Winter is a time for reflection, planning, repair, and preparation here on the farm. In that mindset, we are stepping up and showing our support for like minded organizations that we believe in.
This week we became members of Slow Food West Michigan. In case you haven’t heard of the organization here is a little bit about them (from their website): “Slow Food West Michigan is the West Michigan chapter of Slow Food, a non-profit, member-supported organization founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life. We stand against the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.”
Please take a moment to check out their website and see what is going on: www.slowfoodwestmichigan.org/
Linda and I have just started drinking raw milk after purchasing a milk share from a local farmer. We get 2 gallons a week from some of the cutest, friendliest, and cleanest cows we have ever seen (pic below).
It is really neat seeing the cream rising to the top of each half gallon container. Linda has plans to make butter, yogurt, cheese, sour cream, and milk kefir.
Our dairy farmer, Jon, (yes the CSA farmers have their very own dairy farmer) has just a few cows. We go every Saturday morning and pick up our milk. Jon and his wife Katie have a great farming set up just southwest of Greenville. I must confess to some green eye envy for his tractor.
Jon has more milk shares available soon. Please give him a call at 616-283-5237 or drop him an email at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Here’s a link to more information about raw milk: realmilk.com
Anna Belle is curious.
See the cream/milk line just at the top of the Ball logo? Click on the picture and it will load a bigger picture with more detail so it’s easier to see.
Right on schedule the last of our seed orders have arrived.
It’s always a bit nerve racking waiting for all the orders to arrive. You can never tell what will be out of stock and back ordered, or worse yet totally sold out for the season. And since we don’t allow substitutions (don’t want to get treated seeds or a variety we don’t like) we would be forced to order from another source which is always iffy this late. I know, most of you wouldn’t consider this late to order seeds, but when your livelihood depends on getting the seeds you want (at the price you want) this is late to reorder. But enough of the potential woes of a CSA farmer.
So you might wonder – how many seeds does it take to grow vegetables for 100 families for the season? A lot! And that’s not all of them – the picture below doesn’t include the seeds we save from the open pollinated and heirloom varieties that we grow every year.
2013 CSA information and sign up is available.
The next 20 to sign up will receive a free copy of the CSA cookbook, From Asparagus to Zucchini – A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh, Seasonal Produce. Sign up soon to get this great resource.
For Valentine’s Day give your loved one the gift of some of the healthiest, freshest food available locally. Order a vegetable and/or meat CSA share today and we will send a Valentine email to your loved one announcing your gift.