Sunday, June 17, 2018

 Finally putting our new wash barn to good use.

 Liz is installing the trellis for our pole beans
Laying down mulch and transplanting winter squash

This week's expected options:
small share choose 6, large share choose 8
Cabbage
Pac Choi
Green beans
garlic scapes
cucumbers
Zucchini/squash
Pickling cucumbers
Scallions
salad turnips
kale
chard
perpetual spinach
spinach
radishes
beet greens
lettuce
salad mix
cilantro
flour (all purpose and whole wheat all purpose)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

 The big storm we got last week. If you look closely just above the trees on the right you can see a swirling green cloud of pollen.
 The end of the workday.
We are growing carrot seed for the first time this year. These are carrots that we saved over the winter and planted this spring. They are getting close to flowering. When they do, we will have to cover them with insect netting to prevent cross-pollination with the wild Queen Anne's Lace. Therefore I am going to have to actually purchase flies online this week! The flies will go in with the carrots under the insect netting.


We have been loving this weather! And so have the plants. That's good because there are more problem insects this year. It seems like most of our fields are covered in crop cover! We have added leaf miners (beets, chard, spinach) to the list of other lethal insects: Swede midge (broccoli, cabbage, kale), cucumber beetles (cucumbers, zucchini), flea beetles (turnips, radishes, mustard).

This week's expected options:
small share choose 5, large share choose 7
garlic scapes
cucumbers
salad turnips
kale
baby leeks
green onions
chard
perpetual spinach
spinach
radishes
beet greens
lettuce
salad mix
cilantro
vegetable transplants for your garden (this week only)
flour (all purpose and whole wheat all purpose)
eggs

Saturday, June 2, 2018

 Garlic crop looking good! Scapes next week.
Potatoes looking good too! Should be early spuds before the end of the month.

Welcome to another season of Muddy Fingers Farm CSA. Your farmers, Liz and Matthew, have been hard at work this spring getting ready.The first week or two of the CSA share is always a little thin. That is especially so this year as we had a very late start to the growing season. We were not able to work the ground until April 23, our latest start ever. But the good news is the weather has been great since then. We had a few hot, dry days last week and then the weather broke with a nice rain yesterday afternoon.

This week's expected options:
small share choose 5, large share choose 7
baby leeks
green onions
chard
perpetual spinach (This is a new one for us. Is it spinach? Is it chard? Let us know what you think.)
spinach
radishes
beet greens
lettuce
salad mix
cilantro
vegetable transplants for your garden (this week and next week only)
flour (all purpose and whole wheat all purpose)
eggs

Sunday, May 27, 2018

This beautiful video was shot by CSA member Michael Simons. Thanks so much, Michael

The CSA starts June 4 in Elmira and June 7 in Corning!!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Temporary work available...
Here at Muddy Fingers Farm Mother Nature has delayed our already compressed Spring planting schedule 1 week and it looks like it will be another several days before we can think about getting the rototiller and our fingers into the soil. Therefore, it would be very helpful to have somebody or somebodies to help out here at the farm on a temporary basis. The work schedule would be very flexible. If anyone out there is interested, call or email us for details. 607-546-4535; maglenn_1999@yahoo.com

Monday, April 16, 2018

 We still only have photos of cute little plants growing inside. Because of the weather we are quickly falling behind on our planting schedule. Usually we would be tilling the soil and planting outside. The week's forecast does not look promising - cold and rainy. We will try to enjoy some time off though!
 Last year we lost many crops and thousands of dollars to crops getting flooded by too much rainwater coming off the sides of our hoophouses. We had never had the problem before but it was a very wet spring last year. So this year we bought a bunch of aluminum gutters and 4 inch drain pipe. We connected them all underneath the sides of the tunnels and the drain pipe carries the rainwater away towards the hedgerows. They are easy to install (and remove once the weather dries up??!!) They were working great this morning!
We are taking a breather as all the essential items have been crossed off of our To Do list.

Please don't forget:
Barn-warming Party/Plant Sale 
Muddy Fingers Farm
Party: 2:00-5:00; Plant Sale: 9:00-5:00

We will have lots of Spring vegetable and flower plants for your early garden (we know there are lots of people out there who are anxious for some warmer weather so they can get their fingers muddy).
And the current forecast for Saturday? 50 degrees and sunny!
***Free dozen eggs if you sign up for a CSA share this Saturday***
 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Hi all, we're beginning to wonder if the ground will ever dry up enough for planting!?

The delay is made more tolerable by the fact that we can't do anything about the weather and that we just put a ping pong table in our new washbarn! 

We are inviting everyone to a:
Barn Warming Party 
Saturday April 21st from 
2:00-5:00.  

There will be goat petting, farm tours, snacks in the new barn, chicken gazing, a chance to look in the greenhouse and see what's growing, look in the pond for signs of life, and a plant sale.  There's a chance the orchard will be in bloom. And if you've never seen our farm (or if you've seen it a lot), we encourage you to come!

We won't be at markets regularly again until the first week of June.  But there are lots of ways to keep in touch with our progress as we get your CSA shares ready for you!

We are on instagram. We post about twice a week about what's going on.  (@muddy_fingers_farm)
We are on facebook, and if you look to the right you can sign up to receive any post on this blog as an email.

Lastly, if you'd like to recieve a text to remind you about the farmers' markets (it goes out about an hour before market starts with just a line or so about what's new) go to http://farmfanapp.com/messages/business/465/

hope your spring is great!
liz and matthew