The fresh vegetable train is boarding!

The fresh vegetable train is boarding!

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 looking for the sun each morning. It’s a wonderful time of year.

We are looking forward to a quiet, warm sunny day when we can re-cover two of our high tunnels with new greenhouse film. It’s always an intense afternoon, for about 30 minutes we could use a dozen pairs of hands. A 40′ by 100′ sheet of greenhouse film makes quite a kite.

We are looking forward to providing families in Sioux Center, Orange City, Spencer and Sioux City fresh locally grown vegetables. Our summer season will start May 3 and run for 18 weeks. The fall share starts September 6, brought to drop off locations bi weekly for 12

A big thank you to the families and individuals that have signed up and sent us their check.

We hope many more people will participate! Please this email with friends, neighbors and people at work! If you haven’t signed up yet please do!

The costs are the same as last year:

  • Full share $550 for summer which works out to $30.55 a week.
  • Half share $350 for summer which works out to $19.44 a week.
  • The fall share is $300 for the one size for 12 weeks with biweekly distributions which works out to $25 a week.

Our website is updated for this season! Ordering shares from our online store is easier than ever.

Like The Cornucopia on Facebook to see pictures of the farm and the things we do, pictures of
the students that work for us.

Please sign up early (almost added “and often”), and share the idea of a share often with friends. We are very thankful that this project that started with 10 customers has grown to what it is today. It
happened because you, participants have shared and suggested and recommended.

When you mail in your check please include: Your name, address, phone numbers and email address. Indicate you are ordering summer full shares or half shares and your intentions on a fall share.

Thank you,

John Wesselius

Catching up with some sun

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 many remember our daughter Jessica who got married last year. Andrew and Jessica had a boy last Monday; Joshua. So now you know why Janna has disappeared for a couple of weeks. She is in Lethbridge with Jessica.

We planted lettuce outside this week. We did a lot of weeding. We harvested what we could for this week’s share. Our outside crops are struggling a little. We will catch up. It’s a matter of sunshine and timing. There are flowers on the peas. Some beans are up and looking better. Cucumbers are established. Beets didn’t germinate well so we will do them over this week. Our early carrots in the tunnel should be in next week’s share; there could be some broccoli. The first outside carrots look nice after the weeding.

I did notice that the broccoli and cauliflower are about 3 weeks behind last year. This morning’s sunshine says we are going to catch up. One of our summer workers said yesterday this was as tanned as she has ever been. I told her we are just getting started. It’s going to be a tanning summer!

And yes Janna, I wore my hat yesterday all day. ūüôā

See you at the markets!
–John Wesselius

Rain, rain, rain

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 time we get a start on one of the places with weeding it rains. We are saturated. We still have an acre and a half unplanted. That is the latest we have had so much open ground unplanted. This may be a problem in the mid season.

Our daughter Adrienne is home for a week between the end of the spring semester, the beginning of the summer semester, and her swimming lessons / coaching job in Grand Rapids, so she is filling in for Janna this week in Sioux City.

We continue to look forward to a stretch of warm sunny weather. The cucumbers are planted, the tomatoes are on up the strings in the high tunnels, the potatoes have been weeded twice (but they need hilling), and we continue to start new plants in the greenhouse, usually each Wednesday afternoon. We call that our Wednesday seeding.

The garlic is yellow, well, green turning yellow prematurely. I need to check if it’s yellow asters. That was a problem several years ago in Minnesota, and then we didn’t grow garlic for 2 years. I hope it’s just too much moisture and it clears up.

See you at the markets!

–John Wesselius



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.”¬† the leaves are rather large, but it tastes great! We had some for supper tonight. We also have newly seeded spinach coming, but with lots of rain, lack of sunshine and cooler temperatures, it hasn’t progressed very much.

Leaf lettuce is a thinner leafed lettuce in a variety of red and green types.  You may spice it up a bit by mixing in some arugula, which is the package of all light green leaves. It is also great wilted.

Salad mix is a variety of textures and flavors – great with a vinaigrette.

Many of you know that we included root crop storage in the construction of our home last summer, and as a result we are still able to offer you sweet potatoes that stored extremely well. Our favorite way to eat them right now is peeled, sliced or cut in wedges, tossed in your favorite oil/fat and oven roasted with some light seasoning of salt and maybe your favorite herb. Topped with sour cream and chives.

Basil – always a favorite herb in our house, but since it doesn’t like cool temperatures, we thought we’d get you started with a potted basil plant from our greenhouse.¬† You can begin using leaves right away and either pot it up into a larger pot later or plant it outside once the temperatures/weather stabilizes.

Have a great week!

Looking forward to next week which may include some of the following: pak choy, salad turnips, radishes, more great spring greens.

Fall Share Delivery #5

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!

12189002_10153677289658698_1272076879020052266_nThis time SIOUX CITY we would like to meet at the market location BUT at 4 to 6 pm. We did this last year too in November because the market season is over, we have no other reason to be there during the day time. IF you can not pick up your box between 4 and 6 pm tomorrow please contact John 712-490-8218 and we can work something out. Hopefully most folks can swing by on their way home.

Sioux Center we will be at the regular spot and for the regular time, I will bring some extra carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash for passersby or your friends that don’t participate in our CSA yet!

Spencer, Barb is coming to the farm at 1:30 Wednesday so I anticipate that your shares will be at the salon by 3 pm. I am sure she will let everyone know via Facebook.

The share this week has some of the following;

  • sweet potatoes
  • carola potatoes
  • red radishes
  • spinach
  • brussel sprouts
  • butterhead lettuce
  • red kale
  • turnips
  • thyme
  • carrots
  • garlic
  • spaghetti squash
  • small onions
  • green pepper

Next time will be November 18.

I began work on building a new high tunnel yesterday to increase our early and late season capacity. It is a small one. It fits between the greenhouse (heated for starting plants) and the old hog house. It is important to me to get the ground posts in before frost. Once they are in, the ground can freeze up, and we can continue framing. We will likely not put film or plastic on until a warm day in the spring. I’d like a 70 degree day for finishing it so it’s snug.

We have a large amount of sweet potatoes and carrots available. We have some potatoes, squash and cabbage too for storage. We are out of pork cuts and chicken ’til spring.

Thank you very much.

John and Janna

Fall Share #4

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 your box this week that stores very well. We have boxes 30, 40 or 50 pounds. $1.25 a pound. These were grown from organic seed potatoes, no fungicide etc. We also have boxes of sweet potatoes to go the same way.

Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables.  I wish the cooks here prepared cooked carrots more often! We have carrots, and will have carrots. Look for boxes of carrots towards Thanksgiving, I have dug carrots on Thanksgiving day regularly so I stay out of the kitchen, and out of the way.

This weeks lettuce was grown outdoors, with the dry windy weather the open lettuces make great receptacles for tree seeds. please clean carefully!

The dirty black sphere in your box is a radish, wash, eat with caution. It is a called NeroTondo.

The rest of the list:

  • butternut squash
  • daikon radish
  • garlic
  • leek
  • sweet potato
  • carola potato
  • brussel¬† sprouts
  • beets
  • jalapenos
  • green peppers
  • lettuce
  • carrots
  • cauliflower

Janna will be in Sioux City, John In Sioux Center till 12ish.


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