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2017 Farm Update

Happy New Year!

You’ll quickly notice that our website is very out of date.  I apologize for that!  The farm is in fallow and probably will be for a couple more years.  We’ve adopted two young children, and are busy chasing after them.  Stay in touch, though, and we’ll let you know when we’re back up and running–in the field, hopefully with the kids, rather than after them!

P.S.:  Please note that we’ve changed our email address.  :)

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Welcome!

Hello!

This website contains some information about our farm, and serves as a library of recipes for our CSA members.  We do write a newsletter weekly during the growing season, and biweekly during the off-season.  Please contact us if you would like to receive the newsletters.  We do not post them online, mostly for privacy reasons.

To access our reservation system, please follow the link listed to the right, titled “Go To: CSA Reservation Website.”  It is a separate website.  If you’d like to participate in our CSA, please set up an account on the reservation website.  You may submit your produce/farm product reservations from early Friday morning until 9am the following Monday.  Starting in June 2014, your order may be picked up at:

  • the farm on Tuesdays, from 3:30 to 6:30,
  • at the Jamestown Campus of Jamestown Community College, Wednesdays (TIME TBD),
  • The Chautauqua Mall Farmers Market, Wednesdays, from 11am to 4pm, or until 6pm with prior arrangement.  The market is located outside the main entrance when the weather is nice, and inside the mall when the weather is not so nice.
  • Of course, if none of those times/days/locations work for you, we can set up an appointment.  :)

If you have any questions, please email or call.

Thank you!

Jessica and Jason Runge

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Hello!
A bit of sunshine does the soul good…and the garden!  This week we have Japanese (or Harukei, or salad) turnips, lettuce mix, garlic scapes, snap peas, snow peas, rhubarb, herbs, strawberries (from Abers Acres), and eggs.

I do apologize that some of you did not receive the newsletter last week.  I have it figured out, and there shouldn’t be any more problems.

Featured Veggies
I can hear you saying “Turnips?! EEEEWWWW!!!”  And I honestly would agree.  But these turnips are not your average American turnip.  Give them a chance, have a taste!  These beauties, which come in red and white, are sweet and mild compared to a regular turnip.  I usually slice them raw into a salad, as I don’t have much time for cooking these days.  If you are more adventurous and have some time to cook, though, I’ve posted some recipes on our website:  http://rootsandwingsfamilyfarm.com/.  Click on “Japanese Turnips” on the right sidebar.  Here is a link to an amusing and informative article from Mother Nature Network about Japanese turnips, as well as some other recipes: http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/the-better-turnip-white-japanese-turnips.

Our lettuce mix features a variety of red and green leaf lettuces, and is a good base for any fresh green salad.  The supply is rather limited at the moment because the seed didn’t germinate very well.  After all the rain, the sun dried out the top layer of soil in our fields, and created a “crust” that is very hard for the germinating seeds to penetrate.  We’re having the same problem with the carrots, which take THREE weeks to germinate.  We will have more lettuce, but have to wait till those plantings mature.  Lettuce prefers cooler weather, and though it is a challenge, we do try to have lettuce of some sort available all summer.  Did I mention that we eat a lot of salads around here?!  I think farmers should have their own personal chefs to help them break out of the salad rut, especially during these crazy-busy months….

Garlic scapes are a unique “vegetable.”  They are actually the curly-q flower stem of the garlic bulb.  The bulb grows in the ground, just above the roots.  The sole mission of the garlic plant is to reproduce–and so it sends up a stalk, flowers, and then drops seed.  Our mission, however, is to harvest the garlic bulb.  So, we cut the flower stems before they open, and the energy that the planst would have used to reproduce is redirected to strengthening their roost, which results in larger, heavier bulbs of garlic.  Scapes have a lovely garlic flavor that is more delicate than that of the actual bulb, although still obviously garlic.  Snip the scapes as you would chives or scallions, and sprinkle into any dish.  I like the Garlic Scape Pesto recipe found here: http://rootsandwingsfamilyfarm.com/2011/06/20/garlic-scape-pesto/.  If you’re trying to eat seasonally, these scapes should tide you over until the garlic harvest.  :)  There are other recipes on our website–click on “Garlic Scapes.”

The peas are just starting, and more are on the way.  I’m not sure how quickly, so I put a very conservative guess on the quantity available on the website.  If you’d like some, then order them, even if the quantity is down to zero (the quantity will appear as a negative number), and you’ll have “first dibs” on the extra if there are any.  Snap peas can be eaten pod and all, as can snow peas.  Again, I tend to eat them raw in salads, or just on their own, but they can be cooked and enjoyed in other ways.  Visit the recipe section of our website for inspiration.  Shell peas are coming too.

The 29th of June (a.k.a. The Fourth of July)
Every year, the Village of Cherry Creek celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang.  Except, they do it the weekend before the holiday.  On Friday, the 28th, is a classic car show and a band.  Saturday, June 29th, is the main event.  There is a little carnival, complete with all the junk food you can imagine, “real” auctions, Chinese auctions, chicken barbecue, a parade, a little Miss and Mr. Cherry Creek contest, live music, and more.  The day is capped off with an awesome fireworks display…and we have the best seats in the house!  Well, out of the house, out on the edge of the garden.  We think that’s a great reason to have our own party on the 29th of June.  If you’re a CSA member, come join us, our friends, and family around 5:00pm.  Bring a dish to pass, and your own lawn chairs.  We’ll provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and lemonade.  Aside from the fun at the park next door, we’ll have horseshoes and other yard games, a shady lawn to chat with other folks, and a bonfire, and smores, and fireworks!  RSVPS are  helpful, but not necessary.

Membership Fees and Distribution
The online order system opens when you receive this email (usually Thursday night, but sometimes Friday morning), and closes at midnight on Sunday night.  The best way to remember to make an order is to do it right after you read the newsletter!
Click here to get to the order system:  http://rootsandwingsfamilyfarm.locallygrown.net/market

This week will be the third order for some of you.  Remember that the yearly $40 membership fee will be added to the cost of your third order.  Thank you for trying our CSA, and sticking with us!  We truly appreciate your support.  :)

Distributions are held in Jamestown at the Gateway Center on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 6:00.  Look for the big garage door next to the main entrance off the parking lot.  If the weather is nice, the big door will be open and you can walk right in.  If the garage door is shut, please come through the “regular” door entrance, and take a left in the hallway.

Farm distributions are held on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:00pm.  Be prepared to meet three exuberant dogs!  They are very nice and friendly, but they do look (and sound) a little intimidating–good qualities for keeping woodchucks and deer out of the garden.  If you’d rather *not* meet the dogs, please say so.

Several people have asked if they can switch distribution locations/days on occasion.  Yes, you can!  Just choose the place/day you’d like each time you submit an order.  Remember to bring your own bags/boxes/baskets.

Links
To order:  http://rootsandwingsfamilyfarm.locallygrown.net/market
Recipes: http://rootsandwingsfamilyfarm.com/   (find the list of “veggie tags” on the right sidebar and click the vegetable you want recipes for)
Facebook:  
www.facebook.com/rootsandwingsfarm

Thank you for your time!
–jess

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Hello!
I hope this email finds you happy and healthy!  Everyone here is doing well:  2 adults, 2 kids, 3 dogs, 4 pigs, 30-some hens, 40 meat birds, countless wild animals, birds, reptiles…and bugs.  The kids are enthralled with bugs and worms lately.  I have to say:  I’m very proud of that!  When they first got here, they didn’t want to hold a worm, or touch a spider.  They would say that they wanted to hold a chicken, but “chickened out” when they had the chance.  Now, they’ll pick up a chicken all on their own.  We rescue worms from the mud puddles in the driveway, from the “desolate” sandbox (worms need grass, you know), and from any other place they might get hurt.  Fear has been replaced by fascination and compassion.  Everything and everybody deserves a happy life, in a proper habitat–where it won’t get squished!

Confession:  despite–or due to?–the kids’ zealous sense of duty and preservation, sometimes there are casualties during our rescues…they do receive proper burials in the flower garden.  :)

Distribution
Old friends and new, it was great to see you last week! Everyone seemed to think that the ordering website worked well, and our distribution location was relatively easy to find.

Remember, Jamestown distributions are on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6:00pm at The Gateway Center on Water Street.  Park in the main parking lot.  You’ll see a big garage door (usually open) right next to the “West Entrance” door.  That’s where you’ll find your produce.  The Cherry Creek distributions are on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 6:00pm at the farm, in the barn (when I’m finished cleaning it out).

FYI, you can choose your distribution site when you make your order–you don’t have to stick to the same site every week.  If you’d like to take a nice drive, come pick up your produce where it’s grown!  Go visit the Amish, have lunch at one of the local restaurants, have a picnic under one of our trees, go hiking on the Overland Trail, splash in our creek.  Make a day of it!

Remember, bring your own bags or boxes to tote your produce home!

This Week
This has definitely been a slow start to the season, and we are in a lull as we wait for some sunshine.  It’s a summery mix of heat and rain.  Unfortunately, the arugula is completely bolted and will be mowed down this coming week.  The radishes are on their way out as well; not many are left.  The rhubarb and herbs are still in great condition, and the chickens are happily laying eggs.  Some new crops are coming–peas, garlic scapes, lettuce–although I don’t think there will be enough to offer for this week.  If you’d rather pick your own strawberries, I believe that Abers’ upick berry field will be open on June 16th.  Call ahead and make sure though!

Speaking of strawberries, my friend Ginny Carlberg of the Cooperative Extension will be teaching a food preservation class on making strawberry jam–full sugar, reduced sugar, artificial sweetener, cooked and freezer.  The cost is $25/person, or $40 for two.  If you have questions, or would like to register, please contact Ginny at vec22@cornell.edu.  June 18th is the last day to register.

I’ll end here, as it’s really late at night, and I have tons of work to do tomorrow.  As always, if you have any questions, just call, email, or stop by.
Good night!
–jess

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Roots & Wings Family Farm
2013 CSA Season is Starting NOW

Order Online, Anytime, Anything
Our CSA program allows you to order what you want, when you want via an online-order system found at www.rootsandwingsfamilyfarm.locallygrown.net.

Welcome to summer!  
Well, I suppose it is still late spring–for the moment!  It could change at any time.  A few weeks ago, the weather was so hot and dry that I feared it would be another droughty year.  But the winds shifted, and hard frosts visited during Memorial Day weekend.  As I look out the window today, the rain is pouring, pouring, pouring.  It is our second storm in less than a week–totaling at least six inches of rain so far, which is twice as much as we got all of last summer.  I won’t complain.  I’ve always appreciated water, but last summer I learned to treasure every drop that fell on this quick-draining ground.  :)

Despite the amazing extremes in weather patterns, we have some crops ready.  I’ve been planting seeds since February, and it is finally time to start harvesting!  It will be a slow, patchy beginning, but as we all know, getting started is the hardest part.  Radishes are ready. A few days ago, we harvested the first bunches and sent them off to the Athenaeum Hotel at Chautauqua Institution for one of their farm to table dinners.  Rhubarb, strawberries, and some herbs are available, too.  The first batch of spinach was a failure due to those hot days, but the second planting looks promising.  We’ll have to wait for that.  The arugula also fell victim to the heat, and is beginning to bolt.  It tastes good, but is sending up a tough flower stalk in the center.  Please consider the discounted price of this arugula worth the extra, small amount of time to sort the tougher leaves from the more supple.  At the very least, it will tide us over until the next arugula planting is ready.

Chickens, Eggs, and a Chick
Three of our hens had “gone broody” a few months ago.  That’s kind of like a woman who’s biological clock is ticking very loudly.  We separated those hens from the others, and let them sit on their egg clutches.  We hadn’t seen much…amorous activity…from our rooster, so Jason and I were both very skeptical about the chances of any eggs hatching.  But we were oh-so-hopeful, especially the kids.  It takes about 21 days for a chick to hatch, which is a very long wait for a two and four year old.  On May 18th, one of the eggs hatched!  Discovering a brand new chick under one of our hens was one of the most amazing moments of my life.  A not-so-everyday miracle on the farm!  The other two hens were unsuccessful, despite their determination.  The new mommy hen is doing great, and is wandering around our yard with baby chick right behind.  Or sometimes riding on her back!   All that to say:  eggs are available in a limited supply.

Pigs
Our pigs are happy–but I’m not sure they realize what their names are yet and what that forebodes.  
 We named them Bacon, Sausage, Hammy, and Pork Chop.  Isaac was not happy about the names (he wanted “Short Tail, Long Tail, Pig, and Pigpig”), but we figured such names would cause him less stress six months from now.  The pigs quickly learned the benefits–and negative effects–of the electric fencing which allows us to move them around the field to fresh pasture.  Our new dog, Stella, has learned to jump over the fence and loves trying to herd them.  I can’t say the pigs enjoy it as much as she does.  Amazingly, the pigs still stay in the fence!  information about the pork is coming soon–first to our registered members, then our general mailing list if necessary.

Fruit
Abers Acres just started harvesting strawberries this week.  I have been craving fresh fruit for months, and it is such a joy that strawberry season has finally begun!  Especially when there is only one jar of jam left in the freezer…
I’ve also heard reassuring news from some local apple farmers that this year’s crop is expected to be very good.  I think anything will be better than last year!

How to Start
I hope you enjoy these first crops of the year!  There are lots more to come…
If you’ve set up an account on the ordering website, you can make your selections now using this link (the “market” tab):  http://rootsandwingsfamilyfarm.locallygrown.net/market

If you haven’t set up a free account yet, please follow this link:  https://rootsandwingsfamilyfarm.locallygrown.net/user/signin?from=market
More detailed information about how our non-traditional CSA works can be found at either of those links.

To start an order, sign in, then go to the market section of the website.  When you see something you would like to purchase, just enter the quantity and click on the little shopping cart icon.  When you are ready to check out, click on the “proceed to checkout” button on the left sidebar, just underneath the overview of your full shopping cart.  On the next window, you can leave comments for me, choose your distribution site, and and choose your payment method.  Pay immediately with a credit card online (for a small surcharge), or pay cash at distribution.  You should receive an email confirming your order.  Let me know if you need help, or if the email doesn’t come.  Your items will be harvested and waiting for you to pick them up at distribution.

After this week, the order system will typically be open from early Friday morning until midnight Sunday night.  Remember:  first come, first served!  And remember, too, that the quantities listed on the website are estimates.  If you would really like a particular item, but the quantity is zero, add one to your basket anyway.  We will harvest extra if we can.  Sometimes we are not able to harvest things that you ordered, perhaps due to extreme weather over the weekend, or some other reason.  If we can’t harvest it, you won’t be charged for it.  You will receive a refund if you’ve paid online, or just won’t be charged if paying with cash.

Distribution
Our first distributions will be held next week:  Tuesday, June 11th at the Gateway Center (West Entrance, at the big parking lot) in Jamestown from 3:30 to 6pm, and on Wednesday at the farm in Cherry Creek, 3:30 to 6pm.
Please remember to bring bags, boxes, or baskets to tote your produce home.

Then What?
Once you have all your veggies selected, check out our “regular” website.  On the right sidebar is a list of produce.  Just click on the item you’d like some inspiration for, and several recipes should come up.  We’ll be adding more as time allows.  Link to recipes:  http://rootsandwingsfamilyfarm.com/
Spring Radish Spread would be an appropriate recipe for the coming week:  http://rootsandwingsfamilyfarm.com/2011/06/20/spring-radish-spread/
If anybody has some favorite rhubarb recipes they’d like to share, please email them to me!

Please call or email if you have any questions.

I can’t wait to see you!
Jessica

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Getting Started

Getting started IS the hardest part.  But good friends make it easy!  Especially that gal in the photo, Jackie.  She’s always good for a swift kick in the butt!  Despite a broken elbow, Jackie was determined to get her hands dirty.  Well, one hand.

I am so happy to say that the first seeds of the season are PLANTED!  This past Saturday, Jackie and I seeded red onions, yellow onions, sweet onions, cippolini onions, pearl onions….  twenty-two flats of onions in all.  So, twenty-two flats of 78 blocks mulitblocks of 5 seeds each (which we hope will become four plants each) equals:  hopefully 6,864 future onions.  And there are still more to do.  Thanks to the good company and conversation, though, those couple of hours just flew by.  Thanks Jackie!

I’m pleasantly surprised by all the folks who’ve been asking to help me with seeds the past couple of weeks.  I think everyone is ready for spring.  I’m so glad I can offer them a taste of it, even if it’s a “manufactured” spring in our garage…it’ll come true soon enough.

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Hello!  Today is THE day.  Last year’s CSA shareholders have had their chance to re-up for the 2011 CSA.  Now, it’s your turn.  The brochure and commitment form are available on this website as PDF files.  Look to the right column for them.  If I have your email address, the same files will be emailed to you by the end of today.  If I don’t have your email address (or it didn’t work), you will receive the information via snail-mail.  Shares are first come, first served.

Remember, our distribution in Falconer has been relocated to downtown Jamestown.  It is still on Tuesdays.  The farm distribution remains the same.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.   :)

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