CSA Hiatus: Farmer Goes Fishing

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Due to the late start of the growing season, some of the crops need a little extra time to grow. So it’s a good time for the farmer to take a break from the farm as well.

We spent five days visiting our good friends up in Alaska, and got in on some combat fishing for salmon. The freezer if full of 60 lbs of fresh salmon, and we are refreshed and ready to get back to the business of farming.

 

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CSA Week Two: Salads and Stir-Frys

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Hello CSA members,

Since the full-share members got their first box last week, they are now familiar with the delivery/pick-up procedures. For Half-share members, this will be your first box, so first, a few logistics.
Please save the produce boxes and cooler packs that your veggies are provided to you, and return them to me for refill.
St. Cloud – I’ll deliver your boxes on TUESDAY morning.
Made of Mora – Your boxes will be ready on THURSDAY by 11:00 a.m. and the store is open until 6:00 p.m. and you can return your box and cool packs there.
Cambridge City Center Co-op – your boxes will be ready FRIDAY by 10:00 a.m. and the store is open until 8:00 p.m. I already sent you a separate email about how they want us to manage the boxes, so please let me know if you didn’t get that message from me.
Sapsucker Farms pick-up, you can come and pick up after noon on Thursday or Friday, but please let me know which day works best for you so I can have your box ready.
So… this week is full of goodies for making fresh salads and stir-fries
Chinese cabbage (a.k.a “napa cabbage”) – this looks like a giant bok choy, it is wonderful cooked in stir-frys or raw in salads, can be used in place of either regular cabbage or bok choy. I have a handful of recipes on my website as well.
Lettuce – heirloom buttercrunch and romaine, red and green varieties, so enjoy fresh salads this week
Rhubarb – be sure to try the rhubarb custard pie recipe on my website. I’ve already made two of them, and eaten it for dessert and breakfast
Spinach – also great for both salads and stir frys
In case you’re wondering how the crops are doing during this crappy, cold spring, here is what’s happening:
Happy crops: all of the crops inside the hoop house are really happy, including: tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, Chinese Cabbage, and a few misc thingies that I’m trying out. The brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi, cauliflower) are really enjoying this cold weather, and haven’t complained to much so far. The onions are growing slowly, but growing nonetheless, so I’ll include them in the happy crop category.
Unhappy crops: beans and corn are refusing to germinate. The soil temperature have been too cold for these warm-footed plants, so I am now in the process of sprouting them in the greenhouse and will transplant them out into the field. The eggplant and zucchini are pouting… they’re healthy, but they’re protesting the cold and won’t grow any more until we get some heat.
On life support: the melons and squash are hanging on by their last tiny roots. They are desperately in need of warmth. Despite all of the encouragement, tender words, and pleading I’ve given them, they aren’t responding.
For this reason, [attention full-share members] there will be no CSA box next week… as I need to give the unhappy crops some time to grow.
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Our first WWOOFer

 

Meet Manxi Yuan. She is a University of Minnesota student from China. Before she went home to China for the summer, she volunteered for two weeks in May as a WWOOFer to help us out on the farm. Even though the spring weather was horrible… cold…rainy… miserable, she stepped up and worked through the crappy weather and helped us get some of the crops planted. She also taught us how to make some of her favorite spicy dishes that she enjoys in China. Manxi cookingNice job, Manxi.

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CSA Week One: Defying Mother Nature

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Greetings CSA full share members,

I am happy to announce that your first box of the season is ready this week! I am so very grateful to have a hoop house, which has enabled me to fight the cold and nastiness that Mother Nature dished out so far this year, so I could start to get some veggies growing. Without a hoop house, you probably wouldn’t be seeing any fresh produce until the end of June.  In fact, we just had another frost last night… Ok… enough complaining about the weather.
First, a few logistics.
Save the produce boxes and cooler packs that your veggies are provided to you, and return them to me for refill.
St. Cloud – I’ll deliver your boxes on TUESDAY morning.
Made of Mora – Your boxes will be ready on THURSDAY by 11:00 a.m. and the store is open until 6:00 p.m. and you can return your box and cool packs here.
Cambridge City Center Co-op – your boxes will be ready FRIDAY by 10:00 a.m. and the store is open until 8:00 p.m. I’ll send you a separate email about how they want us to manage the boxes, so please watch for another update from me.
Sapsucker Farms pick-up, you can come and pick up after noon on Thursday or Friday, but please let me know which day works best for you so I can have your box ready
So here is what you’ll find in your box this week:
Rhubarb – check out the Rhubarb Custard pie recipe. If you tried it last year, you know how awesome it is.
Spinach – a big, bulging bag
Lettuce – LOTS of lettuce… a few different varieties, none of which you will find in the store
Sunflower shoots – nutty, crunchy, fresh sprouts that can be added to a salad, sandwich, or just munch on it for a snack (that’s what I do). But watch out for the little black shells. I tried to clean off most of them, but it’s a bugger to try and get them all.
Eggs – fresh-from-the-hen, delightfully irregular in shape, color, and size, but oh so delicious. This is the only time that eggs will be included in the CSA boxes, so if you like them, and you want some more, let me know. They are $3.00 per dozen, while supplies last.
Enjoy.

 

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2013 CSA Delivery/Pick-up Schedule

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Hello CSA members,

As promised, here is the Sapsucker Farms CSA delivery and pick-up schedule for this summer…. that is…. if summer ever really does arrive. In simple terms, here’s the scoop
  • The first FULL share boxes will be ready next week
  • The first HALF share boxes will be ready the week of June 10
  • St. Cloud deliveries will be on Tuesdays
  • Made of Mora box pick-up will be on Thursdays after 11:00 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Cambridge City Market Co-op box pick-up will be on Fridays after 10:00 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Sapsucker Farms box pick-up will be on Thursdays or Fridays anytime after noon.
However, there are a few exceptions to note:
There will be NO CSA boxes the week of June 17… why? Basically, I have two groups of crops growing. One group is inside the hoop house, where it’s nice and warm. The other group is trying to grow out in the field, where it’s cold and crappy. So there will be a hiatus to wait for some of the outdoor crops to grow big and strong so we can cut then them down and eat them up.
Week of July 4th, the Made of Mora pick-up will be on WEDNESDAY since Thursday is the holiday.

The schedule is subject to change if the bad growing conditions persist since Mother Nature has been a cold-hearted meanie so far this year. But you will be happy to know that I did report her to Santa Claus so she is officially on his Naughty list. Revenge is sweet.

Looking forward to a healthy and tasty season.

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Sweet Success

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Thank you to all who helped with the maple syrup season this year. With 1,000 taps and the trees gushing with sap, we collected a total of 7,305 gallons of sap, making about 210 gallons of pure, sweet maple syrup. A sweet, and successful season.

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Easter Blessings

Spring is late, but Easter is early this year. From Sapsucker Farms, we wish you all a very blessed Easter. May you enjoy time with your family and surround yourself with love.

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Welcome to our updated website

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After years of procrastination, we have finally updated our website. My talented twin brother Dan Humphreys developed all of the beautiful graphics and listened to me gripe as I tried to figure out all of the technology to get this new website launched.

We are still working on getting the online store up and running, and we hope to have it ready by mid-April. There are still a few glitches, and I’m working on that too. Meanwhile, it’s springtime, the seeds are sprouting and the sap will soon be running as well. Stay tuned to this website and our Facebook page for news regarding the maple sap flow and when anyone interested in helping can come up and join us.

Debbie Morrison

 

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Website update in progress

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Hi everyone. As you can see, our website is in the process of being updated. In fact, I’m working on it right now. hang in there, I hope to have it fully up and running in about a week.  Keep in mind, I’m a farmer, not an IT techno webby kinda person, so this is challenging for me. The good news is that I can take a break from the computer, go in the green house and get some seeds going for the upcoming growing season. Ahhhhh.

Meanwhile, please enjoy looking at our completely updated logo. My brilliant and talented twin brother designed it.

 

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Trees are tapped.

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On Saturday, March 9, we had about 20 generous friends and colleagues come out to the farm to help us tap the maple trees for the 2013 maple syrup season. Our goal was to put out 1,000 spiles all in one day. But it turned out to be rather challenging weather…snow…rain…ice… a pretty cold, wet, and uncomfortable day.

But despite the challenges that mother nature sent out way, our hard-working crew helped us get about 850 trees tapped. Then a few more friends returned on Saturday March 16 and the rest of the taps were put out. Now we just need some warm weather to get the sap running.

Stay tuned for news on the sap run as it happens, and we hope you’ll be able to join us for some maple syrup making fun this year.

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