Abbe Hills Farm CSA

  (Mt. Vernon, Iowa)
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lots of rain, Dan's bringing beef

Greetings shareholders and friends of Abbe Hills Farm CSA,

Market this week is at the Mt. Vernon Community Center at the east end of downtown, 11:00 until 1:00.  Charlotte isn’t able to make it, but I’ll be there will bells on – and with lots of very nice lettuce, plus some arugula and spinach, and eggs.

Sadly for me, this is the last market of the winter.  The regular Mt Vernon Farmers’ Market starts on Thursday, May 2, 4:00 until 6:00 at the park on the west end of downtown.  Of course, the hoophouse is finally full of lovely greens now that the market is ending!  I’ll be in the field (hopefully) and won’t be able to make it to market in the afternoons, so you’re going to have to come to me to get your crunch.

I have to talk about the weather.  It’s awful.  We received 5.25” of rain last week.  The first 3” soaked in completely.  Perfect.   The next 2.25”, not so much.   Pile on about 6” so far this week, and we’ve got a problem.  Then there is the cold.  And wind.  And clouds.  Not such a great spring so far.  Although the subsoil moisture is being replenished, which is a relief.  And the pond and wetland are full to the brim, so that kind of water will actually recharge the aquifer, which also makes me feel better.

My best guess is that we will need about 5 days of sun, warm, and wind to dry out the soil enough to do field preparation.  After that, if it continues to be dry, we commence planting.  I’ve got over 2000 lbs of seed potatoes and 25,000 onion plants ready to go.  Plus thousands of little plants in the germination house and hoophouse that will soon be ready for transplanting.  We’re going to be BUSY when the good weather gets here.

One good thing - I think this might be the year of broccoli. I accidentally started too much in the germination house, which might be a good thing for you.  Of course, I’m not making any promises until I actually see you walking out of here with broccoli sticking out of your bag.  But it looks good so far.

There is grassfed BEEF.  Here is what Dan wrote: 

 I'm excited to be able to deliver 20 lb. boxes of mixed beef cuts to Susan Jutz's CSA delivery site in SE Cedar Rapids on Earth Day, Ap. 22. Thanks to the help from Edgewood Locker, we've been able to divvy up my harvested beef into "snow flake" boxes. (No two boxes are identical, but I try to make them all equivalent.) All boxes have 3 packages of steaks; 2 roasts; minute steaks; stew meat, (no bones); boiling beef, (contains some small bones); and at least 4 lbs. of hamburger. No organ meats. Some boxes may also contain a small package of soup bones or short ribs. The boxes are priced at $120 per box. Place orders by replying to danspech@neitel.net , or 563-516-1007 by noon on Sunday April 21.  Hamburger is also available, priced at $5.50/lb., while supplies last. Liver, heart, and tongue are available at $2.50/lb, and soup bones at $3/lb.

And finally, if you want to learn to burn prairies, there is a free program (and I think there is going to be smoke) tomorrow, Saturday, April 20, 10:00 to 2:00 at the Goose Pond Natural Area near Center Point, sponsored by Linn County and the roadside people.  Please call Mary today at 377-5960 (x3) to register. 

You can join the CSA any time by sending me your registration and a little money. 

Hope to see you at market tomorrow,
Laura

 


 
 

Winter markets begin

Greetings,
 
This week is the opening market for the winter season in Mt. Vernon.  Market is Saturday, 11:00 until 1:00 at the Community Center on the east end of downtown.  All the vendors are excited to start the new season.   I'll be bringing eggs, brussels sprouts, cabbage, chinese cabbage, kale and collards, turnips, beets, carrots, arugula, small kohlrabi, garlic, and squash.  Charlotte will bring bread.
 
Unfortunately, the lettuce with which I was planning to dazzle you is nearly unmarketable.  I guess it must have been as cold as 21 degrees last Saturday night.  That's what the National Weather Service says happened, and I think they were right.  I had ice on the chicken water buckets even at 3:00 in the afternoon on Sunday.  Very weird for late October.  Anyway, it was cold enough to burn the lettuce leaf tips and pretty much ruin the salad.  Of course, this is one more strange weather event.  I can't ever remember it being so cold so early in the fall.  It also burned all the mustards, chois, daikon, and radishes.  So I'm going to be short on leaves and crunch this fall.   Bummer.  (However, not actually as bad as having a hurricane wash your house away.)
 
Hope to see you Saturday,
Laura
 
 
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