Farm News

Tribute to the Crew!

A small, intensive vegetable farm is a peculiar workplace.  We come to the farm from a wide variety of backgrounds with a few intersecting interests.  While there is time for solitude, most of our days are spent in close proximity to one another and over the course of a season we know more about each other than about many people we've known much longer.  Chatter can vary from best pizza in town to the state … read more »

The 6 Stages of Forgetting your CSA Share

This fall, I joined a CSA!  Some farmer friends who have a vegetable farm in Belmont, WI (Two Onion Farm) also started an apple orchard, and so we joined their Apple CSA for the fall.  I was excited to be on the other side of the CSA relationship, and loved getting news from the farm that our share would be starting soon.

Our first couple weeks of pick-up went well, and then things started falling … read more »

Summer in September and October in August

I'm sure farmers are not the only ones confused by the weather patterns this season!  Our summer seemed to slip by while we waited for it to begin.  The tomatoes and melons seemed to have the same experience.  Our cool season crops loved it though!  Spinach, broccoli, autumn roots, and greens have never been happier, and the crew was happy to be working in the cooler weather as well. 

In my wait for summer to … read more »

Now Taking Orders for Pork and Turkeys!

We are now accepting orders for our pasture-raised pork and whole turkeys.  See order form HERE.  Orders are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Read on for details!

Our Livestock

I will be the first to admit that I am not a livestock farmer.  My background is in vegetable farming and my skills and expertise largely focus in that area.  However, I love having animals on the farm for a number of reasons.  First, … read more »

Growing up at Blue Moon

Part of my decision to start Blue Moon and earn my livelihood farming was the hope that I could also raise a family on the farm.  Growing up in a working class suburb of Cleveland, OH, I had very little exposure to farming.  I had a childhood filled with neighborhood kids, playing on the Lake Erie shore a couple blocks away, and biking around our residential streets.  A farm brings exposure to the natural world, … read more »

Some Straight talk about Tomatoes

Once August hits, excitement builds and questions pour in about when the U-pick tomatoes will be ready.  It's a favorite part of the CSA routine for many members, and preserving tomatoes is one of my all-time favorite things to do too!  We try to get as much salsa, roasted sauce, whole tomatoes, and dried tomatoes into storage as the season allows.

Last year was one of our best.  The tomatoes stayed healthy and strong, and … read more »

This Week’s Highlights

We picked the first cherry tomatoes for the CSA!!

 

We dug the last of our spring carrots. They look great!

We harvested half of our garlic crop! We're hoping to finish the other half by the end of the week.

 

Thanks to all our helpers!

 

Finally, our baby turkeys arrived. Not a great picture but trust me they are adorable 🙂

 

Hope you're having a great week too.  Happy eating!… read more »

July Field Report

The July 4 Holiday is a great benchmark for the farm season--by this time of the year we have a pretty good sense of the kind of season we're having, and what to expect from the many crops that are now in the ground.  All of our major plantings are complete, and the nature of our work shifts from planting to more weeding, watering, and of course, harvesting!

We'll soon be starting our big "storage" … read more »

CSA Member U-Pick Nuts and Bolts

U-pick opportunities are underway!  Whether you are a member of our on-farm CSA, or a Market Share member at the Westside Community Market (full-season members only), you are invited to participate in our U-pick opportunities as part of your membership.   There is no charge to members for these items, we only ask that you take what your household will put to use and follow any posted limits.   Many of our members tell us it's their … read more »

Kindred Visitors

This past week we hosted a farm tour to a group of scholars doing very exciting work in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and England.  It was amazing how much we had in common--shared values and hopes for the land, nutrition, community, and the food system.  It was also a heartwarming way of connect what we do on our small acreage for our local community to the efforts around the globe--we are all part of a … read more »