Moonstruck Farms

  (Phelan, California)
Moonstruck Farms CSA
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Some of My Favorite Things

Some of my favorite things....roses, fresh green beans, the first tomato of the season and Molly!!  She has truly been a blessing lately with babies everywhere and new pens going in and moving animals this way and that!!  Yes, if you don't close the door all the way those laying hen babies will squeeze through and run out!!! They are fast too!  Molly catches them, and waits for me to come and get them!!  It is awesome!  One she caught and it freaked her out by playing dead so she walked away, and I thought oh know she was too rough! I picked it up and put it in the coop and it ran away!!  The piglets she corraled with a few nips on the heels and back in the pen they went!  Now, when I go into the coop to feed the laying hen babies Molly stands guard at the door to make sure none get out.  The cows are pretty docile, but if they show any agitation at all a few quick barks and they are back in line.  She is by far one of the best additions to the farm in the last few years.  Of course, she is my constant companion also, and whines terribly if I waste anytime going outside once the overalls are on....as she is right now.  Have a good day everyone!! 

P.S.

We made fresh squeezed orange juice today and received 5 cups of juice from about 3 - 3.5 lb. oranges from Glen Cairn, and it was sooooooo good!!

 
 

Lamb and New Sweet Potato Bed

I went to Ash Wednesday mass, and I realized that easter is just around the corner (plus mike can’t stop talking about his big international las vegas karate tournament coming up, it is the day before easter…he loves it and has been training hard for it!!)  I called nancee siebert and we discussed the need for small lamb csa shares.  This is one live lamb to be split between customers. Just let me know if you are interested.  In the meantime mike has to listen to me all night about my exciting plans for the farm including sweet potatoes!!! (which includes begging for a new raised bed to be built by my “studly” husband…yes groveling and flattery is required!!).   First time in bulk…wish me luck.  This year’s focus….food for the masses…carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lettuce, green beans!! I can’t wait!! 

 
 

Christmas Turkeys!

Fortunately and unfortunately the Bashaws had quite a few last minute cancellations.   The good news is that there are Christmas turkeys available, but only for a limited time.  In about a week I am going to start making turkey sausage!!  If you want a Christmas turkey please let me know and we will get you taken care of.   The first batch of Moonstruck pork goes to butcher early tomorrow morning, and I know I can't wait to get my honey cured bacon back!  The next batch goes to butcher in March 2012, and we will have Pork CSA shares available at that time.
 
It has been so beautiful the green onions, radishes and even lettuce are doing beautifully outside.  Moonstruck Salad Mix is available this week, and Asian Greens are next on the list.  Savoy cabbages are doing beautifully in the new greenhouse, and the summer vegies are alive!!  It takes about 3 weeks to grow a single zucchini so extending the season does not work due to the late days, but it proves that starting early will not be a problem at all especially since I know I was germinating last year during freezing temps! 
 
Phelan may have an opportunity to have a community garden!! If you are interested please let me know so we can keep track of who in the community would like to take advantage of this.  Have a great week everyone!!  Moonstruck signing out. 
 
 

Here goes...what a different year this is going to be !

Well we are buying seed by the ounce and by the pound...big difference from last year.  150 feet of snow peas went in today instead of 20 feet like last year....100s of feet of squash, melons and green beans are planned.  We have radishes with greens over a foot long!! We have French Breakfast radishes that are over 3 inches long.  What a difference the new single layer of polyethylene is making.  It is a new product for Conleys too and they said it had improved UV rating.  Between that and the increased volume we are seeing incredible differences in production.  The test green beans and squash are doing fantastic.  Trays are started to go outside as soon as those night temps stay at 40.  Meanwhile the onions are growing like crazy though you see a little damage on the initial greens from all the freezes.  Dahlia size Zinnias are on their way to go into the ground with sunflowers and lavender will be available again.  Basil inside is doing well...putting some outside to harden off to go in with the nice temps coming up.  Molly has been working hard herding chickens, and she dug with me in the garden again.  As I dug with the hand shovel she dug with her paws and then I started to smooth out the area for planting with my hands so she started using her nose!!  It was so cute!!  She is so smart!!  I can't wait to get the livestock fence up and see her work all the animals!!  First row being taken out of production in the old greenhouse this week.  We are going to cover crop with barley and Daikon radishes.  The Daikons are for a parishioner who is fighting cancer and is having a hard time finding them...our Daikons and prayers are for you Bob.  Moonstruck signing out.
 
 

Lots of produce here at farm...market cancelled.

Well Murphy's Law prevailed...I did the largest harvest this winter and sold a fair amount in Phelan so I came home and harvested more...did not check my email and sure enough Wrightwood is cancelled.  I will be here in the morning with farm open 8-12 Friday for pick ups of preorders or just for your shopping pleasure...but call to check road conditions. Cell: (760) 412-9746 or Farm: (760) 868-4858. The farm will be open Saturday as usual from 8-12 and this time with lots of vegies for sale!!  Weather is supposed to clear Saturday so come and see us, buy some vegies, pick up some eggs and see what we are doing here at Moonstruck!!
 
 

Testing...testing..snow!

Okay the winds were a real test on the overall structure, but now we get to find out what the snow load is on the single layer of polyethylene...came home from church and dinner and found 4 inches or so already built up and decided not to take any chances and went to work.  It would not have been that bad, but the manufacturers claimed to have built in an anticondesant meaning no drips from the roof on the inside...not true.  It does not drip in large drips, but it does spray especially as you are hitting the top with a flat broom to get the snow falling, and it was icy snow so it was not moving very easily.  Other growers are using the nylon rope method of pulling it across the top, and I think we will try that next time and maybe next time I won't be so exhausted, and won't have to be jumping up and down to reach the top and then be rained with the condensation each time!! I was soaked by the time I came inside and I was inside the greenhouse!  Well the exhausting days are part of farm life too...one part I willingly accept.  Thanks to all who came through with their pork orders so that everything is ready for next week's processing...a few more left...drop me a line at moonstruckfarms@verizon.net.  I need to know by the 22nd!!  Moonstruck signing off.
 
 

Thank you for your support!

A family came to the farm today from the city....they were lost  parked on the corner of my property with me and the chickens waving at them trying to get their attention. I was so self-conscious because my place is more of a construction zone than a farm nowadays....but then I thought about all my experiences with other farmers I have had lately...many desperate to make ends meet that they are stretching the truth about their "organic" feed....and stretching the truth about their abilities. I was self-conscious about my construction zone and mess, but then again I thought....this is me...this is real...and it is such a peaceful feeling knowing that I can say "this is me...this is the real deal...please bear with our growing pains and thank you so much for your support...you are my dreams...only my customers can continue to keep my energy up, my dreams alive in order to help me make all this come true!!!"  This is from my heart...many will say I am a sappy dreamer....I say "I am the American Dream...I am a farmer at heart and always will be".  Thank you for your loyal support, and with that support you will continue to energize me to do the right thing as I do everyday now thanks to you....300 green onions, a compost pile turned, some tilling, a farm tour, beef box information/orders taken, 200 Daikon radishes, French Breakfast and Cherry Belle Radishes in, chicken feed bins mixed with flax seed and diacematous earth and my favorite end to a day....Mass on a Saturday evening to thank the Lord for all my blessings and of course a prayer for my many wonderful customers!! Moonstruck signing off!!
 
 
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