The farm this week . . . February 17th, 2017

Well, we’ve been a bit bogged down this week with the rain and head colds. While I perfected my farmer blow in the field, Arien kept the veggies germ free washing and packing in the shed! Kale continues to be limited. It’s looking like we’ve lost quite a bit in the field due to winter lows. We may still get some raab from those plants but they’re not looking too enthusiastic about taking part in spring growth! We should be harvesting pac choy next week and the first of the purple sprouting broccoli may be ready then too. It looks like some varieties didn’t make it but others are pushing bright purple florets – we know which ones to try again! Lettuce should follow in 2-3 weeks (all depending on that big glowing globe in the sky). And we always start looking forward to those flowering shoots of cabbage, collards, and kale. Very soon it will be raab on!

At market tomorrow you will be treated with Shannon’s smiling face; I will be at the OSU Small Farms Conference. Please remind her if you have an account and your name.

Thanks!

FOOD THIS WEEK:

Kale mix – $8 lb.

Cabbage – green – $1.25 lb.

Cabbage, overwintered savoy. Fresh from the field! $1.50 lb

Large green cabbage for processing – about 7-10 lbs each, $1.00 lb

Giant Kohlrabi – $1.25 lb

Celeriac – $2.00 lb

Winter squash – Delicata, Thelma Sanders, Gill’s Golden Pippen, Small Wonder Spaghetti, Winter Sweet Kabocha, $1.25 lb

Rutabaga – $2.00 lb

Parsnip – $2.50 lb

Leeks – $2.00 lb

Radish – round red and French breakfast – $2.00 bunch

Onions – yellow and red – $1.50 lb

Onions – yellow cippolini – $3.50 lb

Shallots –Dutch yellow, $6.00 lb

Potatoes – Desiree (rose/yellow), Yellow Finn (yellow/yellow), Russet Norkotah – $1.50 lb,

Fingerling potatoes – Purple Peruvian (purple/purple) – $3.00 lb Most likely LAST WEEK!

The farm this week . . . February 3, 2017

It’s been a busy couple of weeks which I feel is reflected in the many thoughts running through my head.  As I considered what I wanted to write for this weekly communication I just couldn’t settle on one thing.  So I offer several:

On being the “Routine Farmer:” with a couple of markets behind us we’ve found ourselves moving into a different weekly routine which emphasizes again our connection to our food community in the practice of handing over the goods!  This makes us happy…

On being the “Habitual Farmer:” is this any different than the routine farmer?  And yes, this is a conversation I’ve been having with myself this week… semantics is good for field work!

On being the “Impulsive Farmer:”  this is perhaps antithetical to the aforementioned qualities and yet the word “impulse” captured my attention this week.  It perhaps suggests unpremeditated action, or action without thought and yet I wonder if it doesn’t also deemphasize those actions driven by the head to recognize those driven by the heart.

And so, in the face of these uncertain times (my most recent uncertainty being what will “organic” mean to our new administration as it goes about the business of executing this federal program), we will continue to focus on our work – growing food with head, hands and heart –  and considering always – what is the meaning in it?

FOOD THIS WEEK:

Kale mix – $8 lb.

Cabbage – red and green – $1.25 lb.

Large green cabbage for processing – about 7-10 lbs each, $1.00 lb

Giant Kohlrabi – $1.25 lb whole and cut

Celeriac – $2.00 lb

Winter squash – Delicata, Thelma Sanders, Gill’s Golden Pippen, Small Wonder Spaghetti, Winter Sweet Kabocha, Sokichi Shiro mini-Kabocha $1.00 – $1.50/lb

Brussels sprouts – $5.00 pint box

Elephant garlic – $6.00 lb

Rutabaga – $2.00 lb

Parsnip – $2.50 lb

Leeks – $2.00 lb

Onions – yellow and red – $1.50 lb

Onions – yellow cippolini – $3.50 lb

Shallots –Dutch yellow, $6.00 lb

Potatoes – Desiree (rose/yellow), Yellow Finn (yellow/yellow), Russet Norkotah – $1.50 lb,

Fingerling potatoes – Purple Peruvian (purple/purple), Ozette (tan-white) – $3.00 lb