After the rains…

We are still feeling the effects of an inordinate amount of June rain here on the farm.  It flattened, tore, washed out, and generally bogged down the plants and the soil.  We have been making the most of it, but just want you all to know, we are behind and will be playing catch up for a while.  We will also not have some crops that the rain has overwhelmed.  Some of these not at all and others will just be delayed.  Some things that have been effected are beets, greens, chard, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. However, many things survived (including all the animals!) and we will be having potatoes, squash, onions and garlic from here on out.  Cabbages, broccoli and cucumbers are definitely on their way.  And beans and okra are doing well but still a ways out.  We will continue to work hard and hope for dry weather in the coming weeks to bring you the best food we can.  This week’s offerings include:

carrots

scallions

onions

garlic

small amount of small potatoes

romaine and other head lettuces

salad mix

scapes

collards

kale

a variety of herbs

eggs

chickens

See you at the market!

Eric

 

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At the market this week…

We will have onions, garlic, scapes, kale, collards, salad mix, romaine heads, escarole, frisée, kohlrabi,
strawberries, peas, herbs.
See you there!

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Week of June 21st

There has been a lot going on this week.  The rain has been good and bad, as these things often are.  The ducks went outside to enjoy their new pond.  The strawberries are an everyday deal.  Humidity seems to have made a return visit to Iowa.  Potato bugs have also returned.  Everything is growing fast!

We will have the following at market this week:

Choi

Kale

Collards

salad mix

greens mix

peas

garlic scapes

green garlic

cilantro

sage

dill

strawberries

spring onions

 

Potential items for next week:

kohlrabi

new potatoes

carrots

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Week of June 14th

This week we will have:
Braising greens (collards, kale, choi, beet)
Spring onion
Green garlic
Asian greens
Cilantro
Limited supply of strawberries!

See you there,
Eric

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From the Farm this week: Saturday May 31

We will be offering the following at the market tomorrow:

Scallions

Rapini

Salad Turnips

Radishes

Salad Mix

Greens Mix

Arugula

Mizuna

Spinach

Eggs

Chicken

See you there!

Eric

 

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This week at the market

We are offering the following for tomorrow in Iowa City:
Spinach
Salad greens
Radishes
Turnips
Asparagus
Rhubarb
Kale
Chives
Eggs
Chickens

See you there!
Eric

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Spring rain; a necessary inconvenience

So, as it has been raining, the proclaimed drought we’ve been under appears to be on the wain.  Though that is a good thing for so many reasons, the cold wet weather delays planting, allows grass to grow tall and weeds to take root where vegetables should be.  Yet another catch-22 that nature seems to serve up on a regular basis to a farmer.  We farmers pray for rain, but it must be the right kind and at the right time and when we need it most.  When we get it, it’s more than often a torrential storm that washes topsoil and comes with a cold front that stunts growth to new tender annuals, while giving naturally-occurring perennials (a.k.a., weeds) just what they need to thrive.  So, we do other things like clean chicken houses, plant trees, mulch beds, and ready ourselves in every way possible for that moment the soil is dry enough to work and the grass is able to be cut back.  For now, we are losing ground.  Nature waits for no one, but we have no choice.  Ours is a tricky position.  The farmer must commune with and embrace nature, but we are in a timeless battle with it at every turn.  We wait for nature to allow us to proceed, and when it does, we must double and triple our efforts to take advantage of the minimal time allotted for an endless list of tasks.  Most of all, this circumstance allows me to think too much about nature and agriculture and how at the same time nature is a necessity and an inconvenience to the pursuit of growing food.  But I digress…

This week at the market: asparagus, radishes, greens, spinach, lettuce, rhubarb, chives, eggs, chicken.

See you there!

~Eric

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