Abbe Hills Farm CSA

  (Mt. Vernon, Iowa)
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market at the farm this Saturday, April 27

Greetings shareholders and friends of Abbe Hills Farm,

There is no farmers market this week, but we've got nice things so we're going to have a little market here instead.  10:00 until noon.  Use the farm driveway.  We'll have lots of lettuce, eggs, some spinach, arugula, and radishes.   And many kittens that need to be held.  Sadly, Charlotte hasn't yet solved her oven problem, so there won't be any bread.  But soon, very soon, she'll be making bread for us again.

We had about 12 inches of rain this month.  That's great, but really slowed us down.  I'm in the field every waking minute now.  The soil surface is drying, especially today in the wind, so we can get in to do the primary tillage and make the seedbeds.  Then we plant.  Onions, peas, and potatoes are my big projects right now, plus the seeding of hay and cover crops over the rest of the farm.  And killing the current alfalfa in the places where we'll plant field corn and sweet corn in the next couple of weeks.  And pretty soon, transplanting thousands of little plants waiting to get in the ground.  It's busy.

The scholarship account is well funded right now.  If you are hesitating about joining the CSA because of financial worries, please let me know how I can help.  Bad things happen - and they are usually expensive - but you still need good food.  Especially when bad things happen, you need good food!  Thank you to all of you who have contributed so generously to the fund.  Your donation is going to make a difference for somebody.

Here is the registration form for this season's CSA.

Hope to see you Saturday,
Laura

 
 

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

 
 

Eggs and ice storm

Greeting shareholders and farm friends,

Farmers market tomorrow, Saturday, February 2, is at the Mt. Vernon Community Center, east end of downtown, 11:00 until 1:00.  I'll have lots of eggs that I wish you would come buy.  Turns out that ice storms, snow, high winds, and below zero weather make it so people don't come to the country to buy eggs.  After a couple of days, they start to pile up.  Charlotte will be at market, too, with her lovely bread.

Here's the bad news on cats.  They are waaaay worse than we like to think.  I love it when we have kitties here, but agonize over getting them all adopted to homes.  Sparky, in particular, is an exceptional killer, as I suppose are her babies.  The problem is that she prefers eating endangered, neotropical, migratory songbirds over mice and rats!

I want to invent a giant salad spinner, and I need an automatic washer.  First, I'm looking for one that still spins.  Secondarily, it would be nice if it also agitates and is cleanish.  And it has to be free.  If you know somebody who has one to get rid of, I'll pick it up if they'll donate it to the cause of cleaner greens.  I'm still not sure that I want to regularly wash greens for you.  There are tradeoffs between cleanliness, workload, storage life, and food safety.  But on some really muddy days, it wouldn't hurt.  If I do, however, I have to get them dry.  That's where the spin cycle comes in.  Might work.

OK, if you think your head might explode if you read something from "Mother Jones", then don't click on this story about nitrogen fertilizer and natural gas supplies with an Iowa spin. But if you want to think a little more about the intersection between commodity agriculture, food, water quality, energy, and policy, it's a good one.  Tom Philpott is a reliable researcher and good writer.

Do you have a group that needs a speaker?  I've got a couple more months where I can make myself available to give talks.  I'd love to drum up some more business for the 2013 garden season and educate a few more people on the value of eating locally. Talks that are hosted by people the listeners know and trust are a very good way to start the conversations.

Be looking for an Abbe Hills Facebook page pretty soon.  You've begged for it, and I've resisted.  I think it's finally time.  I'm scared, but my people will help me figure it out.  The best thing about it (that I know of right now) is that it is such an easy way to post pictures and videos of things around here that I'd like you to see. 

Hope to see you at the market tomorrow,
Laura

 
 

Eggs and baguettes in Mt. Vernon

Greetings Abbe Hills shareholders and friends,

The market tomorrow is at the Mt. Vernon Community Center, east of downtown, from 11:00 until 1:00.   I'll be there with eggs.  Charlotte's going to be busy Saturday, but she's going to bake tonight so I will also have an armload of her plain baguettes for you.

To see what would happen, I planted a little lettuce in the the hoophouse about Dec 15 and watered it in.  The soil was still a little warm then, and lettuces started popping up actually during the blizzard on the 22nd.  Then they stopped.  Not dead.  Not frozen.  Not growing.  Nothing.  I planted a little more lettuce and spinach on Jan 9th, mostly because it was warm enough that day that I could use the garden hose to get water inside.  Nothing yet.  We're headed for a cold week, but I'll bet it warms up again after that, and I imagine things will start to pop.  Or not.  Either way, I'm working on getting us something green as soon as possible.  I'm ready for some crunch.

Hope to see you at the market.
Laura

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Bread and eggs. Are we running out of soil?

Greetings shareholders and friends of Abbe Hills Farm,
 
The next farmers market is tomorrow, Saturday, January 5, 11:00 until 1:00, at the Community Center in Mt. Vernon.  I won't be there, but Charlotte will be bringing her bread and also selling eggs for me.
 
Our beef guy, Dan Specht, will be delivering beef from noon until 1:00.  He'll be parked in front of or near the coffee shop, Fuel, just up the street from the market.  He drives a white pickup, so look for him near the pickup, or inside Fuel.  He is bringing beef boxes for those who have preordered, plus hamburger for sale in individual packages.  If you want him to bring something special for you, please contact him directly before Saturday morning.  His phone is 563-516-1007, and his email is danspech@neitel.net .
 
The Linn Soil and Water Conservation District needs a volunteer to help us keep our website up-to-date.  It is hosted by SquareSpace and is quite easy to manage, but neither our secretary nor I have as much time to give to it as we would like.   If you like website work, are interested in natural resource stewardship, and could spend a hour or less a week keeping an eye on it, please let me know.  We'd be happy to call you an "assistant commissioner" and put you to work. 
 
Here's an interesting article about one of my favorite subjects, soil.  The story is a little grim, but not impossible.  There are lots of farmers all over the world who are doing just about everything right to build soil health, while making a living and growing good quality food.  So we know it can be done.  Just gotta get the eaters (that's you!) enthused.  And better soil health will result in cleaner water, fewer floods, and better drought resistance.
 
Hope you make it to the market,
Laura

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Beef and eggs Dec 29

Greetings friends of Abbe Hills Farm,

There is no farmers market this upcoming weekend, but if enough of you are interested, we will have beef available at the farm on Saturday, December 29, 11:00 until noon.  But you have to pre-order the beef with Dan.  Eggs, of course, are almost always here.  And I can scare up some nice cabbages from the cooler.  And if Charlotte is back from her parent's early enough, we might have bread.

Dan has several 20 lb mixed beef boxes available for $110, and lots of hamburger at $5 per pound that he will bring down if he has enough orders to make the trip worthwhile.   Excellent grassfed beef at a very good price.  He needs you to preorder the boxes, and if you want more than five pounds of hamburger.  He'll have extra one pound packages of hamburger with him.  If you want to know more about the beef, or to order some for pickup on Saturday, or to confirm that he will be here, please contact Dan.  His phone number is 563-516-1007.  His email is danspech@neitel.net.

Our next farmers market is Saturday, Jan 5, in Mt. Vernon, 11:00 until 1:00.

Hope you are having great holiday,
Laura

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Long newsletter, a lot on my mind this week!

Greetings shareholders and friends of Abbe Hills Farm,
 
This week's market is tomorrow, December 15, 11:00 until 1:00 at the Community Center in Mt. Vernon.  Charlotte and I will be there with bread, eggs, cabbages of various sorts, and garlic.  There will be lots of vendors with crafts and treats that would be good Christmas gifts. 
 
If you get new tires for Christmas, and your old set is in pretty good shape (good enough to run around a farm, not good enough to drive to Des Moines in the winter) and will fit 15" rims, I would be happy to have them.  Seems like I keep running out of 15" tires.  Too many wheels around here, I guess.
 
Matt Steigerwald, chef and owner of the Lincoln Cafe and Lincoln Wine Bar in Mt Vernon, and I started an exciting project last week.  We are both interested in making the world a better place, keeping stuff out of the landfill, and saving money.  After being mutually inspired by a series on food waste on NPR a couple of weeks ago, his people have started collecting all the kitchen and plate waste from the two restaurants, and I have started bringing it home for the chickens / compost pile.  So far, so good, and very exciting that we are making it work. 
 
But, it's complicated.  His people have to negotiate one more thing in their very small kitchens, and I have to make a trip to town every morning.  I can't help Matt's space problems, but if I'm going to persist, I'll need a delivery assistant.  I'm looking for somebody who drives by here most days, probably on the way to work, who would be willing to stop at the back door of the restaurant between 9:00 and 10:00 every morning and pick up a couple of heavy bags of food, then dump them in/near the compost pile here.  I can pay them with a CSA share and/or eggs.  There will be complications when the snow finally gets here and the road gets bad, but we can figure out how to make it work when the obstacles present themselves.  I don't want anybody to make a special trip to do this job, however.  The idea is to reduce our collective carbon footprint, and making one more trip in the car will cancel our good works.  So, if you know somebody reliable, strong, brave on icy gravel roads, and already going in this direction, please have them call me.
 
If you are a weather geek like me, you'll like reading the latest from Dr. Elwyn Taylor, THE weather and climate guy for Iowa.  He's not optimistic about the drought ending any time soon.  Bummer.
 
In 1972, the Clean Water Act became the primary federal law on water pollution.  Since then, water quality has improved in lots of places, especially where the pollution came from a point source like a pipe from a factory or sewage treatment plant.  But it hasn't worked so well in Iowa.  We still have appallingly poor water quality, with 80-90% of our pollution problems coming from non-point sources like farm fields and lawns.  Our biggest pollutant is soil, and the two nutrients that run into our surface waters along with the soil are nitrogen and phosphorus.  Soil and nutrients in the water are bad for those of us who use water here, and of course, become a problem in the Gulf of Mexico eventually. 
 
Here's a newly released study from the Environmental Working Group that describes the nature of our water quality problem and offers policy suggestions to start to solve it.  EWG is willing to suggest that the voluntary approach that we've used for the last 40 years to get farmers to practice conservation that will reduce soil erosion and nutrient runoff hasn't worked all that well, and needs to be juiced up with some kinds of regulations.  These, or course, are fighting words to most farmers.
 
Because of our lack of progress in meeting the goals of the Clean Water Act and the continued growth of the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, in 2008, Iowa was ordered by EPA to come up with a plan to tell what we are going to do to reduce the size, severity, and duration of the dead zone.  Iowa's plan, the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, was released last week.  It recommends that we continue to use the voluntary approach to solve our non-point problems.  Most farmers and farm groups support this plan of attack and the document is on its way to becoming our state policy.  The report's not exactly an easy read, but the executive summary is manageable.  It will make you a better citizen.
 
Whatever approach we end up with, it's going to have a big impact on all of us, both farmers and taxpayers, primarily because the improvements we need to make to reduce our contributions of nitrogen and phosphorus (soil loss will decrease at the same time) are BIG and EXPENSIVE.   Either way, the Legislature is going to have to deal with it this session, and we're going to have to help them get us moving on this big challenge.
 
I believe that we need to do something about natural resource conservation RIGHT NOW.  Unfortunately, I don't have a whole lot of confidence that farmers are going to step up as much as they need to in this time of very high crop prices, based on our history and what I see.  I HATE being regulated, but I also HATE standing by and watching our irreplaceable soil and water resources being degraded.  I know from my experience here on my own farm that we can improve soil and water quality with some easy and not-so-easy changes in farming practices, that we can still grow lots of food, and that we can make enough money to support ourselves and our communities.  I'm happy that we're finally going to address the issues.  I hope you will get involved.  Informed and thoughtful eaters and taxpayers need to be participants in the discussions. 
 
I think our next market is Saturday, January 5, in Mt. Vernon.  The chickens are going to lay a lot of eggs between now and then.  Please stop by whenever you need more.  I plan to be home most of the time.
 
Hope to see you at the market,
Laura
 
 

Dec 8 market in Springville

Greetings shareholders and friends of Abbe Hills Farm,
 
Market tomorrow, Saturday, December 8, is in Springville, 9:00 until 11:00, at the Community Center in the middle of downtown.  I'll be bringing eggs, plus napa cabbage, regular cabbage, turnips, and squash.  Charlotte will be bringing bread.  The other vendors will have nuts, bakery, mushrooms, and lots of different kinds of crafts that would make very nice, local Christmas gifts.
 
Good news!   Charlotte moved to Mt. Vernon.  Now you can get your hands on that delicious bread even in the middle of the week!
 
Here's an interesting little study in biodiversity that will make you think.  One of the things that gives me the greatest enjoyment is pointing out to my student workers all the zillions of different creatures that make themselves at home in our fields and gardens.  A very, very small portion of them are problematic; the rest are helping us grow good soil and good food.  As I write this, there is a Cornell biology class out in the prairie and around the pond collecting goldenrod stems with insect galls for some project they are doing.  There aren't many farms around here where that would be possible.  I'm very happy that this is one of them.
 
Hope to see you tomorrow,
Laura

 
 

Sat, Dec 1 market in MV

Greetings shareholders and friends of Abbe Hills Farm,
 
The market this Saturday, December 1, is at the Mt. Vernon Community Center, east end of downtown, from 11:00 until 1:00.  I'll be bringing eggs, carrots, eggs, turnips, eggs, kale, eggs, brussels sprouts, eggs, regular and napa cabbage, eggs, garlic, eggs, squash, and eggs.  Charlotte will be there with bread, too.
 
The napa cabbage is as nice as it can be.  Here is a recipe people have enjoyed, and another one that looks good.  You can chop it up for salad, or saute it, or roast it, all equally delicious.  It's the cabbage you use when you make the salad with the ramen noodles.  We've got lots.
 
Still needing egg cartons.
 
A good thing happened this week.  I have been accumulating the black plastic drip tape that we used to irrigate this summer because it just hurts me to take it to the landfill, so I was putting it off.  Luckily, I called City Carton to see if they would take it for recycling, and they did!!!   YIPPEE!!  I took a huge pickup load in to them and they were happy to receive it.  Makes the irrigating a little less unpleasant for me.
 
Next week's market will be in Springville, 9:00 until 11:00 (earlier than MV).  I image we'll have eggs and bread, produce that is still nice.
 
See you tomorrow,
Laura 
 
 

Thanksgiving food this week

Greetings shareholders and friends of Abbe Hills Farm,
 
Market this Saturday is in Mt. Vernon, 11:00 until 1:00, in the Community Center at the east end of downtown.  I'll be bringing Thanksgiving food:  eggs, small red potatoes for roasting or mashing, winter squash, lots of gorgeous brussels sprouts, garlic, carrots, turnips, beets, napa (Chinese) cabbage, regular cabbage, and kale.  I'll also have vegetable roasting kits and and a new thing - stew kits - with everything you need to make leftover turkey stew in one bag.  If we have time, we'll also pick some spinach on Friday afternoon, but there won't be much.  (I realize I have just now set up the conditions for a food riot at the door of the gym at 11:00, but I don't know any other way to tell it.)  Charlotte will be with me with lots of bread.
 
For those of you who ordered turkeys and plan to pick them up here at the farm, we will be open from 5:00 until 6:15 Tuesday evening.  I'll also have more vegetables and eggs available for anybody who wants to stop by for last minute shopping.   And Charlotte will have bread here for people who have pre-ordered.  It will be dark, so bring a flashlight and park close to the shed so it's easier to get in and out.  (Parking rules were suspended back in October - yeah!  I no longer have to play bad cop.)
 
I can use egg cartons any time you want to drop them off, or bring them to market on Saturday. 
 
We had a somewhat disappointing market in MV two weeks ago, and we think we know why.  New Bo.  It seems like some of you might have been seduced by the big promises and bright lights of the city.  Well, you've had your fling; time to come back home.  We've got everything you need for Thanksgiving at the Mt. Vernon market - bread, veggies, eggs, bakery, mushrooms, meat, jelly, donuts, honey, wine, candy, nuts, pasta, and probably more things that I'm forgetting.  Plus all the crafts and gifts.  And everything at our market was really created by the person standing there.  And parking is easier.  And you don't have to fight a crowd.  And all your friends will be there.  And there are snacks.  What more do you need?  COME BACK!!!  PLEASE!!!
 
We'll take a week off for the holiday, so the next market will be Saturday, Dec 1, in Mt Vernon again.  I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  See you Saturday.
 
Laura
 
 

Market at Springville this week. Lots of fall vegetables

Greetings shareholders and friends of Abbe Hills,
 
Market this week is in Springville, 9:00 until 11:00 (note that this time is 2 HOURS EARLIER than the start of the Mt. Vernon market), at the Community Center right downtown.  I'll be bringing eggs, brussels, cabbage, kale, turnips, kohlrabi, beets, carrots, garlic, and squash.  I'll also have a new product, roasting vegetable kits - dump the whole thing in a pan with a little oil, roast it for 30 minutes, and serve just the right amount of beautiful fall root vegetables without having to buy a whole bag of each.  Charlotte will bring bread.
 
We're opening a new field of brussels sprouts today.  I think they are nicer than the ones that got us started.  Remember, they're only good in the fall, so you should take advantage of the opportunity and enjoy them.  Here is an easy and delicious way to prepare them.  And another one.
 
If you can't make it to market, or if you need vegetables or eggs mid-week. please stop by nearly any time.  I've got extras in the cooler.  I'm nearly always home, but zap me a note just to make sure I'll be here when you want to come.
 
Fresh, organic, free range turkeys will be available Nov 19 in Cedar Rapids and Nov 20 here at the farm.  If you're going to want one, please contact Susan Jutz from Local Harvest CSA right away.  319-929-5032 is her phone number; her email is above.  We will be open here from 5:00 until 6:15 on the 20th.  Besides pre-ordered turkeys, I'll also have Thanksgiving vegetables and eggs for sale.  Charlotte is thinking of taking orders for Thanksgiving breads that you would also pick up that night. 
 
HELP.  I need egg cartons. 
 
Here's a good article about some important research that's being done at Iowa State on the value of crop rotations.  I know, sounds dull.   It's not.  It's important.  I'm starting to think that the only way we are going to get agriculture to operate more sustainably and carefully is for people who aren't farmers - people like you - to become knowledgeable and start insisting on a more sane and responsible agriculture that embraces ecological and biological reality instead of rolling right past it.  This short article is part of your education.
 
Hope to see you Saturday,
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
 
 

beef, bread, and eggs this week, getting really cold one night

Greetings shareholders,
 
I was in such a hurry to get outside Monday morning when I sent the newsletter, I forgot some key elements.  So here is the rest of this week's news. 
 
Veggie pickup is Saturday, 10:00 until 2:00.  If you can't get here by 2:00, let me know by Friday afternoon and we'll figure out what to do about it.
 
There are A LOT of eggs coming out of these new hens!!!  Bring your egg money on Saturday, or stop by nearly any time to get as many as you need out of the walkin cooler in the big shed.  $3 per dozen.  Free range, brown eggs, no hormones or antibiotics, lots of home grown, chemical free corn in their diet.  (It would be illegal for me to claim organic because I am not third-party inspected and certified, but I use 99% organic practices in the gardens and fields.)
 
Of course, Charlotte will be bringing lovely bread on Saturday, but you could also get bread from her nearly any time during the week if you need it for something special.  Her phone number is 513-659-0694.
 
Dan Specht is bringing more beef this Saturday.  Here is his note:   Hi Laura and CSA members, I will be attending the Sat., Oct. 6 CSA pick-up, and will be offering 20 lb bundles of assorted cuts for $5/lb to those who notify me in advance.   danspech@neitel.net   I will also have hamburger for $5/lb.  I am also now making a list of folks wanting to purchase half or quarter animals for $2.25/lb plus processing fees.  Harvest date is set for Mon., Oct. 29 in Arlington IA at Edgewood Locker West. Send me an E-mail or call me on my cell phone for more details or an order.  563-516-1007
 
Finally, I think some people still owe a little money for this season's share.  I just haven't had the time or mental energy to go through all the paperwork and figure out who you are, so maybe you'll all think it through for me.  The full share price this year is $420.  Would you please look back in your checkbook to see if you gave me that much money for your 20-week share?  I'll have the files with me on Saturday so we can compare notes when I can take a minute away from keeping the veggies stocked.  Thanks. 
 
We're starting to harvest for Saturday this afternoon, so I'll be able to let you know Friday morning what we will have this weekend.  We're also getting ready for big cold Saturday night - 26 degrees according to Channel 9, 28 degrees according to my buddy Schnackenberg, and 29 degrees according to the National Weather Service.  It's the Channel 9 one that's got me worried.  We're going to be hustling to get the winter squash all brought inside before it could be potentially damaged Saturday night.  The stuff is so precious this year - we can't afford to lose any of it!
 
See you Saturday,
Laura 
 
 

melons and lopes this week, getting cold for a few days, neighbors have apples

Greetings shareholders,

This week, we have potatoes, onions, garlic, beans, sweet peppers, tomatoes, kale and collards, herbs, chili peppers, summer squash, watermelon, and cantaloupe.  I think I'll also be able to find some cucumbers, swiss chard, and the last of the edamame.  After today, we're expecting an uncharacteristically cold week, so I don't know what's going to happen with the garden between now and Thursday, but I think we'll still have most things.  The week after that, who knows? 

I am wishing for a good rain today.  We're now back in the rut in which we found ourselves in May - small crops, lots of them, sitting there, waiting for a rain.  The problem with waiting now is that they are going to run out of time.  So I suppose it is time to start irrigating again, although I don't want to.  Next week, I'm quite sure we can cut some lettuce, and pretty soon after we get just a little more heat and moisture, we should have turnips, kohlrabi, lots more lettuce, a new crop of beans, beets, carrots, cabbage, and all the wonderful fall greens.  We will harvest winter squash starting in October.

I haven't grown cantaloupe in several years, and now I remember why.  While they are absolutely the most sweet and wonderful lopes you've ever tasted, they almost all have a spot on the side that was sitting on the ground.  The problem with cantaloupe (that aren't sprayed multiple times with fungicides and insecticides) is that they ripen, and then two seconds later, they start to rot.  So, pick the best one you can find, keep in the frig, cut off the spot, and enjoy them soon.  We should have more next week. 

Big thanks to a team from Cornell that came on Saturday and helped us get the last of the potatoes dug.  YIPPEE.  I LOVE crossing things off my list!!!   The potato harvest was disappointing this year, about 40% of what we expected, but still enough to get us through the fall.  And the quality has been good.

I've got flyers out on the table for "Landfall", a world music festival in Cedar Rapids this week.  Lots of great music to enjoy, and much of it is free. 

My neighbors about 3 miles away, Kevin and Marie Lynch, have too many APPLES and want to sell some to you.  I've tasted the apples; they are gorgeous, big and crisp, and unsprayed.  U-pick at their place, $.75 per pound.  Kevin and Marie will be here this week handing out samples in case you need more convincing.  Make arrangements to pick when you get your veggies, or call Kevin at 721-8218.  Kevin's email is above.

The email for Charlotte, our bread lady, is also above.  If you want to know her weekly offerings in advance, zap her a note, and tell her which night you pick up so she can get you on the right list.

See you this week,

Laura

 
 
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