Monday, August 4, 2014

Week 10, Swore Farms CSA 7/29/14

Here's a peek at how full the tables are when we load them for CSA. The tables almost groan under the weight of all that food!

 This week brings loads of peas and even a fresh zucchini! 
10 carrots, 13 lbs of red potatoes, 2 cabbage, 4 candy onions, basil, dill, thyme, 1 cauliflower, 2 beets, 2 bunches kale, 2 bunches rainbow swiss chard, 1 zucchini, 1 doz eggs, 4 tomatoes, & 1 box full of peas!

Week 9, Swore Farms CSA 7/22/14

AAnnd we have another injury. At dusk, Kidlet #5 ran full tilt into a pitchfork that friends left on the grass. One tine passed between his tibia and fibula and tented out the back of his calf while another pierced his other foot, going in between the 2nd and 3rd little toe. His 10 year-old sister pulled the pitchfork out moments before we arrived. Minutes later, and we were on our way to the hospital. So if things come in threes, we should be done. Wendy's back, Kidlet#1's accident, and not Kidlet#5's pitchfork.

Anyway, back to this week's basket...
1/2 lb Snow peas, 1.3 lb sweet peas, 1 burpless, cucumber, 6 tomatoes, 1 egg plant, 6.5 lbs tomatoes, 1 candy onion, 8 carrots, 1 cauliflower, 2 beets, 4 lettuce, & 1/2 doz eggs.

Again, we were extremely blessed; kidlet#5 had no broken bones, no pierced arteries, no tendon damage. His doctor said, "I think you had divine hands guiding that tine into exactly the perfect place to be. A milometer in any direction and you'd have serious damage that required surgery. It's a miracle."
I think so too. Two weeks later, and he's totally fine--moving without pain unless you touch the wound itself. 

Week 7, Swore Farms CSA 7/8/14

These baskets are getting huge! 

This week had 5 lbs green beans, 3 basil, 2 kale bunches, 2 dill, 2 heads butter crunch lettuce, 5 candy onions, 3 beets, 20 carrots, 2 burpless cucumbers, 8 english cucumbers, 1/2 doz eggs

The best thing about the English cucumbers is that they don't need to be peeled. They are delicious! 

Week 8, Swore Farms CSA 7/15/14

Important things first: We found a cute frog in the greenhouse. Haha! We let him go to eat more bugs in there. We strive to remain pesticide free on our farm. 

 This week we had 6 Candy Onions, 15 Carrots, 1 lb Beans, 2 basil, 2 dill, 2 thyme, 2 lettuce, 2 kale bunches, 1 swiss chard bunch, 10 lbs freshly dug red potatoes, 4 burpless cucumbers, 1 English cucumbers, 10 rhubarb, 1 doz eggs, and 2 tomatoes! 
Gotta love those garden fresh tomatoes. Amazing!

Week 6, Swore Farms CSA 7/1/14

Had a bad shock this week: Our daughter was in a terrible accident and was ambulanced to the hospital for road rash (*update her wounds are almost healed by 8/4/14 I'll put a picture of her at the bottom of this post)

 One of the most time consuming chores is harvesting beans. We have 2 rows of green beans in greenhouse 1 and it takes hours upon hours to harvest them--even with many hands, but for our CSA family, 
the work is worth it!

A dozen Eggs, SIX POUNDS of green beans! WOW! 8 rhubarb, kale, hydroponic lettuce, butter head lettuce, 2 candy onions, 3 beets, 10 carrots, 4 burpless cucumbers, 4 English cucumbers, cauliflower, & 4 radishes. Yummy stuff!

Here's our Kidlet#1. Ouchie! She fell off a trailer onto pavement at 35mphr while out with friends.
Her arms and legs had road rash and lacerations including a 5 inch gash on her arm, deep holes on her knees, and tendon damage to her right foot, but her head was completely untouched. We are very blessed and thankful she is okay.

Week 5, Swore Farms CSA 6/24/14

This week, Baskets included a Bouquet of Wheat, carrots, beets, 2 large candy onions, 3 burpless cucumbers, 1 English long cucumber, 1.3 lbs green beans, 1 bag spinach, 1 lettuce head, 11 green onions, 1 bunch purple kale, 2 bunches white kale, 1 head hydroponic lettuce, & 1 dozen eggs. 

 See how full this makes the boxes?
 That's a lot of food, my friends. 

Week 4, Swore Farms CSA 6/17/14

Week Four
Spinach, HONEY (woot woot!) Beets, onions, radishes, cucumbers, carrots, beans, broccoli, and 2 dozen eggs! A lot of wonderful new items this week!

Inside greenhouse 3, the pumpkin starts are growing beside the tomatoes.

Week 3, Swore Farms CSA 6/10/14

Week three!
Rhubarb, Wheat Flour, Green Onions, Beets, Eggs, Spinach, Radishes, & Russet Potatoes.

This week, Wendy took the kids on a rare family trip to Oregon and our wonderful friends Beth Stenburg & Shanda Stewart filled the baskets for us. THANK YOU so much! It's been years since we were able to slip away in the summer for a week.

Here's a peek at what the kids and I saw in Oregon.
First chance to touch the ocean for Kidlet#5 Running in the surf at Sea Side!
Haystack Rock and the tide pools.
Portland Zoo.
And of course we had to see the farmer's market!

Week 2, Swore Farms CSA Baskets 6/3/24

Often at the beginning of a season, the baskets are a little lean, but we give more in later baskets to make up for it as produce becomes ripe. Pickups are Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30

This week, our baskets had a dozen eggs, beets, green onions, fresh ground flour, lettuce, russet potatoes, radishes, and stone cut wheat cereal (called farina: here's a link on how to prep it. ). 

One of our members baked this beautiful loaf from our wheat flour. Yumm!

Our hens are free to come and go as they please with access to fresh grass 24/7. We move their pasture fence around to include the best new growth. The fence helps keep them safe from predators like wild dogs here on the reservation, but they are never shut in and they live happy lives scratching around.

One of the fun things about our eggs is that they come in all colors and sizes. This egg took a while for the hen to lay. I happened to see her just as she was getting ready to drop it. Here's the video:

Week 1 First Pick Up & CSA Field Trip! 5/31/14

Our first day for the CSA program this year was on May 31st
Find more info on our CSA program on our website.

We welcomed everyone with a tour of the farm, Easter egg hunts for both grownups & kids, then dinner and marshmallow roasting. A wonderful time was had by all! For their baskets this week, CSA members received a dozen eggs, fresh ground flour, a Pint of HONEY from our hives, and 2 strawberry baskets!

All in all, it's been a wonderful day full of fun and adventure! Thank you for coming everyone!
Mike & Wendy Swore