Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August Week 4

Pretty uneventful week here aside from getting a van full of peaches. It's unbelieveable how these green bean keep producing. We're on week six now of green beans and they're still going. Our fall radishes and carrots are doing good. I'm thinning them out this week. The lettuce mixes are coming in nice. Even the peas are doing well. Take a look at the new pictures in the feed. We actually have some tiger's eye beans drying and giving some awesome looking beans.
Remember we've got peaches if you or anyone wants some. Just send us an email. We'll be doing a lot of canning of those for ourselves as well. Alright, have get veggies.
- Trogg

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gonna eat a lot of peaches

This is a peach shortened week. That's what I've kept saying in my head since last Saturday. If you couldn't tell we love peaches here. Sooner or later we'll get around to getting our own trees in the ground and harvesting our own. I'm sure even then we'll still head down to southern Illinois for peaches, however. So yeah, we're leaving for peaches tomorrow - after my desk jockey job is done. We're gonna take the kids through some Lincoln adventures on the way because we're from Illinois and all and that's what we do. It makes the long drive longer and shorter as well.
Besides thinking about peaches non-stop, we've
been babying our fall seedlings. I just pulled the fabric covers off of the rows on Saturday and they are doing awesome. Other than a few raccoon footprints scattered around it looks like the seedling got off to a really good start. We have red romaine, mesclun mix, peas, spinach, chard, beets, radishes, and carrots all sprouting. If all goes well , there will be all of these through September and into October. We also spent some time thinning and transplanting kohlrabi. Some of these are gettign close to a foot tall with a few already starting to get that swelling in the stem.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Eat a peach for peace.

I believe it was Guy Clark who sang "There's only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and home grown tomatoes". Well, sorry Guy, we're making a liar out of you. The tomatoes are rolling in. Big beautiful tomatoes, little tiny tomatoes. All sizes and shapes. So, money will in fact buy you home grown tomatoes. From our home. It will probably also buy you true love somewhere, but we can't make any promises.

Last weekend saw the till repaired (good job Trogg) and more seeds in - carrots, beets, radishes, lettuce, chard, spinach, and peas. Fingers crossed they grow up big and strong. We covered the newly sown seeds with some landscape fabric to protect them from birds, rain, and dogs. The fabric is keeping them warm (as if the weather wasn't enough) and moist and we've already got sprouts. Needless to say, its pretty rewarding to see that happen so quickly.

That's about all we have this week. Its hot. The mosquitoes are TERRIBLE. But vegetables love this weather and everything is going strong. Thanks, as always, for the support.


Order by 8/18/10 - 25lb half bushels are $30.00 (1.20/lb.)
Pickup or drop-off 8/24-8/26 (we'll let you know)
Purchase @ $1.30/lb any extras we bring back
And we promise no Allman Brothers will be injured or killed in the process of getting these peaches.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Vegetable Adventure: Week 2

Hi everybody!

Welcome to week 2 of our vegetable adventure! We have a few quick announcements that we would like to share with you all.

First of all, we have an extra 1/2 bushel available starting this week for Elgin - area pick up. The Elgin spot is still being solidified and we will let everyone know where to come.

Next is a reminder about peach orders. You have to let us know by the end of this week what you would like - peaches come in 1/2 and whole bushels. We won't get our price from the orchard until we know how much we will be ordering. When we have the final prices from the orchard we will let you know the final cost. Pick up will be in Elgin on 8/26.

That's about it for now. As we said in the newsletter last week, we will be announcing the A La Carte offerings on Wednesday after we have a better grasp of what we will have for our weekly basket orders. Also, we posted a newsletter and recipe on the website - go have a visit.

Thanks again for your support,
Marcy and Chris

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The farm never rests....

We started tilling today for some more fall crops. I mentioned on our Facebook page that the till was being temperamental. Actually it was worse than that - the darn thing doesn't want to start. And to add insult to injury, the start pull cord came detached. We fixed that, but are still tinkering with the engine. Never fear - we will get it going again, or find someone who can, and there will be plenty of food this fall. But I'll be darned if it isn't one thing...

Anyway, we're still excited about the next round of planting. And even more excited about all the people who will share it with us. We are so thrilled, and somewhat in shock, over the response that we have gotten within out first official week. So thank you all for your support and your interest. We're doing our best to deliver on our promise of wonderful, fresh, local food. And if the till won't start, maybe we can find a horse...