Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A little while back we mentioned buying a new hoophouse for growing greens next winter.  This tunnel will be set aside for only that task, so hopefully, we will be able to have a better supply of greens in 2015-16.  (It would help to be a touch warmer, and maybe just a little sunnier, too, but i digress...)  Tomorrow we will be putting up the frame for that tunnel, its a neat mobile design and really cool how the whole thing goes together quickly and goes from metal parts on the ground to a structure that will provide a heavenly growing space. 

You are Cordially invited to help assemble the frame tomorrow (thursday april 2nd) at 10 am. lunch will be provided, please let us know if you plan to attend.  Wear boots for mud!  its scheduled to be a lovely day!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Scallion seedlings

New endwall for the hoophouse...okay not an exciting picture, but a nice little accomplishment for the farmers.

We still have plenty of shares left in the CSA. So if the ground ever thaws we can get out there and starting growing lots of beautiful vegetables for you.
In the meantime though, the greenhouse is just about full and we will soon have to be moving onion trays outside to harden-off so that we have more room in the greenhouse. The chicks are growing quickly and we will soon have to move them into a larger space. The laying hens are out of the barn and enjoying the sun out in the field, even if there are no bugs or grass for them to eat yet.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Well its that time of year again. Our new chicks have arrived and have begun making themselves at home here at the farm. This year we decided to get Rhode Island Reds. This is a historic breed that should be good, hardy egg-layers. We will keep them in the greenhouse for several weeks until they get big enough and the weather warms up enough for them to go outside.

Don't forget the CSA if you haven't already joined this year! The greenhouse is about 2/3 full of seedlings - onions, leeks, shallots, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cabbage, broccoli. Although I have a feeling we are going to have a late wet spring and it might be a while before these can be transplanted. Despite that, robins were spotted on the farm last Wednesday and yesterday was the first day we heard the geese going north overhead and the red-wing blackbirds started to arrive yesterday evening.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

 Our new idea for heating seedlings. We built these 1"x3" frames atop our greenhouse tables and laid gutter ice melting cables inside and blue insulation board underneath. We plan to cover the cables with potting soil to help distribute the heat and protect them, then put our trays of seedlings on top. We'll see if it works!
Our empty "hotbed". It is now full of horse manure which will hopefully be hot in a couple of days so we can start planting onions and tomatoes.

Our Fall/Winter CSA has officially ended, but if you still have a remaining balance, you can use it at the Corning Winter Farmers' Market, Ithaca Farmers' Market or at the farm by appointment.

Even though it is still cold outside, please remember we are now taking CSA memberships for the 2015 CSA season. Use the link to the right or email us for a CSA brochure and membership form.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Believe it or not this is Seneca Lake which, from what I've read, has not frozen over since 1912. This picture was taken near Peach Orchard Point in Hector this morning and as you can see it is not frozen over the whole width, but it is quite close.

For CSA this week we will have:
watermelon radishes
daikon radishes
purple or green radishes
sweet turnips
purple top turnips
Chinese cabbage
butternut squash
tetsakabuto squash

black beans

Monday, February 9, 2015

A wintry scene at Muddy Fingers Farm

We are busy getting ready for the next growing season which starts at the end of this month!
We ordered another unheated greenhouse (hoophouse) so we can have better winter greens production next year. Our barn is being fully rehabed and looking awesome. We bought a new mower for our walk behind tractor that will help us better chop up all of our soil-building cover crops. Plus we are planning all sorts of other little improvements and experiments for the coming season.
So don't forget: we are now accepting CSA memberships. Follow the link on the right side of the page to download the form. Let me know if it doesn't work for some reason.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Please note our 2015 CSA form is available for download. Please click on the link on the right side of the screen.
Back in Novmeber our cat Pumpkin, who lived in our house when we bought it, died. Unfortunately it was quite tragic and unexpected.
The two kittens in the picture are two new additions to the farm/home. The male on the left is Dorian and the female on the right is Mouse. They are both still very shy and uncertain about their new home, but we hope given time they will be both as good friends as Pumpkin was.
The funny things is that they are wary of us, but they are very friendly to both of our dogs!