Saturday, August 17, 2019

 Its onion harvest time
A toad blending in with the dry soil.

Expected options (Small share choose 8, large share choose 10):
Green peppers
Poblano Peppers
Ripe Peppers
Husk cherries
Cape gooseberries (like big husk cherries)
Eggplant
Sweet Onions
Shallots
Baby leeks
Cherry Tomatoes
Tomaotes
Pickling cucumbers
Cabbage
Garlic
Beets
Green Beans
Spicy Mix
Lettuce Mix
Basil
Baby Kale
Swiss chard
Kale
Scallions
Potatoes
Carrots
Flour

Saturday, August 10, 2019



 These are Cape gooseberries. They are similar to husk cherries but slightly bigger and different taste. Give them a try and let us know what you think!
 For those of you who love the Red Long of Tropea onions, we will have them this week and maybe next, but they are almost gone.
 If you have been missing our pea shoots, this is why. We are not sure why but the seeds have been rotting in the trays. We are trying to determine the cause.
 Its been a good summer for carrots. Having our prone weeder has really helped to get them weeded in a timely manner.
Our newest toy - the 8 burner Pyroweeder (without the propane tank). This will enable us to flameweed a whole bed at once. Until now we have only had a 1 burner flameweeder. Flameweeding lets us kill weeds when they are very small. We kill weeds this way before planting seeds or after planting (but before the seeds we plant actually germinate!)

Expected options (Small share choose 8, large share choose 10):
Green peppers
Husk cherries
Cape gooseberries (like big husk cherries)
Cutting Celery
Eggplant
Red Long of Tropea Onions
Sweet onions
Baby leeks
Cherry Tomatoes
Tomaotes
Cucumbers
Pickling cucumbers
Squash/Zucchini
Cabbage
Garlic
Beets
Green Beans
Spicy Mix
Basil
Baby Kale
Swiss chard
Kale
Scallions
New Potatoes
Carrots
Flour

Saturday, August 3, 2019




 The heirloom tomatoes are really kicking in now! Enjoy them while they last.

Both of our families took a vacation to Ocean City, NJ last weekend (hence no newsletter blog). Here we are getting sick on the Tilt-A-Whirl.
 The boardwalk at dusk.
 Fun in the surf

Our favorite miniature golf course at the beach.



This is cutting celery. Too tough for salads but nice used as an herb in cooking.


Expected options (Small share choose 8, large share choose 10):
Cutting Celery
Eggplant
Red Long of Tropea Onions
Sweet onions
Baby leeks
Cherry Tomatoes
Tomaotes
Cucumbers
Pickling cucumbers
Squash/Zucchini
Cabbage
Garlic
Beets
Green Beans
Lettuce Mix
Spicy Mix
Basil
Baby Kale
Swiss chard
Kale
Scallions
New Potatoes
Carrots
Flour





Saturday, July 20, 2019

 Beautiful Scarlet runner beans that we are growing for Fruition Seeds
 The cooler after a harvest morning
 The bunching bunch
 Repairs finally being made to our barn roof after some of pieces came off in a wind storm a while back
 Yay tomatoes
 Leek flower
Gemini enjoying a purple carrot. She is at least 14 years old and has some health issues so we don't know how much longer she will be with us. We are making sure we enjoy the time we have left with her. She is a great farm dog!

Expected options (Small share choose 8, large share choose 10):
Red Long of Tropea Onions
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Pickling cucumbers
Squash/Zucchini
Cabbage
Broccoli
Garlic
Beets
Green Beans
Lettuce Mix
Spicy Mix
Lettuce Heads
Swiss chard
Kale
Scallions
Hakurei Turnips
Pea Shoots
Parsley
New Potatoes
Carrots
Flour

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Antici...pation!
Matthew is most popular to the dogs on harvest day as he is usually the one bunching carrots.


Expected options (Small share choose 7, large share choose 9):
Red Long of Tropea Onions
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Pickling cucumbers
Squash/Zucchini
Cabbage
Broccoli
Garlic Scapes
Beets
Green Beans
Lettuce Mix
Spicy Mix
Lettuce Heads
Swiss chard
Kale
Scallions
Hakurei Turnips
Pea Shoots
Parsley
New Potatoes
Carrots
Flour

Sunday, July 7, 2019

 This is a leek flower bud. We are trying to grow our own leek seeds this year. Can't wait to see what the flowers look like!
 We like to let some of these milkweeds grow at the margins of the fields and in the hedgerows for the insects, especially the monarchs.
 The harvest crew.
Orange and red beets all shiny.

Well the rain showers of the past week had all been missing us and the soil was getting really dry. But we got quite a downpour yesterday. This makes our work easier. Obviously we don't have to irrigate which takes a lot of time to set up, but carrots are easier to harvest from the soft, moist soil. And weeds are easier to pull, too!

Expected options (Small share choose 7, large share choose 9):
Cucumbers
Pickling cucumbers
Squash/Zucchini
Cabbage
Broccoli
Garlic Scapes
Beets
Green Beans
Lettuce Mix
Spicy Mix
Lettuce Heads
Swiss chard
Kale
Scallions
Hakurei Turnips
Pea Shoots
Parsley
New Potatoes
Carrots
Flour

Saturday, June 29, 2019

 Fall cabbage just planted
 Colorado potato beetle larvae eating eggplant leaves

 Pole beans in the hoophouse
Potato flowers


Expected options (Small share choose 7, large share choose 9):
Cucumbers
Pickling cucumbers
Squash/Zucchini
Cabbage
Broccoli
Garlic Scapes
Beets
Green Beans
Lettuce Mix
Spicy Mix
Lettuce Heads
Swiss chard
Kale
Scallions
Hakurei Turnips
Pea Shoots
Parsley
New Potatoes
Carrots
Flour

Sunday, June 23, 2019

 Yes it is broccoli time. And it looks like the plants will even be giving us nice "side shoot" production. All of these broccoli heads are side shoots because you can see the spot in the middle where we have already harvested the main head.

  

Carrots are here. Our hours of hoeing, flameweeding, hand-weeding and thinning our carrot beds are starting to pay-off.
Don't forget...Come join us for a potluck dinner on the farm on Sunday June 30. Dinner starts at 5:30 bring a dish to pass and one to eat from if you can.  We'll have farm tours, a scavenger hunt and some farm Olympics!  Come see your food in the field. 

Expected options (Small share choose 6, large share choose 8):
Cabbage
Broccoli
Garlic Scapes
Beets
Spinach
Green Beans
Lettuce Mix
Spicy Mix
Lettuce Heads
Swiss chard
Kale
Scallions
Hakurei Turnips
Pea Shoots
Parsley
Cilantro
New Potatoes
Carrots
Flour

Sunday, June 16, 2019

come see the farm!

Walnut trees are killing our cherry tomatoes. We thought the trees were far enough away, and they have been up until now, but apparently the roots have been encroaching into our hoophouse. The trees are about 50 feet away. Guess we are going to have to cut at least some of them down.
 Plastic as far as the eye can see. As organic farmers we end up having to use quite a bit of plastic. These tarps are helping kill weeds in advance of transplanting our winter squash.
Beds prepared for later plantings and newly installed bean trellises for beans we are growing for Fruition Seeds.

Come join us for a potluck dinner on the farm on Sunday June 30. Dinner starts at 5:30 bring a dish to pass and one to eat from if you can.  We'll have farm tours, a scavenger hunt and some farm Olympics!  Come see your food in the field. 

Expected options (Small share choose 6, large share choose 8):
Cabbage
Beans
Broccoli
Garlic Scapes
Beets
Spinach
Green Beans
Lettuce Mix
Spicy Mix
Lettuce Heads
Swiss chard
Scallions
Hakurei Turnips
Spring Radishes
Pea Shoots
Parsley
Cilantro
Potatoes
Carrots
Flour

Have a great week!
Liz and Matthew

Sunday, June 9, 2019

 Bright Lights Swiss chard
 Freshly hilled potato plants
 Bean flowers
Liz working and Luna chillin' on the prone weeder


Expected options (Small share choose 5, large share choose 7):
Garlic Scapes
Beets
Spinach
Green Beans
Lettuce Mix
Spicy Mix
Lettuce Heads
Swiss chard
Scallions
Hakurei Turnips
Spring Radishes
Pea Shoots
Parsley
Cilantro
Potatoes
Carrots
Vegetable and Flower plants for your garden
Flour
Broccoli (maybe)

Sunday, June 2, 2019

 Flail mowing the clover cover crop. These fields will subsoiled, rototilled and tarped to prepare for our late season plantings of carrots, beets, radishes, kale, etc.
 We haven't grown celery in years for several reasons: the celery we have grown has been more bitter and fibrous than what our customers are accustomed to, it is unpredictable because it sometimes bolts, and it was one of our least profitable crops. But these were one of those winter-time impulse buys while perusing seed catalogues. We got two varieties, Chinese Pink and Chinese White, from Baker Creek Seeds. They are supposed to be small, "bunching" types. We just transplanted them two days ago. We'll see how they do...
 Trellising hoophouse cucumbers
Black Australorp chicks

CSA season has arrived. Pickup Monday at Grove Park in Elmira 3-6 pm, Thursday at Riverside Park in Corning 10am-3pm or on the farm Friday Noon-Dark.

Expected options (Small share choose 5, large share choose 7):
Lettuce Mix
Spicy Mix
Lettuce Heads
Swiss chard
Scallions
Hakurei Turnips
Spring Radishes
Pea Shoots
Potatoes
Carrots
Vegetable and Flower plants for your garden
Eggs
Flour

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

 Spicy greens ready for harvest
 Chard under row cover to protect from leaf miners.
Heirloom tomato blossoms.


ANNOUNCEMENT:
After many years of dedication helping us set up, sell and distribute CSA shares at the Grove Park Farmers' Market, the McCall Family will not be able to work with us this year. If you or anyone you know might be interested in this position, please let us know. Here are the details: Must be able to work Mondays until the end of October (2:00-5:00 pm). Help set up for market and sell and restock vegetables. You get a CSA share in return.

Please remember the CSA begins next week! We anticipate having radishes, chard, scallions, lettuce, spicy mix, spinach, turnips, carrots, daikon radishes, potatoes, pea shoots, flour, garden transplants. Check back for an update on Sunday.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Come see the farm in spring! POTLUCK and lecture april 27th


Confused about what to eat with all of the different diets out there?  Join us on April 27 at 4:00 to help you get to the bottom of what you should really be eating & why. 

For years we've wanted to see more nutrition education in our area, how is it that so many americans are overweight and obese?  Did you know that insurance companies won't pay to see a nutritionist unless you have diabetes? If you've gained a few extra pounds, who do you turn to to set you on the right path again?
 
We've teamed up with with Gretchen Rae, a certified holistic nutritionist, to help answer some of those questions!

Join us at four for the talk ($10) or afterwards for a potluck that's open to all!  

Plus come see the greenhouse full of little plants, things growing in the field, hear the peepers peeping, and whatever else spring is bringing on the farm!

hope you can join us!
liz and matthew


Sunday, April 7, 2019

 Broadforking hoophouse beds to prepare them for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, basil, ginger and turmeric

 The greenhouse is now full and overflowing so these plants are getting kicked out to an unheated hoophouse.
 How we label trays that have many varieties in them.
Tarps on beds that we are experimenting with not tilling at all this year.

Don't forget to sign up for the CSA. We still have plenty of space but June will be here before you know it.