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Posted 5/25/2011 9:39pm by Andy Watson.

Welcome to the 2011 growing season! The beginning of the season is always a special time for us on the farm. Getting out into the fields after the long cold winter is refreshing and energizing. The Sprouting Acres Crew hit the ground running this season and has been working non-stop to get the new season off to a great start. Preparation for this season has been on our minds, of course, since last year. We wanted to expand our field space so we have been working on a new plot. We worked up the new land and planted cover crop to till in for nutrients. The new field bed is now ready for the season. Keeping the soil in prime condition is a priority for most organic farmers. We sent in our soil samples for testing this winter for analysis.  After we got the results, we purchased nutrients and minerals added them to all of our fields this spring. We have also re-organized the field dimensions and plot layout for easier record keeping and crop rotation.

In addition to all the work in the fields, we are also keeping up with our organic licensing requirements. This is our 3rd year with Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA) and each year we must send in quite a bit of paperwork. We are also looking forward to our annual inspection.

During the last 2 weeks, we’ve been carefully tending all the transplants. Each plant is grown by seed in our greenhouses and when planted outdoors, we want to make sure they are adequately watered and weeded. So, we made a big push this week to get the irrigation set up and made sure all the beds were weeded. Despite the weather, the farm has not had much rain so this was a needed feat for the week. We hope you thoroughly enjoy your box! 

Posted 5/24/2011 7:09am by Andy Watson.

We will not be at the Tuesday evening Eastside Market at the Wilmar Center today.  We are getting things ready for the first box this Thursday as well as getting things in the ground before it rains again.  Thanks and see you next week.

Posted 5/14/2011 7:09pm by Andy Watson.

Spent much of the day getting the flower plot ready! It was a cool, windy day with just a few sprinkles. Actually, it was nice working weather. We managed to get all of the zinnia transplants today. Tomorrow we'll tackle the snapdragons and hopefully work on the perennial bed. It is a busy weekend even though we aren't at market. 

 

 

Posted 5/12/2011 9:41pm by Andy Watson.

Only two weeks until boxes start and we are trying to get all our transplants in for the season.  We have been without rain now at the farm for over a week and will be setting up the irrigation on Monday.  Because of the extra work and lack of produce right now, we will not be at the Saturday market downtown.  Check for more updates in the next couple weeks.

Posted 4/22/2011 8:57pm by Andy Watson.

Heading to the Farmers' Market tomorrow on the square. We have our delicious hoophouse salad mix, a little basil, some nettles, mizuna, a petite salad mix, and an Italian lettuce and chicory mix. The weather is looking much better this week and we sold out by 10:30 last week, so get there early. We also now have Sprouting Acres gift cards in $5 and $10 dollar increments available. Have a great weekend and hope to see you there.

Posted 4/17/2011 3:28pm by Andy Watson.

And so, the season officially kicks off with the first Downtown Farmer's Market of the year in Madison. As should be expected, mother nature played one of her tricks on us: gave us gorgeous weather last week and then sacked us with cold, rainy and sometimes even snowy weather this week. Farmer Andy had to pull out some long underwear to survive this Saturday's market. We had a good supply of salad greens available at the market and we sold out by 11am. We are not sure if we'll be able to get to next Saturday's market so we'll keep you all posted.  We might have the opportunity for a large group of workers to come out next Saturday to get onions in the fields,  so we may decide to put our energy there instead of at the market. 

Everything is coming along nicely. Please check our recents pictures to see what else we have been up to. 

Posted 4/12/2011 8:40am by Andy Watson.

Happy Spring to you!  

We do still have a few shares available for this season.  We hope you are enjoying this spring/summer like weather, we are for sure.  We are getting crops seeding inside and out while the weather is cooperating.  Well, back to work.

Posted 3/26/2011 8:58pm by Andy Watson.

We are well into the new season with the trays brimming with healthy seedlings. The greenhouse offers a warm retreat to the cold, windy and often wet spring days we've had so far. On the warmer days, we've been busy clearing trees/branches, building a small storage closet and getting the outdoor work areas ready. Wade has been joining Andy at the farm a few days a week and so far he is loving it. He is a great helper and when he gets tired of that, he loves to play in the dirt & sand on the farm. A recent deposit of gravel for the farm driveway was definitely a big highlight for Wade. We are finalizing the field/crop maps for the year and getting excited to get outdoors more. Happy Spring Everyone!

 

Posted 3/10/2011 7:50am by Andy Watson.

For those of you that have not signed up for a CSA share yet this season, we do still have shares available. Just go to "Our Products" then click on the "2011 CSA Sign-up" option. All the information for the season is available there. If you are interested in a workshare, click on the "The Experience", then choose "Workshares" option.  If you have any questions regarding this season, please contact us. If you would like to speak with me, Andy, in person, you can find me at the 2011 CSA Open House this Sunday, from 1-4 at the Monona Terrace in Madison.  We will have a table with a slideshow, pictures, additional info and even a couple of Workshares to talk with about the farm.  We would love to see you there.   

Posted 1/5/2011 12:00am by Andy Watson.

Every winter, the new season's seed catalogs arrive. Their brightly colored photos of tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini and pretty much every vegetable you can think of is staring back at me. It feels kinda like Christmas. The possibilities are endless but unfortunately the space on the farm is not. The catalogs do not change much from year to year but it is still like opening a brand new magazine and taking a look at what there is available.  The hardest part is choosing tomato varieties.  This is the one vegetable that I can't even count the different varieties.  There are hundreds.  I reorder varieties that I have been growing for years that will always be my favorites.  I order a few that maybe were grown the season before and I want to give them another chance, since every season is different.  I also order a 1/2 dozen or so new ones that might be new on the market, or might just catch my eye.  It is the only vegetable that I can spend hours milling through two or three catalogs just trying to make a list. There really is nothing better than sitting with a cup of coffee, in the morning, paging through a crisp new catalog, relaxing, and taking it all in.  Now I just have to do it while bouncing my 4 month old daughter Ruby on my knee and listening to my 4 year old son Wade singing Christmas songs in the playroom. Life is great.

 

Yellow round cucumber in box todayAugust 17th, 2017

We almost forgot! We slipped in an heirloom cucumber today that looks like a lemon. They are great sliced raw with dip and look cool too. We just wanted to let you know what those were.  Enjoy!

Welcome to week 12 of your Sprouting Acres CSA ShareAugust 16th, 2017

Hello, We hope you are enjoying the summer bounty from the farm. There is more to come! Here is the Newsletter link.   Have a great weekend! Sprouting Acres

Hello and welcome to week 11 of the CSA!August 9th, 2017

Hello, Welcome to week 11 of your CSA with Sprouting Acres. This is an odd box week so EOW shares will be at these locations only this week.  The Farm, Cambridge, Stoughton, Monona, Vilas Ave., a

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