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Year-round news and meditations from your farmers at The Cornucopia.

Last Chance for Fall Shares

Hello friends, It's Tuesday afternoon, and I think the crew might believe I am disappearing because I'm not interested in working. I have left three times saying I am going to write the newsletter. Third time's a charm. Last week we told you Madeline was moving. She...

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Yukon ho!

Hello friends, This is Madeline's last day at the market in Sioux Center, in case you missed that bit of news last week. She is heading to Montana to teach Spanish at Manhattan Christian School. She'll be greatly missed. Stop and wish her well at the market, if you...

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Week Ten

A nice rain Sunday night into Monday means no watering for several days, which helps the water bill! Last month's bill was an all time high at $450, which is somewhat surprising because we feel like we are watering less this year. But while the rain is great, it...

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Bumper Crop!

Hello friends! I never know exactly what is going to be ready when or how much we can put in each share, but we have a bumper crop this week. It might be the most diverse share of the summer crop. I hope you enjoy it. We have certainly been enjoying eating from the...

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Week 8

Hello friends! It's Week 8 already, the signs are starting to appear, tomatoes are being tied up to stakes for the third time, the warm weather lettuce is sizing up for next week, the cauliflower, while not quite like last fall, is here. The broccoli wasn't ready last...

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A beautiful morning

Hello everyone, It is a beautiful morning. I was out about 6 a.m. moving the chickens to fresh grass, and I thought for a moment it was a Sunday and I could rest. Sundays have always been a day of rest and worship for our family. While moving chickens or checking...

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Peas, beans, fennel and beets coming soon

We had a nice break last week between showers to get every row hoed once. We felt we were on top of weeds for a day or two. We were blessed with another half inch of rain, and a nice rain over the weekend -- not the stormy gully-washing type that washes everything...

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Not Frozen!

Last night, with the predicted low below freezing, we spent significant time making sure our peppers and tomatoes would make it through unscathed. They're fine. Thanks to our student helpers! You can see pictures of our work below:   [gallery type="square"...

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We’re taking orders for chicken

For our repeat subscribers, we are happy to be your local farmers again this year. For those who are new, welcome, and thanks! Last night we were thankful that the winds spared our place. The hail, though marble-sized, was brief. The pebble-sized hail about 3 weeks...

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It’s time to order seeds

Seeds! Since Thanksgiving we have been receiving seed catalogs in the mail. We toss some immediately (that hardly seems fair!). Sometimes I wonder how they got our address, why did they choose me, why do they include so many flowers, what were they thinking?

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Meet the Berkshires

The pigs are mostly Berkshire by breed, and most of them are black. They live in a very old building with unlimited access to the outdoors and are doing remarkably well with the cold and snow. They put their noses to the ground and plow their way through the drifts!

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Thankful for good neighbors

Our tractor has a “sticky” tachometer cable which apparently causes the sensor that mixes air and fuel to not work properly. I called the dealership and they said I could pick up a new cable Monday, which meant that I was about to shovel a very long driveway yesterday morning.

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End of the Fall Season

This fall was so nice for so long I guess winter had to come early. It has been an interesting year. Our first CSA delivery was actually in April and this one is in November, so that is 8 months! One year we did pick spinach for our fall share on Dec. 3--that was the...

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Fall Harvest Update

No big news this week really. The weather has been unseasonably nice! Some have asked how things are growing, but most things are finished growing. With the days shortening there is really no or very little growth, despite the lack of freezing temps. The butterhead...

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October

I love October, most of the time. The colors, the freshness of the morning, the early darkness in the evening. It just tells you that it's time to slow down. Unfortunately, we need to plug harder and faster to get things done before it really gets cold and wet and...

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