- salad radishes
- brussel sprouts
- winter squash medley
Blue Hubbard artfully carved by John and Flora...it looked beautiful all lit up!
One of the questions that probably runs through your head as you leave the farm and bring the produce into your kitchen is why those lazy farmers leave so much dirt on the root crops. Storage crops, such as potatoes and carrots, need to have a protective coating of dirt in order to store well. You can keep the potatoes and carrots bagged, dirty and cool and they will last you the better part of the winter. They can't handle freezing temperatures. Onions and squash will also hold in a cool environment. Don't feel rushed to use the storage crops right away. They are keepers.
Our self-evaluation tells us we will need to add more lime and organic matter to the soil before the next growing season. We are planning for the purchase of a manure spreader and beef cattle to produce manure for us for the 2010 season. The advance into grass-fed beef allows us to provide more pasture based products to our customers, while decreasing the need for inputs from off the farm for the garden and in the form of grain to feed livestock. Due to the high cost of grain, we'll be decreasing the laying hen flock and the number of pigs we raise. We can't find a way to make them pay for themselves. The goal is to have the farm be as self sustaining as possible....animals eat grass, provide manure, manure composts and gets spread into the garden, vegetables grow, excess produce is fed to pigs...and the cycle goes on. You can expect to be able to purchase lamb and beef in the 2010 season.
the laying hens, Stella
and us anytime this winter. The trails are great for hiking and skiing and the fall colors are a showstopper this week.
Blessings on the meal-
Stacy and John