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June 15, 2014
    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


June 1, 2014
  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



Tomato transplants putting on size in the greenhouse
  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


Strawberry blossoms!  It won't be long now.
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


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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



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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?




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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


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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?



Off to the Races
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


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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



A few weekends back, Landon and I spent half of Saturday and most of Sunday shoveling manure from the barn floor to the spreader, rinse and repeat.  Toward the end of Day 2, our very supportive and well-intentioned landlord finally saw it fit to intervene:  “You know, it’s good exercise […]

Doing Things the Hard Way


This season, we’re going to try out a new series of posts called “Farm Score”.  In these posts, we’ll identify a common farm task and try to decide which song provides the best accompaniment. In times of frustration or exhaustion, a good song can push you through even the most […]

Farm Score: Spreading Bedding




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Farming can be a volatile profession. One week, you’re on top of the world, Scrooge McDuck-ing it into giant piles of heirloom tomatoes and wallpapering with collard greens. The next, you’re pulling thousands of rotten carrots out of the fields. OK, the first part didn’t happen, but the second part […]

Your Love is Like a Rollercoaster



Hoo, baby.  August was a hectic month on the farm.  I started working at a local engineering firm to bring in some extra dough, and Landon continued to bust his butt in the fields.  I’d love to give you a full run-down of August-mania, but I’m just going to post […]

Tasty Onion Roll