2011 CSA Newsletter, Week 3 – State of the Farm

A panoramic shot of the main field, early July 2011

The State of the Farm Post

Each year around this time I like to give a detailed report of the crops we have this year and what and when you might expect them. An alphabetical list will follow, but first here are some pictures from the main field, showing how far the crops have progressed!

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In the foreground is a bed of head lettuce. you can make out the many types of lettuce in the beds by their different color and texture. This bed has no insect damage and the heads look beautiful! Beyond the lettuce is cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli and potatoes.
Directly ahead is the garlic, you can make out three types of garlic by their maturity time. the ones in the back left are the ripest, very close to ready - they are starting to turn brown on top - these are a pink garlic called 'garden rose'; the front left is 'purple glazier' and not quite ready, the bed on the right is the soft-neck white garlic we grow the most of. We will start picking garlic next week and have dried, cured bulbs in 4-5 weeks.

Peas and carrots before getting weeded for the second time. We picked the first peas this week and will have more in the coming weeks. The carrots are just about to get further thinned for baby carrot bunches
Artichokes in the front - this picture was taken a few weeks ago and they are actually getting much bigger now. I'm still hoping for a crop this fall. To the right is another patch of broccoli, then beyond sight second plantings of carrots, cilantro, dill and beets, plus corn, beans, squash, basil and more.

Another view across the final section of the field. What looks like brown soil are the smallest seedlings, recently emerged and fiercely competing with the heavy weed load. Our job is to keep them weeded and watered!

 


What’s in the Box!

Lots of new head lettuce types coming in this week. one bed’s green leaf & green romains have been getting MUNCHED by (i suspect) grasshoppers. Amazingly, the red lettuce remains untouched, and other beds of lettuce further out in the field look just fine. we took some of the smaller romains and stripped the outer leaves – these are bagged up three to a sleeve as ‘baby romain hearts’. The Kohlrabi really sized up this week, and we will have kohlrabi again at least once or twice. We gave you purple and green kohlrabi, peel and cut the bulb/round stem part. Steam, use in a stir fry or soup – the flavor is similar to a sweet broccoli stem.

The beets this week are not only baby sized (around ping pong ball sized or smaller), they are a special variety cultivated for harvest as baby beets. This means they are especially tender and tasty as early baby beets. I was a bit skeptical myself when i read about the variety in the seed catalog, but I have since become convinced! I suggest boiling these up and eating them whole when soft.

Also new this week is dill – if you don’t want to use it this week, just hang the bundle until dry and store in a jar or bag for use later. This week the Kale and Chard have started to become abundant, the bags are much larger and we have extras. For half members you will get one or the other every week. Fulls get one of each.

Extras!

Throughout the season we will have certain items in abundance and are happy to pass them on if you want more! Right now we have extra cooking greens. If you want more cooking greens, you can get more – farm pickup there is usually extra – check the board; Crested Butte pickup – there is extra on the truck, meet the truck sundays between 11 and 11:30 to meet your farmers and take advantage of the extras. Marble/Redstone/Gunnison members please wait until you get your box this week and then email me to tell me if you can use more greens!

In The Box

NEW: Dill – great in soups, salad dressing, marinade…
NEW: Beets –
amazing pablo baby beets with a few goldens mixed in
NEW: Kohlrabi –
green and purple bunches (fulls 2)
Baby Salad Mix 
– we should have this all summer -yum
Radishes – a few more still coming in
Kale – Bagged leaves – fulls get 2
Chard  – Bagged leaves – fulls get 2
Head Lettuce – romaine, red speckled green romaine, romaine hearts; red butter more red oak leaf, some green butter
Peas – some members get them, if you don’t get them this week you will get them next week, we are keeping track!

Fruit

Cherries & Apricots from Domingez Canyon

Coming soon

Onions
Summer Squash
Cucumbers
Broccoli
more lettuce varieties


The State of the Farm

Here is a quick run down of the main vegetable crops, how they are doing this year and when to expect them!

All the Crops, A-Z

Here is a word on the status of each major crop (I may leave out a few), how does it look, when will we have it?
Basil –  a bit later than usual, we will have basil in mid august until the 1st freeze; pest quantities available
Beans, Green, Yellow, Purple  – no early crop, but a good main crop, starts in 3-4 weeks, lasts 3-4 weeks !
Beets – plenty more to come, we will take a break for a few weeks soon, then have some more mid-season. consider canning!
Broccoli – just starting, we have a very good looking crop this year
Cabbage, Napa, Red, Savoy, Green – a good crop, we should have some cabbage every few weeks, napas in 2 weeks, regular red and green cabbages start in 3-4 weeks.
Carrots – starts next week with baby carrots, then goes for a long time, usually 8 weeks, starting with bunched, then topped carrots. a good crop in the field, just a bit later than usual.
Cauliflower – a good crop of purple, white & orange cauliflower – starts in mid august and goes for rest of the season with some breaks.
Celery – a good crop, i’m hilling these up like the potatoes to try to blanch them –  we will have for 1-2 weeks in late september/early october
Chard –  bagged baby chard now, we will have bunches starting in 1-2 weeks and have nearly every week for the rest of the season – let me know if you like tons!
Chois – we had two bok choi one weeks, that was it!
Corn, Field & Sweet – we will have our own corn at the end of the season. we will have organic olathe sweet corn for the csa boxes for 4-5 weeks once it starts in mid august.
Cucumber – an unbelevievably large crop, prepare your cucumber salad recipes. a bit this week, lots starting in 2-3 weeks and lasting until the freeze. picklers available by pre-order @ $1.50/lb.
Eggplant – starts mid august, a nice solid crop this year in the new hoop house will last into fall
Flowers – a good crop of gladioli, sunflowers, snapdragons and other flowers for sale
Garlic – a great crop – more green garlic the next few weeks, then dried garlic (3 varieties!) that will show up in your box all season long to keep you well supplied with garlic
Kale – bunches start soon, lasts a long time – into fall, multiple plantings look good
Lettuce – head lettuce for a few more weeks, LOTS of varieties 15-20 or more, try them all!
Melons – a nice looking planting in the hoop house that i’m hopeful about. these trickle in so you might find one in your box some week this fall.
Onions – a great crop, including many shallots, lots of sweet walla wallas, red oniond, hard storage onions, small ‘coin’ onions and scallions – we will start in 2-3 weeks with early onions, then onions in the box nearly every week until the end.
Onions, Bunching, Pearl we have one bed of these and should have bunches in 3-4 weeks (we already had one round)
Peas – starting now and will last for 3-4 weeks
Peppers, Hot & Sweet – starts late august, a nice looking crop – in the hoop house will last into fall!
Potatoes –  a small but excellent looking planting –  we will start with new potatoes by late-august, then pick the main crop at the very end of the season
Pumpkins – a late planting, so we need a late freeze to have a good crop this year!
Salad Mix – plenty more to come, we’ll have this for almost every week of the season
Spinach – one more planting that will last 1-2 weeks still to come
Squash, Summer – lots of variety barely starting next week, then lots starting by mid august –  green, yellow, zucchini, crook neck, starburst, round, etc…
Squash, Winter – looks like a solid crop, but its late so longer squash will need a longer season to ripen
Tomatoes – growing very well, especially the hoop house planting just waiting for them to start to ripen! a solid looking crop this year.
We will have a few other crops I didn’t mention (bulb fennel, romanesco!) – there are just too many – did i miss one of your favorites? send me an email!

Fruit

Fruit runs for 15 weeks; no fruit in the 1st & last boxes
Cherries – we will have cherries for a couple more weeks
Peaches – early crop from Palisaide and the rest from the valley, lots of varieties
Pears – mostly red & green bartletts
Plums – still not sure
Raspberries/Blackberries – will have for CSA boxes later in the season
Apples – lots of varieties made it, these start in mid august
Please call the farm if you have any questions!

2011 CSA Newsletter, Week 2 – the lull before the storm

Away and Back

The harvest board, week 1

This week, I left the farm for a quick trip out to visit my mother in North Carolina. I was gone for a total of 5 nights, and the most striking thing upon returning is the amount everything has grown in less than a week.  Its always this way in the end of June – the heat sets in and the crops (and the weeds) begin to explode!

While I was gone, things continued amazingly smoothly at the farm. The crew this year includes several old hands at the farm harvest routine and they harvested, washed and bagged/bunched this weeks delicious veggies for your eating pleasure!

The Lull before the Storm

This week’s box may seem a little small, especially compared to our relatively strong week 1 last week.  Several crops just weren’t quite ready, and we had to put of their harvest till next week. We do have a few new items this week, and I promise quantities will really pick up starting next week!

This Week’s Box

This week we have the rest of our spring plantings of spinach, and the second type of bok choi ‘Win Win Choi.’ Both of these crops had some leaf damage so use them first. We have the first of our chard, bagged, and more varieties of kale coming in. by next week we should be able to start bunching these crops. We harvested the first bed of cilantro this week, and we will have dill next week; Cilantro lovers enjoy it while it lasts, the heat makes growing cilantro mid season tough, but we will try to have it again in the fall. The beets and kohlrabi weren’t quite big enough to pick this week, we ill have those crops next week;  We picked a little green butter this week, and more varieties of head lettuce will arrive next week – romaine and green leaf. We have green garlic this week, its just garlic thats not bulbed up yet; we will start to pick the bulb garlic next week, but it takes a few weeks to dry.

What’s in the Box!

Here come the summer crops - corn, beans, squash and more.

Cilantro – enjoy it while we have it!
Baby Salad Mix
– we should have this all summer -yum
Spinach – Bunched, fulls get 2; use first!
Radishes – fresh & spicy –
Green Garlic– tender garlic flower heads, use like garlic
Kale – Bagged ‘baby’ leaves – bunched chard and kale still a few weeks off – fulls get 2
Thyme – overwintered
Oregano – also overwintered, use fresh or you can dry!
Win Win Choi (type of Bok Choi) –  the stems are delicious, crunchy and sweet
Head Lettuce – more red oak leaf, some green butter

Remember this is a late season, everything is 2-3 weeks later than usual. LOTS MORE coming next week.

Fruit

The 1st bing cherries from Domingez canyon next week, the first of the season! Supply was limited this week, Half’s get 1.6 lb Fulls get 3.2 lb.  everyone will get a bit more next week.

Fruit Cases for Sale

We offer #1 or #2 cases at a great price, just give me a call early in the week and I will confirm your order. Right now we can get #2 cherries at $36/case.

Coming Up

Baby Beet Bunches – the will be big enough next week
Dill
Kohlrabi – green & purple
More lettuce Varieties
More radish varieties
Bunched Chard & Kale

Soon

Napa/Chinese Cabbage
Peas – snow, snap & shelling
Baby Carrots
Early onions, pearl onions, scallions
Garlic Bulbs

Tote Reminder for Marble/RedStone/Crested Butte folks!

We need those totes back each and every week to keep the produce moving! Please remember to get your totes back to the farm! CB folks can leave totes on the porch (please collapse by picnhing corner tabs so they stack). Gunnison members I’ve been using cardboard produce boxes, I can take these back if they are in good shape, just bring them back to mark at the farmers market.

Balance Payments Due Soon

For those of you who gave a deposit and still owe on your membership, I will send you a balance reminder shortly by email. 50% of your balance is due July 15th, the remaining 50% is due August 15th.

 

2011 CSA Newsletter, Week 1 – here we go big time

Welcome to the Turkey Hill CSA Newsletter!

I will try to send out a new newsletter at the end of each week, highlighting the items in and coming to the box and keeping you updated on activities at the farm. I will do my best to highlight the unusual items in the box and suggest possible uses. I know you have questions, so please email them to me and I’ll answer you personally or in the next newsletter.

What’s in the Box!

Baby Salad Mix – we should have this all summer -yum
Spinach – Bagged & Bunched, fulls get 2
Radishes – fresh & spicy – fulls get 2
Garlic Scapes – tender garlic flower heads, use like garlic
Kale – Bagged ‘baby’ leaves – bunched chard and kale still a few weeks off – fulls get 2
Thyme – overwintered
Oregano – also overwintered, use fresh or you can dry!
Joi Choi (type of Bok Choi) – the leaves are a little bitten up, but the stems are delicious, crunchy and sweet – fulls get 2 sleeves
Eggs – we usually don’t enough for everyone but we saved enough for everyone to get some (halfs get half dozen/fulls get full dozen). we will have limited eggs by order at $4/dozen during the rest of the season
Head Lettuce – small but beautiful red oak leaf, more types next week
Sprouts – Sunflower/Pea sprouts from Native Sun – i ordered these using our ‘rainy day fund’ – a small portion of our budget i use to fill in on items we are low on, or in this case to help fill out what i was worried would be a smallish box. these will be available for sale in future weeks at $4/bag.

Remember this is a late season, everything is 2-3 weeks later than usual. Expect about the same box next week or two.

Fruit

No fruit this week, we expect to have bing cherries from domingez canyon next week, the first of the season!

Coming Up

Baby Beet Bunches
Cilantro

A Word on the Pickups, totes, boxes and bags

Most deliveries will happen in our gray or black re-usable totes. These totes collapse, use the thumb tabs at the corners!

We need all the totes back each week to keep the cycle going – we don’t have enough if you don’t return them. Each tote is lined with a large liner bag to ensure the contents stay moist, if you meet the truck in crested butte you can take the bag out with all your produce and leave the tote with the truck. If we run out of totes we will start using cardboard boxes – we want these back too. If you are returning your totes to 421 white rock in crested butte, please return them no earlier than friday, or meet the truck.

We use the big liner bag and most items will be placed in that bag bunched. Early season items like spinach and kale are bagged, but will soon be bunched, reducing the number of bags we send your way. Unfortunately we can’t take the used bags back, but please find a way to reuse them if you can.

 

 

A Panoramic View!

More Farm Pictures – 6/20/11

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2011 Harvest Season Starts Soon – Memberships Still Available

Everything is Looking GREAT!

Get ready for veggies!

Its amazing to thing that harvest will start in just a few weeks!  It was a very cold spring. In fact, May saw the coldest average temperature on record (for Grand Junction). Because of the cold and wet weather most of our plantings went in two-three weeks later than usual, but in they went, and went and went – the field is now full (other than cover crop/fallow areas) and the planting is over for the season (other than a few fall crops and my regular season long salad mix sowings).

Some of the 1st established beds this year.

The weather finally warmed up in the last week and everything is starting to grow fast with the longer, warmer days and regular watering. We have excellent water (snow pack) this year and this should mean a long, strong harvest season, but the cold spring means our first few boxes will be smaller than usual.

The first box CSA harvest will be the week of June 20th (details below). What will be in the first few boxes? Salad Mix, Baby Spinach, Baby Chard, Baby Chois Baby Kale, Baby Beets, Green Garlic Shoots, Thyme & Oregano, Dill and Cilantro. By early July we should have head lettuce, peas, beets, carrots and other crops will trickle in – most crops will be 2-3 weeks later than usual this year, but once things really start coming in your boxes will fill up. Please be patient with the farm this year as the first few weeks will be light!

Memberships still Available

We still have room for around ten more members. I will continue accepting members until around the end of June when we will close the memberships for the season.  Membership in the Turkey Hill CSA is a great investment in your health – its a great deal for a huge variety of local, fresh produce that will entice you to eat well all summer long. I know many of you are members already, so remind you friends that this is the last chance to get in on a great deal!

Busy Planting, Weeding and Fixing broken things

The last month has been a whirlwind of planting and prepping for planting. The picture at left shows the tractor set up with drill seeders. We also moved all the tens of thousands of baby starts from the greenhouse to the hardening off tables and finally out to the field. Each bed holds 300-1,000 plants depending on spacing and the beds have to be prepared for planting – ideally immediately before they are planted for the best planting conditions.

I do all the bed prep work myself with our two farm tractors. Along the way things always break. This year I hit a giant rock with the discer and catching it just right to tear a disc free that had to be replaced  – not an easy task. Then I ran over an irrigation riser hiding in the grass and cracked the T fitting buried five feet underground. Actually, I didn’t realize the T was broken immediately – instead I spend two days digging in the mud. Finally, I called in the backhoe and made quick work of the repairs. I’ve also since mowed the grass and am driving a little slower.

Last Seeding Planted!

 

The last plantings went in this week – around two weeks later than usual. Part of the reason they are going in so late is that I have been waiting for warm weather. Crops like corn will literally rot in the soil if it hasn’t warmed up enough – or crops like squash will take weeks and weeks to emerge. Finally its warm enough to put these crops in and I can be confident they will pop up and grow quickly.

Berry Trellising Completed, The Berries are Loaded!

The berry trellising project is finally complete! The trellising project started last year with setting some of the support posts, then got a big boost this spring when Gary and Kiki spent a week here (trading for their CSA share) and worked on the project every day, completing the posts and cross-arms, laying the wires and pouring concrete for the end supports. This month we finally completed the project, tensioning the wires that will support the vines. The plants look great, and some of the varieties are loaded with berries (we have both raspberries and blackberries). These should start coming in by mid July and will be included some weeks of the fruit season.

First Harvest Pickup Details

Here are the pickup details for each area – I will call each of you before the harvest begins to go over directions and answer any questions.

Farm Pickup Customers your first pickup is Friday, June 24th. Pickup is from 3-7pm every friday thru October 14th at the farm on Powell Mesa outside Hotchkiss. Boxes and bags are available at the pickup area, and I will be there to greet you for the first pickup.  If you need to come at a time other than Friday 3-7pm, please call and let me know ahead of time. I can box up your produce and put it in the walk you; you can then pick it up later at night or any time over the weekend thru monday. Directions to the farm: From Hotchkiss take 4th Street (opposite the fairgrounds) North. In approximately 1 mile take your second left on the second Powell Mesa Rd. (its a big loop, you want the 2nd leg). One mile up Powell Mesa Road you will see the Round Earth farm sign directly in front of you. If you are lost on Powell Mesa Rd, the farm is just down the hill from 34831 Powell Mesa Rd.

Crested Butte Customersyour first delivery/pickup is Sunday June 26th.  The truck arrives from the farm by 11am, and leaves around 11:30am. The pickup is at Stacee Vanaernem’s house, a tall green building at 421 White Rock.  Please do your best meet the truck there and get your box between 11 and 11:30. If you are out of town, please have a friend or neighbor pick up your box!  Meeting the truck is a great way to meet the farmers who grow your food (we usually rotate the delivery task – Joseph will be doing the first delivery, but I will be there on week 2 or 3). We also often have free extras available in the truck and will also have some extras for sale like flowers, eggs and berries. If you can’t make it by 11:30, we will leave your box on Stacee’s shady porch – if you come late, please make sure you take your box and not someone else’s– each box is labeled with a name!

Gunnison Customers – your first delivery/pickup is Saturday June 25th. Mark from Thistle Whistle farms will be bringing your box to his stand at the Gunnison Farmers Market. Please thank him and support Mark by purchasing something from his stand – he’s likely to have something interesting that we don’t have! If you are out of town, please have a friend or neighbor pick up your box!

Marble/Redstone Customers – your first delivery/pickup is Saturday June 25th. I will have your boxes stacked in one spot in our walk-in cooler each week. Directions to the farm are above. I’m hoping you all have worked out a good spot for meeting to distribute the boxes, we can go over the details when I call you.

More Farm Pictures

Here is a slide show with some recent shots, enjoy!

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IN go the crops – May 22, 2011!

Plant, Plant Plant!

The last few weeks have been extremely busy – planting out the thousands and thousands of tender seedlings we have been growing in the greenhouse since the beginning of March. We ended April and started May with a series of storms that brought some wickedly cold temperatures to Western Colorado.

In between the storms I disced and spaded in the field and gathered crews to plant! I also did quite a bit of direct seeding, planting about a half acre of carrots, spinach, peas, beets, cilantro, dill, scallions, salad mix and radishes. The  transplants so far include broccoli, cabbage (red & green), cauliflower (white, orange and purple!), kale, chard, shallots (several types), onions, artichokes, lettuces (red & green romaines, butters, oak leafs & more!).  Many more transplants await warmer conditions, but will go out in the next few weeks – cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, melons, squash, flowers, basils and more.

Harvest Starts Soon – What to Expect

Future farmer in training

Its a little hard to imagine in these cold days of spring, but the CSA harvest will start in around  the third week of June (I will email and call before the 1st harvest & delivery).  It has been a particularly cold & extended spring and this is having an effect on our planting schedule. Because of this I expect to start harvest a little later and (late june, not mid June) and for the first few weeks – not that much variety, but lots of  salad mix, spinach, radishes (lots of varieties this year!), baby braising mix (chard/mustard), green garlic, dill & cilantro. As we settle into July, a number of other crops will start coming in – head lettuces, baby beets, sugar snap and shelling peas, baby chois – (tat soi, mei quing choi) carrots (baby sized at first) and the chard and kale will start coming in! By mid July we will start having Broccoli, Napa Cabbage, Scallions, early onions, and much more. the rest of the crops of summer will be just around the corner. To get a better idea of how the season progresses, you can review the entire 2010 season of boxes at this address: http://www.turkeyhillcsa.com.php53-27.dfw1-2.websitetestlink.com/category/2010-csa-season.

The Bounty is Coming – Signups Still Available

Another view of the first beds we transplanted this year.

The fields already look great this year and the harvest is shaping up to be  incredibly bountiful this summer. We have just over thirty members signed up for the 2011 season, and would like to get closer to 50. That means we have just four weeks to sign up 20 more members by the time we start harvest in late June. Please help spread the word about our program to get your friends, co-workers or neighbors to sign up. Tell them to go to the website to sign up. If you live in the North Fork Valley, our CSA is a great way to enjoy the bounty of the North Fork at a great price; if you live in Crested Butte you can use the money you save on your veggies by signing up for the CSA to splurge on some extra items at the Farmers Market after you pick up your box each Sunday morning. Either way, the CSA is a great way to eat local at a great price – its a commitment to the farm and to yourself to eat well this summer!

Check out the View

Here are some recent pictures, with captions, of activity on the farm – best viewed full screen, look for the icon in the lower right of the slide show.

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CSA Planting Season – April!

The weather has warmed up and April has brought a huge amount of activity to the farm. Our first big field plantings go in during late April and all my time up till now has been devoted to preparing the fields – spreading manure, disking, clearing rock etc. Now everything has been disked and its time to start spading! The spader is our main bed preparing machine, using a series of heavy spades that follow an oval path as the tractor creeps along – mimicking the technique of double digging beds. When completed at the right moisture conditions in healthy soil, the spader breaks up the soil down to around 12-14 inches, leaving a fine seedbed on the top.

Here is a video I took of the spader in action – thats me running the spader while i left the camera rolling in the grass, then theres a close up of the bed i just made. in the background you can see several more beds:

 

In the Greenhouse

Crystal and Lara have been busy in the greenhouse! This time they brought along their little helpers.

This month wever also been very busy planting and transplanting in the greenhouse. We’re busy seeding almost everything now, including summer crops like cucumbers, squash, and annual flowers. Meanwhile we are transplanting our earlier plantings of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other crops – its still too early for those crops to go out. Even with the protection of a hoop house, i’ve learned not to rush my spring plantings – although we are beginning to put out our early cold weather transplants like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, kale onions and chard.

Projects, Projects, Projects

Gary and Kiki working in the berries & orchard.

Last week we had uber-traders Gary and Kiki on the farm, working off their season of produce in one power-packed week of farm projects. The big project this spring is the construction of the trellising for the berries we planted last spring. The trellis was started last year, but needed posts pounded in and end posts needed to be set in concrete to support the tensioned wires that form the trellis.

The berries did great last summer and this year we expect some serious production. Although its possible to grow blackberries and raspberries without trellises, you wind up with a giant berry patch thats hard to sort thru and hard to pick. Our T shaped trellis system will allow us to separate the second year, fruit producing canes, from the first year ‘primocanes’ that will produce next year’s crop. The trellis also makes harvest much easier to harvest the berries! Fruit members this year should get some farm raspberries and you can all track the progress of the berry research project at http://berries.roundearth.com.

A New Hoop House!

Prepping the new hoop house site.

This year we applied for and received an NRCS grant to construct a field high tunnel. This new plastic covered structure is 30’x72′ and will be planted primarily with tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and a few flowers and other items. Our existing field house (20’x200′) will be full of trellised cucumbers and melons. The hoops and anchor posts are in place and the new hoop house should be up soon. I will post pictures here or to Facebook when I have them. Speaking of facebook – If you use facebook, don’t forget to  ‘Like’ Round Earth/Turkey Hill CSA there  – go to this address and click ‘Like’ – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Round-Earth-Turkey-Hill-CSA/55540219189 – once you do this you will see any new messages and photos I post on your Facebook wall.

In the Field

Garlic, purple glazier on left, freshly hoed. berries in background.

This week Gary and Kiki did the first big weeding of the season, cleaning up the garlic (see picture in the slideshow below). We also planted our potato crop this week and i finished up with the field discing. As soon as I have the beds ready we will begin transplanting and seeding our earliest crops. The first transplants are itching to get in the ground and its time for our 1st direct seeding of salads, spinach, beets, carrots etc. It looks like we will wait until after the current cold front clears our area before planting – the temperature is predicted to drop into the 20s for the next two nights

Time to Sign Up, Last Chance for a Discount

Remember that paying in full before May 1st gets you a 10% discount on the membership and really helps the farm with our spring expenses before we have any produce to sell. Even if you aren’t paying in full, please send your $150 deposit to reserve a spot if you plan to join the CSA this summer. We do have limited spots and it helps us to know how many people have signed up, although I do know that many of you will wait until the last minute. If you are interested in work trade for part of your membership fee – we are happy to work with you, email or call for details. Tell your friends about the CSA, will give you a thank you bundle of flowers (tell them to mention you when signing up!).
Sign up for the CSA now at http://www.turkeyhillcsa.com.php53-27.dfw1-2.websitetestlink.com/2011-turkey-hill-csa-signup-start

 

More Pictures

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