Getting in the Squash

Each year near the first frost I get the onions that have been curing on the racks off the racks in time to put the winter squash on the racks to cure.  Ken picked all the squash up, stacked in piles and got into tubs.  He hauled the tubs by the racks for me.  He looked tired!     Then I teased him for a photo and he perked up!           …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has lettuce, mixed mustard, salad turnips, carrots, winter squash, onions or leeks, garlic, tomatoes, peppers, and herbs       Field Notes.  The big dig has begun!  Each year we await a light frost and then Ken gets digging and harvesting.  Carrots and winter squash taste sweeter if they have been in the field for colder weather. While Ken is harvesting from the garden, I am cutting tops …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, potatoes, peppers, radicchio,  a mustard green mix, kale or chard,  parsley, and grapes       Field Notes.   As I draft this Monday morning frost is forecast. Frost signals the end of a few crops – basil for example.  This afternoon I will close up the greenhouses and it will be a question of how cold for how long.  Frost also signals …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden! This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, potatoes, salad turnips, red radishes, beet thins, carrots, cucumbers and/or zucchini and herbs Field Notes.  No frost yet!  Usually by this time we have had at least a nip of frost.  Soon we will start the “big dig” and getting roots in the root cellar for the winter.  Ken is still picking all those summer crops and clearing space.  Once we have …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots or beets, and herbs Field Notes Ken cleared up areas of the garden and fields and transplanted several flats of greens since last week.  As the days shorten he fits in all the harvesting – there are still tomatoes, cukes, summer squash, and other crops that require regular and frequent picking.  With the heat he tends to get …

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Ken’s Beekeeping Workshop

Last Weekend Ken took a couple days to attend a natural beekeeping workshop in nearby Amery.   He learned some , was glad to see how many other people want to have bees without chemistry.        He now has more tools for his bee “toolbox.”

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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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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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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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