Well folks, it looks like we didn’t take the time to update you on our potato progress, but we survived! Immediately after that was done we pushed right into beets, rutabagas, parsnips, cabbage, and carrot harvest. By the time the ground froze and the snow came down, the crew had harvested nearly 113,000 pounds of delicious storage veggies in three weeks! This was a truly impressive feat, and many thanks goes out to our intrepid crew.
All in all, this was an incredible and memorable year here at the Food Farm. We were astounded a spring slower even than 2013, blessed with an abundance of fall crops, and all the while knowing that the most important crop would arrive right at the peak of our fall harvest season. Welcoming our son into the world has been an incredible experience, and makes us redouble our commitment to farm in a way that preserves our part of the earth for future generations.
We are well into our planning for next year, and should have information out soon on signing up for the 2015 CSA share season. Here are a few photos of the year gone by to tide you over until winter begins to loosen its icy grip. Greenhouse season is right around the corner!
This time of year I am always getting asked, “So are you about done at the farm?” or “Everything is pretty much done, right?” Well people, I will tell you what I tell them. It feels like we are just starting and getting cranked up for a whirlwind of extreme harvest. I feel like this big end of the season push is what I have been training for physically all season.
Yesterday began the first week of our transition into what I call “the end of season push”. We are now able to use a whole day’s worth of time dedicated to harvesting and packing summer shares towards filling up our root cellar.
With the predicted weather, we have decided this week that we are going to start with the potatoes. Our first planting looked great and was harvested as needed for shares and our wholesale orders. As we began unearthing our second planting we started crunching the numbers. We are predicting 20 tons of potatoes this year!
Janaki has charged this year’s staff with the challenge of harvesting 20 ton of potatoes this week! We worked out all the glitches in the new machinery yesterday and we are ready to accept this challenge.
Stay tuned as I post a photo journal of our week out in the field and keep you updated with our endeavor.
For the crew,
Local food, local art
Saturday, August 23
3 to 6pm at the Food Farm (2612 County Road 1, Wrenshall, 55797)
6 to 8pm at the Free Range Film Barn (909 County Road 4, Wrenshall, 55797)
Local food and local art collide on Saturday in Wrenshall.
The Food Farm is hosting an open house from 3 to 6pm on August 23rd. Food Farm is the area’s longest operating Community Supported Agriculture farm, raising certified organic vegetables and pastured raised eggs and poultry. Farm tours, a hay ride, family games and activities will be free and open to the public.
The farm party will progress into an art party at 6pm when the celebration heads to the Free Range Film Barn. Local artists Kathy McTavish, Joeyllen Rock, and Rob Wittig will present their interactive arts experience Sophronia. The installation premiered at the Walker Art Center during the twin cities’ Northern Spark festival. A potluck dinner will be part of the fest at 6pm in the barn. Popcorn, pop, and water will be available for attendees as well.
At the Food Farm (2612 County Road 1, Wrenshall, MN 55797)
3 – 6pm
3-4:30 Tours of the Food Farm
4:30 Hay ride
5 farm games, activities, and tomato tasting
At the Free Range Film Barn (909 County Road 4, Wrenshall, MN 55797)
6 – 8pm
6-8pm Sophronia Art Event by Kathy McTavish and Joellyn Rock
For more information on Sophronia visit: http://robwit.net/sophronia/
Fore more information on the Food Farm visit: www.foodfarm.us or Food Farm on facebook
In the peak of the season we find ourselves extremely busy. Here is a look at what is happening at the farm right now.
As always we hope this finds you all well and stay tuned for more updates as the farm season progresses.
For the farm crew,
Happy Spring! It seems that Christmas and Easter have gotten themselves confused once again, but things are hopping here on the farm. Dave has been hard at work in the greenhouse since early March, and Jeanne and our new intern Karin just started work two weeks ago. The early season transplants are looking great—the first tomatoes went into the ground in the hoop house on Monday, onion transplants are about 8” tall, and the third planting of broccoli is already a week old. It’s hard to believe that April 19th is our normal plant-out (as in, outside) date for the first broccoli; last year was the first year in memory that we haven’t gotten it in the ground on time and we decided to not even bother seeding it in this year. So with all this snow and cold, when will summer shares begin? We’re planning for a typical start-date of June 16th, but we’ll make a final judgment in a month or so and keep you updated as the season gets going.
We also have a couple of exciting announcements: First, on Tuesday we finalized the purchase of the new land across the road. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than the introduction of new land into organic farming! Big thanks to members Patricia Clure, Jackie Falk, and Kathy Ziells. Without these Food Farm leaders and their vision and support this growth would not have been possible.
Second, we just found out that our root cellar grant was funded! That was just one component to our fundraising for the project, but a very important one. We’re just developing the rest of the plan, so stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information.
On a personal note, Annie and I are excited to announce that we’ll be having a baby this fall! We’re thrilled to add a new aspect to life on the farm and will be glad to have a little helper around!
That’s all the news for now from the slushy wonderland that is the Food Farm.
For the farm crew,