Wednesday, June 29, 2011

This Week at Trogg's Hollow

So, it’s definitely warming up and drying out and really beginning to feel like summer, which is good because it IS summer – time for BBQs (with wonderful salads and sides of vegetables), swimming, fireworks, and, of course, time for things to really take off in the garden. We’re seeing it – there are flowers on the tomatoes, the beans are getting tall, and the cucumbers and squash are starting to sprawl. Sometimes it feels like you wait forever for this time of year, and then here it is, and things just take off and nature takes over. It’s beautiful. If you look out your car window to the east as you drive by Meijer you can see the field there really taking shape – it’s pretty exciting to know that we’ve made just a little bit of difference out there, and that a place that used to be grow beans and corn is now home to countless green and growing vegetables.

And that’s about it for this week. The wheels are spinning here though and in addition to the planting, weeding, and harvesting, we are trying to put together a few programs on the farm for a little later this summer, so keep your eyes open. And finally, we would like to extend a congrats to our cousins Lou and Sara and welcome little June to the family! It’s definitely a fertile time!!

Thanks again,

- Marcy

6/29/11 Newsletter

This Week at Trogg's Hollow - So, it’s definitely warming up and drying out and really beginning to feel like summer, which is good because it IS summer – time for BBQs (with wonderful salads and sides of vegetables), swimming, fireworks, and, of course, time for things to really take off in the garden.

Farmer’s Market This Week - Yes!! We will be at the Harvest Market, which runs Thursday from 10-4. This week we have beets, spinach, Red Russian and Vates Kale, peas, and four varieties of lettuce. The beets, spinach, and peas will go fast, so come out early!

. . .and lots more in this week's newsletter.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

6/22/11 Newsletter

This Week at Trogg's Hollow

Well, we’ve had a rather wet and weedy week here at the farm. This wet, cool weather (June, what’s the deal?) has slowed down our vegetable growth a little, but doesn’t seem to bother the weeds one bit. We’re getting through them, though, and things we want to grow ARE growing. I am most encouraged by our healthy tomato plants, which started out so small and fragile, and are now happily growing along. We’re just very self-critical and want to see everything bursting with food, and have to remind ourselves that it’s only June, and Summer has only just started. If you look at our weekly CSA share list, you’ll see the selections growing and changing each week. It’s fun for us to harvest new things every week – hopefully you have as much fun using them.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

6-15-11 Newsletter

It’s been a very busy week here at Trogg’s Hollow. Now that the weather is behaving itself, things are really growing. We have had a week of plowing, planting, harvesting, and weeding. Special big thanks to John and Dan for all the extra hard work. And despite everyone in the house being sick, we’ve gotten a lot done.

Farmer’s Market This Week

Good News – Mother Nature has been co-operative and we WILL be at the Elgin Harvest Market this week. We will have baby lettuce greens, beet greens, Sugar Ann Snap peas, and two types of lettuce. Market takes place on Thursdays from 10-4!!. It’s in a new location this year -the old Gail Borden Library parking lot, which is across Kimball from the library.


We will have lettuce available for sale this week. If you are interested, send us an email and we will be at the building at 10AM on Friday. We will only stop by if we hear from someone, so please let us know if you would like to get some lettuce. The price is $2 for half a pound. (This is about the same as the bunches Chris was selling last year.)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

First Shares this week!

Well, it’s finally here - our first week of veggies! Our first CSA shares go out this week (some have already been picked up), AND we have extra lettuce available to sell!! That’s right (you heard me), we have lettuce for sale - Pirat or Black Seeded Simpson - both are available for $2/half a pound. We’re not at the Harvest Market this week, so we’ll try and make it easy - you can come by the Elgin (westside) farm tomorrow (Friday) before 4PM. Just send us an email letting us know you’re coming and how much you want, and we’ll have it ready for you. Cash or check only please.

More news and pics and recipes in the news letter - here!

See ya,Link

Monday, June 6, 2011

A delayed part three.

The short of it - busy got busier and then there was more rain. So that was how the last full week of May went.

The long of it - we decided to stick with the long term plan and plant only about 1/2 an acre of the new plot at Abiding Peace Church in vegetables. The rest will go into green manure/cover crop to replenish the soil for next year. During that last week of May I was able to get two 100 square foot sections plowed before a huge day and a half of rain. During the first day of rain monkey number 1 and I made a trip to the Farm and Fleet for supplies and harvest market stuff: stakes, shelter, pea weave climbing stuff, yeah. By the end of the week we had to get out there and plant.

It was still a mess from all the rain but the plow helped me mound some beds and we put in the first veggie plants that Friday and Saturday. Thanks to our friends at Sweet Home Organics we were able to score a huge amount of extra seedlings to plant in the 1/2 acre I plowed. Note to self: mounding up soil soaked from nearly 2 days of rain makes for a horribly hard surface once it dries. Argh! But we had to get plants in so the learning continues.

Sunday and Memorial Day we took a little break. We took all the monkeys out to Des Moines to see They Might Be Giants at the Every Family Rocks Fest. A splendid time was had by all even though we got stuck for an hour just outside the campground because the van kept blowing a fuse.

So that nearly gets us through the end of the May. I'll try to catch up on the last week in the next few days. See ya. And if you haven't heard, CSA pickups start this Wednesday. Check you email for a letter from Marcy regarding this stuff.