Abbe Hills Farm CSA

  (Mt. Vernon, Iowa)
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we got some rain today, but it's cold!!!

Greetings shareholders,

Even though it's going to be dreary, we'll have a little market here at the farm tomorrow, Saturday, May 4, 10:00 until noon.  I've got lots of lettuce and radishes, smaller quantities of spinach and eggs.  We'll set up a table somewhere near the big shed.  Just remember to keep your car on the gravel driveway!  It's going to be soft everywhere else.

If you want eggs or produce during the week, just zap me a note to make sure I'm around.  I've usually got some of everything on hand in the frig in my garage.  Or shop at the farmers at the Mt. Vernon Farmers Market, 4:00 until 6:00 everything Thursday, at Memorial Park downtown.

The rain has been a good thing.  We planted thousands of small leafy things and onions the first three days this week, and they were literally dying for a drink.  The heat and relentless 72-hours of wind early in the week were tough.  So, we're happy for a little rain, although the cold's not so great!

Thank you to so many of you who have signed up for the CSA this season.  I really appreciate your support.  Still need to register?  Here's the form.  If you have a friend at work or church or a relative or neighbor who has been talking about trying CSA, I sure wish you would encourage them to join Abbe Hills.  We work hard to grow great food that is good for you, produced in a way that is environmentally responsible by fairly paid workers.  If you know someone, or if you would like to join the CSA but can't really afford it, please let me know.  We have scholarship money available I am happy to help anybody who needs a little boost.  Everybody should be able to eat good food.

In response to your financial commitment to me and the farm, one of the principles to which I am commited is operating transparently so that you can know how and where and by whom your food is grown.  Not all CSAs have this philosophy.  If there is something you want to know about how we do things and I haven't explained it to your satisfaction, please ask me again.  You are welcome to come look around any time - although you might have to work if you hang around here too long.  I want Abbe Hills Farm to be a green, diverse, welcoming place where adults and kids can learn, eat, and develop community.

I'm still trying to get good at Facebook, although it is a challenge.  I'm trying to remember to carry the camera with me so I can show you more of the day-to-day goings on here.   Sounds simple enough, but it turns out, you can drive a tractor over a camera quite easily.  And you can do it to more than one camera!  We are on Facebook at Abbe Hills Farm.

See you soon,
Laura

www.abbehills.com

 
 

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

 
 

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
 
 
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