Good News! We’ve hired a helper this Summer. Our son has taken us up on our offer to work for us 20 hours a week. So far, he’s fixed a few wheelbarrow flats, cleaned the seeding room, trellised tomatoes, built a fence for the cows/goats, and worked on cleaning out the pigpen. Wait! Did I say pig pen? Yikes! We had another opportunity arrive at our doorstep, so we took it. Now we’re expecting pigs. I keep telling myself that we’re just taking on too much, and we probably are, but…one of the things we really wanted with this farm was diversity. And diversity we shall have.
- We only have two more pickups left: June 6th & June 13th.
- If you want to sign up for the summer CSA starting July 11th, please make sure you sign up at the market place as soon as you can.
- If you don’t want a tour and are in a hurry, please call us, so we know when you’ll be here. Then we can be ready with your bag of goodies. The phone number is 316-227-7677.
- Don’t forget to bring your bags back, so we can wash and reuse them. We’re trying to be more environmentally conscious. The plastic bags we use for the greens are still a work in progress, but that is definitely on my list of things to change.
- The market place is updated on Sundays. It’s best to make orders on Sunday or Monday morning.
This Week's Products 6/6/2022
Next Week's Products 6/13/2022
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News on the Farm
Even though we’re paying our older son to stick around and help out, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the other two kids help out when they can. For example, you may have noticed that we put the shade cloth on the greenhouse a few weeks ago (perhaps a bit too soon even). Regardless, that little event never would have happened without the help of the whole family. The younger kiddo also gets an allowance for doing the animal chores in the morning and at night. One of the things he is responsible for is refreshing the chicken water every morning, but the container is just a tad too big. (I have trouble carrying it too!) So I call this the chicken water Waddle.
With all the water we’ve been getting, the lettuce is growing like crazy! That’s a good thing for us because the chefs love the salad mix. Public at the Brickyard orders 15 pounds of salad mix a week! These are the containers that Josh delivers to them. (No plastic!) That’s a lot of harvesting and a lot of washing which might explain a bit why we still don’t have the other greenhouses up or the hydrants in. I promise we’re working on it.
As you know, we’ve been trying to get field 2 planted, but if my gardening shoes aren’t sinking in the mud, then my measuring tape is flying away in the wind. I think we’ll finally have it all done this week. We only have fennel and flowers (yea flowers!) to put in now. Flowers are not just for a pretty ambiance. Flowers are such an important part of a vegetable/fruit farm. Not only are they great for pollinators, but they help keep some of the “not-so-great” bugs away from the crops too. So we’re putting in a row full of marigolds and dahlias and zinnias to name a few.
Recipe of the Week
How about a traditional meal of pork chops, twice-baked potatoes, and sauteed radishes? We used this linked recipe, but Josh added garlic scapes to the mix, and I’m so glad he did. Those little sticks of flavor really added a nice pop. As a reminder, if you don’t know what to do with your garlic scapes, they can be cut up and put in any dish that you would use garlic for. Just remember that you’ll need twice as many of them. The scapes are not as potent as the bulb.
What's New in the Market Place
Since we only have two more weeks of the first season, please consider purchasing your Summer CSA starting July 11th through Sept 19th. We’ll have things like tomatoes, peppers, onions, potatoes, cabbage, fennel, carrots, squash, basil, salad mix, and beets. Once we get up and running in the next couple of years, the diversity will increase. For now, though, you certainly can’t go wrong with the staples. You can purchase your second season on the Market Place up until July 5th.