Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lots of Lettuce!

The farmstand is bustling with delicious items from the field!

We all know and love HG's tomatoes and corn but did you know that the stand has delicious, field grown lettuces as well?

Devil's Ears, Pandero, & Fallstaff Lettuce Varieties

Brent is the resident SIW lettuce grower, and boy does he do an amazing job! There isn't anything better then a fresh cut head of lettuce or freshly cut and blended lettuce mix to make a salad for lunch or to accompany your dinner. Brent has been busy seeding, curating mixes and growing these beauties! They're available fresh at the farmstand daily!

Red with Green Spots Selection (top) and Sucrine Lettuce Varieties

One of Brent's most prized accomplishments is he has grown this red lettuce with green spots shown above from a single seed of "super spotty" Double Density. This variety of lettuce was bred by Frank Morton just recently and Brent was intrigued when he first tried it.

From each crop of this lettuce, Brent saves seeds, over time he will have collected from several different variations within this crop to capture more of the diversity of this amazing lettuce. Double Density is crunchy with an amazing flavor and is in most of the lettuce mixes at the farmstand. You can see how gorgeous this lettuce is in the photo below.

Brent's Seed Saving at its glory!
I bet you want to make a huge salad with HG's tomatoes now, don't ya? HG picked the first of his tomatoes yesterday and they're available at the stand! We also have local sweet corn!

CSA Week #3 is here!
The share is abundant this week with:
CSA Week 3 Share Contents

Don't forget to stop by and get all your Fourth of July BBQ fruit and veggie needs from SIW!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CSA Week #2 is here!

The first day of summer has come and gone but left behind the sunny, warm weather!

Stop by the stand for a gorgeous bouquet!

This week's share includes:
CSA Week 2
The share is full of summer this week! The sunflowers bring a burst of color, the basil is one of the familiar smells of summer, and the snow peas are a tasty treat that aren't around for long. Garlic scapes are the flower bud of the garlic plant and taste exactly like garlic. They can be used in all the same ways you would use garlic. One of our favorite ways things to do with garlic scapes is turning them into pickles!

The first corn is coming along nicely!
We took a walk around the fields to see what is almost ready and we found some tomatoes gaining some color. Blackberries are close, so close! The raspberries are just starting to turn, the burst of heat we're getting will help them to ripen quicker. 

The tomatoes are starting to ripen!

Don't forget we have our Wild Edibles Walk on Thursday evening. If you are interested in joining, please send us an email at siwveggies@gmail.com to let us know. Also, check our calendar for the Field to Fork Dinners! They're filling up quickly!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Things are rolling in!

The weather has been lovely and this means the crops are bursting and coming along nicely. HG and the crew are busy tending the fields and checking on the progress of each and every crop. It looks like this week we'll have more great things on the farm stand so keep your eyes peeled for cucumbers, squash and green beans.

These beautiful snow peas are part of the CSA share this week

The share this week is pretty well rounded. You'll get some delicious fresh veggies and beautiful sunflowers to get you through the week!

CSA Week 1 Contents
We also have Styer's Peonies at the stand. You don't want to miss these beauties so stop by and grab some while we still have them!

Styer's Peonies

We're crossing our fingers for green beans to come in sooner, they're about a week from being ready to harvest. The blackberries are close, so close we can already taste them! Blackberries have a short season around here, usually lasting 5-6 weeks. Since it's a short burst, one of our favorite things to do (aside from eating blackberries fresh) is make blackberry jam! One of the easiest recipes to follow is Marissa at Food in Jars recipe for Blackberry Jam.

Blackberry Jam | Food in Jars

Don't forget to check the events calendar for upcoming events on the farm. We have the Farm Tour on June 16th, our Wild Edibles Walk on June 23rd and the Field to Fork Dinners are fast approaching. We hope to see you at the farm stand!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

We're officially open for the season!

The crops on the farm are coming along slowly but surely. A few things are a little behind from the late cold, 2 week stretch of rain and then the crazy burst of heat. The weather seems to be balancing out now so we are well on our way.

Tomatoes have some good size, just waiting on them to ripen!

View of the tomatoes staked in the field

We have a lot of growth and green in the fields. We're patiently awaiting everything to ripen to be harvested. HG and the crew haven't harvested much just yet. CSA members please be patient, the good stuff is coming! This week we have garlic scapes.

Squash in the fields! A few more DAYS and it'll be the perfect size for picking!
A peek at the corn!

June begins a lot of happenings on the farm! We have the Farm Tour, Wild Edibles Walk, and then the Field to Fork Dinners begin in July! We're extremely excited to see everyone this summer!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

We're Open!

The stand is open for the 2016 season as of today!

We are so excited that opening day is finally here! As we're coming to a close for the first day we wanted to let everyone know, THANK YOU! The season is starting to roll, and we can't wait to share the delicious items that will soon be in abundance. We can't get enough of the beautiful flowers that are blooming already. We like them so much that we have sunflowers and peonies at the stand this week!

We do have a few reminders for everyone! The CSA pick ups begin next week, the week of June 6th starting with full shares, half shares begin picking up the following week. The Farm Tour is on June 16th at 6pm and the Farm to Table Dinners are on the events calendar. If you'd like to reserve a spot for the tour or a dinner please email us at siwveggies@gmail.com. We also have a Wild Edibles Walk coming up on June 23rd, you can read more about this event here.

That's all for now! We hope to see you at the stand this week!