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!



Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Lately I have been wondering if the tree needs to be put back up around here. For the last 4 mornings I have awakened to a pretty steady snowfall. Kinda hard to envision the fact that in a mere 6 weeks (42 days) I am planning to start making some deliveries. 

The good news though is that by mid afternoon everyday, the snow has melted and the ground is clearly visible. I am ready to turn the ground and start sowing the cool weather stuff in about 2 weeks. Come on sunshine.

How is your weather?


Fertilizer Cost: Nill

Quick, when you think of Idaho what comes to mind? 

My wife and I were just talking a day or two ago that we do not even know a potato farmer ( or a skinhead for all of you who went that direction). Here we are living in the middle of ag country in the state that is well known as a potato growing champion and I can't name even one potato grower. Kinda funny.

I do however know some farmers who grow other types of crops. And one of the topics they continually discuss is how much their fertilizer costs have increased this year. A few are reporting that they will be up around $150-$200 per acre for fertilizer. Interesting.

And perplexing to a guy like me. You see, I use no fertilizer on the food that I grow. OK, I  might mix up a little compost including some chicken manure early in the season.  Sure sometimes my stuff does not look as pretty as theirs.Often I fight a problem bug or two on my crop, but I still manage to grow lots of food.

And I will put mine up against theirs in a blind taste test any day of the week.


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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