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CSA – Week #3

 

It’s hard to believe that it took forever for the CSA to start and now we are heading into July by the end of the week!  Which reminds me –
THERE WILL BE NO CSA ON TUESDAY JULY 4th – EVERYONE NEEDS TO COME ON THURSDAY JULY 6th!!!!!!!!
I will remind all of the Tuesday people when they come this week that you need to come on Thursday next week!
Also, I am going to put the hours at the top of my email because some people cheat and only look at what is going to be available and don’t read my emails all the way to the end – sad story I know!!
CSA IS ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM 2-6 p.m. BECAUSE OF OUR FOOD SAFETY RULES I CAN NOT HAVE YOU COME ON ANY OTHER DAY EXCEPT FOR TUESDAY AND THURSDAY BETWEEN 2-6 P.M.
This week was probably not a favorite for many of our employee’s.  We have 99% of everything planted, but now we have to go back to previous crops and clean them up – which basically means weeding, weeding and more good weeding!  Wednesday we spent 4 hours straight, bent over, pulling weeds in the tomatoes – it’s done and they look great!  We introduced everyone to Mr. Ham Strings – they didn’t care for him at all!!  It seems like a lot of work, but if you can look ahead a few months when you are picking tomatoes and the weeds aren’t tickling your nose, you will appreciate it – they all think that the word WEED is a four letter word!
We got some rain, which was awesome!  We just pulled out the irrigation reel to give the lettuces a drink and it started to rain – you can irrigate 24 hours a day and one good shot of rain for 20 minutes is way better than irrigated water – why – who knows – but rain water gives the plants way more vitamins than pumping water on them!!  This year has been great, inasmuch as we are getting rain when we need it  – not every 3 months for 2 minutes like last year!!
This week half shares will receive 3 items and full shares will receive 6 items – available this week is…………….
New this week – Kohlrabi (I will have some suggestions on how to use it at the end of this email!)
Radishes
Lettuce (3 heads will equal 1 item this week again)
Spinach
Garlic Scapes
Red Potatoes
Rhubarb
Herbs – Peppermint, Lemon Verbena, Thai Basil and Lemon Basil
Also this week, if you signed up for the CSA Flower Share it will be starting on Thursday!!
Idea’s for using Kohlrabi…………..
They’re delicious and can be eaten raw in salad.
Kohlrabi needs little prep, but you should always peel off the tough outermost layer of the bulb with a vegetable peeler first.

Made into fritters.

This is a great way to get kids to eat their kohlrabi! Shred it and mix with an egg and a few tablespoons of flour or breadcrumbs. Heat oil or butter in a flat skillet, drop on small mounds, and flatten slightly with the back of your spatula. Turn after a few minutes, and serve when both sides are crispy.

There are a few ideas for you to try!

Have a great week and I will see you on either Tuesday or Thursday!

Gail

 

CSA – Week #2

 

 

I hope everyone had a great Father’s Day yesterday – it was hot – we got a little rain – but to me, any day spent with family is a good day!
 
This is my absolute favorite picture of Paul with his (ours) girls!  The girl on the right is Krysta – she is our oldest.  She is teaching special education in North Carolina. It’s amazing the way she treats all of her students – as if they were her kids – I love to hear all of her stories.  She made Paul one of his favorite gifts – homemade strawberry jam – she makes it every year for him.  The girl on the left is Kelsey.  She still lives here in town and works at Akron Bank in Clarence – she loves it – she also works part time at the movie theater in Batavia too.  We went out to breakfast with Kelsey and her boyfriend Josh and Kelsey got Paul a drone – he really is just a big kid at heart and loves to play with drones.  He actually is hoping to use it to keep the birds out of the corn this year!!  I called my Dad to chat with him – my parents (my dad is 87 and my mom 82) live in Missouri – so it was nice to catch up on what they are doing.+And my brother from Texas is back up again this summer to help – so we had a nice cook out it in the evening – so all in all – we are truly blessed with an awesome family!!
This week was hot – we got a little rain – so the combination of the two really helped to get things going this week.  Wednesday I finished planting all the winter squash – peppers and tomatoes are in – pumpkins are up – corn looks great – what a difference from last year – it’s so nice to plant then get rain then get some heat – great combination – plants respond so much better to rain than to irrigated water – funny how that is but it’s true!!
Last week CSA went pretty smoothly – sad to say but some of you did forget to some and see me – I hope that doesn’t happen this week!!
This week 1/2 shares will get 3 items and full shares will get 6 items.
Available this week……………
Lettuce – 3 heads for 1 ticket – this has been loving the rain!
Garlic Scapes
Red Potatoes
Radishes
Rhubarb
***New this week*** Bunched Spinach (this will be great mixed with your lettuce for an awesome salad!!)
HERBS……….
Stevia
Curly Parsley
Pineapple Sage
I hope you all have a great week – don’t forget to come on Tuesday or Thursday from 2-6 p.m. – if you are busy on your scheduled day you can come on the other day !
Take care,
Gail

 

OPENING DAY OF CSA – 2017

 

Yes – can you believe it – what we have all been waiting for – the first week of the CSA!!  I hope you are as excited as we are to seeing all of you!!

So……… for the newbies – just exactly what will you expect?  First, where do we live – we live at 3323 Pratt Road, Batavia – which is just one road off of Main Rd. –  there is a big sign out by the road that says, “Fenton’s Produce” and there is a little house that is our road side stand – and a HUGE cell phone tower in our back yard – you can’t miss it!!
Pick up times are between 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Don’t come too early because we pick and wash everything that morning and if you come to early we won’t be ready!  Whether you come at 2:30 or 5:30 everything we be at its freshest!
When you pull into the driveway you will immediately be greeted by Lacee, our golden doodle……….
She is super friendly and will probably have something in her mouth when she greets you – she has just been hanging out on the farm – taking naps on the Kubota waiting anxiously for the opening of the CSA when it is a constant stream of people coming – as she thinks – just to see her!!  Lacee loves everybody from infants to senior citizens!!  She loves to be petted and really likes kids (of all ages!)  We ask that you do not bring your dogs to the farm – because of our food safety rules that we must abide by we can not have you bring your dogs to the farm – and you never know how other dogs will act around strangers or animals.
This is the CSA building – we ask that you do not park right in front of the building but in the driveway or on the grass – we have a circle driveway so when you pull in you will see the different areas for parking.
When you enter the CSA building – I will greet you and check you in –  We ask that you bring plastic bags – I have some on hand that people have dropped off – but we are trying not to have excessive costs by buying bags – and usually everyone saves theirs from Tops, Wal Mart – etc.  Not a problem if you forget cause I always have some around.
Every week I will send out an email like this one –  this way you will know at the beginning of the week exactly what we will have to offer you for that week! Also we like to update you what we have been doing on the farm that week as well!
This week a FULL SHARE will receive 6 items and a HALF SHARE will receive 3.  I run our CSA kind of like a Chinese Auction – I will give you tickets – so a full share will receive 6 and a half share will receive 3.  Each item will have a little basket in front of it telling you what you can get for a ticket – so for example – this week potatoes will be an item you can choose – the basket will say 1 ticket = 1 basket of potatoes – so if that is what you want put your ticket in the basket and take your potatoes.  Also on the basket it might say 1 item per membership – this means I have just enough for every CSA member to get one – if you take more than what is allowed someone else will miss out on it.  We certainly don’t want any sad faces on that first day!
Here is what will be available this week………..
Assorted Lettuces – 1 item will be 2 heads of lettuce
Rhubarb
Asparagus
Radishes (new crop for us – we have never grown them before!)
Red Potatoes
Herbs this week will be Sage, Chives and Spearmint
Last year, as you know, we were experiencing a drought – this year it has started out extremely wet – but with us having very gravely, stony ground we have been able to keep up with all of our plantings!  We are just about done with all of our planting – we were going to plant winter squash today – but with the warm temperatures and extremely windy weather – it was not a good combo for planting.  You hate to stress the plants out the minute they are planted – so we are hoping to finish up on Wednesday!!
Paul was able to get all of our potates planted – the ground was a little wet and he was keeping his fingers crossed that he wouldn’t get stuck – so all the red, white and Yukon Gold potatoes are planted!!
Here is some of the lettuce growing – we like to mix up the colors when we plant – it always looks so pretty growing – almost looks like a flag!!
We are looking forward to seeing all of our members and all of the newbies that have signed up!  We are hoping for an exciting and bountiful harvests of all kinds of yummy veggies!
Also, for those interested, I always have “extra” things out for sale.  I will have 12″ combo baskets for $30 (2/$50), 10″ hanging baskets for $18 (2/$30), patio tomatoes for $15 (2/$25 – these make great gifts for Fathers day – we also have cherry, grape and yellow grape tomatoes in patio pots too)  Patio cukes ($15 or 2/$25), citranella plants for $10 and an assortment of coleus and individual flowers for sale as well.

Hope you all have a great week and we look forward to seeing you on either Tuesday or Thursday!

 

Gail

We are busy in the Greenhouses…….

Even though it officially Spring on the calendar it doesn’t mean it is Spring outside!!  It does, however, feel like Spring in the greenhouse!!  We have been busy planting and planting and planting!!

CSA - Beets in trays 2017

Here we have some beets growing and when the weather cooperates we will be heading to the field to plant them!

CSA - Swiss Chard in trays 2017

Here is some Swiss Chard growing – surprisingly, Swiss Chard does better when it is transplanted!

CSA - Greenhouse hanging baskets 2017

We have almost 400 hanging baskets planted – we have some new pot colors this year that will look pretty nice once they fill in all the way!  We have 2 more shipments of plugs coming so within the next month there will be a lot more hanging baskets planted up!

CSA - Lexi in greenhouse 2017

Of course, we are under watch at all times, Miss Lexi makes sure that we are staying on task and not slacking off!!  Not sure how she does that when she seems to take a lot of naps throughout the day!!  She loves to be anywhere we are!!

It’s not too late to sign up for our CSA – we still have some openings on Tuesdays and Thursdays – the application is on our web page – so feel free to print it off – if you have any questions just give us a call or email us!

It will be nice outside in no time and then we will really be busy!!

 

It won’t be long before our CSA starts………

CSA - Greenhouse 2017

We have been getting the greenhouses cleaned and ready for planting – the first full week of March we will start to get hanging baskets planted, herbs planted and veggies planted!  It’s always fun to walk from the house (howling winds, snow blowing or raining) and then to walk into “paradise” into our greenhouses – smelling everything that is growing – we just love it!  The dogs, Lacee (the golden) and Lexi (the shitzu) are always ready to go out and hang with us!

We still have room in our CSA if you are interested in joining!  You can download an application right from our web page!  Any questions, just let us know!

Here’s hoping Spring is right around the corner!!

2017 CSA

It won’t be too long now and we will be starting in our greenhouses getting ready for the 2017 season!  It’s not too late to sign up for our CSA that will start in June!  You will find the application on the home page that you can download and send in – if you have any questions please email us!

We are hoping for a better growing season this year!  2016 was the hottest and driest year we have ever had!!  We have updated some equipment and if this year is going to be just like last year we will be ready!!

We are always growing new and different veggies every year – we tried artichokes last year and they were a big hit so we will be doing more this year!  We are also going to try growing some cippolini onions – they are very sweet!!

We hope you all had a great Christmas and are as excited for 2017 as we are!!

Don’t forget to eat your veggies!!

 

 

U Pick Blueberries

CSA - Blueberries 2016

 

U Pick Blueberries is OPENING UP TOMORROW – Wednesday, July 13th – we will be open from 8-5, Thursday 8-7, Friday 8-5 and Saturday 8-5! It is not going to be a long season – the early blueberries and the later blueberries are all ripe at the same time!!!! So DON’T WAIT!!!! We are located at 998 Main Rd – right near Kutter’s Cheese not too far from the intersection of Rt 5 and Rt 77!!
You can bring your own containers or we will provide you with one!! We have put about 4 inches of water a week on the blueberries and with all this sun and heat they are unbelievably SWEET!! Don’t miss out!! See you at the blueberry fields!! You can always call the blueberry hotline for more details!! It is 585-345-1591!
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