Black Dog Farms

  (Twin Falls, Idaho)
Eatin' Good, Livin' Good
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Spaghetti Squash

Had our first winter squash last night. Around here we like to wait for some decent cold weather before we begin tapping into the winter storage. Our weather is still way too warm for this time of the year, but we take it as it comes. 

I cooked up a real nice marinara sauce using all home grown veggies. 2 sweet peppers, 2 bell peppers, and 2 hot peppers, sauteed with a small red onion and a shallot. I added one clove of garlic right before stirring in 2 diced up tomatoes. Simmered that for an hour, adding a bit of water and red wine to keep the moisture up. Threw in some organic italian seasoning and a dash of sugar, and oh boy!

Steamed a few spaghetti squash, scooped out the "pasta", and dinner was served.

For the final touch, I grated some home made mizithra cheese to the top.

Gotta love the winter squash.


2013 Is Right Around The Corner

What kinds of chemicals do you like to eat? Herbicides? Pesticides? Yum.

What country do you prefer your food to come from?

When you buy a share of our farm box program, we can promise you there will be a few chemicals on your food. Sunlight, well water, and dirt. A bit of compost from the organically fed free range chickens. An insect or two. Possibly some dog hair. That is the entire list.

Live healthy. Live clean. Eat local foods grown by someone you know.

Huge Amounts of Food

As 2012 comes to a quick close, I would like to report that all of our farm box owners had a wonderful year full of all kinds of good veggies. This year the list of what we harvested, and the amounts of what we harvested was off the scale. Our little farm just keeps on getting better. Thank you to everyone who participated. See you next spring!



Thanks Everyone

     After an extremely busy summer, my family and I just wanted to take a few minutes and thank everyone who participated in this years CSA program. Although the month of May and even part of June looked pretty dismal due to the never ending rain, which we do not usually experience here in southern Idaho, the warm spring made its way here towards the end of June and then we went right into summer.

    Our small farm had a banner year which seemed to have made all of our shareholders very pleased. The amount of food that was being loaded into their boxes every week was by far the most we have ever seen. On top of that, we are still looking at about another solid month of late season crops. The rain over the last few days should not slow things down too much. 

      For next year, we are removing the half share as an option. Due to an overwhelming demand for full shares, and the amount of possible customers that I turned down this year, we are going to move forward with one simple "full share" plus a few fruit or egg options. We will still feature our late season shares and our winter greenhouse shares.

     If you want to get on what is now our waiting list, please email me and I will add your name for next year.

     Once again thanks to everyone who participated.


Late Season Shares

This is a lot harder than I thought it would be. Even though we have been selling farm shares for the last 5 years, we have never advertised before. In years past, we simply sold by word of mouth, and had no problem selling out. At the end of last year, we decided to increase the number of shares to 15, and I must admit, I was a bit nervous that we would not be able to sell enough.

Here it is the end of March, and we are almost sold out. Our 15 share owners are able to see exactly which part of our farm is dedicated to the business that they have bought into. We usually run a smaller plot in which we grow certain more gourmet ( for lack of a better work or phrase) vegetables. These we direct market to a few of the eateries in our area, and do pretty well at it. This year I am considering making a small change and would love any feedback from the more experienced out there.

I am considering offering late season shares. These would be marketed towards folks who did not get a garden in on time, or decided to late to buy one of my full season shares. I am not sure what the price point would be, but feel about $200 for 8 weeks might be a great test zone.

Does anyone have any input?


Selling More Shares Than Last Year

It seems like I just made the final delivery of the 2010 season, and now, here we are about to sell our last share for 2011. At the risk of sounding like my grandfather, "where does the time go?"

5 years ago my wife and I started Black Dog Farms, as a means to eat good wholesome food at a very low price and maybe make a few bucks from it in order to offset our food costs. From that small beginning we have grown into a 15 share farm, and this year will even feature a 5 share winter program of goodies grown in our soon to be expanded greenhouse. Exciting!

In addition, we have teamed up with some other artisans in our area and are offering, for the first time, naturally grown beef and pork, brown chicken eggs, quail eggs, and local honey. 

For the consumer in Twin Falls this bodes very positive. With the price of gas and food continually going up, what we offer is plain old cheap, cheap, cheap. Last years full share holders each received just over 200 pounds of naturally grown vegetables and fruits, over a 20 week period, for $350. And we deliver to you! This year we are keeping our prices the same as last year, with a full share costing only $350 as long as it is paid by April 20th. After that the price goes up to to $425. We offer a half share for $175 that is delivered every other week but will probably discontinue it after this season as most of our customers opt for the full share.

Call me today to discuss how you can purchase one of the last remaining shares for 2011.

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