Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fall Share for 2014

Our Fall Share is now available to purchase.  It will start on November 5thand will be a 7 week share this year, ending on December 17th.  It is a smaller share than the Summer Share - only 5 items each week - and it is less expensive.  If you loved your Summer Share and still want a weekly basket of fresh produce, this is your chance to continue. If you have a Market Share and still have funds left, we can apply those funds to the Fall Share.  If you aren't a member, but want to try out a share for only a 7 week commitment, then this is a great place to start.

Details of what will be in the share each week and the dates when you will pick up the share are below.  I have included the Fall Share membership agreement too.  Please let me know if you have any questions, 810-599-2616.

Fall Shares
Cost: $175
Payment Deadline:
 $100 when you sign up, balance of $75 due by November 5th.
Pick Up Dates:
 Wednesdays – 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17
Time: 4:00PM to 6:00PM
 Stone Coop Farm – 9615 Musch Rd., Brighton, MI 48116
What will be in the share? Here is a sampling of the possibilities:
1. Root Crops – radishes, turnips, carrots, beets, Jerusalem artichokes, rutabaga, celeriac
2. Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes
3. Pumpkin or Winter Squash
4. Leafy Greens – salad mix, arugula, spinach, lettuce, kale, chard
5. Miscellaneous veggies – kohlrabi, onions, garlic, frozen tomatoes, or frozen garlic scapes 

To sign up for a Fall Share, please email me and I will get you the member agreement.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Crops in the Hoop Houses are Happy - and So Are We!

The pole beans are huge and climbing to the sky! The cherry tomatoes are almost 7 feet high. The crops in the hoop houses are loving the extra heat and protection from the cold nights we have been having.

We harvest about 6000 bulbs of garlic last week and they are curing and drying out in our pavilion. In about 3-4 weeks they will be dry enough to trim off the stems and clean off the outside skins. Then we will have garlic bulbs for sale.

We moved the baby chicks into the portable coop and they are loving the extra space. Soon they will be large enough wander around in the outside fenced area. We'd love to show you their new home if you or your kids want to see them during your next visit to the farm during our Wednesday evening Farmers Market from 4-6PM.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Growing the Bounty

The farm blogger’s taking off for vacation tomorrow, so this one is a bit early. Still, there’s plenty to report; it’s been a busy week thus far, and we’ll start with the rousing success of the June Farm Dinner!

Catered by a stalwart crew of employees and volunteers, the dinner’s forty-two guests enjoyed a delicious, home-cooked meal, including: chard and ricotta gallete; kale and cherry belle radish salad; pureed carrot soup with garlic pesto; roasted tomatoes with lamb kifta over polenta; and lemon balm pannacotta with strawberries and cream for dessert. A general sense of satisfaction was reported, and the dinner was followed by a performance by a very skillful storyteller.

Out in the fields, the squash and pumpkins have enjoyed their first round of weeding, and the peas are flowering and will soon be bearing pods. The beds of lacinato kale have come back strong after suffering the hunger of cabbage loopers and imported cabbage worms, an invasive species of caterpillar from Asia. One of our volunteers, a particularly hale and hearty man, has even been clearing the unseeded fields of stones! Not only does this make tilling significantly easier, it also makes the quarter acre look good as new.

In other news, this week’s tomato harvest thus far totals roughly one hundred and thirteen pounds, up ninety-three pounds from last week. This includes cherry tomatoes such as Sungolds, Black Cherries, and Chadwick Cherries, 4th of July salad tomatoes, and heirlooms of several varieties. The numbers only go up from here, folks, so stay tuned.

(pictured above: today's market spread)

For those of you chiefly interested in our eggs, good news: the chicks are growing up fast, and we should be acquiring eleven new laying hens from a third party. Our chickens thrive on a diet of organic, soy-free feed and various leftover produce, including tomatoes, kale, beet greens, chard, depending on the season.

That’s all for now. As a brief reminder, though, CSA is starting July 9th; share pickups will take place on Wednesdays, 4 pm – 6 pm in the pavilion. We look forward to seeing you there!