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Fall Farm Clean Up Day at The Garden Gate Farm

We are thrilled to announce that we will be able to do our Annual ‘Spring’ Clean Up Day this Fall! Many of you who were planning on coming out this past Spring for our annual event were very disappointed, as were we, due to the Memorial Service for Neil’s mom. Well, we are planning the grand event for Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 from 10am to 4pm. As usual Neil will be roasting a hog and we will serve up all the fixen’s with it… a Farm to Table Dinner at the Farm! Of course we will serve my famous Vegetarian Lasagna for all our veggie lovin’ friends! As always everyone is welcome, both our CSA members along with our Farm Market Friends, to others know simply as ‘customer’s.  [Read More]
 
 

Market Day At The Garden Gate Farm, Plant Tags, Plant Growing File and more yummy Market Fresh Recipe's!


We have been busy... I thought today along with the normal fun stuff I like to share I would give a journal entry of "A Day In The Life..." at our farm on Friday while we get ready for market... so here it is... enjoy!

Here was our day last Friday...  it was 97 degrees with a heat index of 103 degrees...
"We take so much care in what we do because we do it for you!" Jean Smith
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The Garden Gate Farm Newsletter

The Garden Gate Farms Monthly Newsletter and Thanksgiving Turkey Order Time!  [Read More]
 
 

Market Day At The Garden Gate Farm, Plant Tags, Plant Growing File and more yummy Market Fresh Recipe's!

Market Day At The Garden Gate Farm, Plant Tags, Plant Growing File & more yummy Market Fresh Recipe's!

We have been busy... I thought today along with the normal fun stuff I like to share I would give a journal entry of "A Day In The Life..." at our farm on Friday while we get ready for market... so here it is... enjoy!

Here was our day last Friday...  it was 97 degrees with a heat index of 103 degrees...
"We take so much care in what we do because we do it for you!" Jean Smith
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We've Got the Chef!!

Hello again :-)

What a beautiful day.  The sun is shining today and the warm breeze was so lovely today! 

We got the plastic on our hoop house over the raised beds today, and we were planting radishes and kale.  The green houses are full and running over, literally :-)  Oh the joy of Spring. 

We've been watching the Canadian Geese fly over head, listening to their ever welcome honking, cheering one another to keep going on....

Well I am totally excited to announce that we have secured our Chef for our Farm to Table Dinner Event at The Octagon Barn.  We are please to announce that Andy Fabien, Owner/Executive Chef of The Van Camp House in Port Sanilac has agreed to create the menu, and prepare the meal.  They were just listed in Michigan Travel Idea's on pg. 6 in the Top 10 Restaurants to check out. 

Keep watching for the list of producers and ticket sales to go on!

any questions, don't hesitate to give me a call,

Jean

 
 

Spring :-)

Hello Again All :-)

It is pouring rain here today.  But with rain comes mud and with softer ground comes life from deep below.  I look so forward to the first signs of daffodil and tulip tips poking thier little noeses through the ground. 

The Canadian Geese are starting to fly in, showing us those 'v's we've all come to expect and look forward to.  Yes and then come all the little birds that say, "spring is coming".  Ahhhhhh, spring.  My favorite time of year.

We've secured the dates, locations and chefs for our Farm To Table Dinner Event's.  We are very happy to working with The Thumb Area Tourism Council on these events.  Here's the scoop;

Dinner #1:

We will have this Event at The Octogan Barn in Gagetown, Mi on Saturday, August 27th, 2011, Time still TBA.  We have secured the Cheff from the Hot Spot "The Van Camp House" in Port Sanilac.  See their listing in Michigan Travel Ideas put out by Midwest Living as one of the Top 10 Restaurnats in The Thumb of Michigan.  Andy Fabien is an awesome Chef.  Some of the producers that will be involved are Hampshire Farms, Bellwether Farm, Island Farms, Cheeky Monkey's Foods, and of course us at The Garden Gate CSA Farm :-)   This event will focus on Producers primarily in the Thumb of Michigan.   We are very excited.  We will keep you posted when tickets are available.

Dinner #2:

We have our second Event to be held at The Historic Govenor Warner's Mansion's Grounds in Downtown Farmington.  The date is set for Friday, September 16th, 2011 AT 6:30PM.   We have secured the Chef's from The Henry Ford Museum, yes you're seeing correct :-)  This event will focus on The Downtown Farmington Farmers & Artisans Farmers Market vendors.  We will keep everyone posted as soon as tickets become available.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us by phone or email. 

Have a wonderful day and talk soon,

Jean

 

 

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just a note from Jean

greetings! 

just a short note this evening--- I realized I forgot to put our Ferndale drop off in our listing, so I thought I should do it while I have a couple of minutes.  Got all the raised beds for the garlic weeded and ready to plant tomorrow!  We'll probally have about 3000 cloves  to plant.  We'll do what we can.  I broke all the bulbs up today.  Next year we'll be able to put the Elephant Garlic in the boxes at least once.  It's so big!  It's calling for 72 degrees in Detroit tommorrow.  Hope it comes to us for planting.

We would like to start a drop off point somewhere in the Livonia or/and Dearborn areas.  We make regular deliveris to The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village Restaurants and would be willing to use this area as a drop off.  We would need each drop off point to have at least 6 boxes to be considered.  If anyone is interested and know of some people who want CSA in these areas please give us a call ASAP.

Our 2 tents that were over the produce stand tables got blown away and destroyed the other week.  We were able to get a used canopy from a friend.  The wind can be so distressing sometimes.  We're getting ready to close up the stand for the season-  just to cold and not that much left. 

CSA SHARE UPDATE:

As of 10-20-09 we have 8 shares still available.  If you havn't got your pledge forms in yet,  please do so quickly.  Several people waited last year and were out of luck.  We still have 5 of the Work shares available.

THANKSGIVING/ CHRISTMAS TURKEYS:

We still have 10 turkeys of 45 available.  Call for info 810-672-9905

CHICKENS;

We are taking orders for chickens for the 2010 season.  We will have about 40 chickens available every two weeks starting in Mid June.  We will bring them to market just like this year.  We had such a wonderful response to the chicken we will do more next year.  Please place your orders asap they sell out fast!

 

Well I guess it's time to sign off.. till next time... happy day

sincerely,  Jean

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news from the farm

good morning!

well I just updated our local harvest listing- I can't beleive how long that takes.  At least it's only once or twice a year.  This is a brand new blog.  I enjoy writing so I'm taking advantage of this.  Just want to say we are very pleased with this years markets and are already looking forward to next years.  We only have a couple shares still available (10-13-09) but we still have 5 out of the 10 work shares still open. 

The weather is cold and rainy- we need to get the fields tilled and all the plastic pulled up.  See if I can't write again soon

 

see you at the market, jean

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