Archive for January, 2015

New Year, New CSA

The beauty of 2014, according to Wayward Seed Farm and our talented photographer, Catherine Murray, of Photo Kitchen

 The peppers were endless (and delicious)!

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Numex Big Jim Peppers

Oh, and remember the onions? (Hopefully you have a few stored away!)

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Trailblazer Onions

And the spinach?! It. Was. So. Good.

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Kermit Spinach

And with that, it’s time! Time to reserve your CSA and renew your connection with food!

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July 26, 2014

The 2015 CSA will remain the same, with one exception. The fruit supplement will be 20 weeks instead of 25. This will result in a $2 per week decrease in price for the Vegetable Share with Fruit Supplement.

Shares are a bit more limited this year because of the move, so don’t delay!

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September 27, 2014

CSA farming builds sustainable business, soil health and secures farmland for diversified production. We farm, we eat, we dream of a truly regional food system. It’s worth the effort!

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Vegetable Resolutions

Like everyone else, I figured we should commit ourselves to some resolutions for the coming 2015 growing season.

More sweet corn! Organically grown sweet corn isn’t that hard to grow but it takes well timed plantings and good pollination to produce well. We will plant multiple times this season to ensure more frequent slots in our CSA boxes.

Perhaps less peppers. We love to grow sweet and hot peppers here at the farm and they usually produce quite well. We pass that bounty to our share members yearly. But frequently, some members tell me they can’t use that many peppers. Maybe this year we will focus a little more on specialty varieties like sheepnose pimento or hinklehenz, instead of the volume of weekly peppers we have provided the last two seasons.

Sandy soil = melons! We are moving to the sandy soils of Sandusky County, which means more melons and watermelons. The early years of Wayward Seed Farm were blessed with large harvests of vining crops like cucumbers and melons, and our return to the black sand will usher in a new era of melon madness! It may take years to hone the craft of consistent melon production but we are committed to that future.

Parsnips. I don’t know what to say… Perhaps the most challenging of all organically grown vegetables. They taste like a mixture of butter and honey, but grow as slow as a redwood tree. It takes patience and multiple hand weedings to grow nice parsnips. I’ve tried. I’ve failed. And I’ve failed again. I’ll try again.

Jerusalem artichokes. Our move to sandy soils will also allow us to start sunchoke production. Dug in the late fall or wintered over for spring digging, sunchokes are a wonderful delicacy to add to our array of products. I like them shaved raw in salads with their sweet, crunchy texture.

Japanese sweet potatoes will be back! There is just something so indescribable about the texture and flavor of these sweet potatoes. They are dry and flaky like a russet potato, yet simultaneously smooth. They yield very poorly compared to our orange varieties, but they are just so darn delicious.

Have a Happy New Year! I hope we keep our vegetable resolutions. They will make for a happier, healthier, and more delicious 2015. Eat well, be well!

Farmer Adam

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