Ken’s Fourth Batch of Chicks This Season

We have hens for eggs.  In the past we did a combination of buying day old chicks and encouraging broody hens to hatch out a clutch of chicks.  A few years back the price of day old chicks straight run (a mixture of male and females – it’s cheaper) rose to nearly $4 per chick!  Ken got serious about setting up a successful breeding situation.  Last summer he had a series of batches of chicks …

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Sunday Evenings in the Garden with Folk Music!

Ken has a set of radio headphones.  He really enjoys folk music, so most Sundays he sets them for Wisconsin Public Radio’s Simply Folk show and heads out to garden or field.        This week he is going through the walkways in the garden with his wheel hoe         It is a two handled tool that has one wheel and various attachments – one has tines one has a pointed …

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Making Jam

We grow berries.  Now we have strawberries.  Many berries are “utilities” – not cute enough to be number one, but perfectly good to eat or freeze or cook.  I cut them up and make jam.  Today I made jam.  The ping of the canning jars sealing is so satisfying.  It will taste so good when no other fresh berries are in season!

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, spinach, salad greens, braising greens, snap peas, beets or carrots, green onions, herbs, and strawberries Field Notes. Although Ken is always planting, right now he is really focused on cultivating and weeding.  If he and the crops can stay ahead of the weeds now when plants are small, those crop plants can establish “canopy” and make shade so they can stay ahead of the weeds …

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One of my Favorite”Tools”

I am not as spry as I used to be.  I still pick many of the small items we offer for sale like strawberries, peas, and beans.  I usually pick the peas into a four or five gallon bucket; this one is a second hand molasses bucket from the co-op. The strap on portable milking stool is a real lifesaver – one of the best investments I ever made!  

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Where ARE Those Tomatoes???

Each year people eagerly await the first tomatoes.  And they expect us to have them the same time each year.  Unfortunately tomatoes work with the weather, not the calendar!  Tomatoes like hotter weather, but not too hot.  These wonderful, cool nights for sleeping mean that the tomatoes are slower to bloom and ripen than some years. Each day Ken is opening and closing the greenhouse to keep it warm, but not too hot.  I keep …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, kale, arugula, French breakfast radishes, green onions, garlic scapes, snap peas, carrots, parsley, strawberries, and the last of the asparagus.     Field Notes.  Ken is wrapping up asparagus season with weeding and mulching the beds with the assistance of his faithful helper, Oscar the dog!  The plant shoots will grow and send energy to the roots for next year’s crop.  One of the most …

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Encouraging Pollinators

Ken encourages indigenous, native  pollinators.  About a third of our produce requires pollination – the nightshade family of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and the cucurbit family of summer and winter squash and cucumbers, and legumes like peas and beans.  All these crops flower and once pollinated they set fruit, and we eat the fruit. Two things Ken does – well, actually the first is what he doesn’t do .  He doesn’t use any chemicals.  Chemicals that …

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Asparagus Season Coming to an End

Asparagus is a perennial, and each spring the plants send us shoots that Ken harvests.  Along about July Ken stops harvesting, weeds again and either mulches or plants a green manure crop in the asparagus, and allows it to rest, grow and build energy for next spring.   This year he decided to mulch rather than plant buckwheat or some other green manure.         First he weeds – a “hands and knees …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, salad mix, braising greens, beets or carrots, asparagus, radishes, herbs, snap peas and strawberries Field Notes.  Ken has been vigilant about keeping the growing spaces cultivated.  After the rain, once it is dry enough he is out with either the wheel hoe or hand cultivator.  He has also been planting – cabbage for fall is now in the garden.  And he is weeding and mulching …

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