Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, zucchini, onions, garlic, parsley, and a new crop of winter kohlrabi       Field Notes.  Ken is clearing space.  He is clearing out crops and plants as they finish and making space for fall plantings of spring greens.  He is in planning mode as we get ready to move the mobile high tunnel off the tomatoes and onto fall greens.    …

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Cleaning and Sorting Garlic

Late last week I had a couple nice, sunny days and I cut tops and roots off the garlic and sorted it for planting and storage.  When we pull it from the field it goes on to racks to cure.       I drag a table over and pull off a bunch at a time.  Then I cut off tops and roots, brush off dirt and sort.         The largest, most …

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Fall on the Farm

Although we are still busy, once in a while I take the camera with me so I can catch a few elusive fall photos.  Here is the field       And here is the mobile high tunnel           And our drive It is a beautiful time of year, isn’t it?

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, celery, cucumber, zucchini, onions, garlic, carrots, melon, basil and parsley Filed Notes.  Ken is always thinking ahead! Monday he started moving chicks and chickens.  He has several batches of chicks at varying ages.  He is making room for the newer hens in one of the portable coops.  The young roosters – cockerels – will go in the north coop.  He has moved the larger …

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Pesto

Both Ken and I like pesto.  Depending on what green herb we have in good supply Ken may make basil – parsley, or dill  or cilantro or a blend.  Yesterday he started with basil       and parsley – this is an Italian flat leaf variety         He cleaned garlic and ran the green herbs and garlic through the food processor with olive oil. He packs jars, tops with some olive …

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Turkey Chicks – if you can see them

For a few years now Ken has been working with a heritage breed of turkeys.  It has been a real challenge.  They really are closer to wild and would prefer to roost high in trees and hatch out a clutch in tall grass and get outside the fence and roam.  Even with Oscar on duty there have been losses.   This year we seem to have a good mom; she is keeping the bunch together …

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Here a Chick, There a Chick…

Ken has been perfecting his broody hen management this season.  The result has been several hatches of chicks.  At first he put them together, but it seemed the older ones were picking on the younger ones.  So now he has several small outside enclosures with chicken wire and fiberglass fence posts.     There are the tiny chicks               There are the chicks that a renegade hen hatched out …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, kohlrabi, onions, garlic, peppers, sweet corn, parsley, and basil. Field Notes.  The tsunami of tomatoes has crested; early varieties are about done.  Later varieties are still going strong.  It has been an interesting season – cooler nights meant later hot weather crops and heavy dew meant more work to prevent molds, fungus and blights.  Ken has moved up those seedlings pictured last …

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By Labor Day Pigs Become Hogs

The decades old expression here is, “By Labor Day the pigs become hogs.”  We have raised feeder pigs for decades.  They are a great help on a small farm.  Each year Ken has a tilling project so he grazes them sequentially.  On any given year they might expand a garden space, dig out the quack grass outside the garden, or clear a fence line.     They eat garden culls and many things people won’t …

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Changing Colors

As summer wanes Wisconsin’s lush green changes to golden grain and beautiful foliage color.  First we had ripe rye.       Now as I walk to the field I see the first of the bright maple leaves on the path.         And the poplar and basswood trees have the first golden leaf color         Coming up the drive I see a few maples have started changing their leaf …

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