Dirt and Sky Farm

  (Biggs, California)
Walnuts, Farms, Natural,Fruit, Vegetables, family

Fresh Walnuts

Fresh California Walnuts Are Here

Hey y'all, thanks for stopping by to visit Local Harvest.

I am excited because once again it is walnut season 2020. Machines zooming up and down the street, dust blowing more than it usually blows, and farm trucks everywhere.

It also means fresh walnuts for you! Prices are as follows:

Hartley Nuts:

$1.35 a pound for under 100 pounds, there is a 20 pound minimum.

$1.00 a pound for a 100 pounds or more.  

Franquets:

$1 a pound or .85 a pound for over 100 pounds

Get a hold of me, let me know if you are interested. We do not mail nuts at this time because I have not found out a way to make it financially feasible.

I will however deliver free within a 35 mile radius for over 50 pounds or you can always just come visit me on the farm to pick up your fresh California grown English nuts.  

For more information about our farm, check out www.dirtandskyfarm.com

 
 

Thank You

A BIG thank you for all your support Local Harvest crew. [Read More]
 
 

Walnuts Time

WALNUT ORDERS BEING TAKEN 

They are not quite ready yet, but if you are interested in walnuts in shell, hartley, you can put in your order now for great quality walnuts at a lower price. We are currently taking orders at $1.50 a pound for 40 or more pounds. We will not take orders for less. These are fresh dried walnuts. If you are interested, please go to the store under Dirt and Sky Farm and let me know. 


 
 

Update:

Hello my fellow Local Harvest people.

I want to update everyone as to the goings on with our farm. We have had a lot of big changes in the last year and this coming year will be no different. I want to let you all know that our farm is now called Dirt and Sky Farms. Same ole, farm, family and dirt. We try to keep an updated website under the same name:

www.DirtandSkyFarm.com I will do periodic updates for Local Harvest as we start producing and sharing, but most of our information will be on our website.

Our website is also undergoing some updates, so if there is information that you need to know or questions you need to ask, feel free to contact us directly.

Lastly,

WALNUTS are here! If you would like some walnuts this season, put in an order and we can have them ready for you come pick up time.

Persimmons are also available upon request.

Happy eating.

Maria 

 
 

Produce Stand

Hello Local Harvest crowd.  This is an update for Local Harvest users. We have moved our blog on over to www.Kucekfamilyfarms.com There you will find 2 or 3 blogs posted a month on everything that is going on within our farm. One new thing going on is our new produce stand. You can find this produce stand located in the town of Gridley at 204 Cherry. It is a help yourself produce stand stocked almost daily with all the fresh produce from our farm. Because we are not selling our produce outside of our community at this time, we are leaving it for the community to come and get it....We are selling at below cost prices because of how our farm does business, or does not do business. Much of our produce is donated to family members or community members in need. The "left overs" or extras are located at this farm stand for the rest to enjoy. For us, it is about not wasting a single piece of yummy fruit or veggie. We are not angels of course, and some go bad because it was simply not distributed fast enough. That is where you all come in. Come take a look and take what you need.

My daughter is also selling her wares. She is 4 and we have been teaching her how to grow and sell. Pretty much the cycle of food. She planted sunflowers seeds, helped them to grow, clipped them (the low ones) and is now selling them in the produce stand for $3 a bunch. If you're interested in a few pretty sunflowers, then come check them out. We will also have Dahlias in a few more weeks. They are coming on slow, but when they get here there will be a ton to enjoy.  I would add some pictures here but I have no idea how to do that, so you will have to come check it out on our website. 

Also an update on our product sales.  As mentioned previously we are only selling locally at this time. Because our goal is to help the local economy first, we are starting here and working our way out. Thanks for any and all interests we have had and I look forward to meeting many of you at the produce stand or during walnut season.

Happy gardening everyone! 

 
 

September 2015 Prep Time/ Garden Report

Today is a great day!

I shall start with the garden report.  The heat did a number on the garden, but we did our best to keep the pests out without using any chemicals.  This means taking a lot of early actions and keeping tabs on the weeds.  It took a lot of hard sweaty work, but in the long run we are able to keep the harvest going a bit longer.  We are in the midst of a huge heat wave, I have a feeling this may terminate the tomatoes as they can only handle so much.  We did a ton of preserving when the gettin was good. Lots of tomato sauce, relish, hot sauce, jams, you name it.  We are hoping in the future to share these all with the outside world, however, if you have any interest in these things, you can always ask, we may just have something available for you.  Our Melons took of running and then just stopped.  Our cucumbers could have done better, but they did not do bad either, again, I think is was heat related. What seems to do the best are the peppers, they fought both the heat and the bugs.  WE tried some new peppers this year and they also did well.  We had to cut back on the bell peppers as well never seem to be able to keep up with them. 

 What to change for next year....Bigger and better.  We will be expanding yet again.  This time we will be putting in long rows of tomatoes and melons (cantaloupe).  We also plan on putting in some long term blueberries. To combat the weeds we will be solarizing the ground this year. This means we have to find another place to put our fall garden, how can we go without garlic and onions???  We will have to figure that one out.  

 Harvest is coming.  We are in full on prep mode.  We had our first employee of the season start today and he looks like he is ready to get the job done.  We are rebuilding a walnut huller and cleaning out the orchard for the trees.  It is full speed ahead from here till November.  I will check back in with you all then.  

We are growing and learning and expanding every year.  Can't wait to see how we finish this year off. 

 
 

May Garden Notes

It is mid May and our garden is overflowing with food.  I never thought I would see so much food so early.  With the lack of a freeze in March and warmer nights, our garden has progressed quick and full. Those who garden will see the pluses and minuses of this.  

 Here is the run down:

Lettuces are going into seed quickly as the heat gets turned on.  We placed a shade shelter over them so it will slow them down a bit.  We grow them in our raised beds so that we can have more control over how they grow. Swiss chard/ kale is still growing fast and furious. Those that we planted later went straight into seed, but those planted earlier are doing great.

Onions and garlic: We have been picking onions for several weeks now, and I planted them several weeks apart so we will see how long we will be picking them.  So par it has not been too hot so they are prospering in the semi-warmer weather. Garlic still has several weeks to go before I start plucking them out of the ground to cure. Can't wait!  We went through the garlic real fast last year so I planted much more this year.  I just have to keep an eye on reducing water so they don't rot. 

Tomatoes: Early Girls are coming early of course. I suspect a week longer and we will see some red in in the garden. Peppers are also growing. The bell peppers are already ready to pick.

Cabbage did great this year.  We have been eating it since Easter.  I made a great batch of Sauerkraut, my first time.  Many other recipes have been made from it since.  That cabbage goes a long way.

Beans have been planted as well as some experimental Peas. The Cucumbers have been struggling a bit, I am guessing there is a bit too much water output on them.  Note to self, adjust.

Squash is growing crazy!! We have starting picking the summer squash already.  So great young flavors.  I and my little toddlers love picking them right out of the garden before they get to big to munch on them while we are working. Sweet and buttery is how I would describe them. I plan to make a salad out of the young ones this evening as well.

 We have already enjoyed a tree full of cherries thanks to the vigilance of my uncle to keep the birds out and the time picking them all by my brother. Yum.  They come and go so darn quick.  My mom is making Cherry jam and has already made a cherry pineapple jam.  I have yet to taste it.  Can't wait. Apricots and plums are hot on out heals, and we don't have blueberries, but we plan on going to pick some soon. That should be a whole lot of fun.

 Blueberries are in this farms plans.  I am hoping by this time next year we will have some blueberries in the ground.  Can't wait for that to happen.

Other farm stuff taking place:  We are repairing the barn, working on the finances (never fun) and eating lots of good food. Hope we can share some of it with you soon.  If you are interested in anything mentioned here, feel free to contact us to make an order.  Or if you have grower questions, or if you just want to say hi.  

Hope you enjoyed reading about out farm, I wish I knew how to post pictures of all that food I mentioned. Oh well. 

 
 

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So many Veggies and so little time

It is mid July or maybe just past that. The garden is in full swing.  It is producing faster than I can share, gift, or can. Which leads me to the purpose of this entry.

 Canning:

So far I have made blackberry, apricot, kiwi, and fig jam this year. I have also replenished my relish as we used it all from last year. I make jalepeno relish, which is not as bad as it sounds. It uses a ton of jalepenos, and a few cucumbers and it is just as sweet as you want it to be with no spice.  (hotness that is.) We just love it, especially in our pasta salads.  

I have also canned my first pickles this year, and ate almost all of them already. oops. I guess I need to can some more. After much research, I found what I believe to be the best pickle recipe, and that is one made for the fridge, like Clauson's. They turned out amazing and I will improve upon them the second go round.

I have also been making and baking like crazy. My husband loves it but is complaining about the expanded waist line, which means I need to do less baking and more canning. I have made blackberry and fig ice cream, peach cobbler or course, and some fruit leather out of all the plums. My little 16 month old has been loving it all. She walks around asking for fruit smoothies all day. I can see it has taken a toll on her diaper changes. YIKES...Even she can't get enough fruit but has to take it slow. 

My next big experiment in the works is canned marinara, which looks like a daunting task. Wish me luck.   

 
 

June 2013 into July

Wow, what a bountiful season. This year we have been bombarded by trees full of fruit.  Even trees that in previous years have not done so good, like our peach and apricot trees.  I have been managing the best I can from giving boxes of it away to canning, preserving, drying and freezing as much as I can.  I have learned that I need more practice at drying fruit.  

Our apricots are just about done, our plums and pluots are coming on strong, and even the pears are starting to come alive.  Our family has been sharing all our desserts with each other and can't wait to share them with you all. 

The garden of course is in full swing, like most gardens at this time.  So far we have been doing great with keeping up with it.  Baby Rio has been helping with the weeding, and we have all been able to keep up so far with the harvesting.

The yellow wax beens have been producing like crazy, and even the carrots around them have been doing well in the heat. We can't wait to take our first bites out of the beef steak tomatoes. Early girls have been producing a good 5 tomatoes a day at least, and that number rises with each day that pases.

What are we waiting for?  We are all itching to pick that Casaba that is growing strong.  Even the pumpkins look promising. There are all so a few squash that still only have flowers on them (spaghetti and butternut).

 Are bellies are full after each visit to the garden. Full of all the fruit, veggies and berries.

Soon I will figure out how to add some pictures as evidence.  

 
 

Our Garden June 2013

Raised Beds

We have gone through great lengths this year to put in and experiment with raised beds. Although raised beds are typically used for poor soil condition, we are using them for much different reasons.  We are lucky enough to have some of the most fertile soil around which brings out the best in our vegetables and fruit.  What we want more control over are the gophers and weeds.  

 Because we are small time farmers and full time walnut farmers, it is hard to keep the garden in check. For this reason we are doing raised beds as well as in ground vine plants.  So far we have been able to reap the benefits of low weeds and no gopher problems in our beds.  Of course, the gophers have been enjoying our melon plants one by one.  

We have already started harvesting summer squash, spinach, lettuce, swiss chard and even some beets! The peppers, as always, are beautiful and amazing and plentiful. Are you in need of some peppers?

We have also harvested our first tomatoes (early girls). Next up...cucumbers, yellow wax beans, eggplant, and melons (what the gophers don't get).  I will let you know how that pans out.  If you are interested in harvest share, or purchasing some veggies or fruit, drop us a line.

Fruits in season right now, mmm mmm apricots and peaches! 

 
 
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