News From the Farm – September 19, 2014

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the market on Saturday! We have a few announcements for you this week.

Harvest Party – October 11th
Just a friendly reminder our Harvest Party is coming up in a few weeks! We’ll start mid afternoon and ask everyone to bring a dish to share as we will be doing a potluck style. We plan on doing a cider pressing and offering caramel apples. Additionally, we’ll have games for the kids, a bonfire outside to keep warm and a hayride.

Vegetable Update
In terms of crops, we have some fall ones looking really good and many of those (Brussels sprouts, pumpkins, etc.) will begin showing up in the next couple weeks at the market. It will be the last week for watermelon so grab the last ones of the season.

See you Saturday!

News From the Farm – September 12, 2014

Welcome fall! With the crisp cool air we are receiving, we will very quickly see the end of the summer veggies (tomatoes, melons, sweet corn) at the market very soon. This is likely the last week for sweet corn, cantaloupe (maybe also watermelon.) So, make sure to grab it while we still have it!

NOTE: If you bought the Lilly or Lambkin melons last weekend (smaller ones), we realize they likely weren’t ripe enough (first year we grew them…our apologies!) So, just mention if yours was not fully ripe, and we’ll let you pick out a new one at the market on Saturday.

Another Round of Peaches Available – Act Quickly!
We received word that we can still get organic peaches yet this season. You will need to CALL (don’t email) us by 8pm Friday, September 12th if you’d like to place an order.
Organic Peaches Pricing:
White Lady – very good flavor
4-5# (12 peaches) – $11
25# – $38

Chickens Delivery This Saturday
If you ordered chickens from us, we will be bringing them on Saturday for you to pick up. Reminder that the price was $3 a pound. Most of them have an average weight between 4.5 and 6 lbs. Please be ready to pay with cash or check when you pick up at the market.

Watch Out for Broccoli Worms!
Since we don’t spray our vegetables with pesticides, we have noticed that little green worms are loving our broccoli. They won’t hurt you, but do make sure to soak your broccoli in a bowl of cold water for 10-15 minutes and rinse it well before you eat it to avoid these little guys.

See you Saturday!

News From the Farm – September 5, 2014

Hope you are all enjoy the start of September! Our apologies up front that we have a lot of announcements this week, but we hope you will be excited about some of them!

Peaches Ready for Pick Up This Saturday
If you placed an order for organic peaches, we will have them ready for pick up this Saturday. NOTE: We were unable to source enough peaches for a few of you who placed the last orders we received. You will receive an email from us letting you know if you were affected. We are still going to try and source peaches through a different source for you in the weeks ahead.

Reminder on Organic Peaches Pricing:
White Lady – very good flavor
4-5# (12 peaches) – $9
25# – $36

Chickens Available (limited availability – first come; first served):
We are taking orders for the chickens we raised and butchered last Saturday. We are selling them for $3 a pound. Most of them have an average weight between 4.5 and 6 lbs. These chickens were pastured raised and their feed did not include corn or soy. Order this week by calling us and we will deliver at the Saturday, Sept. 13th market. Please be ready to pay with cash or check when you pick up at the market.

Honey Available:
We will have local honey to sell at the market each week. This is raw honey that has not been heat treated. If you have further questions about how the bees are cared for or how the honey is extracted, please feel free to call us. Please be ready to pay with cash or check when you pick up at the market.

1/2 Pint – $6
1 Pint – $9
1 Quart – $17
2 Quart – $26
5 Gallon Bucket – $190

Extra Tomatoes for Sale
It looks like we will have extra tomatoes to offer in bulk to those subscribers who want to can or freeze. The price is $1 per pound or $0.75 per pound if you order 50lbs or more. Call us today and we will bring your tomato order with us to the market on Saturday.

See you Saturday!

News From the Farm – August 29, 2014

We hope you all enjoy a nice Labor Day weekend with family and friends! We have several offers from farming partners to share with you this week so be sure to review them below and contact us if you are interested!

Fresh Fruit Available:
We are able to source some fresh fruit over the next week for you if you are interested. Please place your orders for peaches by tonight (Aug 29) by calling us at 920-894-7196. You can place your orders for the grapes and plums by September 5th.

Organic Peaches:
White Lady – very good flavor
4-5# (12 peaches) – $9
25# – $36

Grapes: (non organic & seedless)
Green (Himrod), Red (Candace) or Purple (Jupiter)
15lbs for $28 (half bushel box)

Stanley Plums: (non organic)
20lbs for $25 (half bushel box)

Honey Available:
We will have local honey to sell at the market each week. This is raw honey that has not been heat treated. If you have further questions about how the bees are cared for or how the honey is extracted, please feel free to call us. Please be ready to pay with cash or check when you pick up at the market.

1/2 Pint – $6
1 Pint – $9
1 Quart – $17
2 Quart – $26
5 Gallon Bucket – $190

Help Needed – Butchering Chickens
We have some takers already, but just a friendly reminder so you don’t miss your chance! We are still looking for a few more people to help for about two hours this Saturday, August 30 from 2pm to 4pm to help us butcher our chickens. No prior experience needed – we can teach you what you need to know within a few minutes. You’ll be using equipment for butchering that is very easy to handle and learn. In exchange for your help, we would be able to provide chicken and produce. Call us at 920-894-7196 if interested.

See you Saturday!

News From the Farm – August 22, 2014

Hope you are all enjoying the last few weeks of August before school, football and the holidays arrive in full force. Wish we could all say we were enjoying nice, hot weather, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. We are waiting on some crops to ripen up yet (melons, tomatoes, etc.) and hope we get a nice hot September!

Organic Peaches
We will have more information in the next week, but there may be an opportunity to order organic peaches by the pound for pick up on September 6th. Stay tuned for ordering details and pricing.

Help Needed – Butchering Chickens
We are looking for some individuals to help for about two hours on Saturday, August 30 from 2pm to 4pm to help us butcher our chickens. No prior experience needed – we can teach you what you need to know within a few minutes. You’ll be using equipment for butchering that is very easy to handle and learn. In exchange for your help, we would be able to provide chicken and produce. Call us at 920-894-7196 if interested.

See you Saturday!

News From the Farm – August 15, 2014

Hello Subscribers,

We continue to be humbled and in complete awe of the outpouring of support we have received the past several weeks as Jake has recovered from his arm injury. It has been very encouraging and refreshing to see how family, friends and customers have come alongside of us during this challenging time for our family farm. What we have experienced has been a fresh reminder that “times gone by,” where farming communities helped one another, is not completely a thing of the past! We are truly thankful for the prayers, generosity and support so many of you have shown. Thank you!

A quick report on the farm…the cooler weather is making crops like carrots and lettuce do well, but the late summer crops of melons and tomatoes are struggling to ripen up. We hope to have some melons and more tomatoes next week, but we could have a minimal harvest since we haven’t gotten that hot and muggy weather this year.

Lastly…save the date for our annual Harvest Party! We will be hosting it out at our farm on Saturday, October 11th. Exact start time will be finalized in the next month, but it should start around mid afternoon. You won’t want to miss bringing the entire family out for a potluck dinner and fun games for the kids!

See you Saturday!

News From the Farm – August 8, 2014

We really appreciate all the help we have been receiving at the farm while Jake is recovering. His arm is doing better, but is still on the mend. If you are still able to pitch in a couple hours at the farm over the next week yet, the assistance would be welcome so that Jake can make a full recovery.

In terms of news about the crops…we have a bit of sweet corn ready this week, but still have four other plantings yet that we hope produce well in the weeks ahead. The winter squash is looking fantastic this year! In 2012 we lost about 90% of our squash crop and 70% in 2013 due to squash bugs. We didn’t do any spraying this year so we think the long, cold winter might have did the bugs in for this season which is good news for you all! We tried growing jalapeno peppers in the green house this summer and they have grown so well. We are hoping to have a “salsa” week at the market soon where you’ll be able to pick up all the right ingredients to make a batch or two of homemade salsa. Just waiting on tomatoes…

NOTE: Just a heads up about next week’s newsletter. It will be emailed out late in the day on Friday due to our newsletter volunteer (Tabitha) being gone on vacation over the next week. (She gets back Friday afternoon.)