Spring is in the air today, perhaps for another day and then say it will snow. We are spending most days in the greenhouse preparing for spring. We purchased two pallets of organic potting mix last month and we are making a good dent in the first one. Our first seeds have germinated and are…

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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 first batch of chickens were great, the vegetables had…

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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 continue to come everyday for the fall.…

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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 asks…

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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 their cars–why, just open the window! I have…

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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 the wagons of onions inside so they would…

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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 the…

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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 looking for cauliflower. The earliest planting of broccoli didn’t like the weather last week.…

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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,…

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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 many remember our daughter…

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