Sunday, June 29, 2008

CSA Harvest & Some Pictures

We had our first CSA harvest last Thursday. We divided up 15 shares of what you see in the above picture. We had scarlet globe and icicle radishes, green onions, rhubarb, mint and dried chives. It wasn't much but, it was all we had ripe for the first pick up. We felt a little strange giving such a small amount. But, that's what it's about, people realize it's a get what's in, kind of thing. In a few weeks we will probably be heaping the baskets full as everything starts coming ripe. We did already get one report from a member that the radishes were the best they ever tasted. That was an encouraging thing to hear.

In a couple weeks or so we hope to open the farmstand as well. Between the other growers and us, we have tomatoes, peppers, green beans, carrots, beets, radishes, onions, leeks, rutabaga, peas, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, rhubarb, eggplant, lettuces, spinach, swiss chard, herbs, potatoes, sweet corn, various squashes, watermelon, cucumbers and pumpkins all at various stages of growing right now. Barring any unforeseen crop failures, we should have all of these in abundance as the season continues.

Other news at the farm is that the first batch of broiler chickens is well under way and should be ready around the 3rd or 4th week of July. Our second batch just arrived last week. Altogether we currently have 108 meat chickens. We will be ordering more chicks as the season progresses. We had a couple dozen or so rouen ducks born recently, so we could offer a few of those if any of our customers are interested.


Our kids love to take pictures so I thought I'd post a few of the ones I thought were rather striking. We're not sure which one took these, they take so many they forgot. It was either Shalea or Ryann or both.

We have tons of photo opportunities around here.


Until Next Time


Blogger Lynn Bartlett said...

Wow, you are so much farther ahead than us in harvesting! All we've had so far is broccoli. I'm so glad things are going well for you! The photos are neat as well!

10:10 PM  
Blogger RL said...

Thanks Lynn,
I was hoping we'd be farther along besides. Of course the weather pretty much dictates how soon we can do anything in these northern climates. Now that the green house is up we're hoping to get a good jump on next years season.

It's a whole different ball game with having all these folks depending on us. When we are growing just for ourselves and it's behind or something doesn't take you just shrug your shoulders and say better luck next time. But, it's been fun so far anyways. The folks are all being real good sports and are excited about trying something new.

Our kids have thousands of pictures that they’ve taken around here so it’s nice when I want to post one with so many to choose from. The only down side is all those pictures often max out the memory on our computer until they get them put on cd’s.

I hope the campaign is going well!

Best Wishes,

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We, went and visited with this fine family this past week.. The green house is awesome and the box garden beds were of the simplist and yet most organized I've ever seen... Your doing a great job!

We'll look forward to seeing you this fall to see how to can all that pretty stuff...

Thanks for the planting tips... We look forward to instrumenting them in our garden tomorrow...The trellis idea is awesome...

Keep up the good work... May God give you enough sun light and rain to help you help your garden grow..


6:15 PM  
Blogger RL said...

Howdy Jeanette,

Thanks for the comment and the nice words.

With the way things are going I think it is of the utmost importance that people know how to do things like our grand parents and great grand parents did. It was just common knowledge. Now most people don’t know much about where their food comes from. During the Depression the majority of the population knew about all that and I’m sure minimized the catastrophe that it could have been. If it happens again we’ll be in real trouble. Could be a lot of hungry people one day.

We went to the Rhinelander parade today and an elderly woman sat next to Arlene. She was saying how she’s never seen so many people at the parade before and speculated that more people are staying home this year or keeping their vacations closer to home. She said that she believes we are heading for hard times “ the likes we’ve never seen before”. It seems the writing is on the wall and more and more people are noticing.

So get those gardens going and encourage everyone to do the same.

It was great visiting with you all.


4:21 PM  

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