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.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Photo Update 9.18.14

Whew! It has been busy, busy, busy. It has been a loooong time since I have done a photo update, our posts have been a bonanza of apple facts and CSA box content. Here are some photos from over the last couple of weeks, which have been filled with multiple markets, the most abundant apple harvest we have yet experienced, CSA harvest and deliveries (we just finished week 14) and a fall member potluck.

Packing shed and clouds.
Thelma Sanders acorn squash.
 Winter squash has been delivered in CSA boxes now; both acorn and butternut.

King of the North red bell pepper.
Red peppers are slowly ripening. Real veggies have variability, they don't all look exactly the same - I love that.

Marconi Red Italian frying pepper.
 The pigs have been enjoying the spoils of apple harvest. Receiving a multiple 5 gallon buckets of apples per day. We haven't been able to bring them out to the orchard yet, as we were not confident in bringing piglets off our farm, out of supervision (oh, teenagers). This has meant more work for us cleaning up apples, but we may be able to get the herd out there yet this season.

Vera having a regular apple snack.
Jostling position for the best snacks - Suzy, PBJ, Elsa and Dafney.
 Look at this beautiful bed of cover crops! Protecting the soil and feeding the soil microorganisms. Caring for the beds, after we are finished with them for the season. The tops of the buckwheat was burned by the frost, but it's still standing. It will be scythed and worked into the soil to adds wonderful organic matter (beneficial for building soil health and structure).


A view of part of the field, with row covers for protection from cool temps. We cover the tomatoes, peppers, ground cherries and basil.


Earlier in September, before apple harvest really took off, John took time for a short break up North. He crossed an item off of his bucket list - harvesting wild rice. Ricing is done by canoe, with traditional harvest tools. John and Eugene harvested one full day, 9 am - Noon, and brought in 20 lbs for processing. John was also able to stay over with our friends Mike and Marina, who have Farmucopia farm and have been amazing mentors and friends over many years now.


Apples are in abundance this year! John's dedicated and passionate orcharding over the past few years is really showing in the current health and productivity of the trees. You can find our freshest and newest varieties at the Saturday farmers' market at Runnings (9 am - Noon), at the New Ulm Community Market & Co-op every other Saturday (9 am - 1 pm), Tauer's SuperValu in Springfield, or by contacting us at any time!

McIntosh are currently in season.
German Red garlic at the farmers' market.
 Heirloom zinnias add color to the vegetable garden.


John harvesting McIntosh. We have a Apples page on our website that we are building to bring you all the information you need about each of our varieties, what is in season and what is coming up next for harvest. We hope this is helpful for you :)



Both of us up in the tree harvesting by ladder.


John just brought home the first picking of Wealthy and Cortland last night, so expect some more apple facts coming your way! We feel so fortunate to have so many great heirloom apples in this orchard, without planting them ourselves. Wealthy was discovered circa 1860 and Cortland circa 1915. Many more great heirloom apples to come this season and in future seasons, as our new grafts begin to produce.

See you at the farmers' market this Saturday!


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