Abbe Hills Farm CSA

  (Mt. Vernon, Iowa)
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Remember the eggs, no market for 2 weeks

Greetings shareholders and friends of Abbe Hills,

Sadly, there is no market tomorrow, March 23, or next Saturday, March 30.  The next market for which I will send you a reminder will be the Saturday after Easter, April 6, in Mt. Vernon.  Hopefully, I'll be harvesting lettuce by then.  Nice sunny days help the things grow in the hoophouse, even if the outside air remains cold.

Even though there is no market, there are still lots of eggs.  You can come by my house and get them nearly any time.  Just zap me a note to make sure that I'll be home when you want to come.  Or take your chances - I'm usually home or the garage door is unlocked.  The eggs are in a frig in the garage for the winter.

We're still trying to figure out Facebook.  The farm does have a working webpage with many of the start-up problems solved.  Please check it out - Abbe Hills Farm is the name.  There is a recent post linking to an article about our grocery shopping habits that you might "like" to read.  Hopefully, by the time our garden season begins, I'll be able to use Facebook to send you articles, photos, late breaking news about what's going on at the farm.

You know I love growing cabbage; we start planting it in the germination house next Monday.  Lots of it.  And you love eating it - for a while - but it just keeps coming.  File these twelve great cabbage recipes somewhere so you know what to do when coleslaw is no longer working for you.

And finally, what to do for your trees to get them through the drought?  Here is some guidance from Trees Forever

Remember that you can join the 2013 CSA season any time.  The registration form and all the information about the upcoming season is on the website, http://www.abbehills.com/ .

Until later,
Laura

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There's water in the pond!

Greetings shareholders and farm friends,
 
Market tomorrow, Saturday, March 16, is at the Community Center at the east end of downtown Mt. Vernon, 11:00 until 1:00.  I'll have eggs; Charlotte will have bread.  It's possible a few early hoophouse vegetables might be there, too - from the smart farmers - not me.
 
It's been slow to get the hoophouse crops to grow here.  Starting in December, I planted spinach and lettuce mostly, plus radishes, chard, raab, and arugula.  But because it has been so cold, there have been many, many days when I should have been watering that I couldn't get the hoses thawed enough to get the water to run through them.  I think we're on a warming trend so it should be easy from now on.  Probably I'll be griping about how busy I am in two weeks when the frost is completely out and the oats are screaming to be seeded.
 
VERY GOOD NEWS!!!!  The pond by my house is full (as is the wetland by the road).  That means we can irrigate this summer.  The water level in the pond dropped five feet !!!!! last summer, and it was difficult to imagine how I'd be able to manage the irrigation in 2013.  The rain last weekend was highly destructive to fields that had been fall tilled or are without cover crops, and the runoff was enormous, but the good news is that the rain and fairly clean runoff from this farm mostly went into one of the water retention structures.  The forecast between now and the end of June is for continued drought, but I think we'll be OK.  Maybe not fabulous, but OK.
 
One family has already joined the 2013 CSA.  If you want to join, the registration form is on the website, http://www.abbehills.com/.  I had hoped to introduce you to the farm's FaceBook page today, but FaceBook and I are having a tussle, and right now, FaceBook is winning.  You might try looking to see if we have a site; it will be called "Abbe Hills Farm", and if you find it, please be my friend.  I think FaceBook will take me more seriously if it appears that I know people.  When my technology expert gets the page up and running correctly, that will be the place where I will post photos, upcoming events, news on short notice.  Hopefully it will give you a better idea of what happens around here, and will help you explain to your friends why they should become shareholders in Abbe Hills Farm CSA.
 
Hope to see you tomorrow,
Laura

 
 

Eggs in the garage. Looking for 4 matching 15" tires.

Greeting shareholders and friends of Abbe Hills,

Market tomorrow morning is 9:00 until 11:00 in the Community Center in lovely downtown Springville.  I'll bring eggs and Charlotte will bring bread.  There will also be plenty of bakery, a few crafts, honey, some vegetables, fresh dry beans and ground cornmeal.

Several times this winter I've seen cars pull into the farm driveway (I can't believe they haven't got stuck) and people go into the big shed.  Either it is robbers, or else some of you are going in there looking for eggs and having bad luck. The eggs are in a refrigerator in my garage in the winter.  MUCH easier to manage when there's not 450 feet of snowdrift between me and them.  If you want eggs, just call or zap me a note to make sure I know you are coming, and I'll either be here, or leave the garage unlocked so you can get them yourselves.  And if it is robbers, I hope they get stuck next time.

Dan Specht has three beef quarters to sell this spring.  If you are interested, contact him directly.  His email is above.  He'll also have more 20 lb boxes when we start the CSA in June.  We are trying to work out a plan where he'll make beef deliveries here on a regular schedule.

I'm looking for a half-good or better set of four 15" tires, 225 or 235 if possible.  I need to take the trailer to Wisconsin to pick up the seed potatoes in about 3 weeks, and it's not very roadworthy in its current condition - four tires of 4 different sizes, whatever I could hustle up at the time I needed one.  So, if you're getting new four new tires on your big car this month and are selling or giving away the old ones, please think of me. 

Still looking for the free or cheap automatic washer to convert to a salad spinner, too.

Trees Forever is hosting a program called "TreeKeepers" for people who want to learn more about urban and suburban tree planting, care, and advocacy.  Sounds like an interesting program.  It wouldn't hurt us to have more people sticking up for the trees.  Look at the link to get the registration information.

Here's something to get you thinking:  "Human Teeth Healthier in Stone Age Than Today".  Bummer.

Hope to see you at market tomorrow,
Laura

 
 
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