimarron, Spaghetti, Delicata) all will be pulled and burned ASAP, the stems are basically rotting.  The vine borer feeds its way into the stems of the squash and steals the nutrients from the plant, which results in dying off of the plant.  We have painfully learned that we need cover them with row cover at the time of planting and to closely monitor stems in June, which is when they establish their residence in the squash.  Nonetheless, we are very grateful that we practice crop rotation and that we have about 35 different crops we grow.

Saturday, July 30 from 10-1:00 we will be a part a Local Farm Tour which the Twin Cities Coop Partners have organized, as a way to bring folks out to meet Local Producers.

Come on out, rain or shine, and dress for the weather.  Bring a drinking container as we will offer a refreshment.  Guided tours on the hour.

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Week 6, 2011

Kale is a member of the cabbage family and very nutritious.  Google the internet for “kale chips” and find a wonderful, surprise recipe.  I hear it goes well with beer when shared with neighbors in your backyard.  Pictured above: Lacinato Kale.

Harvest Newsletter, July 2011
Week 6 of 18

Greetings, Members!

Farm News: As we approach week 6 of 18, we are also mentally preparing ourselves for the sauna like temps and hopeful for a breeze when we go to harvest.  The summer crops are going to love the heat, which also means that there will be more color in the harvest boxes.  Some watermelons have fruit the size of a tennis ball, and the tomato and pepper plants in the field are looking amazing as well!  The greenhouse tomatoes are full of fruit, and soon there will be plenty for us to include in the CSA share boxes.  This past week we were only able to send green beans on Monday due to the rain on Thursday.  Harvesting green beans when they are wet can spread a disease known as rust.  The peas for the season are cashed out; the heat caused the peas to turn quickly.  We hope you enjoyed the sugar snap peas as much as we did!

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Week 5, 2011

Use Fennel in Recipes that call for celery.

Harvest Newsletter, July 2011
Week 5 of 18

Greetings, Members!

Farm News:  It has definitely felt like summer at the farm lately.  Warm temps, high humidity, virtually no wind, and lots of bugs have made it feel like we are working in a rainforest.  We are in what I like to call the transition period.  We are transitioning out of the greens and are moving on to the summer crops.  New this week are potatoes, carrots, beets and green beans.  And it looks like next week will come the tomatoes, cukes, and zukes.  Last but not least, as we did in 2010, we are pleased to be able to sell produce/herbs to River Rock Café and to The Food Coop (produce and deli)!!!

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Week 4, 2011

The garlic bulb grows below the ground.  The above ground green part of the plant is the garlic scape.  It is rather sweet and has just a hint of garlic taste.  Pictured above: garlic scape.

Harvest Newsletter, July 2011
Week 4 of 18

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Farm News:

Thank goodness we had ¾ of an inch of rain Thursday evening!  The plants appreciated the drink as much as we did since we continue to water by hand if Mother Nature holds off on timely rainfalls.  In the future we will install drip tape irrigation, until then, the hoses work great.

Last years newsletters had to be removed from the website due to some limitations they were causing when trying to view the site.  Each week continue to check the website for weekly 2011 newsletters.

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Week 3, 2011

Bok Choy is a Chinese Cabbage.

Harvest Newsletter, June 2011
Week 3 of 18

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Farm News: Week 3 of 18, will hopefully bring us sunshine and less rain…the possibility of 4 floods in two years seems one too many, “Or 3 too many” says Farmer Adam. We do live in the MN River Valley so it is to be expected. An update on broccoli… as it is listed as part of June harvest, the 100 degree days we had a few weeks ago bolted the beautiful crowns that we anticipated sharing in the first deliveries. Therefore, we have come to the conclusion that broccoli will be a fall treat.

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Week 2, 2011

Enjoy your fresh salads!

Harvest Newsletter, June 2011
Week 2 of 18

Greetings, Members!

Farm News:  Harvest for week two will be similar to week one.  Peas are new this week as well as holey arugula!  This week’s harvest of arugula is quite holey due to many very little beetles that feed in the fields.  This is the first year we planted arugula and we quickly learned that it is another crop that next year will need to be covered with row cover ASAP.  As for this year it is still really tasty despite the tiny holes.  The first harvest of spring mix and arugula was from the greenhouse, and protected from the elements and almost dirt free.  In order to keep it fresher we will most likely harvest spring mix and arugula and not rinse it from the field so you will notice a bit of dirt on the greens.  The rest of the produce does get dunked in cold water to remove the field heat and most soil.  Lastly, we are thankful for great drainage in the fields!

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Week 1, 2011

Despite the wet and cold Spring, we are off to a good start!

Harvest Newsletter, June 2011
Week 1 of 18

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Farm News: Yeah the first delivery of the 2011 season! We are excited to be serving about 50 families – our goal was 30 shares which was met by selling 36 half shares and 12 full shares. Despite, the wet and cooler spring, all of the planting in the field is on schedule. Our latest challenges however are the pesky bugs on some winter squash and the cucumber plants. Both have been covered with row cover so hopefully the plants will bounce back. Last year, we were overwhelmed with potato bugs and this year we have squished many mating and hundreds of eggs. We have also noticed lots of beneficial bugs on plants, which is great to see and reinforces that many insects contribute to sustainable farming.

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