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 called last night to say she safely arrived in…

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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 get a chance to do so.…

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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 pigs, feeding and watering animals of…

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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 away. It’s…

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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 ago did more damage that is showing up now…

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This week we have some heat, so we hope the peppers, eggplant, and sweet potatoes take off! Maybe more of the green peppers will turn red. After 2″ of rain last Wednesday and Thursday, this week’s predicted rain missed us, and we were able to set out broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale for fall. The…

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It’s been wet, and things are growing! It’s great not to have to water our crops, but it’s been almost too wet — this is the second week where we have not been able to seed, weed or feed. We hope that changes soon. I flirted with digging carrots, and I did pull about 2#.…

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I hope you’re enjoying your summer, which has already been starting to feel like more like fall on some recent days! We’re very busy on the farm today so I’ll keep it short — Jessica is away for a week, and cover crops need to be seeded, dirt turned, fall carrots weeded and watered, fall…

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It actually felt cool this morning. That was before the sun came up! We recently had a discussion with guests at our farm about chickens, which cannot be legally raised in Sioux Center, unlike other cities such as Orange City and Sioux Falls. Did you know that the USDA keeps track of who owns chickens…

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We hope that all of your basements are dry. We are more concerned with too much water, too fast, in our gardens. We know that some rows of seedlings are buried by soil that got hammered by the heavy rains. Some plants look pretty beat up, and we will not be able to do more…

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