Week 13- Sept. 11

Today's box holds:

  • your first pie pumpkin
  • watermelon
  • delicata squash
  • summer squash selection
  • cucumbers
  • tomatoes; mostly Roma paste variety
  • bell peppers
  • onions
  • kale

We were down into the 40's last week in the mornings. Those temps and the warm sun create some good growth and thrill in the garden. We have fall cool weather crops coming on strong.

Education weeks are upon us. The next month, the farm will be occupied with students early childhood through high school. We're so honored to share the life of the farm and all its ecosystems with these youth! Every grade has a different angle/purpose and we will tailor their experiences to meet their developmental needs the best we can. Both Carter and I have backgrounds in education and we'll be joined by former co-worker Lindsey Ruder and outdoor educator Alisa Hoven for added support.

The Star Tribune has a fairly active Facebook page called Out of the Box: Getting the Most Out of Your CSA. Check it out for some good online community resources.

Finally, our Equinox Michaelmas Festival is on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 4-7. Details forthcoming.

Week 12- September! 4

  • Watermelon
  • Ornamental gourds
  • Zucchini
  • Slicing cucumbers
  • Paste tomatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Bell peppers
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Okra
  • Carrots
  • Flat leaf parsley

It IS decorative gourd season and we hope you'll enjoy these we send along as a marker for the start of it. These are not for eating. My favorite treatment is a little floor wax and glitter dip.

The watermelons we've had have all been sweet and juicy. By contrast, the canteloupe has been a bit bland. Rather than risk disppointing you, we've decided to donate them and hope for a better crop next year.

It's our hope that your okra is small and tender enough and your carrots are big enough to enjoy. My high school buddy, Jama, who lives in Tennessee posted her okra recipe last week and I tried it. Everyone loved it. Slice, agitate in a bag of cornmeal with pepper. Fry in a good bit of oil and salt.

We continue to see the effects of the August hailstorm on the produce. If there is damage to any of yours, just cut it off and enjoy the best of summer's end.

Thursday Shares- Week 11

In today’s box everyone gets

  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Patty pan or yellow crookneck
  • Tomatoes
  • Black cherry cherry tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Okra
  • Baby kale and,
  • fresh oregano

You may well notice signs of damage from Sunday's hail storm. The tomatoes were downed and the heartier vegetables received some pelting bruises. The cool and grey weather has slowed the growth of new crops. We suspect that next week may be a leaner box, but that cool weather crops like spinach will flourish soon!

Week 11 August 28

From Carter, your lead farmer:

As a youngster growing up on a small farm in Southern Michigan everyone I knew would thump their watermelons to see if they were ripe enough to pick. Its a hollow and watery sound. We would even thump the watermelons at the store just to keep in practice. Later on as an adult I learned additional methods for finding those ripe melons from my co-worker George who was a grower from New Jersey who had lots of experience with fruit and vegetables and lots of quirky advice for me. With all the thumping and scrutiny most but not all of the watermelons I pick are ripe and ready and I apologize if you happen to get one of the less tasty ones. I am confident that over the next few weeks the watermelons and cantaloupe you get will be plenty delicious.

Sunday morning brought the second major hail storm in a month. Large leaved crops like cucumbers and summer squash are badly tattered and it will take a few days to see how much real damage occurred. Cross your fingers. We will get back to you about the tomatoes and bell peppers.

  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow crookneck
  • Slicing cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Paste tomatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Green beans
  • Basil and fresh oregano.

Week 10- August 21

In Tuesday’s box

  • Kale
  • Green beans
  • Okra, jalapeño, and bell peppers (all in the same bag)
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Slicing cucumbers
  • Yellow crookneck
  • Zucchini
  • Watermelon
  • Full shares also contain broccoli.

A reminder from Carter: Keep tomatoes on the counter rather than the fridge and use the ripest ones first. This improves flavor and allows for optimal ripening. To save for later, colder, darker days--- cut off all blemishes, core and cook down on medium heat. Then cool and freeze flat on a baking sheet in the freezer. Easy to pull out for marinara sauce, pizza sauce, chili or a tomato base.

We're inspired by opening the door to cultural exploration led by food. Okra claims African roots and is a vegetable with properties complementary to binding soups and stews. It's delicious pickled, fried or sauteed with onions, tomatoes and peppers.

I forgot the meat shares on the Tuesday route and will be in touch with those folks individually to make delivery arrangements. So sorry!

Week 9- August 14

Saturday's wedding was such a love-fest culminating in meteor showers in a dark new moon sky. Did you see some?

Farmers braved the heat yesterday to harvest your boxes. We have:

  • watermelon
  • zucchini
  • yellow crookneck
  • slicing cucumbers
  • potatoes
  • onions
  • cherry tomatoes
  • tomatoes
  • basil and Italian parsley

Summoning our Courage: Michaelmas and Autumnal Equinox Celebration at Philadelphia Community Farm Sunday, September 30 from 4-7 p.m.

Please arrive promptly for: a meditative walk through Signe's Labyrinth near Buttermilk Falls live music with artist-in-residence Walken Schweigert and, a short dramatic piece presented as an invitation and gift Community soup cooked in the cast iron cauldron over and open flame and visits to the garden and barnyard to follow.

Please bring: Bowls, plates, cup, flatware, napkin for your meal Apple-themed dishes or cheese to share. *The farm will provide cider, bread and a harvest stone soup (vegan) 599 280th Street Osceola, WI 54020 For directions, visit https://buttermilkcsa.squarespace.com/contact-us/

Week 8- August 7

Today's box coming to our pick up sites contains:

  • Zucchini
  • Yellow crookneck or patty pan
  • Slicing cucumbers
  • Potatoes
  • Red onions
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • String beans
  • Baby kale
  • Rosemary

How are you doing with the summer squash consumption? We've been eating some of it every day in one form or another. Patty pan dipped and fried in tempura batter with a soy, ginger sauce was a crowd pleaser at the farm.

We're preparing for the first wedding in years to take place at the farm on Saturday. Friends Allie and Alexis will be wed at Orchard House. Mia is doing the flowers from our garden and Sea will tend bar. May the love expressed here this weekend permeate the garden as well!

Thursday Shares

Greetings! We're three interns down this week, so shares will be a little late. Thanks to Como site host, Tami Limberg, for pitching in as a pinch hit driver today. She's taking the St. Paul sites. I did several hours of deliveries early this morning and Carter himself is on the Minneapolis side route right now.

The cool weather is motivating for the humans, and many of the vegetables love it, too. Carter says the melons need some good heat to ripen up and Mother Nature will deliver that beginning tomorrow!

Today's boxes are different from Tuesday's

Rosemary Kale Red Onions Broccoli Potatoes Tomatoes and cherry tomatoes Yellow crookness and patty pan summer squash Zucchini Full shares get a first taste of okra and some cabbage. The next batch of sweet corn goes out to you all!

Week 7

Sea, our second year garden intern, reports that the corn, onions and potatoes are beginning to come on strong. You'll see early samples of those in your boxes today. They're starting to pull in onions and garlic to cure as well. Leafy greens and zucchini are slowing down this week. We also pulled a melon out of the garden this week, which bodes well for August.

Here are the Week 7 box contents:

  • Zucchini
  • Patty pan or yellow crookneck summer squash
  • Slicing cucumbers
  • Yukon gold potatoes
  • Tomatoes and cherry tomatoes
  • Red onions
  • Basil
  • and kale

Today we hosted ten day campers from the Wild River Fitness Center. We introduced them to the labyrinth, waterfall, barnyard and garden in two short hours. You're all most welcome to come experience that as well.

Week 6- July 24

This week marks 1/3 of the way through the CSA season. You'll find a heavy box upon pick up today. Most flower shares and meat shares were also delivered today.

We're delighted to welcome former farm residents Maye and Miya, age 8, to the farm this week. Miya just said, "For some reason, I want to go work in the field right now." Music to our ears!

Enjoy your produce. It contains radiant life forces. Rudolf Steiner, the conceiver of biodynamics, envisioned a method that calls for a wholistic farm system. The animals have been loved up and return that to the soil in the form of compost. Special cosmic preparations have been applied to the gardens and the humans here live in concert with a strong daily, weekly and seaonsal rhythm. Can you taste it?

All boxes contain:

  • Cabbage
  • Zucchini
  • Patty pan and or yellow crookneck summer squash
  • Slicing cucumbers
  • Pickling cucumbers
  • Potatoes - mostly red gold
  • Kale
  • Basil

Week 5- July 17

Thursday's (home delivery) box contains:

  • Baby kale
  • Italian parsley
  • Broccoli
  • Pickling cucumbers
  • Slicing cucumbers
  • Patty pan summer squash
  • Yellow crookneck
  • Zucchini

You also have a new delivery driver. Our intern, Mia Beck is Carter's niece. Originally from Indianapolis, Mia has come to develop her interest in floral design. She's been a grounding force at the farm this season and we are delighted to have her with us for the entire season at a minimum. You can expect some delays today as she familiarizes herself with the intricacies of the route.

The incredibly temperate weather has been great for the garden. You might see a few more vegetables than you can use. Don't worry! Share with friends, compost without guilt or feed a big animal. And, unfortunately, what is great for the garden produce is great for the weeds! If liberating plants from their bossy neighbors appeals, please come help us weed.

Thank you for returning your boxes so faithfully. We'll see you next week.

Tuesday’s box contained:

  • Zucchini
  • Yellow crookneck squash
  • Patty pan summer squash
  • Slicing cucumbers
  • Picking cucumbers
  • Broccoli
  • String beans
  • Basil
  • Full shares only also got chard.
  • Half shares only got kale

Week Two - June 26

Three of our community members/garden helpers have been away this week and we've been utterly fortunate to have the helpful hands of many Great River School students who are coming to spend time on a farm they know and love and help out in the garden. Longtime friend of the farm, garden member and former community resident Debbie & her family also joined us for a week. They held down a joyful and strong base in the farmhouse for all of us.

Please put your boxes out for the driver to pick up each week. My suggestion for site pickup members is to bring bags to transfer your produce into when you pick up.

Temperatures at the farm generally run 4 degrees cooler than in the city, so you'll notice that urban gardens start to produce things before you see them in your Buttermilk share.

Wishing you delightful adventures in the kitchen.

Meat share members should have received a note from Jane Malenfant of Thistledown Farm with information on the bundle you'll receive this week.

Flowers are looking gorgeous! Flower share members will see the first of four bouquets soon.

And, maple shares are coming out this week.

In Tuesday’s box Basil Garlic scapes Leaf lettuce Baby kale Scallions Kohlrabi Strawberries Full shares also be on the look out for radishes and head lettuce.

Week 1 Thursday Shares Box Contents

Greetings, Home Delivery Members,

Our faithful intern, Eric, will be delivering to you tomorrow. He plans to depart the farm between 8 and 8:30 a.m. and as it's the first time for this route, we can't predict exactly when your box will arrive. There are innumerable variables such as traffic, construction and hunger!

Please refer to the Tuesday post for your general weekly update. Sometimes the boxes are the same both days, and sometimes they differ. This week you will receive: Strawberries Kohlrabi: Peel and eat fresh like jicama or bake like a scalloped potato. Try it! You'll love it. Radishes Scallions Head lettuce Leaf lettuce Baby kale Oregano bundle to dry or use fresh

Week 1 of the 2018 Regular Season CSA Shares!

To be stewards of this land bringing you fresh produce bearing the most vital of life forces; this is our highest aim. To do this, we humble ourselves before Nature, responding to her every whim with interest and care. This spring, as the landscape vacillated between snow-covered, rain drenched and sun beaten, we tended every seedling with care. Plowing under young transplants that cannot withstand the extremes requires an act of discernment on the part of the farmer. With the tractor’s blades, he mercifully blends plant life and soil, and we start anew.

The many hands that grow the produce we bring to you have ranged from a group of 18 high school students to those of a special needs senior citizen who has lived on site for over 20 years. These hands have seeded, weeded, watered and harvested, rinsed and packaged for you the best of what the land offers up. We trust you will savor the aromas, textures, and tastes contained in your box.

As a reminder, we rinse the produce and it will require a good rinsing. The variety and quantity will vary from week to week. I liken the arc of the season to the feeding of a child. If one were to examine just a single day in the diet of a child, it would be easy to become alarmed, but examine a month’s worth of meals and rest assured, that proper nutrition has been achieved. So, too, if your box feels sparse one week, it may be overflowing the next week.

In the box today: *Thursday’s boxes may be a bit different. I will post an update for Thursday shares.

  • Fresh oregano 

  • Baby kale

  • Leaf lettuce 

  • Head lettuce 

  • Scallions 

  • Rhubarb

  • Strawberries

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Week 7: August 1

In the box today:

  • Kale
  • Italian parlsey, mixed basil
  • Italian fennel
  • string beans
  • cuumbers
  • green or yellow zucchini,
  • cherry tomato (sample size)- more to come!
  • And for full share boxes: kohlrabi, broccoli and peppers

We're delighted to have the capable and extra hands of a Great River School student this week- Henry has come for an artistic retreat and is helping out half days in the garden. He's pitched his tent and brought music and paints along.

We'd welcome anyone who wants to come help out in the garden for a morning to join in from 8-12 and stay for lunch. Email to arrange!

Flower & maple shares on Thursday this week and Tuesday next week.

ENJOY!