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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 06, July 5, 2017

Week six we are starting to move into the summer veggies.  We had both cabbage and summer squash/zucchini in this share along with Collards, Turnip Greens, Dill, Purslane, Cabbage, Potatoes, lettuce, Bok Choy and Rhubarb.   Hopefully next week we will have green beans.  The early Contender, and Roma are blooming a lot.  The blue lake pole beans and Chinese long beans are starting to bloom too.  The cool leafy crops are bolting so they are done but the tomatoes are setting on heavily and there are lots of flowers on the egg plant.  We ate one of the cabbages in a cream can for Will’s birthday and it was very good.

Week 4 Pickup June 21, 2017

We were hoping to have strawberries this last week but the heat and the fact that half of our berries are June bearing meant we did not have enough.  We did have radishes from the second planting.  Kathy thinned the turnips and gave out turnip greens as a choice.  The pictures below a full accounting of what we had for the week.  We included a recipe for using peas, potatoes and dill.

Week 2 Pickup June 07 2017

This was a green share.  Lots of herbs and spring greens.  Mustard, Spring Rapini, Flat Leaf Parsley, Oregano, Dill, Mint, Radishes, Green Onions, Green Garlic, Mixed Salad Greens, and Garlic Scapes.

First new plants of the Year

Palm Sunday weekend we began to plant.  The weather was great and the soil was getting warm.  We planted Carrots (Royal Chantenay, Rainbow Hybrid, Cosmic Purple and Purple Haze), Chard (Rainbow, Ruby  Red and Rhubarb), Spinach (Giant Noble, Escalade Hard), Peas (Oregon Giant Snowpea, Garden Pea Now and Later, Dwarf Grey Sugar), Onions (red and white), Potatoes (white, pink and purple fingerlings)  and Mustard (Florida Broadleaf, Southern Giant Curled). Two weeks later that are all looking great.  We have plants growing where we planted seeds.

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In the last couple of weeks we have added leeks, onions, lettuce (Butter Crunch, Black Seeded Simpson, Grand Rapids, Ithica Head Lettuce), Kale (Red Russian, Winter Wonderland Mix), Pok Choy (Toy Choy), and Chinese Cabbage (Hilton)

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.



The Garden is Marching On

Lots of activity at GI Acres.  We took seeds to Barb’s Greenhouse in St. Libory this weekend.  Bard will be starting all of our plants.  They have a great setup and hopefully this works out better than what we did last year.  Barb will be starting more than 400 plants for us.   Tomatoes, Peppers, Melons, Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Broccoli, Fennel and Egg Plant.  We will have a wide variety of shapes and colors of tomatoes this year.  If you need some plants this year look her up either at the green house or at the farmers market at Orschelns.


The newest of our chickens are getting big.  We have 12 new chicks this year.  At least 6 of them are guaranteed to be pullets.  We are hoping for 9 pullets.  They will be moving outside to temporary quarters next to the others soon.

In a couple of days we will have been at this place for 2 years.  We knew we wanted to grow a variety of perennials, including asparagus, strawberries and rhubarb. All of those are coming up and looking good.





In the next week we will be planting potatoes and peas.  We bought 20 lbs of seed potatoes and have left overs of fingerlings from last  year’s stock.

As of today March 19th we have sold 7 shares for 2017.  We still have 3 shares left for the next year and are still hopeful that we will sell all of them.




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.