Driving directions

Howdy folks,

We just discovered that Google maps no longer gives accurate directions to the farm. Yikes! To get here for the shindig this afternoon, use Bing.com maps, or see directions below:

From Duluth: exit I-35 at Grand Avenue/Hwy 23. Take Hwy 23 through West Duluth, Gary, and Fond du Lac. Continue on 23 over the St. Louis River in Fond du Lac for another 5 miles. Turn right on County Road 4. Drive 2.5 miles to the stop sign on County Road 1.  Turn left on Co Rd 1, we are about 1 mile south on the left hand side of the road. Look for the deer fence, solar panels, and veggies!

From Cloquet / alternate Duluth route: From the Scanlon/Carlton/Hwy 45 exit from I-35, go south on Hwy 45 to the stop sign in Carlton. Continue straight, you will now be on County Road 1. Follow 1 through Wrenshall. The farm is just over 2 miles south of Wrenshall on the left hand side of the road.

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On Weeding and Summer’s Progress

Hello everyone,

I’m sorry it took us so long to update our blog… you know how summer can get. Between all the weeding that needs to get done, the swift increase in harvests, and with all the other things that summer entails, we haven’t been the best communicators lately. Shorter updates are posted more often at facebook.com/pages/Food-Farm/86869408561 for those who are interested.

When I saw the tomatoes starting to ripen this week I began to get the sense that we are about to enter the height of the season.  The delivery boxes are loaded and then I realized we are half way done with our summer share deliveries! Now that it is halfway through the season, I guess it is a good time to reflect and I guess it also means some of us on the farm should start to consider what we will be doing over the winter. Eeek!

This year’s crops have been a spin of the roulette being so variable in production. We had a poor stand of peas, and the tomatoes are abundant, but are ripening late this year. The zucchini are behind schedule and the squash are slow growing. We have also lost a lot of our storage potatoes.

On the flip side, as I am sure a lot of you may have noticed, the broccoli has been fantastic, abundant, and large! The cauliflower has been following right along. The first planting of potaoes are large and we’ll start sending them soon. The peppers are moving right along and the carrots are promising. I am definitely not seeing as much asters yellow as last year.

We are all excited to start to harvest our onions. Our early variety should be in our delivery shares soon and our storage crop has about another 3 weeks until harvest. The garlic should be coming out of the ground to cure soon. John pulled a couple last night to check on their progress and they look and smell fantastic!

While weeding and thinning last night I just had to take a moment to look behind me. I realized sometimes we only see the weeds in front of us and as you’re weeding, all you see is all of the millions of weeds in front of you that still need to be weeded, and you feel like a) it’ll never end and b) that you haven’t made much progress.

However, if you look behind you, you see all that you’ve done so far and how far you have come. It is quite impressive.

This season has been kind of like that for me. During the farming season there is always going to be weeds in front of us and there will always be more to do. It can be completely overwhelming, but sometimes all it takes is just a moment to glance back from time to time,  to realize how far we’ve come. Thank you for all your support.