NOTES FROM FARMER ERIN
Several days of consistent sunshine has helped us shift from despair to repair. Weeds are thigh high and all farmers are scrambling to harvest what remains. Now is the time to organize a volunteer group at work or in your neighborhood to help your local farmer.*
Our farm, which welcomes volunteers every day except Sunday, could use the following:
-Mulch (wood chips, gravel, hay, etc), TONS needed to fill in squish, cover stink
-Roadwork, River Farm roads washed out
-Carpentry, doors/gutters broken due to flooding water
-Extra hands harvesting/weeding to save what we’ve got left
-Advice on crop insurance (would’ve been nice to have some)
Other Area Farms That Would Appreciate Help Include:
- Springdale Farm, Austin, Volunteer Day, Sunday, June 6, 9-12. RSVP, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Indian Hills Organic, Smithville, Karen Kendall, email@example.com, Volunteers needed for weeding, repairing fences washed away from orchard.
- Bernhardts Farm, Elgin, Donna and Alex, 512-791-8404, Severe flooding TWICE wiped out fences, orchard, summer harvest. All hands needed ASAP or donate to: http://www.gofundme.com/bernhardt
If you know of other farmers in need, please refer them to former-farmer Sue Beckwith, who is facilitating financial assistance from Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association emergency funds. tel:512.496.1244
*(To find your nearest farmer, see www.localharvest.org)
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
The sun is out! Finally! Summer is on the way! So it looks like we’re going to get a break from the rains for a minute (fingers crossed), and we’ll be able to get back on schedule. These few days of dry weather have helped us resume our planting (and weeding) schedule which will keep us on track for having great veggies for the next ten weeks.
Since the rains have stopped we’ve been able to get more summer squash planted and we’ve gotten nearly all of the potatoes out of the ground. The tomatoes are ripening incredibly fast with all the sunshine. It’ll be a challenge to keep up with them. (You’re welcome to come help harvest!) There are giant peppers on the plants, and hopefully they’ll ripen quickly too.
As we begin the first of our summer shares, you should anticipate the last of the greens, beets, and other root veggies as we shift to potatoes, tomatoes, cukes, green beans, basil. Enjoy the remaining couple weeks of spring crops before we settle into solidly summer veggies.
Hope you enjoy this weeks haul and thanks again for supporting our farm.
RECIPE SHARE WITH CASSIE, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
This recipe came to me the day after I dropped out of college (very briefly). I was a little sad, and at that time prone to watching the Food Network. The Barefoot Contessa made this on her show, and it looked so good to me that I became obsessed with it. I’ve made this recipe so often I could practically do it with my eyes closed. I couldn’t find her exact recipe for Roasted Rosemary Potatoes & Green Beans, but this one is pretty close.
I love rosemary, and whenever I make this recipe for a potluck, people just oooh and awww over it!
Farm Stand open Tuesdays, 3 – 6pm, and Fridays/Saturdays, 10 – 2pm.
ON SALE THIS WEEK:
Potatoes ( Purple Viking, Yukon, Red)
Cucumbers (Suyo Long. Market, Pickling)
Tomatoes (Red Slicers, Purple Cherokee, Cherry)
You’ll find all of the veggies from our CSA share plus more: eggs, meat, and honey.
SNAP/WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (thank you for organizing this Sustainable Food Center!) accepted as are all other forms of payment!
See you at the Big Red Barn.
HOOP HOUSE CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP
Want to extend your growing season? Join us to learn how to construct a successful hoop house and continue growing year-round.