Sunday, June 28, 2015

 Harvesting cats. Actually, as you know, it was a rainy Saturday so we spent the day in the hoophouses and greenhouse pruning and trellising tomatoes and cucumbers and Dorian didn't mind hanging out with us.
 Juicy Colorado potato beetle larvae eating potato leaves. These are usually a minor pest on our farm that do not do too much damage to our potatoes.
Tiny Swede midge adults on a sticky trap card. This is an almost invisible pest that destroys broccoli, cabbage, kale, etc.

This week's expected vegetables
Choose 6 items (large share 8 items):
cabbage
broccoli
beets
cucumbers
green beans
zucchini/summer squash
scallions
kale 
chard
lettuce mix
baby chard
pea shoots
sunflower shoots
garlic scapes
eggplant (maybe)
eggs (count as 2 items)
flour
dry black beans

Sunday, June 21, 2015

 Two new doeling kids. These two arrived Wednesday morning while we were picking beans. No trouble in delivery and they both seem healthy.
 Start of the kale harvest
 Sad Brussels sprouts with drowning roots
 After a few days of no rain the soil was finally dry enough to till so I spent yesterday on the tractor. And before the rain came down again last night (1.32 inches) we got a bed of greens transplanted and several beds of bean planted.

This week's expected vegetables
Choose 6 items (large share 8 items):
cabbage
broccoli
beets
cucumbers
green beans
zucchini/summer squash
scallions
kale 
chard
lettuce
lettuce mix
pea shoots
sunflower shoots
garlic scapes
eggs (count as 2 items)
flour
dry black beans

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Well these past couple weeks the rain valve has been stuck open and we can't seem to close it. This coming week doesn't look to good either. With our heavy soil spots that are especially poorly drained are now completely saturated and the plants are not happy. Ah well! Hopefully this week we (i.e. Liz) will remember to take some nice photos I can post to the newsletter for next week.

This week we expect to have available for CSA (small share choose 6, large share choose 8):

cucumbers
green beans
zucchini/summer squash
scallions
kale 
chard
lettuce
lettuce mix
pea shoots
sunflower shoots
garlic scapes
eggs (count as 2 items)
flour
dry black beans

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The past few years we have been able to offer eggs from our farm to CSA members only in Corning since we just don't have very many. We hope to be able offer eggs as a CSA choice to members in Elmira this year that are from our neighbors at Wolf Tree Farm. Let us know if you like them, Elmirans.

This week we expect to have available for CSA (small share choose 5, large share choose 7):
raab
scallions
kale (maybe)
spicy mix (maybe)
rhubarb
lettuce
lettuce mix
spinach
pea shoots
sunflower shoots
garlic scapes
eggs (count as 2 items)
vegetable transplants (its the last week we will have them available)
flour
dry black beans

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Hello and holy cow!  Its hard to believe its here again!  Its time to start the CSA. Here we are for our 13th go around at farming.  We are so glad that you have joined us to eat your way through the seasons with us.  The CSA starts as Spring is winding down and just a few weeks remain until summer officially begins.  The first few weeks are filled with greens, the last few 2014 root crops, transplants, organic dry beans, and flour.  As the season unfolds, we'll get to summer crops like luscious tomatoes, peppers, zucchinis and cucumbers.  Eventually we'll blink and the fall crops will be filling our soup pots and roasting pans, and then those who continue into the Fall and Winter CSA will eat stored roots, cabbages, and hardy greens on through the late fall into the deep winter.  What a wonderful journey we plan for it to be!  Thanks for joining us!

Spring is a crazy time to be a farmer.  There are lots of plants to be put in the ground.Some like celeriac, parsnips, and leeks that won't be harvested until October, yet need to be put in now so that they have time to grow all summer long.  The funny thing is that the work depends totally on the weather, and so some years we have 5 weeks to do the work and some years 10 weeks to do the same jobs!  We find that it pays to be list lovers in the spring.  It helps to feel a deep satisfaction with crossing items off the list, since it can be quite long!

There are lots of things going on the farm this year, here's a snapshot.  Don't forget that you can subscribe to this blog (on the right of the screen), and it will be emailed straight to your inbox, whenever we post to the blog. 


On-farm trials to help Cooperative Extension understand how the devastating pest Swede Midge operates. This netting is covering broccoli, one of its favorite meals.
 Uh...whoops, didn't realize the soil was still too wet.
 First time using our new flail mower on a luscious stand of rye and vetch. It worked great grinding up the rye into small bits that won't get caught up in the rototiller. Unlike when we had to use the brushog which just left long stalks that bound up the rototiller. This takes longer to mow but the result is far superior.
These peppers were covered but that last frost (friday 5-22) still hit them pretty hard. We had replacement plants though.

Available for CSA this week (expected):

Basic Shares Choose 5, Deluxe Shares Choose 7:
rutabagas
turnips
cilantro
hakurei turnips with greens
radishes
lettuce mix
lettuce heads
turnip raab
maybe spinach
vegetable transplants
flour
dry beans

Monday, May 4, 2015

potluck at the farm May 10th 6 PM

HOLY COW, its spring!   Things at the farm a lovely right now!  there are lots of plants and seeds in the ground, the grass is greening up and growing, the cherry tree in our yard popped into full bloom today, and we hope by the weekend that the cherry trees in the orchard and the blueberries in our field will be likewise! 

We will be hosting a chance to come see the farm, SUNDAY MAY 10th  we will be having a potluck at 6 pm.  bring a dish to pass, and one to eat from if you can.  come see our baby chickens learn to enjoy the grass and insects, pet the goats, tour the fields, and stay till the peepers start calling!  it really is a great time of year to be on a farm! 

the CSA starts on June 1st, come see what's cooking up getting ready for that day! 
liz and matthew
come see how much these guys have grown since this photo was taken just a few weeks ago!

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!