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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Is it really time to start Farmers’ Market already!? Where did the winter go?

So, winter has come and gone (almost didn’t even notice we had a winter), and it is time to start appearing at the public marketplace to sell farm products to the community.  Most people get excited about spring, myself included.  The weather is warmer, things start to grow, birds are singing, flowers blooming, and grand plans hatched in the cold, dark evenings of winter can finally commence.  What actually happens though, which I am finally beginning to grasp and seemingly particular to my situation, is the weather warms unseasonably early and especially warm for about two weeks in April.  Many things get done then in anticipation of many more weeks of warm, pleasant weather and worrying about all the work that needs doing before the market starts.  Potato seed and onion sets are acquired; early season seeds are germinated at 80 degrees, potted-on in tray flats, moved to the high tunnel, and then to the outside racks; plots are cleaned up, burn piles and last seasons perennial growth are lit ablaze; flower beds are cut back, raked out, and tidied up for another go; overwintered growth emerges with promise to give a little back from last years efforts; livestock is ordered, barns and brooders are cleaned and everything starts to happen all over again.  Then, it rains for a week and the temperature hovers around 48.  The fields that were almost ready for onion planting and potato planting and compost spreading and cultivation and seeds are now a muddy mess.  Transplants begin to pile up with no place to go.  Early small plantings of seed sit in the ground wondering why you took them out of their packages and introduced them to this inhospitable environment.

And then it dawns on me: oh yeah, THIS IS SPRING!  Hurry up and wait.  Pick your spots.  Git while the gittin’s good.  Hope it dries out before it gets too hot to have spinach or peas or spring carrots or broccoli raab.  You could say there is some anxiety involved…

But then, you see that you have some overwintered spinach, and onions and lettuce, the asparagus is up and going like gang-busters, the rhubarb is out of this world, and all the greens, arugula, lettuce, and radish seeds put down in the greenhouse are starting to produce a crop.  The strawberries look really healthy, raspberries are pruned back and all the fruit trees are also looking pretty ship-shape.  250 chicks are due any minute!  We just bought 2 bred Scottish Highland heifers and one of them already had its calf within 12 hours of arriving on the farm.  We are getting 75 ducks this year: a first.  We’ll raise turkeys again after a year hiatus from them and we’re looking to expand our egg business by next fall.  All and all, things are pretty normal around here.

THIS IS FARMING!

A few things we will have to offer you on Saturday:

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