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This is our 12th season providing fruits, vegetables and eggs to our customers at farmers markets, and our 7th year providing shares to our CSA members. We are happy to be your local farm, growing for you and your family. While every year is an adventure, with various outcomes, we never get tired of those early spring days with the awakening earth and the optimistic promise of summer bounty!

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2014 CSA Shares Available

We are now a year-round CSA. Spring (Apr-May) and Summer season (June-Oct) signups are now underway. Full and Half Produce share available. Option to add Eggs. Egg Only CSA Shares also available.

Continuous signup - join anytime. Credit for vacation stops and seasonal holds. See CSA tab for more information and application. Click CSA tab for more info.

Latest News

Plants Move Into Hightunnel - Apr 1

Ash moved all current seedlings out yesterday. On these cool nights a kerosene heater will keep them warm. We have Arugula, Bok Choi, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Chard, Cucumber, Green Onions, Kale,Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onion, Radish and Spinach.

We built a second green house inside the hightunnel. This keeps it twenty degrees warmer than the outside temp. So we'll be good as long as the outside temp is above ten degrees.

Plants in the Green House

Down On The Farm

A Relentless Winter - Feb 5

We don't mind winter and snow is actually fun to play in. But the cold this winter has been pretty trying. Chickens do okay in cold, but they are getting bored and feeling cooped up. Hopefully by mid-February the sun will get strong enough to put an end to this. I can then put out hay in the barnyard and they will venture out to scratch and soak up some sun.

At least we have a good snow cover that should help protect our perennials. I'm wondering how our onions will do - I'm trying to overwinter some new ones like they do in Washington state, with mulch and now snow. But it got pretty cold this winter...

A Winter Wonderland - April 19, 2013

What a beautiful day! Fluffy snow, just sticky enough to cling to the trees, but not too heavy as to break branches. Evergreens look just like postcards. And now the sun peeks out to make it brilliant white! We got 10 inches and no rain. Just an ideal snow storm.

The only thing that would make it more wonderful would be if it was early December! That's when we really want such wonderful snow!

Anyway, we'll make do. The high tunnels shed the snow well and protected the new planting well. Kathy took some nice photos and put them on facebook. You can find them on our facebook page

We continue to start plants, knowing that when the weather breaks, spring will probably come fast.

Ash promoted to Field Manager - Jan 4, 2013

Ashley Rickards began working at the farm in 2010. Interested in learning market farming, he started as a part time employee whose first task was helping plant a new asparagus field. Last year, he was still here, now picking the field that has grown to a mature field. Over the years, he has taken on more responsibility. With the help of our customers, we are able to employ him full time through the winter. He is now going to manage the day to day field operations - planting, cultivating and harvesting. Congratulations Ash!

Maggie Catches a Rabbit - Apr 15, 2013

I looked outside and Maggie, our dog, is eating something. A closer look reveals a rabbit. A fresh rabbit. How did a 10 year old dog catch a rabbit? She has still got it, I guess. Helping to protect your lettuce from the critters!

In The Barnyard

200 Baby Chicks - Nov 16, 2013

We got 200 baby chicks today. We need to get them in November so they will be ready to start laying eggs in May, in time for the summer markets. They have a nice insulated room that stays quite warm despite the cold outside. It really helps them grow when they don't have to spend a lot of time huddled around the heat lamps.

Fox In The Henhouse - Apr 26, 2013

I was out at the Northwinds High Tunnel when I heard a commotion in the barnyard. I hurried over there, and upon hearing a hen in distress, saw a fox with the hen in its mouth. Upon seeing me, the fox dropped its catch and fled the scene. Maggie, our dog, tracked the scent to a small hole in the fence where it had wriggled under. We fixed the fence and walked the perimeter to find any other defects. Every year we lose a few hens to some varmint or stray dog. We have a fence around the 3 acre area the chickens roam, but nothing is ever perfect. Unfortunately, the injured hen died. We did have a chicken dinner this evening, so all was not lost.

Out In The Fields

April Showers in May - May 25, 2013

The spring rains are here, putting a stop to planting for awhile. Cannot complain, however, as the rain has spread over a number of days with no "gully washers" to wash away seeds or drown transplants.

Most of the cool weather transplants are done. And we have two seedings in with our first peas up about 3 inches. The warm weather transplants like tomatoes and peppers are ready and waiting to go in, but its too wet. Hopefully the wait will not be too long.

CSA members are getting asparagus, plus spring greens, radishes and green onions.

CSA Signup Continues - Feb 9

Our produce from our high tunnel and root cellar finally ran out in mid-January. CSA members are now receiving a choice of various canned goods made from our produce like salsa, spaghetti sauce, strawberry jam and pickled beets. Home deliveries every 2 weeks have all gone well with the weather cooperating. The year-round CSA has been a good success and we are already thinking of ways to make it even better!

Our CSA program is now "continuous signup". Members may sign up any time, extending their subscription 3 months at a time, with payments based on the expected products each month. Members may change levels from "eggs only" to "half share" to "full share" at anytime to right-size their subscription.

Members may opt to start now with "eggs only" or shares with canned goods, or wait until April or May when new produce starts to arrive.

Eat food -- Not too much -- Mostly plants