Saturday, October 24, 2020

 

These farmers voted today.
Dried zinnia seed heads ready for threshing
These are some of non-orange carrot varieties that we grew for a Cornell trial. We were doing taste tests with the harvest crew. Give them a try this fall and tell us what you think. Our crew unanimously voted for the purple/yellow carrot on the left ("Purple Elite").

 Is it a white/purple carrot? No these are turnips! We grew these for the first time this year and we love them. We will plan to continue growing them next year. This farmer thinks they are quite beautiful.


Don't forget to sign up for our fall/winter CSA which starts in November!

This is the last week of CSA (except for Elmira members who will get one additional week because we missed one week at the beginning of the CSA season due to Grove Park being closed). It certainly has been a growing season we will remember for a while.We hope the weather evens out a little more next year. Thank you all for your patience and kind words!

  Expected harvest for this week (choose 8 for small share, 10 for large share):

fennel
Brussels sprouts
celeriac 
parsnips
spinach 
ginger
daikon radishes
watermelon radishes
long turnips
butternut squash
acorn squash
cabbage
broccoli
stripetti squash
sweet onions 
cooking onions
shallots
habanada peppers
garlic
baby leeks
cherry tomatoes
tomatoes
roma tomatoes
Swiss chard
potatoes (maybe)
peppers (maybe)
carrots
kale
baby kale
baby chard
lettuce mix
spicy mix
pea shoots
beets

Sunday, October 18, 2020

 

All of our garlic is now planted. These are the garlic cloves of our 3 different varieties before being planted.
Physically distanced vegetable washing.
The last of our trays of greens before Liz transplanted them on Thursday. They will be growing in our hoophouses this fall and winter.

 

 Expected harvest for this week (choose 8 for small share, 10 for large share):

Brussels sprouts
celeriac 
parsnips
spinach 
ginger
daikon radishes
watermelon radishes
long turnips
butternut squash
cabbage
broccoli
stripetti squash
sweet onions 
cooking onions
shallots
green peppers
shishito peppers
ripe peppers (maybe)
habanada peppers
hot peppers
garlic
baby leeks
cherry tomatoes
tomatoes
roma tomatoes
Swiss chard
potatoes
carrots
kale
baby kale
baby chard
lettuce mix
spicy mix
pea shoots
beets
flour (from Farmer Ground Flour - organic)

 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

The air conditioner in this cooler is broken so right now we are using this it to store seeds. The dehumidifier helps keep the room dry which the seeds like. On the floor are Blue Coco beans we grew for Fedco Seeds. Once the pods are dry enough we shatter them by walking on them to get the beans out. In the buckets are some of the already processed Blue Cocos and also edamame soybeans for Fruition Seeds. In the blue bins are Salmon Rose zinnia seeds for Fruition. On the left are various seeds for our own use. And drying calendula flowers.
We tilted the solar panels to their winter position this week. The steeper angle captures more sunlight because of the sun's lower position this time of year.
Our young hens (pullets) are starting to lay eggs. Unfortunately, we only have a small flock so we still only bring the eggs to the Corning Farmers' Market.
 

 Expected harvest for this week (choose 8 for small share, 10 for large share):

Brussels sprouts
celeriac
spinach 
ginger
daikon radishes
watermelon radishes
long turnips
delicata squash
cabbage
broccoli
stripetti squash
sweet onions 
cooking onions
shallots
green peppers
shishito peppers
ripe peppers (maybe)
habanada peppers
hot peppers
garlic
baby leeks
cherry tomatoes
tomatoes
roma tomatoes
Swiss chard
potatoes
carrots
kale
baby kale
baby chard
lettuce mix
spicy mix
pea shoots
beets
flour (from Farmer Ground Flour - organic)

Saturday, October 3, 2020

 

Mouse, Luna and Dorian
Stripetti squash (Delicata crossed with Spaghetti Squash) Prepare them like a spaghetti squash.



  Expected harvest for this week (choose 8 for small share, 10 for large share):

spinach 
ginger
daikon radishes
watermelon radishes
long turnips
butternut squash
cabbage
broccoli
stripetti squash
sweet onions 
cooking onions
shallots
green peppers
shishito peppers
ripe peppers (maybe)
green peppers (maybe)
habanada peppers
hot peppers
garlic
baby leeks
cherry tomatoes
tomatoes
roma tomatoes
Swiss chard
potatoes
carrots
kale
baby kale
baby chard
lettuce mix
spicy mix
pea shoots
beets
flour (from Farmer Ground Flour - organic)

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Our tractor in the process of being repaired


 Basil that got frosted on the tips.

We are still working on determining what are plans will be for fall/winter farmers' markets and CSA. As you can imagine, they will be different this year. It looks like we may still be able to attend the Chamberlain Acres market in Elmira, but the winter market in Corning will not be able to happen in the Information Center. We will be updating you on this in the next couple weeks.

Expected harvest for this week (choose 8 for small share, 10 for large share):

spinach
acorn squash
cabbage
broccoli
spaghetti squash
sweet onions 
cooking onions
shallots
green peppers
shishito peppers
ripe peppers
habanada peppers
hot peppers
garlic
baby leeks
cherry tomatoes
tomatoes
roma tomatoes
Swiss chard
potatoes
carrots
kale
baby kale
baby chard
lettuce mix
spicy mix
pea shoots
beets
flour (from Farmer Ground Flour - organic

Sunday, September 20, 2020

 

 


Measuring our current pond (when it is full, that is) to see how big we might need our second pond to be.
Salmon Rose Zinnias that we are growing for a seed crop for Fruition Seeds.

 First frost September 19. That is at least 2 weeks early. Squash leaves, basil and some weeds died. Bean seed crop and outdoor peppers seem to have made it through. Still no rain in the forecast!

 Expected harvest for this week (choose 8 for small share, 10 for large share):

spinach
sweet dumpling squash
husk cherries
sweet onions 
cooking onions
shallots
green peppers
shishito peppers
ripe peppers
habanada peppers
garlic
baby leeks
cherry tomatoes
tomatoes
roma tomatoes
squash
Swiss chard
potatoes
carrots
kale
baby kale
baby chard
lettuce mix
spicy mix
pea shoots
basil (maybe)
beets
flour (from Farmer Ground Flour - organic)


Saturday, September 12, 2020

 

Oh no, its almost autumn. However, despite the admonition to not wish one's life away, a lot of area farmers (and many other people) are ready for 2020 to come to a lurching end.
Its nice to have some good carrots and beets again.
Our foster son of 2 years, Dominic, will be leaving us to live with his grandparents in Arizona this coming week. So we had a socially distanced going-away party with neighbors, family and friends.


Expected harvest for this week (choose 8 for small share, 10 for large share):
delicata squash
husk cherries
sweet onions 
cooking onions
shallots
green peppers
shishito peppers
ripe peppers
habanada peppers
garlic
baby leeks
scallions
cherry tomatoes
tomatoes
roma tomatoes
squash
green beans
Swiss chard
potatoes
carrots
kale
baby kale
baby chard
lettuce mix
spicy mix
pea shoots
basil
beets
flour (from Farmer Ground Flour - organic)


Sunday, September 6, 2020

Broken tractor. We are going to have to have repairs done "in the field".
Kale and chard planted for winter harvest after we move the hoophouse over them.
Kale and leeks.

Liz and Dorian on a sunny morning.

Yes, we will have market and CSA pickup on Labor Day in Elmira at Grove Park.

Expected harvest for this week (choose 8 for small share, 10 for large share):
husk cherries
sweet onions 
cooking onions
shallots
green peppers
shishito peppers
ripe peppers
habanada peppers
garlic
baby leeks
cherry tomatoes
tomatoes
roma tomatoes
squash
green beans
Swiss chard
potatoes
carrots
kale
baby kale
baby chard
lettuce mix
spicy mix
pea shoots
basil
beets
flour (from Farmer Ground Flour - organic)



 

Saturday, August 22, 2020

 

Walls of cherry tomatoes
 


We had 6000 gallons of water delivered to our pond the other day. Turns out 6000 gallons is just "a drop in the bucket" and not worth the expense. We only got a few hours of irrigating out of it. The turtles and frogs love sitting on this willow tree that recently fell into our pond. And Luna has realized she likes chasing the frogs and running through the muck. If the pond were full, everything in the photo, including the pump, would be under water.
 
Fennel and lettuce transplants
 
 
 

Expected harvest for this week (choose 8 for small share, 10 for large share):
husk cherries
sweet onions
shallots
green peppers
ripe peppers
garlic
baby leeks
cherry tomatoes
tomatoes
squash

green beans
Swiss chard
potatoes
carrots
kale

baby kale
lettuce mix
spicy mix
beets
flour (from Farmer Ground Flour - organic)

 

Monday, August 17, 2020

 

 

 

 


Firehoses we have been using for pumping water from our neighbor's ponds.
 

 

Expected harvest for this week (choose 8 for small share, 10 for large share):
husk cherries
sweet onions
shallots
green peppers
ripe peppers
garlic
baby leeks
cherry tomatoes
tomatoes
squash/zucchini
cabbage (holey)
green beans
Swiss chard
potatoes
carrots (maybe)
kale
lettuce mix
spicy mix
beets
flour (from Farmer Ground Flour - organic)

 

 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

 

 Little basil plants

Here we are pumping water from our neighbor's pond into our irrigation pond.
Bunching crew
Very dry soil, but can you spot the toad?

 

Expected harvest for this week (choose 8 for small share, 10 for large share):
husk cherries
sweet onions
purple onions
green peppers
ripe peppers
garlic
baby leeks
cherry tomatoes
tomatoes
cucumbers
squash/zucchini
broccoli
cabbage (holey)
green beans
Swiss chard
potatoes
baby carrots (maybe)
kale
lettuce mix
spicy mix
beets
flour (from Farmer Ground Flour - organic)

 

Sunday, August 2, 2020


The garlic is all harvested. This is some of the German White.

Slug damage on cabbage.





Normally, starting in August, we increase the number of items to 8 and 10 for small and large shares. However, due to conditions and lack of selection we are keeping the item numbers at 7 and 9, at least for this week.

Expected harvest for this week (choose 7 for small share, 9 for large share):
purple onions
green peppers
ripe peppers
garlic
baby leeks
cherry tomatoes
tomatoes
cucumbers
squash/zucchini
broccoli
cabbage
green beans
Swiss chard
potatoes
baby carrots (maybe)
kale
lettuce mix
spicy mix
beets
flour (from Farmer Ground Flour - organic)

Sunday, July 26, 2020

 Spreading winter squash. The tetsukabuto squash take over the everything 20 feet in any direction.
 Just weeded ginger.


This been a sucky growing season (to be blunt) for us in the Finger Lakes. Hopefully, as CSA members you have not noticed this so much. We try to give priority to our CSA members. But our sales at farmers' markets have been down due to lack of selection and we have not had any vegetables available for our wholesale customers. Giving you our best selection is our way of saying "thank you" to our members, many of whom have supported us for many years.

Expected harvest for this week (choose 7 for small share, 9 for large share):
purple onions
baby leeks
cherry tomatoes
cucumbers
squash/zucchini
broccoli
cabbage
green beans
Swiss chard
new potatoes
baby carrots (maybe)
scallions
kale
lettuce mix
spicy mix
beets
flour (from Farmer Ground Flour - organic)

Sunday, July 19, 2020

 The garlic harvest has begun
 Cabbage worm on cabbage plant. Yesterday was hot and dry, but we transplanted cabbage and broccoli anyway.
 Dog days of summer. Luna and Liz on the prone weeder.
Freshly planted beds of carrots and beets.

This has turned out to be the worst growing season we have ever had. May was incredibly cold and prevented seeds from germinating - especially our early plantings of beets and carrots. We have had drought conditions in June and July. Now our pond is almost empty. So if you notice less selection in your CSA shares this year that is why.We have had several crops that have been almost complete failures. I guess after almost 20 years of farming we still have a lot to learn.

Expected harvest for this week (choose 7 for small share, 9 for large share):
purple onions
baby leeks
cherry tomatoes
cucumbers
squash/zucchini
broccoli
cabbage
green beans
Swiss chard
new potatoes
baby carrots (maybe)
scallions
kale
lettuce mix
spicy mix
beets
flour (from Farmer Ground Flour - organic)