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June 13, 2018 Week 2 CSA Share

We added a few choices this week with baby zucchini and edible pod peas.  If you weren’t here early though you did not get that choice we only had 2 of each. Everyone else got broccolini. Hopefully next week we will have enough for everyone.  Everyone got a nice Golden Acre Cabbage.  Kathy and I had coleslaw made with one on Wednesday for lunch and it was yummy!

This week the share included Cabbage, radishes (we pulled them all as they were starting to bolt), mustard greens, salad mix, baby Swiss chard.  mint, oregano, chives, garlic scapes, rhubarb, onions, baby dill, and a dozen eggs.

Several people asked about what to do with mint.  Here are some ideas that don’t include lamb or mint juleps  https://www.delish.com/cooking/g1130/mint-recipes/  One of our favorite ways to use it is to make a mint chutney for Indian food.  1/2 an onion, 1 jalepeno (leave the seeds if you want it hotter), 1/4 to 1/2 cup packed mint (you can pull it out of the freezer for this) mixed in the food processor until pureed. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and ketchup equal to the volume of the original ingredients.  This is great on samosa’s or pakoras.

We have green beans setting  on and are hoping to have enough for each share next week.  We will also likely have a bunch of peas and hopefully potatoes.  It will also likely, be the last week for the garlic scapes.

The weather the next few days will be approaching 100 degrees so we are watering heavily in the evening.  Everything is hold well so far though.

June 6, 2018 First CSA Share of the Season

Sorry for the late post.  It has been a busy week.  I usually try to get this out the same day as the shares are picked up so that everyone can check to see what was in the share if you didn’t recognize it.  We had a variety of herbs, green garlic, garlic scapes, radishes, rhubarb, lettuce, mustard, onions and choice of asparagus, strawberries, or broccolini.

Not sure what do with garlic scapes check out these ideas from Bon Appetit https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/garlic-scapes

You can even use the rhubarb and green garlic in this chutney recipe.  https://lynnecurry.com/2016/05/rhubarb-chutney-recipe/

 

Share Risk and Shared Reward

Usually when we talk to our members about shared risk and shared reward I talk about hail.  “If God gives us hail then we will replant more radishes and greens and get you as much as we can.”  This after noon while walking through the garden to check out the progress from Memorial Day weekend planting I was shocked to see a threat that I would not have imagined.  We had large hoof prints meandering through our squash, and mustard and through the newly planted baby corn. (See the pictures below).

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A couple of wandering cows decided to visit the garden. 5-29-2018
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Who would have thought that a couple of stray cows could be a risk to a productive CSA garden. They aren’t even our cattle.  One of the local feeders called me at work to see if they belonged to me when they showed up to say hi to his herd.  If he hadn’t called I’m not sure what I would have thought when I walked out to the garden.

Are you wondering what we are planting this year?

Well it was cold and wet this weekend.  We hoped to get the tomatoes and peppers and other plants that Barb (Barb’s Greenhouse) started for us into the ground.  That did not happen.  We did however get lots of the garden planned and took the cold frame out of the main garden.

You can see what we have planned or planted in the main garden by following this link  Main Garden

Here is everything planted in the back garden.

We do still have 2 full shares and 4 short season shares available.  If you or your friends are craving fresh veggies the first share will be ready on June 6 provided the weather hold.

And the Garden is a Go

We finally got to spend a day in the garden.  Between the weather, holidays and travelling it has been slow this year.  The weather this year has been frightful.  The first potatoes went in on Good Friday and we got snow for Easter.  Then we had snow or ice every weekend until the end of April.  Kathy got two new colonies of bees installed on April 18th.  We were worried that it might be too cold for them.  We left the next day for New Orleans.  Chad was attending and speaking at the American Planning Association conference.

The weather turned gorgeous while we were gone.  The last weekend of April we picked up the first of our plants from Barb’s Greenhouse in St. Libory.  We got 3 kinds of cabbage, (golden acre, kalibos, and murdoc) and 3 kinds of broccoli (romensco, purple santee, and happy rich).  The last two are more sprouting broccoli than heads of broccoli. We also picked up leeks and shallots and a few other random plants.

We started laying out the garden and put in fence for peas and beans and planted the cabbages and peas on Saturday. Kathy also checked on the bees and discovered that while they were doing fine and the  Sunday we hope to get the broccoli, leeks and shallots planted.  We also have a couple of apricot trees that need to get in the ground.

We do still have 2 full shares available and 4 short season shares if you know anyone that would be interested. Send them to our signup page.

It Is Starting To Get Real This Season

Yesterday we sorted through our seeds and took a list and a whole bunch of packages to seeds to Barb Quandt of Barb’s Greenhouse just north of GI.  If you need plants definitely  check out Barb’s Greenhouse.  She does both veggies and beautiful flowers.  Barb will be starting 4 packs of plants for us.

16 cucumber plants we will direct seed 7 more varieties

3 varieties of okra (4 plants each)

5 varieties of Eggplant (4 plants each)

40 Celery Plants (this is new for us this year.  Wish us luck)

2 Varieties of Brocolini (Hopefully 24 plants of each.)

3 Varieties of Cabbage (24 plants each)

All of the Fennel Seed we have (40 plants?)

8 Varieties of Sweet Peppers (8 plants each)

9 Varieties of Hot Peppers (8 plants each)

29 Varieties of Tomatoes (4 plants each of 15 varieties and 8 plants each of 14 varieties)

We will have some extra Tomato and Pepper Plants that will be available for our CSA members if they want to plant their own garden.

Here is a picture of the seed that we bought this year.  Almost $350 worth of seed in the little pile.

It is less than 2 weeks until Good Friday.  I plan to plant potatoes on Good Friday so then it will truly have begun.

As of today we do still have 3 full shares and 4 short season shares available.  If you are interested we would love to talk to you about our CSA, how it works, what the expectations are and how we can help you have healthier meals all summer long.

You can sign up at http://giacres.csasignup.com/members/types

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.