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July 22, 2016
Beans, Potatoes and Tomatoes Grow!
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
Now the serious picking begins. Tomatoes and beans are just starting to roll in. Since we are still picking squash and cucumbers that means we spend a lot of hours on harvest. Still other tasks beg to be done as well, like staking the tomatoes (see above). Those tidy, weed-free plants don't just magically grow that way, as any home gardener can attest to. When the plants are quite young, wooden stakes are driven into the nearby earth. This task on our farm is done with a man-powered post driver. Not my favorite task, but some people love the workout. Next tomato twine is carefully woven to secure the plants to stakes - one long string down the entire row. A month later, when the plants have begun to flop again, another layer of twine is repeated at the next level. Sometimes a third string is needed, depending on the size of the plants...and how much spare time we have.
Rain early this week blessed the ground with a good soaking, much needed after last week's dog-gone heat. Consequently, the farm looks vibrant and abundant. With a super strong crew this summer, combined with a favorable growing season, we are able to harvest a lot of food. We are grateful to our customers who want to eat it!
As many of you have heard, we have opened our CSA for the second half of the season to new members. Partial shares are currently prorated at $308 and full shares $425. Not only will this keep some wonderful food out of the compost pile, it will help our family farm bear the cost of our GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certification process. Our customers are our best source of referrals. Take a minute and think of someone who might benefit from the bounty, and send them our way. Click here to register.
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June 5, 2016
Calling All Veggie Eaters!
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
If you have been thinking about joining a CSA NOW is the time to jump! Red Earth Farm starts this week and we would be happy to feed you this season. Why Red Earth Farm? Our members get special privileges, such as weekly online ordering. Wouldn't you like to pick each week what we pack into your box? They can also purchase extra produce, flowers and local goodies such as Saffron Cardamom Marmalade by Eat This, or Feta from Hillacres Pride and Greek Yogurt by Wholesome Dairy. We offer 2 share sizes designed for 2-4 people, as well as fruit, egg, artisan cheese, yogurt and flower shares.
What could be better? Our produce is guaranteed fresh, replacements or money back, and is often picked the day before it arrives at your location. Recently endorsed by Whole Foods, one of their produce buyers raved, "Your stuff beats beer!"
So if you are trying to cut back on beer, you might try eating a box of Red Earth veggies each week. A great way to encourage yourself to eat more vegetables is to make a weekly goal: finish your box before the next one. Almost all of us could stand to squeeze a few more vegetables into our diet and what better way than to eat the kind that taste better than beer?
Reading this after the first week of the CSA? Contact us about prorating your share. We accept members on a rolling basis throughout the season. We are happy to feed you!
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July 24, 2015
Summer Heat
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
Now is the season of my neglect to write. The height of summer arrives in July and with it comes extra long days on the farm. Beans, cherry tomatoes, squash and cucumbers slurp up time as we pick, pick and pick. Last week’s dog days (dog days are hot and humid, right?)demoralized the crew, the Farmer, and even the Farmer’s daughter. Only temporarily. Working outside this week is a dog gone pleasure. Now everyone is all smiles, optimistic and that "I'm about to quit" look in their eyes has passed.
No matter what, July remains challenging. In addition to a heavy harvest, we are still planting and weeding like crazy. The Farmer finds himself working seven days a week, way too many hours. It feels like we barely see each other, or at least have time to discuss anything important. I am up late at the computer, after everyone is finally sleeping. He is up at dawn's first light, and often gone until dusk. We've been at this long enough to remember that the grind is temporary. Field pressure lets up in mid September, and the days become shorter, thanks to the waning sun in Autumn. Rest will reward the hard-working farmer.
For now, we will keep at it. And savor days like today where the warm of the sun penetrates the soul and the blue of the sky brightens the spirit. Truly, we feel blessed to walk in rhythm with nature every day.
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