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This is our 13th season providing fruits, vegetables and eggs to our customers at farmers markets, and our 8th 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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2015 CSA Shares Available

The 2015 signups now underway. Full and Half Produce shares available. Option to add Eggs. Egg Only CSA Shares also available. Winter Season is sold out. Spring and Summer Season memberships are still available.

Online Signup and Account Management NOW AVAILABLE. We are using the tools at Small Farm Central to provide online signup, payment processing, account maintainance, share management, and invoice and payment records.

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

Latest News

Holiday Feast - Dec 24, 2014

While we wish for a white Christmas, the chickens actually prefer a brown one. Chickens do fine in the cold, but they really do not like walking around on snow. Fresh snow, so white and featureless, makes them think its fog or clouds - like they are on the edge of a cliff. They really hestitate to step into it. So when there is no snow (or at least its dirty melty snow), they feel free to wander far and wide. This December was their cup of tea - little snow and warm temps.

We always save our old produce waste for the chickens, even letting it freeze in a shaded area to bring out a bit at a time, giving them something to eat other than boring old chicken food. Christmas Eve, they got a nice mix of brussels sprouts, kale and chili peppers. The red and green looks festive! Now, it they will just pick up again on their egg laying...

Chirstmas Day - brussels, kale, peppers

Down On The Farm

A Relentless Winter - Feb 5, 2014

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...

Ash promoted to Field Manager - Jan 4, 2013

Ashley 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, 2012

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

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

Escaping Early Frost - Oct 13, 2014

Frost came earlier, gathering in the low areas Friday night, Sept 12. We usually figure Sept 20 as first frost - so its early. But it did not make it up to our covered plants or on Hilltop where frost comes last. And a few days later, we dodged another frost. As is often the case, the weather turned warm again, and we were able to get another 2 weeks of growing season out of our summer produce. We always plant at least one planting that will probably not make it - just in case the fall turns out like this. So several plantings of green and yellow beans, plus summer squash, cucumbers and sweet corn made it to maturity.

A killing frost finally came October 9. Not a big deal as the temperatures are now cold enough where not much growth occurs anymore. Now its on to less wimpy produce like brocolli, bok choi, lettuce and spinach.

Plants Are Waiting - Apr 5, 2014

Sunset High Tunnel is full of plants waiting to go into the ground. Just got to wait until it dries out enough so we can till the ground. Right now its cold weather plants - lettuce, cabbage, brocolli, bok choi.

We built a smaller greenhouse inside the high tunnel so we can keep it warmer, and heat it with a kerosene heater if needed when temps outside go below 25 degrees.

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.

Christmas Miracle - Dec 26, 2012

Christmas morning, it was 5° below zero. A good test for the produce in the high tunnel. The next day, we uncovered the rows to pick for the December 26 Buffalo CSA delivery. It was quite impressive. The lettuce and green onions looked just fine. The ground remains unfrozen - holding latent heat from the sunny day before, enough to maintain a zone 6 microclimate 6" above the ground when its zone 4 outside. Its a little piece of southern Missouri in frozen cold Minnesota!

Eat food -- Not too much -- Mostly plants