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We are busy in the Greenhouses…….

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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!!

 

2017 CSA

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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!!

 

 

HERBS WE GROW

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Basil –        Regular Large Leaf

Basil Pesto Perpetuo

Purple

Cinnamon

Lemon

Mixed (has lemon, thai, and purple)

Thai (spicy)

Cat Grass

Catnip

Cilantro

Chives (Regular and Garlic)

Dill

Lavender

Lemon Verbena

Marjoram

Oregano – Regular and Hot and Spicy

Parsley –     Curly (for garnish)

Flat (for flavor)

Peppermint

Rosemary

Sage –        Regular and Bi-Color & Pineapple

Spearmint

Stevia

Tarragon

Thyme –     Regular and Lemon

Produce We Grow and When It Will Be Available

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JUNE:  Asparagus, beets, broccoli, garlic, garlic scapes, herbs, lettuce (red leaf, green leaf, romaine, buttercrunch, oak leaf, iceberg, peas (snap, shelling and snow), swiss chard, kale.

 

 

JULY:  Beans (green and yellow) beets, blueberries for u-pick, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers (slicing and pickling), garlic, onions (red, spanish, and sweet – and we also are planting cooking onions and shallots), peas, peppers (bell, sweet and hot), potatoes (red, white, yukons), summer squash (yellow), sweet corn, swiss chard, tomatoes (slicing, plums and cherry and grape), zucchini (green).

 

 

AUGUST:  Beans (green and yellow), beets, blueberries, carrots, cabbage,  cucumbers (slicing and pickling), eggplant, garlic, leeks, onions, peppers (bell, sweet and hot), potatoes, summer squash, sweet corn, tomatoes (slicing, plums and cherry), zucchini. Also tomatoes and peppers for U-Pick.

 

 

SEPTEMBER:  Beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower (white, orange and purple), cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, leeks, onions, peppers, potatoes, shallots, sweet corn, tomatoes, kale, cabbage.

 

 

OCTOBER:  Beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, garlic, gourds, kale, leeks, onions, peppers, pie pumpkins, potatoes, pumpkins, sweet corn, tomatoes, winter squash (acorn, butternut, buttercup (green and orange), blue hubbard, spaghetti, delicata, sweet dumpling, honey nut, Romanesco.

 

 

NOVEMBER: Beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, garlic, gourds, onions, pie pumpkins, potatoes, Romanesco and winter squash.

 

 

****Just a note – frost usually happens sometime late September thru October – so depending when that is some produce will not be available. ****

It’s almost time for the CSA to start!

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I can’t believe that next week is the start of our CSA already – where has the time gone? We have been so busy – with the spring being late – we really have had to play catch up when the weather got nice!
We are right on schedule now and if the weather cooperates it will be another great growing season for us!
First things first – Paul got the ground ready and then we laid the plastic.   When we lay the plastic the black tape is laid at the same time under the plastic.  After the plants are put in we will water the plants thru the black tape – it is much like a soaker hose – this way along with putting the water thru the tape we can also feed the plants with fertilizer.
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This is the planter that we plant all of our transplants from.  Just look at those awesome reclining seats – Paul is filling up the tank with water and we will head to the field – these are all pepper plants getting excited to be planted!
 CSA planting picture
Here you can see the water going into the wheel – the triangle like prongs then poke a hole into the plastic filling the hole with water and then the lucky individuals that are sitting on the planter will push in the pepper plant.  You have to make sure that the plant – root and all – get pushed in as far as you can – otherwise the roots will be exposed and the plant will die.  You didn’t know there was an art to planting peppers did you?
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And that is what the row looks like when you get done!  We have quite a few rows that go from the driveway all the way to the trailer park!  The rows are about 1250 feet long and hold just about 2500 plants – It takes about 20 – 25 minutes to plant a row – so in all we have planted just about 30,000 peppers plants.
CSA planting picture 3
Yesterday we planted winter squash – mostly butternut and spaghetti squash.  We use the same planter but there is only one wheel so only one person sits on the planter – that would be me – I have been riding that planter for almost 30 years – it is one of my favorite jobs – it’s quiet and peaceful – so yesterday we planted 2 acres of winter squash!
Sometimes my buddy Lexi will ride along with me to keep me company – but if it is too hot then she would much rather ride on the tractor!
 CSA Picture May 26
So that is some of the fun and exciting things that have been going on here at the farm.  It was great to wake up and hear it raining this morning – all those plants were loving a nice drink.
Today I am cleaning up the CSA building getting it all ready for our favorite customers and Paul is in the greenhouse planting cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower – we will plant all of that stuff mid July so it will be ready for this fall.  We grow the regular green cabbage along with the red cabbage and savoy – and we grow three different kinds of cauliflower – the white, and also orange and purple!
Be watching your email the beginning of next week (either Sunday or Monday) I will be sending out an email letting you know what will be available for the CSA that week along with some important information – times, place, and some helpful tips to make your weekly CSA visit a fun and safe one!
So looking forward to meeting all of you next week –
Until then………………….
Gail

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