CSA share available for rest of season

One of our members has unexpectedly moved out of the country and so has left the CSA. This share has not been fully paid for and we want very much to have this slot filled ASAP, as we’ve planned and planted the crops for the rest of the year already. Please contact us if interested, or pass on the word to anyone you know who might be interested.

Full share for Monday (or possibly Thursday) deliveries through Thanksgiving or the end of the CSA season (see calendar). Pro-rated cost $750 $700 (tax included) for the rest of the year, assuming World Harvest delivery. Home/work delivery possible if location works with our delivery route, for small additional cost.

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Photo record of this year’s shares

Contact us for more information or to discuss options.

 

 

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Bird list & other natural events, June 2013

This June was a generally pleasant month, with stable seasonal temperatures and a reasonable hot spell toward the end. It’s been quite dry, with only 1.89″ of rain recorded on the farm, compared to a monthly average for Columbia of 4.47″. Even that total is misleading, since much of that rain came in light, isolated showers, which didn’t really soak in before the intense sun burned it off. Only twice did we receive more than 0.25″ at a time. This dryness has been good in the short term, counteracting the cold wet spring, but it feels like an approaching tipping point. If it stays this dry here, we’ll start entering drought concerns again. With some reasonable rain soon, we could be primed for a nice summer. While crop pests haven’t been a major problem, lots of human pests like ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes, deer flies, horse flies, and more have been a constant source of frustration. Read on for a photo essay of interesting wildlife and the monthly bird list. Continue reading

CSA distribution #9 & newsletter

The next CSA distribution will be Monday July 1 and Thursday July 4. We will be delivering shares on July 4 as early as possible, hopefully by mid-late morning, to facilitate members’ holiday plans. It’s been the hottest week of the year so far, and we’ve been hard at work finishing off many spring items and transitioning to summer crops, while hosting a family visit. Continue reading

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CSA distribution #7 & newsletter

The next CSA distribution will be Monday June 17 and Thursday June 20. Another week of reasonable weather and lots of work getting done in these long early summer days. We enjoyed showing members around the farm on Sunday and are looking forward to the next event. Everything’s growing, and if the weather doesn’t throw us any more curve balls we’re set up for a reasonable summer. Continue reading

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Thank you to our 2013 work-share members

We hosted a lunch on Sunday to thank our work-share members, who pay for their shares through work rather than cash. These folks brave the ticks, mosquitoes, poison ivy, heat, cold, rain, and more every week to help keep the farm running smoothly. They weed beds, harvest produce, mulch plants, move animal fences, turn compost, pack shares, weed beds, hoe beds, sharpen tools, squish squash bugs, weed beds, un-mulch plants, put up trellises, take down trellises, trim cedar branches, and more. Oh, and did we mention that there’s some weeding involved? We couldn’t do this without help, and we’re very grateful for the excellent crew we have this year. Thank you! Continue reading

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Turtle soup

Recently a friend gave us some fresh turtle meat he’d caught, knowing we’d be interested in trying it. Snapping turtle is a legal game species in Missouri, though one we’ve never experimented with before. The meat itself is delicious, and I used it to make some Creole-style spicy stew, adapting an online recipe to use farm-sourced ingredients we had on hand. It came out so well I decided to share my approach, as it’s a great example of adapting recipes to use in-season CSA produce and a soup that could easily be made vegetarian or with other more typical meats. Continue reading

CSA distribution #6 & newsletter

The next CSA distribution will be Monday June 10 and Thursday June 13. It’s been a refreshingly pleasant week, with seasonable temperatures and drier conditions allowing us to get a great deal of work done while being generally conducive to proper plant growth. More like this, please! We’re looking forward to the CSA events this Sunday, including our worker-appreciation lunch from 11-1 followed by a general CSA member tour from 1 onward. We hope many of you can join us to enjoy the farm in its reasonably good, if still somewhat muddy, condition. For those who can’t, we’re including a photo essay of many oncoming crops in this newsletter. Continue reading

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No phone service (NOW FIXED)

Phones are back up again.

We currently have no phone service, with uncertain date of repair, but our internet is still working. With a distribution coming up tomorrow, we wanted to note this in case anyone needs to get in touch. Please use email if needed, with the understanding that who knows if that will stop working too.

Bird list & other natural events, May 2013

Having summarized last month as “We could write a novel about how frustrating April’s weather was“, we’re now working on a Tolkien epic of meteorological frustration for May. With a total recorded rainfall of exactly 12.00″ and just over 7″ in the final week, compared to an average monthly total of 4.98″ for Columbia, this aspect of the last part of the month was miserable. We had our last spring frost on the morning of May 12, which is relatively late for us, though we have seen mid-May frosts before. However, it was a great birding month, with all sorts of interesting species moving through and the late spring leaf-out providing better viewing conditions. We were able to take numerous mushroom-hunting walks in the woods (with limited success) and otherwise generally enjoyed the natural-history part of the farm even as the rains refused to stop. Read on for some interesting photos and a massive bird list. Continue reading