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Why We Didn't Quit Farming and Are Sure Spring Will Come

Here we are in April waiting for the snow to melt. Waiting for winter to be a distant memory. We got an unusually early first snow, way back on November 10 that just stuck and didn’t ever melt.

Six months later we just got another 8” of fresh white stuff on top of the not all the way melted winter snow pack.

My daughter says, “the trees have snow on their teeth” aka snow is covering all the trees, the spring bird songs are muted, and the mud is no longer on our boots.

From ‘You’re crazy’ to ‘This changed my whole life'

So you’ve decided that you want to change your diet.

Or you aim to influence your husband’s diet.

Or get your kids eating better.

What New Things Will You Try This Year?

As a CSA member, we know you like to try new things and expand your horizons with vegetables.

So do we.

Heck, one of our very favorite things to do as farmers is PICK what we're going to grow in the coming season.  

Yep, the farm crew has spent many of these cold, wintry days in early March holed up inside the farmhouse, noses in seed catalogs debating the merits of this variety or that variety.

If you're like us, you've probably poked your nose into a seed catalog this winter... or five!

What Is CSA And Why Should I Care?

A common question I get is…

“How do I buy from you?”

No, we don’t attend the farmers market and don’t have a traditional farm stand…

"So what exactly do you do??" You may ask.

We feed over 150 local families and couples fresh vegetables grown on our farm for at least half the year!

Intrigued? Read on…

 

10 Delicious Ways To Enjoy The Best Tasting Carrots

One of the most common questions I get from customers, friends, family—basically anyone who ever tries our carrots—is WHY do these carrots taste so good?

The truth is our carrots just taste better, and even more so in the winter.

It is counter-intuitive, but the starches present at harvest convert into sugars over the course of the storage season.

And by March, we say “Wow! These carrots taste amazing!”

How To Make A Creamy Veggie Soup That Will Get Compliments Every Time

Windy, windy, windy it's been. 

Does it seem like this winter has been more windy than usual?  Or maybe I always think that in February!

Does the cold wind get you in the mood for soup? It sure does for me!

One thing that I do well at my house is make creamy vegetable soups.

I love them. Gene loves them. My little one loves them.

And guests love them.

In fact, my creamy soups are the number one thing I serve that always get compliments.

How To Make A Winter Salad That You'll Actually Love

Do the greens at the grocery store this time of year NOT inspire you?

I mean between not knowing who's hands have touched them and knowing that they just don't taste fresh... it's hard to really get excited about greens from 2000 miles away.

I get you!  

You and I both know that veggies fresh from a real garden, any garden, yours or mine, taste so much better than what you find at the grocery store.  

Especially this time of year.

What is in a Summer CSA share?

When I signed up for my very first CSA share as a customer back in 2004, I really had no idea what I was getting into.

I was taking a leap of faith based on a paper brochure and a phone conversation with a farmer. 

Maybe you know what I felt like?

Of course, this was back before it was common for most small business to have a website full of more information on their products.

What To Do With The Big Lump Of KOHL In Your Stocking

At Christmas, and anytime of year, I just love the surprise of opening presents. Because, really, who doesn’t?!

When it is finally your turn, you just can’t wait to tear open that box and see what is inside…

The thrill of the suspense is hard to resist, that’s for sure!

With the holidays around the corner, the joy of gifts is upon us!

You must have heard of getting a lump of coal in your stocking…

How To Make Stir-fries More Interesting

Picture this:

You have a fridge full of veggies, and you are busy and…

Them: Hey what’s for dinner?

You: Mmm, I think it’s going to be stir-fry again tonight…

Them: Oh, boring!

OR

That again!

Does this ever sound like your house??

Or maybe your husband says he “won’t eat plain stir-fry,” leaving you searching for a more creative way to use up the veggies in your fridge…

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