For the first time in a couple years, we’re harvesting more string beans than we can manage. It’s the good sort of problem farmers hope to have and one we didn’t think was possible this time last year. By September of 2013, our bean plants had been decimated by […]

In Pediobius We Trust

  Not to diminish the coolness of carrots, but I wish I had included a picture of the mountain of dirty plug flats living in the barn, just so you could see the visual proof of how close we are to getting everything in the ground. The planting season begins […]

Lots of Changes, Max

  If I spend too much time with any one crop, my worrisome nature takes over and I start to doubt its progress. “Is that aster yellows in the carrots?” “Did you see that shrimpy kale transplant in the second planting? Do you think its shrimpiness is contagious?” So, for […]

Helicopter Parent

  The history of our farm so far has been one of expansion. Each season, we’ve brought new pieces of land into cultivation and tested the muscles of our two-person crew. But the field pictured above represents the end of the line for us. Once we begin farming this field […]

The Future is Now

  Usually, we try to reserve this space for good news, but Landon and I felt it was time to share some heavier stuff. It’s about the garlic. As some of you may remember, we had some woeful disease problems with last year’s garlic crop, resulting in much lower yields […]

Bad News, Tempered by Some Good Spuds

  Like big ol’ scarves and cute boots, some great things just aren’t made for summer. Alas, we have to say goodbye to the radishes, spinach, and other cool-weather veggies. They’ve hung up their “Gone Fishin'” signs and won’t be back until fall.   Fortunately, some fun-loving, heat-loving summer crops […]

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Summer

    Even though the spring crops are just starting to come in, the greenhouse already looks like fall. The benches are beginning to fill with flats of kale, cabbage, broccoli and celery, and the parsnips are germinating well in the fields. It’s always fun to straddle the seasons in […]

A Farm in Miniature

  May is an intensive planting time on a vegetable farm, and Landon and I are grateful to be on schedule (well, mostly). Over the last few weeks, okra, zucchini, cucumbers, sweet corn, string beans, and, of course, tomatoes all moved into their permanent residences in the fields. The eggplants, […]

Happiness is a Pea Plant in Spring

  Our market table has looked pretty bare for the first the two weeks of the season, and will continue to be limited for the next couple weeks.  Things are emerging from their cool spring start a little slower than we had hoped, but the cold weather finally seems to […]

An Exercise in Patience

Thanks for joining Landon and me for our fourth season!  We’re excited to have some new folks on board and excited to see some familiar faces.  There are lots of exceptional CSA options in our region, so we’re especially grateful you decided to support our little two-person, 3-acre farm.   […]

A Thanks to our Awesome Customers

Every winter, Landon and I look at the sales numbers for our major crops and calculate the biggest losers and triumphant winners.  If a crop performs well, we expect it to bring in about $3-$6 per bed foot.  Anything less than that, and we have to make some decisions about […]

Top Grossing Crops per Bed Foot

Fall fields full of kale, collards, mustards, and broccoli boast every shade of green.  From bright lime to near-navy, the beds undulate ombré.   We put together a digital version of the greens spectrum to test your fall greens familiarity.  See if you can match the green to the “paint […]

Paint Sample Challenge

Our compost pile is kind of a mess right now.  Where there should be decomposing organic matter, you’ll find volunteer sweet potato slips, vigorous tomatoes, and mystery squash vines.  It’s not ideal for making compost, but it’s a good setting for a game of Photo Hunt.   How does Photo […]

Can You Spot the Difference?

When starting a farm, it’s hard not to use whatever random stuff is lying around to build the farm’s tools and infrastructure.  The random stuff is free and convenient, and both those things trump the aesthetics and longevity of new stuff.   Our farm is endowed with one particular type […]

Our Secret Ingredient

Senator Jeff Blake (R-AZ) thinks universal background checks on gun sales are “a bridge too far”.  For some reason, regulating guns seems like a scary proposition for Congress.  And yet, state and federal legislatures find plenty of time and motivation to regulate women, poor people, and farmers.  Just not guns. […]

A Bridge Too Far

The day-to-day of farming lends itself well to audio content.  Whether we’re hoeing, weeding, seeding, or pulling buckets of rocks out of the fields, our ears are always free for listening.  Without podcasts, I listen to the unnerving sound of cows peeing in an adjacent field.  With podcasts, my ears […]

When I Get Sick of Silence

At last week’s inaugural Philly Farm and Food Fest, Landon and I tested the chicken wits (or blind guessing ability) of the event attendees with a Match-the-Chicken-to-the-Egg Challenge.  Out of 60 contestants, 7 of you got the right answer.  Sorry everybody–it was a little harder than we intended it to […]

Who’s the Mom?

Sanitation of farm equipment is one of those boring things farmers do in the winter.  We wish it could all be seed catalogs and daydreams, but some things things just have to get done. Over the past few months, Landon’s cleaned out loads of plug trays, burned some field debris, […]

Sanitation Nation

You know those default conversation topics you fall back on when the need for small talk arises?  Television.  Baseball.  The absurdity of Rick Santorum.  Recently, I’ve found myself adding chicken tractors to my go-to mix.  “So, how ’bout those chicken tractors, huh?”  I just can’t stop chatting about them. So, […]

Steamboat Landing: The Story of a Chicken Tractor