Archive for November, 2012

End of the Fall/Winter Extension…what next?

The Fall/Winter Extension has come to an end–just in time for the winter snows that are knocking at the back door, and the approaching Christmas season swelling up within our homes.

We are now gearing up for the 2013 Membership Drive. I will be contacting members in the next couple of weeks about the 2013 Season and then opening it up for additional new members. At this point we are anticipating at least 25 new memberships. For you Newbies, follow the blog (website) for information on how to join.

Thanks to all for a successful 2012 Season–we are blessed to have such wonderful members and a great community in which to flourish…and the soil, sun, and water. 🙂

The Farmer’s Wife

THANKSGIVING WEEK ORDER

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK OF FALL/WINTER EXTENSION EXCEPT FOR LETTUCE:

Order by Sunday for Pickup Tuesday or Wednesday–November 20th or November 21st.

AVAILABLE:

Red Onions–3/$1.50
Acorn Squash–5 for $3
Small Hubbards–$2

LETTUCE- $2.50 a head

Consider making Acorn Squash casserole and adding red onions to the Turkey Dressing!

POTATO NOTICE

We suffered a freeze in the cooler last week-end which took most of the potatoes and 90% of the Hubbards. Some of the potatoes were boxed and protected, however, we discovered the boxes on the bottom of the stack were affected but the damage did not manifest itself until later.

For those who picked up potatoes Wednesday, check them for softness and the resultant spoilage. Potatoes can be partially froze and still usable but their storage time is severely impaired.

To check for freezing, other than softness, cut the potato in half. If there is a dark ring around the edge of the potato that is a sign of freezing. Sometimes potatoes can have the ring and they are still usable, but it is a sign to watch the box.

We have replaced several boxes, but have no more potatoes to replace those damaged. Just the same let me know if you have discovered some frozen potatoes and we will make all efforts to make it right some how…

Thanks! The Distressed Farmer’s Wifes–

WEDNESDAY PICKUP–November 14th

Below are the names of the people I have orders for Wednesday pick-up:
S Craft, V Basse, Clem, Henson, Ruffing, Vickers, Luhm, Green, T Craft, L Basse, Core, Tommerup, Bowman.
If you sent me an email order and your name is not listed, call me at 431-1219.

Change of Pick-up plans–come to the front door of the house for pick up–not the cooler van.
We should have the orders ready by 3:30.

See you then!

The Story of Lettuce

Holy moly…is it COLD, or what! We had planned for 10 degrees or a little lower last night, but this morning upon rising I was SHOCKED that it was -9 degrees. That is 9 below ZERO, which is 40 degrees below FREEZING! Think about that–instant vapor crystals in your nose, a full breath of warm fog when you exhale, ground that crunches when you step on it…you know, the type of weather where you hug the warm home. If you do have to leave you bundle up…don’t forget your scarf and gloves…and start your car ahead of time. I mean–so cold The Farmer’s 1Ton diesel Dodge WILL NOT STAY RUNNING. (Even diesel gels when it is this cold!)

So what about the lettuce in the hoophouse? This morning, the farmer parted the zipper and stepped in to access the damage. The propane heater was still running, the internal temperature read 26 degrees, though it was still below zero outside. The lettuce was glassy looking, the tomatoes were toast, and the cucumbers were yellow and curled. He zipped things back up and trudged back to the house to head to church.

This afternoon the pesky Farmer’s Wife insisted that The Farmer bring in a couple of heads of lettuce to see how badly they were damamged. All morning she had worked through her mind the Post she needed to write about the passing of the lettuce; she lamented the fact that just when people were ordering it…it was gone. You can imagine her excitement and delight when The Farmer plopped a beautiful head of bright green lettuce with a delicate loose head in its center on the kitchen counter. She held her breath as the second head of lettuce was carefully laid next to it: darker green, full deep color with NO TRANSPARENCY, and the most beautiful head of Romaine she has ever seen in mid-November from the garden. Thank-you Hoophouse!

So, here is the skinny: lettuce can freeze, but will recover. Freezing does not burst the plant cells! However, repeated freezing can damage and kill the crop.

I noticed this after the first storm with the mini-lettuce in the garden. We had harvested half, and covered the other half with a blue dam canvas…(the kind you use in ditches…not an offensive adjective referring to hell bound.) We had abandoned a couple of ‘ugly’ plants with aphids. After the storm passed, the scragglers were still hanging on, minus the aphids. We harvested one to sample the taste–exquisite. Eventually, they secumbed with the repeated freezing temps and no protection.

Why am I sharing this story? For your education and edification, so you can share in our joy and amazement at the wonder of this earth and its creations, but mostly so you can join with us a celebration of the coming of winter by helping us to consume 400 heads of lettuce before the end of November.

We have covered the lettuce with Agro-bon (4 layers) to help insulate it during the sub-zero nights. We will continue to heat the hoop at night, which is not economically smart but necessary for this fall. We promise to eat as much as we can…Can you help us out? Buy a couple–they will keep in your fridge easier than in our hoophouse.

Orders due Sunday for pick up Wednesday. THANKS! The Elated Farmer’s Wife

ORDER SUNDAY

ORDER SUNDAY FOR DELIVER ON WEDNESDAY–Members and Non-members
Order by email–I will send a receipt…if no receipt in 24 hours, please call (431-1219)!

RED POTATOES–RUSSET POTATOES–YUKON POTATOES
20# BOX for $9.00 (We preboxed them prior to this storm–)

CARROTS–2#- $2.00
8# BAG- $7.00
*OVER 4 (18 gallon) TUBS HARVESTED …great juicers!*

FULL-SIZE HEAD LETTUCE–Nevada (Summer Crisp) & Coastal Star (Romaine)–$2.50/head
(Bigger than the store’s…must move…heating hoop is becoming more difficult…)

ONIONS –3 for $1.50
*LIMITED YELLOWS–THEN ONLY REDS*

ACORN SQUASH –2 for $1.50, or 5 for $3
*REDUCED PRICE–GOOD TASTE–TWO VARIETIES–MUST GO!*

HUBBARD SQUASH –$3 each, $2 for the baby Hubbards
*LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE STORING THEM AND WE’LL MAKE SURE YOURS HAS A STEM!*

SMALL PIE PUMPKINS –3 for $1 –ONLY 8 LEFT!

TOMATOES— ALL DONE FOR THE YEAR! 🙁

PRODUCE AVAILABLE FOR NOV 14TH

Order BEFORE SUNDAY for pick up next Wednesday–
email or call–431-1219 or tcraft@rtconnect.net.
I will send an email receipt with the total cost–if you don’t have this in 24 hours–call me!

Members and Non-members 🙂
HERE IS WHAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE…
RED POTATOES–RUSSET POTATOES–YUKON POTATOES
5#- $2.50
10#- $5.00
20#- $9.00

CARROTS–2#- $2.00
8# BAG- $7.00
*OVER 4 (18 gallon) TUBS HARVESTED …great juicers!*

ROMAINE FULL-SIZE HEAD LETTUCE–$2.50/head
(THESE ARE FULLER THAN WHAT YOU GET IN THE STORE!)

ONIONS –3 for $1.50
*LIMITED YELLOWS–THEN ONLY REDS*

ACORN SQUASH –2 for $1.50, or 5 for $3
*REDUCED PRICE–GOOD TASTE–TWO VARIETIES–MUST GO!*

HUBBARD SQUASH –$3 each, $2 for the baby Hubbards
*LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE STORING THEM AND WE’LL MAKE SURE YOURS HAS A STEM!*

SMALL PIE PUMPKINS –3 for $1 –ONLY 8 LEFT!

TOMATOES— ALL DONE FOR THE YEAR! 🙁

ORDER TODAY–SUNDAY

Order today for pick up on Wednesday–
Call or respond to this email or post–431-1219 or tcraft@rtconnect.net.

Members and Non-members 🙂
HERE IS WHAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE…
RED POTATOES–RUSSET POTATOES–YUKON POTATOES
5#- $2.50
10#- $5.00
20#- $9.00
CARROTS 2#- $2.00
ONIONS 2 for $1.50 (RED or YELLOW)
ACORN SQUASH $1 each, 5 for $4
HUBBARD SQUASH $3 each, $2 for the smaller hubbards
#2 PUMPKINS $1 each, 3 for $1 on small pie pumpkins
TOMATOES 3# bag for $3.00
ROMAINE FULL-SIZE HEAD LETTUCE–$2.50/head

…COME ONE, COME ALL!

We have 17 members signed for the FALL/WINTER EXTENSION, heretofore called the SEASON EXTENDER. It is not too late for members to still sign up: send me an email simply saying “Count me in!” Members orders are filled first.

We have a ton of potatoes–well maybe not quite a ton…but at least 500#’s!

SO–anyone can order–tell your co-workers, neighbors, friends…it is ‘we eat the spuds’ or ‘the mice eat the spuds’!

There are also 535 heads of fresh lettuce in the hoop house ready for consumption… and 8 crates of Red onions. Acorns and hubbards should last another month–though I see some of the hubbards need homes…we were panicked while plucking them from the field in the freezing wind, and some of the stems are missing and the stem-point is starting to go soft. The hubbards have been wonderful!–easy to cut (for a Hubbard) and easy to cook (falls off the rind). Can be frozen, made into a bisque, or heated in the microwave for that mid-afternoon snack–also good in pies! (use hubbard instead of pumpkin.)

Next week I hope to post information on the 2013 Season…I know…I know…we hardly have caught our breathe from this season. But, in farming, you begin your plans for the Spring in the Fall. We usually have a two week breather between Harvest and Budget time!

Have a great weekend! Hope you’ll visit us next week to pick up your EXTENDER…and look for the owls. They are still hooting in our trees and feasting on our mice! The Farmer’s Wife