Wednesday, March 31, 2010

D'Avignon: She's French, Long, Slender and Spicy!


Damn! She looks good.

This week our minds were blown when we tried this delicious, sexy looking radish.  Yes, radish, from the South of France, but still from the same family as the others we have enjoyed, Raphanus Sativus.  D'Avignon is a dicot, which means that she has two embryonic leaves or cotyledons.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Having Trouble Getting It Up?


Are you tired of the same old thing day in and day out?  Year after year nothing changing, well it may be time to mix it up and reignite that old flame and boy have I got the answer for you...  

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Set It and Forget It: Soaking Oats For Breakfast


Alright friends, grab your mason jars and chef's hats because this week we are heading into the kitchen and things are going to get WILD...

Have you ever looked at the ingredients on the back panel of your favorite packaged foods?  Neither did we until recently, but part of the reason Matt and I have been going to the farm is to learn more about where our food comes from, how it grows and simply what it actually is.  

Monday, March 22, 2010

I Love Weed(s)


The saying goes:  "One man's trash is another man's treasure," well that couldn't be more accurate.

After a long hard day tending to the greenhouse, it was time to let two city boys in on a little secret...The weeds were up for grabs!  This may not seem like such a great thing on the surface, but just because they are weeds doesn't mean they can't be delicious and abnormally large, like this ridiculous...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Making Your Bed Can Be Fun

Earlier this month Matt and I learned how to amend a soil bed (relive this magical moment by clicking here).  
Well we recently discovered that our lucky beds were seeded with carrots and radishes of course.  Here you can see our progress.

Monday, March 15, 2010

When There's Something Strange On Your Carrot Bed, Who Ya Gonna Call? MOSSBUSTERS


Before we dive into the super cool magical backpack above, let's take a step back and talk a little about the problem at hand and about the special solution that will be going inside this fancy looking pack.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wild Strawberries From Volcanoes, Ice Mountains and Security Polar Bears...

What more can you ask for?

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the future of our food.  There was a article
(Click this link)'Doomsday' Seed Vault Stores 500,000 Crops, posted today, talking about the 500,000th seed to be stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Farming Is Not Soy Easy


Let me set the stage here with two simultaneous situations.

Scenario 1.  It's a beautiful Saturday summer morning, well technically morning because it's11:59am and you roll out of bed after a long night out on the town.  Your head is pounding and you need to hydrate so you crawl to the kitchen, grab an Advil and a bottle of water or maybe a multi-vitamin and some Gatorade or maybe some instant coffee.  Whatever your method, you are looking for a quick result.

Scenario 2.  It's a beautiful Saturday summer morning, well technically morning because it's still dark out, but it is 5:00am.  You may want to stay asleep a little longer, but there's work to be done on the farm soon.  You want to get so much done, but you realize that patience is the key and some things require waiting.  Today is the day you are going to harvest the soybeans to sell to the restaurant and at the market, but it is also the first day you prepare to save your seeds for next season.  This process will take time, about 6 months.

Friday, March 5, 2010

In The Mache Pit...Anything Goes


While we were amending beds Sara received a call from the restaurant, a harvest was needed ASAP.  There was only one thing left to do...Bring in the best.  Since Captain Jack was out clearing the snow from every pathway and driveway on the farm and "the rest" were nowhere to be found either, Sara settled for us!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Till, Rake, Rattle and Roll: Amending A Soil Bed


One of the worst storms in recent years couldn't keep us from the farm this week.  They even saved us a parking space...

Saturday was all about amending beds, which means removing plants that have exhausted their profitable life cycle, through multiple harvests, over the course of a few weeks or months and preparing for a new cycle of planting and harvesting.