Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sorry, no pictures this week. Turns out it was a lazy Sunday with some farm work thrown in. (I had to till a few beds for garlic planting before the thunderstorm moves in this evening.) Looks like frost is coming tomorrow night!

Small share choose 8, large share 10:
Brussels sprouts
Parsnips
Broccoli
Green cabbage
Lettuce heads
Baby ginger 
Daikon radishes
Hakurei radishes
Acorn/Carnival squash
Leeks
Husk Cherries
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Ripe peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Tomatoes
Carrots
Chard
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Lettuce mix
Kale
Flour



Sunday, October 8, 2017

 Bean seed harvest
 Autumn's bounty
Small share choose 8, large share 10:
Brussels sprouts
Parsnips
Broccoli
Green cabbage
Lettuce heads
Baby ginger 
Daikon radishes
Hakurei radishes
Acorn/Carnival squash
Leeks
Husk Cherries
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Ripe peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Tomatoes
Carrots
Chard
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Lettuce mix
Kale
Flour

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Our new Fall/Winter CSA form is available at the link on the right side of this page. We have changed the format of our Fall/Winter CSA from what we have had. It now will work more like our regular season CSA. The price for one share is $280 and will consist of 6 items every week. The season will run from November through February. A list of expected vegetables can be found on the form. We made the change because we found ourselves to be unreliable at keeping track of everyone's balance (we maybe good farmer's but neither or us would make a good accountant!), also, now that we have a weekly market, it won't be such a big hassle if the market is closed due to weather.  In the past when market was only every two weeks, if market was closed due to bad weather, it would have been three weeks without a chance to get your share!  If we miss a week this year, it will be much more manageable to get a double share the next week!!

Here's something brand new!!  We've noticed once the school year starts and people's summer schedules change, that sometimes the market can get forgotten about!  So, we are introducing a new app called FarmFan. It will allow us to communicate with you on market day by text message to give you the latest information about what will be at the market that day.  Also with the indoor markets coming up, if there is a problem that would cause the market to close (such as bad weather), we will be touch through this text message so we can save you the time of coming down to the market.

Once you sign up, you'll get a jolly little text from us an hour before market starts telling you what's new at market and just reminding you that we'll be there.  Occasionally, the update may also include specials that are available only to FarmFans! You may of course unsubscribe at any time, by responding STOP or UNSUBSCRIBE to any text message you receive from us.  And we won't flood you with texts, sell your info, send you unrelated nonsense or anything like that!

To sign up to get a text message reminder from us an hour before market, go to
https://farmfanapp.com/muddyfingersfarm/signup

We love growing food to feed our community and its you showing up at market and buying our veggies that keeps us in business, from the bottom of our hearts, truly thank you for supporting our business!

liz and matthew





 Some of our plantings of winter vegetables. This tunnel has onions, leeks, turnips and pac choi now planted in it.

 

 

 Some of our hard-working family members.


 Parsnips are ready.

Small share choose 8, large share 10:
Brussels sprouts
Parsnips
Broccoli
Green cabbage
Lettuce heads
Baby ginger 
Daikon radishes
Hakurei radishes
Acorn/Carnival squash
Leeks
Husk Cherries
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Ripe peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Tomatoes
Carrots
Chard
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Lettuce mix
Kale
Flour


Sunday, September 24, 2017


 Fall crops are looking good


 
 Spider babies
 Orb weaver

 Slug hanging by a thread.

We will soon be accepting memberships for our fall/winter CSA. This will start the first week of November and be available in Corning and Elmira. Details to follow...

Small share choose 8, large share 10:
Brussels sprouts
Broccoli
Green cabbage
Lettuce heads
Baby ginger 
Daikon radishes
Hakurei radishes
Delicata squash
Leeks
Husk Cherries
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Ripe peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Tomatoes
Carrots
Chard
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Lettuce mix
Kale
Flour

Sunday, September 17, 2017



 The farmers and their families got away for a few much needed days at the beach. Ocean City, NJ was beautiful and a blast. This explains the lack of an update last week.



 


Construction has begun for our new produce packing and storage building.

Baby dewy fennel.

Small share choose 8, large share 10:
Lettuce heads
Baby ginger 
Daikon radishes
Hakurei radishes
Delicata squash
Leeks
Husk Cherries
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Ripe peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Tomatoes
Carrots
Chard
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Lettuce mix
Kale
Flour

Sunday, September 3, 2017

 All the dogs!
 Kale plants going in next to the turmeric.
Luna hunting in what was the garlic patch now being planted to spinach.

Small share choose 8, large share 10:

Delicata squash
Leeks
Husk Cherries
Eggplant
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Ripe peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Basil
Tomatoes
Carrots
Green beans
Chard
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Lettuce mix
Kale
Flour

Sunday, August 27, 2017

 One of the examples on our farm where rain runoff from the hoophoueses drowned crops next to them this past Spring. These are Brussels sprouts. We will be fitting these hoophouses with gutters this winter to avoid this problem in the future.
 My parent's dog Lexi likes the Carmen peppers too.
 Dog craziness on harvest day.
 If you want roma tomatoes for processing, now is the time. $35/25 lb. box
 We visited our friendly regional seed company/seed growers yesterday in Naples. This is their wall of fans and racks for drying seeds.
And this is a section of their cucumber crop. These are not edible at this stage but they look like they are ready for harvesting for the ripe seeds.

Small share choose 8, large share 10:

Leeks
Husk Cherries
Eggplant
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Ripe peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Basil
Tomatoes
Carrots
Green beans
Chard
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Lettuce mix
Kale
Flour

Sunday, August 20, 2017

 Tomato time. Pickup some of these beautiful heirloom varieties at market this week.
 Daikon radish seedlings
 Husk cherries ready for harvest
Recently hatched monarch caterpillar on milkweed plant by the barn

Small share choose 8, large share 10:

Leeks
Husk Cherries
Eggplant
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Ripe peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Basil
Tomatoes
Carrots
Green beans
Chard
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Lettuce mix
Kale
Flour

Sunday, August 13, 2017

 No onions...they drowned


 Dead potatoes with weeds


Well, because of the lack of onions and potatoes this year (first two photos) we had to sit down this week and replan our plantings for what crops we could have for this fall and winter (third photo).

 Luna, Liz and Gemini
Daikon radishes just planted. Now we actually need some rain!!

Small share choose 8, large share 10:

Leeks
Husk Cherries
Eggplant
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Ripe peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Basil
Tomatoes
Carrots
Green beans
Chard
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Cabbage
Broccoli (maybe)
Lettuce mix
Kale
Flour

Sunday, August 6, 2017

 The dragon tongues are really kicking into high gear now.
 Liz between the tomato walls
 A couple of the onions that did not rot. We have had two major crop failures this year: potatoes (due to rotting and an unexpected outbreak of leafhoppers) and onions, leeks and shallots (due to rotting from excessive cold and moisture last spring). This will be a major impact on our sales through winter. We will try to have enough for the CSA though. Very frustrating! We have learned a couple things to help in the future: We need to plant even later than we did this year. A couple more weeks in the spring will help the soil warm and dry up. And we need gutters on our hoophouses. When we have excessive rainfall, water rushes off the roof and runs into the nearby beds, some of which were onions, leeks and shallots this year.

Small share choose 8, large share 10:

Leeks
Husk Cherries
Eggplant (maybe)
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Ripe peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Basil
Tomatoes
Carrots
Green beans
Chard
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Cabbage
Broccoli (maybe)
Lettuce mix
Kale

Sunday, July 30, 2017

 The young butternuts.
 Just-hilled ginger with tomatoes on both sides in Folkenflik
 Cherry tomatoes forever!
Friends in the tool shed.

Small share choose 8, large share 10:




Leeks
Husk Cherries
Eggplant (maybe)
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Ripe peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Basil
Tomatoes
Carrots
Green beans
Chard
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Cabbage
Broccoli (maybe)
Lettuce mix
Scallions
Kale
Daikon radishes

Sunday, July 23, 2017

 We came across this stick bug while harvesting garlic
 The German White garlic is now curing in the barn. It looks great this year.
Carmen peppers ripening in Wade (the name of one of our hoophouses - as in Wade Goodwin) 

We are doing our best right now to stay on top of the mowing and weed elimination. Most of the planting is done for now and with all the rain we are devoting much of our time to keeping the weeds at bay. The leaf miners (a little fly) have been destroying the chard. With that and the disease pressure brought on by all this rain, we have been resorting to using more organic sprays than usual.

Small share choose 7, large share 9:

Husk Cherries
Eggplant (maybe)
Onions
Green peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Basil
Tomatoes
Carrots
Green beans
Chard
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Pea shoots
Beets
Cabbage
Broccoli (maybe)
Lettuce mix
Scallions
Kale
Daikon radi

Sunday, July 16, 2017

 The roma tomatoes are looking good
 Sauerkraut anyone?
Bumblebees working the milkweed flowers

The farm is looking pretty good. Many of our fall crops have already been planted. If you are wondering where our onions and potatoes are, they seem to have been negatively affected by the cool, wet spring. Most of our onions are severely stunted and many of our early potatoes rotted in the ground. The potatoes we do have are also late in maturing. I think we will harvest the first variety of garlic this week.

Small share choose 7, large share choose 9:

Cherry tomatoes
Basil
Tomatoes
Carrots
Green beans
Chard
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Cabbage
Broccoli (maybe)
Lettuce mix
Scallions
Kale
Daikon radishes
Flour