Saturday, October 29, 2011

october news

 Last farm stand of the season! 
Tuesday, Nov. 1,   4-6:30pm
First of all, I want to thank everyone who has supported this tiny farm stand through all its changes and limited availability! Thank you.  For this last farm stand of the season- get ready to say good bye to summer for real AND hello to some delicious green tomatoes! fry them, bake them in a pie, put them in a chutney- there are just so many options! I will have recipes available at the farm stand and I will post them on the blog as well.  What else will be available at the farm stand besides green tomatoes? the last of the peppers and squash, carrots, beets, radishes greens- kale, chard, mustard greens, (spicy) arugula, and herbs! come by!

In other news- garlic planting!
Last week, Ben, a great  new volunteer, and I planted garlic-Chesnok Red, Asian Tempest, and Kettle River Giant.  All the garlic planted was from heads we harvested off the farm this year!  It's great not to have that added expense. We separated the individual cloves- using the largest, undamaged ones and planted them right side up- an extremely important thing to do! We planted two 70ft x 2.5ft rows.  We should have plenty for sale next year.

Bed Expansion
That's right! Blue House Greenhouse Farm grows again!  We've dug out three additional rows on the south side of the property and planted a fava bean cover crop.  So far so good- the favas are up and growing and the beds will be available to plant in come late spring!

And more and more....
I'm sure there's more, but I'm just not remembering it now. Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 10, 2011

year one- HUGE thanks!!

Celebrate! It's been one year since Blue House Greenhouse Farm signed a land use agreement that started us farming this little lot on N. Williams and Cook.  We can barely believe it.  It’s been quite an adventure and an education.  It most definitely needs to be said that there is no way that we could have done this without support! 


now-ish  (this was actually taken a couple
months ago, but you get the idea)
Adam, working on irrigation
 We've been really lucky over this year to have wonderful volunteers and are so appreciative of all the folks who shared their time with this new farm! I especially have to thank Adam, who was (besides family) the first volunteer and continues to come regularly! He has toiled doing some of the most grueling work of a new farm- digging out grass in the spring comes to mind.  Thanks Adam!

I also especially have to thank Kevin for his tremendous assistance throughout the summer season.  When Kevin wasn’t diligently applying for jobs in public health after moving to Portland in May, he was working at the farm. Many of you came to know him through the farm stand. Come to think of it- he never missed one! Even allowing me to take a vacation one week to see my family! He did everything at the farm from planting, digging, weeding, watering, harvesting, on and on… maybe this experience will help him in his future work? maybe. Sadly for us (but good for him) Kevin is taking a job to do HIV/AIDS work in Malawi and just left Portland this past weekend.  We’ll miss him for sure- Thanks Kevin! AND you all will be able to follow his adventures through his blog! I’ll link to his blog once his adventures begin.

Kevin at the first farm stand
And thanks to everyone who has supported Blue House Greenhouse Farm by coming by the farm stand, buying produce for your restaurant, going to the restaurants that serve our produce, sharing with your friends and neighbors about the farm, volunteering, reading this blog, and just coming by to say hi, commenting on how things are growing, or looking for caterpillars!  This growing year isn’t over yet for us- there are still loads of things to do.  And we wouldn't have made it here without all of you. Thank you!