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Week 16, September 13, 2017

Tomatoes, Potatoes, Green Beans and Herbs

The season is almost done.  Just a couple of more weeks.  We had a nice share this week.

Thing have been a little tough this last week.  Chad had surgery last week to repair an umbilical hernia that he did not know that he had.  No lifting for the end of the season.

Week 15, September 6, 2017

What do you think is the biggest advantage of growing your own food or supporting a local grower?

For me, I think this picture sums it up.

Real Spices?

When you buy real food you know that it is real. It is obvious.  When your advertising hook for your food  is that it has real spices it makes me think there must be some unreal things in that product as well.  I hate to spend real money on unreal food.  Kathy took this picture at a local grocery store.

Week 15 of real food included:


Green beans


Collard Greens

Swiss Chard


Summer squash/zucchini



Choice of Beets, Okra, Tomatillos, Cabbage

As an added bonus everyone had the opportunity to get a dozen eggs by bringing us an egg carton.

The weather is getting colder, the nights are coming faster and the sun is not up as early.  The season is winding to an end.  We have just 3 more pick up days scheduled for the year and it will be over.

We have been canning, freezing and dehydrating so that we can enjoy the fruits of our labors all winter.  The larder is filling up with all kinds of good things.

Over the last few weeks Chad discovered that he had an umbilical hernia.  A trip to the emergency room and a follow up trip to the surgery center have cured that but the next few weeks will not involve much lifting.  Hard to do when even moving the hose for irrigation is beyond the limitations.  Some of the winter squash might even be too heavy.  The little honey nut butternut squash won’t be too heavy though.

Week 14, August 30 2017

We are closing in on Labor Day.  The bush beans are looking like they are about done and the winter squash are starting to get some color.  The Nebraska State Fair is in full swing and Kathy and I both got ribbons on some of our entries.  I entered dehydrated tomatoes and shredded zucchini.  Kathy entered her green tomato curry, 4 spaghetti sauces and a hot pepper jelly.

Chad’s Ribbons

Kathy’s Ribbons

It was a busy week for many of our members.  We had 4 members contact us that they would not be picking up their shares.  I’m not sure if the shares are so big this time of year that they can’t get them used or if they were just busy because of the fair.  I know at least

San Marzano Redorta a very nice paste tomato. Look at the flesh in that thing.

2 were busy because of the fair. We gave away one share and canned and dehydrated a bunch of the tomatoes many like the one above

I picked one of the Wisconsin Orange Flesh Honeydew.  It has a nice flavor and is very pretty.

Wisconsin Orange Flesh Honeydew grown in Nebraska

Here are pictures of the Week 14 share.  Only 4 more weeks this year.  Where has the time gone?

Week 13, August 23, 2017

Monday we celebrated the eclipse.  It was incredible to be in the path and we had 52 people at GI Acres celebrating with us.  Thank you to everyone that was able to be here.  Kathy and I also took our State Fair entries into the fair.  I entered dehydrated grated zucchini and dehydrated tomatoes,  Kathy entered 4 spaghetti sauces, hot pepper jelly and green tomato curry.  GI Acres produce hopes to take some ribbons in these competitions.

Our guests, friends, family and friends of friends and family. Thank you all for coming to GI Acres for this once in a life time experience!

We are full into summer production and this week’s share shows that.  We did skip the summer squash this week and no one seemed to care.  It means there are plenty for the chickens.  The weather has been great.  We got over 3 inches of rain one night.  August has been particularly wet this year.


Week 12, August 16, 2017

Tomatoes, Green Beans, Eggplant and Summer Squash.  We are in the heart of summer production and the garden is treating us well.  The weather has cooperated and we haven’t had major issues with bugs. Keep your fingers crossed.  The hardest thing is getting all of these posted.  I am posting this almost 2 weeks late but I will blame the Eclipse since we had to clean the house and had 52 people at GI Acres for the eclipse.  Competing interests can be an issue.  The other factor is that we don’t have lots of similar things in the shares now.  Summer provides diversity of product.  In my mind the difference between Roma and Early Girl tomatoes is not as important as the difference between Kale and Swiss Chard.  If you disagree please provide feedback to that end.  The shares are getting really big and people are taking 3 bags home.  That is really fun to see and very satisfying.

Week 11 August 9, 2017

Our veggies were not as blemish free this week.  We got a bit of hail on Friday night last week and it dented up a bunch of things.  The tomatoes are coming in strong and the beans and cucumbers are slowing down. Some of the summer squash and zucchini plants are on their last legs.  We need to replant so we have some for the end of the season.  The winter squash are starting to get ready and we have a bunch of pumpkins that volunteered this year.  This week we had: sweet corn, tomatoes (more than 12), a cucumber, kale, eggplant, summer squash/zucchini (3 each), spaghetti squash or Lakota squash, choice of okra or beans and basil.  We cut open a water melon to share but it was under ripe so we fed it to the chickens and rabbits.  The colors of summer are strong in the share this week.  Over the last tow week we have also included a dozen eggs for each member as a bonus.  Half our members got a dozen last week and half got a dozen this week.

Week 10, August 2, 2017

We are on the down hill side of the season.  Only 8 weeks left until the end of September.  If the weather holds we may get a couple of weeks into October.  Tomatoes are starting to turn.  We are getting some of the fun ones we planted.  Mostly it is early girls and the solar flare with a few other reds mixed in.  The color of this weeks share is incredible. reds, oranges, greens, purples and yellows.  So much different from those first shares of the spring that were mostly green.  This week the share included: Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Leeks, Basil, Garlic, Summer Squash/Zucchini, Eggplant, Green Beans, Beets, Lettuce, Thai chilis, Serrano chilis, chives and nasturtium blossoms.  Also included was choice of Swiss Chard, Okra or Cucamelons.  The okra and cucamelons are not pictured.

Week 09, July 26, 2017

Sorry this is so late.  This week it is more helpful as history rather than for our members to be able to remember what everything is.  There weren’t a lot of confusing greens this week though.  This week saw the first real move into the summer veggies with corn, tomatoes, and beans. It is hard to believe that we are half way through the season.  The garden has been bountiful and we have been blessed.

Week 08, July 19 2017

Since last week we have had more than 4 inches of rain.  It has been great for the garden but we did have quite a bit of wind that blew over the corn and green beans.  It looks like we they will recover.

This week we had potatoes, green beans, Asian long beans, lettuce, cucumbers, beets, egg plant, summer squash, a choice of turnip greens, Swiss Chard or collards, and choice of okra or peas.

Week 07, July 12 GI Acres CSA Share

We are moving into the summer crops.  This week’s share included a lot of summer squash and our first green beans.  Not everyone got green beans but next week I think everyone will.  We had to pull a second table out of the garage to put all of the veggies on.  We had 2 kinds of lettuce and 2 kinds of cabbage.  Our garden cabbage was really yummy.  The Napa cabbage turned out nice too.  If you didn’t get Napa you could choose baby beats.  Everyone got radishes including black Spanish and Daikon.  If you didn’t get green beans you could choose peas or potatoes.  Everyone got basil, Swiss Chard, Fennel, Leeks, Garlic, Cucumbers and Basil.  The other choice was between egg plant, okra and turnips.  God has blessed us a with productive garden this year.  We are getting rain right now and if there isn’t any hail it should continue to thrive.

About GI Acres CSA

GI Acres is located on the western edge of Grand Island, Nebraska. The garden takes up about half of an acre. We also have chickens, rabbits and bees

Our farm is not USDA Certified Organic and we do not anticipate applying for such status. We strive to produce healthy vegetables using natural methods of fertilizing, building soil, and controlling pests such as insects and weeds. Those healthy vegetables will begin in mid to late May with herbs, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. During the season you can expect a variety of greens, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn and potatoes along with tips about how to cook and preserve your weekly share. The season will conclude in late September or early October. We aim for a 20-week season.

We did not grow up on farms but we did grow up in families with large gardens, eating a variety of fresh produce and canning/freezing the excess. We have maintained the tradition of growing and preserving food for our family for the past 20+ years. GI Acres is our attempt to share that passion for good food with our community.