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The Last Summer Share

The crew is putting the last summer share together as I compose this note. It has been a good summer, with steady help, timely rains, realistic amounts of sunshine and heat, some storms, some quiet still nights, impressive lightening and some big full moons. The the...

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Last call for Fall shares!

School started today. I wouldn't have noticed really if it wasn't for social media. Our college students are back, too, and are starting to drop in, text and arrange times when I can expect them to be available. We have one not returning to school, so she will...

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Sangre Potatoes and Okra

At right you can see a nice crop of sangre potatoes, included in both the half and full shares this week. There is one new item in your CSA share this week: okra. Janna eats it raw while harvesting. There have been a lot of people asking for it in Sioux City. No one...

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Hot Weather

It's hot! What would we do without air conditioning at lunch time? I grew up without air conditioning. We learned to cope, to sweat, to drink water, and to take advantage of shade. I didn't understand why some of my friends parents insisted on air conditioning in...

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August

Wow, it's August already! I took advantage of the unexpected thunderstorm this morning to create this newsletter. Usually I wait till most of the items for the weekly share are chosen or picked. It began raining about 7AM when the crew for the day arrived. We pushed...

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Week 11

Last night I was going to do some more things outside after the crew left at 5. I thought I'd feel more up to it if I showered first. Then Janna had supper ready, so I thought I'll eat and then tackle those those weedy patches. It was all good intentions. We sat on...

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Interesting Weather

I just stopped mowing and thought I would put the newsletter together Monday evening because I have a busy morning Tuesday. We harvested kohlrabi, garlic scapes, green onions, salad mix, red kale, green kale, head lettuce, a few cabbages, and we will begin Tuesday...

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Hot!

The question at this point in the summer is now "how hot is it going to be?" and "how much is it going to rain?" We are definitely into summer now, and the pigs are trying to stay cool, along with the rest of us. The broccoli went from not there to being too ripe, too...

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Catching up with some sun

It is a beautiful morning again. We look forward to some warm weather and some catching up. The big news I couldn't really share with you last week, because it wasn't mine to share at the time I composed my weekly email, is that Janna and I are grandparents. I'm sure...

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Rain, rain, rain

Another 1/2 inch in the rain gauge at 5:30 this morning, and it's still coming down at 8, so I told the crew, or most of the crew, no work this morning because it is too wet. The weeds are having a head start on most crops because we cannot get to them. It seems each...

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Greens!

In this week's shares we have: Spinach, Leaf Lettuce, Chives, Arugula, Salad Mix, Sweet Potatoes, and Basil. We are thrilled to offer spinach with the weird weather we've been having.  We had two really nice beds of spinach that overwintered and is "frost sweetened." ...

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Help Wanted

Are you looking for an exciting workplace, an opportunity to stimulate your mind and exercise your body? The Cornucopia is at the forefront of the naturally grown market garden renaissance in Northwest Iowa and Southeast South Dakota. Our diversified vegetable farm...

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Fall Share Delivery #5

In the morning it feels like spring the last two days, but then by late afternoon when we are really rolling, the students come out to work, and boom it is dark. Then you know it's almost all over! This time SIOUX CITY we would like to meet at the market location BUT...

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Fall Share #4

This week we are selling Ham from Berkshire pigs sliced, 5# hams slices are 1/2 inch thick, we have a limited number, its first come first served, great for Thanksgiving or Christmas. $30 each. Beginning this week we also have boxes of Carola potatoes, a potato in...

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Fall Share #3

Hi Everyone, It's been a busy week! I created work for myself late last week by not watching where I was driving and took out a water hydrant! I needed to replace it to use water to wash vegetables in the packing shed so I rented a mini excavator and dug a hole next...

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Fall delivery #2

In the box: Arugula Salad Mix Salad turnip Peppers, those red ones are our daughters favorites, we call them lipsticks, people ask if they are hot, they are sweet. Beans Carrots Sweet Potato Eggplant Garlic Onion Spaghetti Squash Leek Cauliflower Fall is on the...

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The first 2015 Fall CSA box is full!

In the box for September 9 we have pink radish, onion, colored and jalepeno peppers, Nicola and Yukon potatoes, cherry tomatoes, celeriac root, red cabbage, choi, broccoli, garlic, parsley, and acorn squash. It's likely that between seeding, weeding, feeding,...

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