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Posted 6/8/2011 10:21pm by Andy Watson.

We are hoping while we write this that all the hoophouses survived the winds last night. There were gust at around 100 mph. near Edgerton which is just a few miles from the farm.  We won’t know until morning if anything was damaged and we will let you know the farm report via the website in the next day or so.

We hope you have been enjoying the first couple boxes this season.  We are still busy putting plants in the ground, in the hoophouses, and seeding new salad plots where old ones were just a few days ago. This is a crazy time at the farm.  It has been especially crazy this year because of the late frosts we had. The nighttime lows were too low to put out heat loving plants and days just barely warm enough to get them to grow.  The only crops that did well were the leafy greens, lettuce, kales, spinach, and anything else that likes it not too warm during the day and a little cooler at night. 

We did get a good amount of tomatoes planted outside in our big cages before the rain last night. We will be planting like crazy the next week or so with the hopes that everything is out and watered in before the end of next week. Beets and carrots are up and growing fast, beans are putting on new leaves everyday, and as noted above, sugar snap peas will make an appearance next week in boxes.  We planted two 300 ft. trellises of one variety that will start producing a week or so after the other variety of which we planted around 1200 ft.  This is the most peas we have planted at once since we started back in 2004 and we are looking forward to a good crop.

Kelly is wrapping up her final days of teaching this week and will be home for the summer on Friday afternoon.  The flowers are looking good and we just re-seeded more today in the greenhouse for a second succession that will go out into the field in July.   

In Your Box This Week:

 

Romaine Lettuce

Kale

Green Garlic

Spring Mix (baby lettuce, arugula, Italian greens)

Asparagus

Spinach

Herb: Mint                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       `                                                                                               

Chard

 

Next week….sugar snap peas

Soon…..Strawberries

All about chard

 

1. You can eat the stem and leaf of the rainbow chard. Keep in bag with paper towel.

2. Keeps in the refrigerator for about 6 or 7 days

3. It’s delicious tossed into a hot sauté pan with a little butter and balsamic or just butter. Plus Salt & Pepper.

4.  Chard and goat cheese frittata for breakfast is always an easy one. (see back)

5. Chard is High in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Thiamin, Folate and Zinc. Also high in Sodium.

 

 

 


Posted 6/1/2011 9:47pm by Andy Watson.

It is finally feeling like summer is on its way with the warmer weather. We have had to hold many of the plants in the greenhouse because it just hasn’t been warm enough to get them out into the fields. After some of the frosty mornings we’ve had and talking with other farmers who had already transplanted many crops outdoors, we were happy that we had very little crop damage to the cold.  We are rotating some of the tomato crop into the greenhouse this year. So although we haven’t transplanted any tomatoes outside, we did get 250 tomato plants inside. We still have the other side of the greenhouse to plant with tomatoes too. This is much more than we have ever planted and that doesn’t include the plants that will go in the field. In the past few years, we haven’t been satisfied with our tomato yield so we are increasing our crop and hopefully with the warm greenhouse, they will do well. In addition to the tomatoes, we also were able to transplant the rest of the herbs outdoors. You can look forward to parsley, sage, basil, thyme and savory!

For those of you who are interested in learning more ways to cook some of these delicious vegetables, you should check out the kitchen store in Stoughton, All Through The House. Farmer Andy teaches cooking classes there almost year round but the classes do fill up quickly. You may want to inquire if they have an e-mail list so you get the list of new classes first. Also, if you have a recipe or cooking tip that you’d like to share with other members, either post it on our website in the blog section or send it to us and we’ll share it for you.

Enjoy this week’s box!

 

 


Posted 5/27/2011 7:28pm by Andy Watson.

Hello Everyone,

Just a quick note to say that we will not be at the Madison Downtown Farmer's Market this Saturday, May 28th. Our first boxes went out this week and we put nearly everything we had available into the boxes. We will be at Madison's Eastside Farmer's Market the following Tuesday.

 

Thanks Everyone and have a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend!

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.

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