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CSA – Week #6

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How funny is it that last year was a drought – we couldn’t catch a rain to save our souls and this year it almost feels like we live in Florida and get a rain every day!  You just can’t argue, reason or even figure out why Mother Nature works the way she does!  We still have a bit of fall planting to do – which means we planting our fall broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Romanesco – and with all these rains the fields have been too wet to plant – we are hoping today with the sun shining (yeah) that we will be able to get some planting in!
U Pick blueberries will start this week!!!!  The crop looks good – but we don’t think it will be a long season – so if you want to pick – don’t wait until the last minute!  The address for the U Pick blueberries is 998 Main Road – Corfu – we are a 1/4 mile from Rt. 5 & 77 and on the same road as Kutter’s Cheese.  The price for CSA members is $2.50 a pound – so make sure when you go to tell whoever is working that you are a CSA member or they will charge you full price.  If you want up to the minute hours and picking conditions you can call the Blueberry Hotline – it is  585-345-1591.
Last week I told you that we got some hail – here is one little example of it…….
 
Here is an Eggplant leaf – see all the holes in it – we had a new planting of cukes that had just come up – the hail shredded them all so we will have to replant them.
Here is a sign that I have in one of my gardens that I walk by everyday.  I had put it in there last fall – I figured I should take it out but everyday that I walk by this – sometimes several times a day – I take a minute to “give thanks” for all we do have – we still have crops to sell – we still have a job to go to everyday – we have awesome family that loves us unconditionally – we have our health and are able to work – so we can’t let one little storm with the hail get our spirits down – Paul said to me that because the hail hit the tomatoes and the crop won’t be as good as it has in the past that maybe that is God’s way of saying – hey look at the awesome corn that is growing (which we had practically nothing last year with the drought and bird damage) and hey how about the awesome crop of pumpkins that are growing – (which are actually right next to the tomatoes that got hit with the hail) that just because the tomatoes might not be that great of a crop we will be busy harvesting the other crops that are very abundant! So, yes, take time to give thanks for all that we do have – we are also very thankful for you guys – we love doing our CSA and seeing you each and every week!
This week full shares will receive 6 items and half shares will receive 3 items.  (There are 21 weeks total for the CSA – the first 7 weeks will be 6 items for full/3 for half – weeks 8-14 will be 8 items for full and 4 for half and the last 7 weeks will be 10 items for full and 5 for half)
Available this week will be…………….
***New this week*** Kale
***New this week*** Beets
***New this week*** Green Beans
Cabbage
Lettuce
Garlic
Zucchini
Summer Squash
Potatoes
Kohlrabi
Herbs – same as last week – whatever you need
I hope you all have a great week – and I will see you on either Tuesday or Thursday between 2-6 p.m.
Gail

 

CSA – Week #5

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Here we are heading into Week #5 already – and for those that were in the area (and it wasn’t very wide spread) we had an awful storm come thru here Saturday morning around 1:30 a.m. It started out with thunder – lots of it and very loud – then the driving rain – I was laying in bed thinking how my alarm was going to go off at 3:45 a.m. to get up and ready to go to the East Aurora Farmers market.  Paul was already up because when we get storms like that he will pace and keep looking out the window.  Then the hail started hitting the window – oh no – hail is a 4 letter word to Farmer – so now I am lying there thinking how bad this was and saying that prayer that it would stop soon!  It didn’t – now you start thinking about all the crops it could damage – the newly forming tomatoes on the plants, the sweet corn, the damage it will do in the zucchini and summer squash – you just keep waiting for it to stop – what is only seconds seems like forever!!  After you think about what crops are going to be damaged you start to think about the markets we go to, the grocery stores we supply, our CSA members – then you start thinking about what if it wrecks lots of crops – how will we pay our bills with no products – it’s crazy all the thoughts that fly thru your head!
It did eventually stop – I was actually thinking that maybe it wasn’t hail because you didn’t see the whiteness on the ground – that maybe it was just big raindrops – but Paul had to go out with his flashlight and try to see what damage might have been done.
The first thing he saw was the huge Boxelder tree that was uprooted and knocked over – missing our garage and my brother’s truck that was parked near by……….
 
Of course by this time, there was no going back to bed – so yesterday was a long day!  We were able to see much more when we came home from market – the funny thing is that the East side of the farm didn’t get hit as bad as the West side of the farm.  We noticed only small dimples in the zucchini, but shredded leaves in the tomatoes.  Some of the sweet corn was knocked over to a 45 degree angle – and the cucumbers and pickles got beat up as well – but overall – we should salvage quite a bit – the tomatoes and cukes might be later to harvest but not to have everything destroyed in a matter of minutes was a blessing to us!  It every farmers worst nightmare – you hate to hear of any farm getting hit with hail, we were very fortunate that this didn’t happen in the middle of August when the tomatoes were ready to harvest and all the pumpkins and winter squash were full size and still growing!  We always joke that we don’t have to go to Vegas to gamble – we just walk out our back door!  We were very fortunate this time and we are really hoping there is no next time this year!!
So, never a dull moment here on the farm that is for sure!!  This week full shares will receive 6 tickets and half shares will receive 3 tickets.
Available this week will be……………………
***new this week*** Cabbage
Swiss Chard
Fresh pulled garlic
Zucchini
Yellow Zucchini
Summer Squash
Letttuce
Garlic Scapes
Potatoes
Spinach
Kohlrabi
Herbs – I have a little bit of everything and I will have an assortment out this week.
I still have a few hanging baskets and flowers that will also be at the same price as last week too – $10 for any hanging basket and all 4″ pots of flowers will be $1!!  Make some more room in your gardens to throw in some more plants!!
Of course on these hot days there is only one way to cool off……
Lacee (a.k.a. Yacee as little Addy likes to call her) loves a good swim in the pond – she probably goes in at least 3 or 4 times (if not more) a day!!
Hope everyone has a great week – and I will see you on either Tuesday or Thursday from 2-6!
Gail

 

Week #4

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HAPPY 4th OF JULY to everyone! Remember CSA pick up is between 2-6 p.m.
REMEMBER THERE WILL BE NO CSA PICK UP TOMORROW (TUESDAY)- EVERYONE COMES ON THURSDAY THIS WEEK!!!
We are still getting caught up with our weeding – it’s a never ending job!! Onions are almost all cleaned up, peppers and tomatoes are done – now Paul just has to cultivate each row – he takes the tractor down the row – along side the crop and the “teeth” of the cultivator dig up the weeds and the sun and the wind will dry the weeds out eventually killing them!!
We have had plenty of rain – some area’s have been a little wet to be able to drive the tractor and cultivate – but we will take a year like this any day as compared to no rain for 3 months last year!  And the temperatures have been much nicer than last year too!  I don’t mind it being hot when we are on vacation, but when you have to work in the hot heat all day everyday – it’s not as much fun!!
This week full shares will receive 6 items and half shares will receive 3 items.
This week you can choose from the following………..
***New this week***  Swiss Chard – this is called Bright Lights because of all the bright colors
 
***New this week*** Fresh Pulled Garlic (a little bit stronger than the dried garlic)
 
***New this week***  Zucchini
Letttuce
Garlic Scapes
Potatoes
Radishes
Spinach
Kohlrabi
Herbs this week……….
Thyme
Have a great 4th of July – be safe and have fun!
See you Thursday!

 

CSA – Week #3

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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

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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

 

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