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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:

Tomatoes

Green beans

Cucamelons

Collard Greens

Swiss Chard

Onions

Summer squash/zucchini

Potatoes

Basil

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 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.

A Week of Cold Wet Weather and a Sunny Sunday

Biggest News for the Week:

We have sold all 10 CSA shares this year.  We have several new customers and some returning ones.  At least 3 of the new customers are from posting a classified ad on the Nextdoor Neighborhood App.  It is a great communication tool for neighbors and it really helped sell our last few shares and at no cost to us.

A Bit of Work in the Garden:

After a week of cold wet and rainy weather (not at all unusual for the end of March), we had a beautiful Sunday.  Kathy and I planned ahead and went to church last night so we could work on the garden and other projects today.  We did not get anything planted yet.  I want to run the tiller through the garden one more time before planting.  The weeds are starting to pop up and the tiller will make short work of them.  Of course that means I need to get it back from Sears repair first.  It should be done tomorrow.  They got the part in on Tuesday last week.  I did get some work done in the garden though.  I got the fences put up for the pole beans (blue lake and Asian long beans) and for the sweet peas (Now and Later, and a couple of other kinds).  We were hoping to get some of the greens planted today but ran out of time.

Other Projects:

We put bird netting over part of the chicken run today.  This is where we will put the young chickens.  We have 12 more of them (6 hens and 6 straight run) Cuckoo Maran, Silver Leghorns, Barred Rock, and Silver Laced Wyandotte.  Hopefully it will protect them from the hawk that has been patrolling the neighborhood.  We also need to plant potatoes and greens this week and maybe some broccoli rabe.

 

 

Celebrating Arbor Day and working all weekend

#Arborday We planted 14 trees and shrubs this weekend.  Kathy moved 6 red buds from the old house they may or may not live but with the wet weather she was able to get the roots out so we are hoping for the best.  We also planted 2 hazelnut trees, 2 pecan trees and 2 Saskatoon blueberries.  Today our nephew Carter brought over a couple of choke cherry bushes that he got at school for Arbor Day.  They don’t have a place for them but we found one.

Kathy planted about 8 rhubarb plants that were given to us and we got more work done on the chicken run.  I got the west fence up and we put posts for the east fence and decided that we were going to put a door/gate into the chicken run.  We will be able to get into the chicken run without going through the coop.20160501_184846

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.