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Weekly CSA Shares

Week 06 (2)
Week 06 (2)
Swiss Chard, Mustard, Collards, l Green Beans, Summer Squash, New Potatoes, Dill, Chives, Thyme and Purselane,
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Here is what our weekly shares contain.  If you see lots of veggies on a table that is the total for 9 shares.  If it is just in front of a basket that was one share.  Our goal was to provide at least $10 worth of Farmer’s Market quality fresh product to our members per week.  The contents of the shares change every week because different things are ready at different times.  We started with cool season crops like radishes, peas and lettuce and then progress into warm season items like cucumbers, summer squash and green beans.  Eventually we will have tomatoes, peppers, corn, and  maybe melons.  In the fall we hope to offer winter squash, late tomatoes and maybe some of the cools season crops like lettuce and radishes again.  Swiss chard has been a killer producer for us this year and I think people are getting tired of it but it sure is pretty and it tastes good.

We always send the beets and turnips home with the tops.  Our rabbits would love them but the tops cook up really nice for people too.

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

CSA Shares are going fast!

It is March 1 and GI Acres has sold 5 of the 10 shares available.  I think it is actually 6 but until the forms are filled out I’m not counting our sales.  If you are interested in our CSA check out the CSA Member Agreement. You can sign up for the CSA by clicking on the link HEREWe plan to start plants soon.

Seed trays waiting for seeds and soil

Seed trays waiting for seeds and soil

Picking Seeds for the Garden This Year

 

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I just spent over an 90 minutes digging through seed catalogs with Kathy.  Today we picked carrots, radishes, beets, squash (summer and winter) and tomatoes.  If the good lord is willing, and you buy a share in our CSA you will have the opportunity to get a great variety of veggies this summer.  I expect that we will plant a bunch of stufff and hopefully it will produce well.  You can sign up for the CSA at any time by clicking HERE  In other news, we had an escapee bunny this morning.  The young opal bunny managed to get out of the cage without popping the latch, not entirely how that happened.  Kathy caught it by putting hay, food and water in one of the cages on the ground.  It just climbed in this afternoon and she closed the door on it.I4

What do you want in your CSA share?

CSA SIGN UP

When you sign up for our CSA at the link above you will be asked “What is the one item that you need to have in your CSA basket this season?”  We are still planning what we will plant.  You can help us choose our garden items.  I will tell you though, that we will not be growing bananas.  We had to make that clear so no one is disappointed.  When you tell us what you would like in your basket, try to stick to crops that can be produced in one season in central Nebraska.  Thanks for checking in with us and let us know what we can grow for you.

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We are aiming to provide you with 20 weeks of produce from early June to late September (maybe even some early or late bonus weeks) for $200 but we will only sell 10 shares.  Make sure you order your share soon or you will miss out.

 

 

 

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Seeds have been found!

We Found our missing box of seeds.  Now the planning can begin

We found our missing box of seeds. Now the planning can begin

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.