Our storage crops are looking great, and winter shares are still available for the 2015-16 season–get an order form here!
Saturday, August 22, 2105
Food Farm: 2612 Co Road 1, Wrenshall, MN 55797
Farm tours and open house 2-4pm (Free)
Operetta 4pm ($10 suggested donation)
On Saturday, August 22 the Food Farm will celebrate the season with an open house and original operetta in partnership with Mixed Precipitation Theater Company. From 2 to 4pm there will be tours of the brand new root cellar, hay rides, farm tours, and family activities. At 4pm Mixed Precipitation will present a guitar-swinging retelling of the 1735 Handel opera, Alcina. Entitled Escape from Alcina’s Island: A Picnic Operetta, this unique blend of music, food, and storytelling is a perfect way to revel in the height of harvest season on the Farm.
Both events are open to the public. The open house is free and the Operetta is a $10 suggested donation and a reservation is requested.
For more on the Operetta visit Mixed Precipitation website
Directions to the Food Farm – From Duluth:
Food Farm is at 2612 County Road 1. Take 35S to Carlton/Scanlon exit (exit #239). Head south on Highway 45 through Carlton. Through no fault of your own, Highway 45 transforms itself into County Road 1. Take County Road 1 through Wrenshall. About 3 miles out of Wrenshall you’ll look to your left and see a big deer fence – that is the farm!
It’s been warm and I’ve either been slacking on the photos or more focused on the work – depending on how one looks at it. Regardless, the farm is lush and full of foliage!
With the warm temperatures and lack of precipitation the irrigation equipment can be spotted all over the Farm.
Our first planting of carrots will be ready to harvest this week!
Our Hot Wax Peppers are loaded and have begun to be harvested.
Green Cabbage Glamour Shot
The Pumpkins with Sweet Corn
The Leeks are coming along nicely.
Cucumbers growing in our big greenhouse
Basil in the permanent greenhouse.
Greenhouse Tomato variety called Juliet…
and our 8th and last planting of Broccoli will be ready to plant in the field this week.
Now’s the time to order preserving quantities, so you can eat great broccoli all winter!
This heat has brought two plantings on at once, so we have plenty available for freezing. Even if you haven’t done it before, it’s quite easy. However, it won’t last long–call the farm ASAP and we can deliver to one of our pickup sites this Thursday. Friday delivery can also be arranged. The cost is $48 for a 25 lb box.
We fell short of the $25,000 goal we were seeking for our innovative root cellar project but a lot of good education came of the process. There are many more people out there who understand that it’s possible for our community to feed itself and that if we invest in projects like this it can make a positive impact in our community.
In the last month, 2500 people visited the Kickstarter page and watched the informative video, and about 50 actually came to the farm to see construction in progress last Saturday.
As Kickstarter is an all or nothing fundraising website, the farm will not receive any of the funds pledged. However, our plan going forward is to get “back to basics” and ask folks who pledged on the Kickstarter site to simply donate to the farm directly instead. The silver lining is that being outside of the Kickstarter process eliminates some fees, so your donations actually go a little bit farther when they go directly to the farm.
Two ways to donate:
1) Send a check made out to “Food Farm” to 2612 County Road 1, Wrenshall, 55797
2) Send your donation electronically by clicking the donate button below!
We got the storage planting of potatoes in yesterday, had our official launch party for the Kickstarter campaign, and we are happy to be getting some rain. Also, the barley and peas planted on the new land across the road is up and in a few months will be feeding Yker Acres pork with local grain!