Friday, October 31, 2014

Apples :: Jonathan

Late Season • Sweet-Tart

Harvesting Jonathan.
Characteristics
A classic American variety with a good sweet/sharp balance. An wonderfully flavored apple that is dense and crisp. Uses: fresh eating and cooking; makes a smooth-textured pie or puree. Leaving the skins on during cooking may give a pink color. 

History
Jonathan was first discovered in 1826 as a chance seedling on the farm of Philip Rick in Woodstock, New York. The apple went through a handful of different names such as (New) Esopus Spitzenburg, New Spitzenburg and Ulster Seedling. It received the name “Jonathan” by Jesse Buel, president of the Albany Horticulture Society. He named the apple after Jonathan Hasbrouck, who first introduced Mr. Buel to the apple that had been growing on Philip Rick's farm. It quickly grew in popularity becoming one of the most important commercially produced varieties in the United States and served as parent to many popular new varieties.

It is one of the most commonly employed apples in modern breeding.

Parentage: Esopus Spitzenburg.

Offspring: Akane, Chieftain, Crimson Crisp, Dayton, Florina, Idared, Jonafree, Jonagold, Jonagrimes, Jonalicious, Jonamac, Kent, King David, Melrose, Novamac, Ozark Gold, Priam, Red Prince, Redfree, Saturn, William's Pride, WineCrisp.

Sports (natural genetic mutations): Jonared, Red Jonathan.

Storage
Keeps well for 3-5 months. 


Notes
We have two trees of Jonathan at our off-farm orchard and plan to graft more for our home orchard, as it is an amazing late season apple!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In the News :: Lakewinds Co-op Video

Lakewinds Co-op is awesome! I think my mother would agree, since it's her Co-op, but they are also awesome because of the multiple levels on which they support local and organic foods, as well as organic farms. At the beginning of the season we applied for, and received, a grant from Lakewinds' Organic Field Fund to support our Organic certification process. This being the first year the expense is much greater for us, to complete the full transition. Awesome! Right?!

A crew from the Co-op came out in September to shoot footage for a promotional video for the Co-op and they just finished it. It is pretty fun to see our farm featured on there, as well as all of the other great farms and projects that are also supported by this organization.

Take a few minutes to check out the great video and get a little glimpse into the regional food movement that is happening right now. If you want to skip head to see Alternative Roots Farm we come in at about minute eight.

We can grow all the awesome, organic veggies we want, but we need the collaboration between farmers, consumers and supportive organizations like Lakewinds, to really make a difference with this movement!

Lakewinds Co-op 2014 Organic Field Fund Recipients Video








Friday, October 17, 2014

CSA News #18

Week #18 and season three of ARF CSA is all wrapped up. The wet spring gave us an interesting start and the fall ended beautifully! Always fresh, always changing, always a good time. Thanks so much for doing CSA/following our CSA this season. Stick with us, there are many good things to come down the road this fall and in future seasons! Cheers!

Apples available at the New Ulm Community Market Saturday, October 18th, from 9 am - 1 pm; then every other Saturday until we run out! Contact us if you are looking for ARF Organic apples, or find them at HyVee (New Ulm) or the St. Peter Food Co-op.

CSA News Week #18


In the Box: 2 lbs mixed apples - Prairie Spy & Regent, mixed heirloom tomatoes, parsley, two Thelma Sanders acorn squash (tan), Swiss chard/kale bunch, mixed sweet peppers, leeks, carrots, parsnips, mixed yellow/red storage onions, Red Russian garlic, half pound Brussels sprouts, 1.5 lbs Katahdin potatoes.

Apple Boosters: Prairie Spy.

Apple Shares: Prairie Spy.

That's all folks! Thank you again and contact us at any time if you have questions, comments, etc.!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CSA Week #17


Monday boxes are delivered and I sadly said our first goodbyes to Half Share customers. It is always so bittersweet at the end of each season.

The boxes are full of the splendor of fall crops this week - parsnips, winter squash, Brussels sprouts and Regent apples, as well as loads of peppers and tomatoes harvested before the frost.

CSA News Week #17

CSA Box Week 17 • Oct. 6th, 2014
In the box: Serrano/Jalapeno hot peppers, 1 lb parsnips, 1.5 lb Regent apples,  pint of ground cherries, red and yellow storage onions, mixed sweet peppers red/green, bunch carrots, butternut squash, Red Russian garlic, 2.5 lbs mixed heirloom tomatoes. Half Shares also received: 1 lb beets, 1/2 lb Brussels sprouts and 2 lbs Katahdin potatoes (not pictured) in their final box.

Apple Boosters: 2 lb Northern Spy

Apple Shares Week #5: Regent and Honeygold

Week #5 Apple Shares

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CSA Week #16

Week #16 was a beautiful box with vibrant colors and a healthful diversity. The first parsnips were dug and delivered. Two more weeks to go!

CSA News Week #16


In the box: beets, Haralson apples, sage/oregano bunch, pint specialty tomatoes, 2 lbs German Butterball or Nicola potatoes, acorn squash, kale or Swiss chard bunch, mixed heirloom sweet peppers, yellow and red storage onions, Georgian Fire garlic, 3 lbs mixed heirloom tomatoes, parsnips.

Apple Boosters: McIntosh

Apple Shares: Haralson


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CSA Week #15

It has been a beautiful week full of sunshine, which welcomes the official arrival of fall and Week #15 boxes.

CSA News Week #15


In the box: garlic, red and yellow storage onions, 1.5 lbs Wealthy heritage apples, parsley, 2 lbs German Butterball potatoes, Thelma Sanders heirloom acorn squash, Dinosaur kale, carrots, green peppers, 2.5 lbs heirloom tomatoes, celery, leeks.

Apple Boosters: Honeycrisp apples

Herb Boosters: Basil, sage, thyme, lemon thyme

Apple Shares: Honeycrisp & Red Baron

Monday, September 22, 2014

Apples :: Red Baron

Mid-Season • Sweet

Characteristics
Crisp flesh with a mild sweet flavor. Cherry red and yellow skin, on a medium-sized apple. Good for fresh eating, pie, sauce and fruit salads.

Red Baron at market.
History
Introduced by the University of Minnesota in 1970.

Parentage: Golden Delicious x Daniels Red Duchess.

Storage
Stores 4-5 weeks.

Notes
We have several trees at the off-farm orchard.