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Week 17, September 20, 2017

We are coming to a close for the season.  I anticipate that we will only have one more week this year.  Maybe 2 but that will be dependent on the weather.  There is no pick up next week but the last will be Sunday October 8.  This week included melons and winter squash.  We also included fall decorations, gourds, pumpkins and corn shocks.  Food is the primary purpose of a CSA but beauty, (flowers and decorative items) is also a part of the contract.  We truly want people to connect to nature and we connect by what we eat and by what we see.

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 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.

Week 05, June 28, 2017

We are starting to see the transition from Spring to Summer.  The cold crops are slowing down.  This is most likely the last week for peas and the mustard and spinach have bolted.  We still have lettuce and the Swiss Chard is doing great.  There are lots of green tomatoes, the beans are blooming and we have picked a few small eggplant and summer squash for our own use.  We don’t have enough for a share but they should be starting soon. This week we included Fennel again and should be able to include it 1 or 2 more times.  We took pictures with the Kale, Mustard and Swiss Chard all in the same picture so you tell them apart.  Mint and Oregano were the herbs of the week but if you need more Dill just ask we have plenty.

The Garden is almost full!

Beautiful day today June 17, 2017.  I mowed around the garden and mulched the early sweet corn with grass clippings.  Kathy picked pod peas, weeded and thinned the carrots and then pickled little carrots.  The chickens and rabbits enjoyed the tops.  I spent a lot of time weeding and then planted a bunch of our left over tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.  (Note for next year just get 25% more in plants than you think you need not 100%.)  Barb’s Greenhouse did a great job starting our plants for us and we are thrilled as long as they are willing to start plants for us we will be using them!

I planted 30 more tomato plants, 22 peppers and 6 more egg plant.  We still have some plants if anyone wants them but we are not going to plant any more.

We don’t have enough cages for these extra plants but are going to buy stakes and try the Florida Weave.  Watch the video it is really cool.  This would take a little more work but stakes are easier to store than cages. 🙂

The garden is looking really good.  Weeds are under control and we haven’t been hit with hail yet.

Last week we planted more sweet corn so hopefully we will have 5 or 6 weeks of corn for everyone.  Probably only 4 or 5 ears but that is at least one meal.

Thank you for joining us in this adventure.

 

 

Week 3 Pickup June 14, 2017

Week Three was a big batch of food 2 bags full.  We had Mustard, Kale, Lettuce (head and leaf), Radishes, Chives, Pod Peas, Swiss Chard, Spring Rapini, Rhubarb and Strawberries.  We also offered Mint, Oregano and Dill for anyone that needed more.  On June 13 we had a bit of storm and lots of Grand Island got hail but we were fortunate and did not have any damage.  We did get 1.25 inches of rain though.  Strawberries are doing well.  Several people got theirs the weekend before as they were ready. We planned to offer chia sprouts but that did not work out the way we hoped.  Maybe next week we will have some sprouts.  This is a bit of a learning experience for all of us.

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.

May 31 2017 CSA Pickup

We kicked off the 2017 CSA season tonight.  All of our members showed up on time.  Thank you.  The attached pictures are from our first share.  We did include eggs this week.  Eggs are not a given.  We only have 3 hens producing eggs at this time so we only get 2 or 3 a day.  We do have a bunch of young hens that will hopefully start laying soon.   The share this week included Popcorn (from last year), Mustard Greens, Green Garlic, Green Onions, Mint, Oregano, Dill, Chives, Rhubarb, 6 Eggs, Bean Sprouts, Daisies, Choice of Pak Choi, Spinach, Bib Lettuce or Mixed Greens and Edible Flowers.

 

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.