The farm this week . . . March 10th

The sun has been shining on some grateful farmers this morning… Just about everything looks better (literally and figuratively!). We’re also enjoying a bit warmer weather. Let’s hope our crazy weather starts to swing more regularly into the bright side of spring. The farmers and plants can use it!

This week we start to move into what we call the “hunger gap” or “hungry gap,” a term coined by the Brits for that season when winter storage crops run out and we’re still waiting to plant main season crops. Back when folks really ate local, this time of the year really could be a hungry one.

This will be the last week for a number of our own winter storage crops (see below). New this week is lettuce. Green butterheads now; more varieties to follow. The kale and collard raab is starting to trickle in, as well as the purple sprouting broccoli. However, it’s looking like most of those field crops were killed by winter cold and so supply will likely be spotty. This was a very cold and wet (still wet!) winter for us and we will be strategizing on how to respond to potential extreme weather in the future. It’s interesting to note that disruptions in our national and global food systems due to weather have recently been reported: NPR: Sorry salad lovers, we may have no mesclun mix for two weeks.

FOOD THIS WEEK:

Kale mix – $8 lb.

Cabbage, overwintered and fresh from the field! These heads may look a little rough from withstanding the onslaught of rain, snow, and low temps this winter season. Testimony to their resilience! Perhaps some of that quality passes on to those who eat them…. $1.50 lb

Lettuce – NEW! Green butterheads, $2.50 each

Escarole – $2.00 each. This versatile winter green is suited for use raw in salad as well as cooked in soups and sautés. It pairs well with strong dressings, fruit, and nuts; try in soups with beans and sausage. Lots of recipes on the internet!

Parsley – $1.75 bunch

Celeriac – $2.00 lb

Winter squash – LAST WEEK! Small Wonder Spaghetti, maybe a few Sliver Bell, $1.25 lb

Rutabaga – LAST WEEK! $2.00 lb

Parsnip – $2.50 lb limited amount this week – it’s been too wet to dig…

Leeks – $2.00 lb

Onions – yellow and red – $1.50 lb

Onions – yellow cippolini – $3.50 lb

Shallots –Dutch yellow, $6.00 lb

Potatoes – LAST WEEK FOR POTATOES!! Desiree (rose/yellow), Russet Norkotah – $1.50 lb

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

Time to order potatoes and garlic!

Fall is upon us and it’s time to order your Goodfoot Farm Goods to store for winter.  This fall we are offering 6 varieties of potatoes along with garlic and garlic braids.  Due to our cool wet spring and some additional extenuating circumstances we did not grow winter squash this year…but rest assured we are missing it already and are planning for next year!  We have a lovely crop of onions but they have shown no intention of drying down for storage and are still merrily green and growing.  We have been selling them at the Corvallis Farmer’s Markets along with all varieties of potatoes and garlic as well as some assorted other extra crops.  Please visit our Ordering page to access the order form.  It can be opened, saved to your computer and filled out to return as an email attachment.  You can also phone in an order or visit us at the Farmer’s Market to place an order.  We will be attending the Fill-Your-Pantry Market again this year on November 12th and expect to be out of product after that date.  So get those orders in!

As always, thanks for your support!