Moonstruck Farms

  (Phelan, California)
Moonstruck Farms CSA
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Huge goal met!!

We started harvesting summer vegetables on june 1st!!  this is a huge goal met for us.  As i look around at all the things that still need fixing and the weeding and the pens to be built it is nice to know that we have all the room (well we are putting in 250 trees and need more onion room) we need for this year's plantings and we met a huge goal of having summer vegetables early and from what i learned this year peppers and tomatoes are being started in november so they can be in the greenhouses by february 1st of next year.

Thank you everyone for your support and patience as we grow.  We are planting as fast as we can to keep up with your needs, but it is kind of cool that I am selling out of summer vegetables on june 11th at the very beginning of “summer planting time”. 

 
 

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!!

 
 

Freeze coming...fried green tomatoes anybody??

You have to look on Facebook to see my counter covered with 50 pounds of green tomatoes!!  I did a lousy job on my tomatoes this year due to the rush to get them planted outside in July (way too cold in June) and the new greenhouse still being added to the schedule!!  I can't wait to see how well they do next year!!  The tomatoes did not do well in the peak season in the new greenhouse so I am going to put babies out in July in the new greenhouse and so they are just producing in October, and hopefully will pull us through until late December next year!!  We will see how far we can push it with the new greenhouse.  We do have a few plants in the greenhouses, but not a lot.  We should pull a few pounds a week, but not much.  The old greenhouse tomatoes did well in the center of the greenhouse so that is where they will all go next year twined up to the top purlin.  They are all over the place now, but I stretched one up and it would have almost hit the 12 foot peak!  The one thing I did discover is the bees would not go in the greenhouses during the peak temps, but now that it has been a nice and cozy 80-85 that is where they all have been!  Well hopefully 10 or 20 pounds of these wil ripen, but the rest are either for fried green tomatoes or to the chickens and pigs who always greatly appreciate the garden gifts!! Moonstruck signing out.  
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Summer is in Full Spring and it is time to store!!

August through October are busy months around here at Moonstruck.  The onions are being cured.  The tomatoes are coming in and being frozen or canned.  It is the beginning of apple season and thanks to Brian Ranch Orchard we are canning applesauce already.  Peaches from Valle View Ranch were made into peach jam and the jalapenos are being frozen for Jalapeno Burgers or my favorite green salsa recipe!! This is not to mention the root crops are being squeezed in everywhere they can be and the greenhouses are being prepped for lettuce and the doors will be shut soon with the approaching Fall weather.  I woke up this morning and it was 62...time to close up the old greenhouse I told Michael.  I will vent with the front door and the above head irrigation for the remaining hot days.  We need to preserve as much of the ground temperature as we can and if we don't close up at night we will lose tons!!  The pigs are feasting on the extra large zucchini, patty pans, cracked tomatoes and lots of eggs...their absolute favorite!! Filet is becoming friendlier each day and her tongue is now licking me every chance she gets...it actually abraised my hand today....maybe she is seeing how I would taste!!  The chickens are laying like crazy so eggs are being frozen for winter baking so that more eggs will be available to the customers and eggs are being tucked in the refrigerator for hard boiled...yes they have to get old to be easily peeled!! We also found a great spot for the cellar and just prior to the 50 new fruit trees arriving in January we will dig the 50 holes and the cellar hole...basically we have decided to build another small basement.  We know how to do block walls so might as well stick with what we know best.  Thanks for all your support...we would not be where we are without everyone's support....customers and fellow farmers!!  Moonstruck signing out!

 
 

I am so close I can almost taste it!!

The website is up where I can see it.  I can see how the reports are set up, but I can't get in and set up the producers!  Ugh!!  Searching for answers.   Not sure if it is a script issue or a problem with the original shareware.  Funny, a provider of this same software called offering their services, but they want 8%!  I don't want to have to pass that on to my customers.  I am in this for the long haul, and I want to do it right from the start.  Of course that seems really funny since I have not been doing things right...the irrigation is wrong, the back end of the greenhouse tore open due to leaving it open, and the weeds are growing so quickly I can't keep up, but that just means back to the drawing board, and start over.  The employees are a tremendous help and now I just need to get this website up and running and it will take at least a few hours off a week from my load, and make your lives easier in ordering.  In the meantime I am planting some Giant Dahlia Zinnias, and more green beans, spinach, lettuce, radishes and the watermelon and cantaloupe are waiting in the wings along with tomatoes and peppers just waiting for this storm to pass.  Off to bed...big day tomorrow and a girl needs her beauty rest ya know. Moonstruck Signing Off!
 
 

Red Orach

Seed ordering commenced about a month ago and I had to review my business plan at the same time...what is my goal...meet my "Foodies" needs...yes that is what is actually written in my business plan. I know that most of my customers are true Foodies and love not only great tasting food, but different items and many have a desire to support the Heirloom varieties as I do also; so in went the order for Black From Tula Tomatoes (Russian Heirloom), Sorrell, Red Orach and a variety of Heirloom lettuces, which I have already been using. The Red Orach is a spinach substitute I want to try for its color and Summer survivability. Some hybrids are going in for fun too including Rutgers tomatoes (one of the original Campbells varieties) and Purple Radishes not to mention many more. The farm is new and developing its "identity" is still being created, but the Moonstruck Salad Mixes are on top of the list along with other salad additions of carrots, celery, radishes and beets!! The tricolor cherry tomato mix is definitely another one you will see this summer along with Lemon Cucumbers!! Don't forget while I am hard at work here the Bashaws are working hard to bring enough pork for everyone...coming up soon by the side with you specifying the cuts (or the whole like we are ordering...need my bacon!) or a side cut to your specifications and delivered in four deliveries...just let us know. For now back to the garden or fields I guess I have to say now!! Moonstruck Signing Off!!
 
 
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