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:
cabbage
carrots
watermelon radishes
daikon radishes
purple or green radishes
sweet turnips
purple top turnips
fennel
parsnips
rutabagas
Chinese cabbage
onions
butternut squash
tetsakabuto squash
onions
garlic
potatoes

flour
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!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

We will be back at the Corning Farmers' Market (Sat 11-3) and Watkins Glen Farmers' Market (Fri 3-6) this weekend. No Ithaca market this week - it starts up again on Jan 10 at the Space@Greenstar.

cabbage
carrots
watermelon radishes
daikon radishes
purple or green radishes
sweet turnips
purple top turnips
fennel
parsnips
rutabagas
Chinese cabbage
kale
onions
butternut squash
onions
garlic
potatoes
salad greens (probably baby kale, spinach)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

 One of the fans of our vegetables

 This summer/fall's harvest crew
The farm of our friends in Vermont

Wow! Snow at the farmer conference in Maine last Sunday.



Available at market this week:
 
rutabagas
carrots
watermelon radishes  
daikon radishes Brussels spouts parsnips  acorn squash  butternut squash
delicata squash hakurei sweet turnips   celeriac cabbage
green peppers 

ripe peppers
cherry tomatoes
potatoes
garlic 

kale 
parsley
onions

eggplant
leeks
lettuce mix
spicy mix 
 

tokyo bekana all purpose flour    whole wheat flour