Early July on the Farm

Please excuse my absence from these pages. The farm has been pretty demanding but I wanted to catch everyone up on whats been happening around here.

We just finished CSA distribution week #6 and are beginning to segue into summer crops as the heat from the last few weeks have brought many of the spring crops to an end. This weeks boxes found the first of the summer squash, cabbage, basil, fresh garlic, spinach and Growers Choice salad mix. Thank you to all our fantastic CSA members! Flower shares will begin soon, either this week or next. Can you still join Owosso Organics CSA? Yes you can! Copy the membership form found here at the website and prorate your membership cost reflecting the 6 weeks you have missed. Mail it to the farm with your check.  Flower shares are yet to begin so they are still at $100.

We have been working tirelessly to keep up with the weeds and the farm looks fantastic right now so we called our friend Scott Allmen at Clearwater Media and he brought his drone and took some beautiful images of the farm. Look for that on the website soon.

We are in full swing at the Farmers Market. Saturdays we are at The Meridian Farmers Market from 8:00-2:00 and Sunday at The East Lansing Farmers Market from 10:00-2:00. Come see us!

The lisianthus are only a couple weeks away and the flower garden is really starting to show. We will have loads of flower bouquets at the markets in the coming weeks.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook (Owosso Organics) and on instagram link on the right side of the page.

Here are some images from the last few weeks. Enjoy!!

 

 

CSA memberships are winding down! Flower share give away!!

We still have plenty of spaces available in our 2017 vegetables and or flower CSA but we are hoping to get our memberships all sold by the beginning of May so if you are thinking of joining our CSA don’t delay! We are especially hoping to get more Okemos/East Lansing pick up folks so as an incentive…if you sign up for our CSA to pick-up at the Okemos/East Lansing site (5151 Marsh Rd., the site of the Meridian Farmers Market) in the month of April we will put your name in a drawing to give away to one lucky customer a free flower share for the season! (a $100 value). Help spread the word to your friends and neighbors!

Weather wise we are saturated. Puddles, standing water and flooding have marked this early spring. The snow, wind and sleet today didn’t help things. Needless to say we are hoping for some windy warm weather to round out this month. Meanwhile the greenhouses are filling up with plants and this week we started seeding in the field, heirloom and cherry tomatoes. Remember in just a few short weeks we will be back at the Meridian Farmers Market, opening day is Saturday May 6. Looking forward to seeing everyone then. We will have lots of plants and if the ground ever dries up some produce too! Thanks for following me in Instagram. Follow the link on the right side of this page.  Here are some images I have been working with lately. Some are from last season.

Spring farm update…

After last weeks spring like temperatures we are back into more normal winter weather. We took  advantage of the thaw to start some much needed clean up work on the farm and on some of the greenhouses we will need for early spring planting. The seed orders have all arrived (except for the back ordered items). They are all organized and the planting sheets are filled out, at least for the early spring work. In just a few days we will fire up the nursery greenhouse and spring will officially start. Until then, my kitchen is brimming with tiny of baby plants!

I mailed out the Owosso Organics 2017 brochures this week so if you were a member of our CSA over the last year or two you should receive yours in the mail soon. I’ve included an extra brochure to pass along to family and friends. We are doing  Refer-A-Friend program this season where you can receive a 10% discount on your membership if you refer a new member. Make sure to write the name  of your friend on your membership form and we will rebate you upon their paid membership. Friends must be new members and cannot split your share. Remember you can also get a CSA membership form right here on this website at the 2017 CSA membership form page. Just copy it (PDF file) fill it out and mail it to the farm with your membership fee.

We are pretty excited about some new items we are growing this year. (That’s called a plant-geek) We have a new summer squash called Magna that is supposed to have superior flavor over a long harvest period. A couple new sweet peppers, a big blocky orange pepper especially meant for greenhouse production and some beautiful new heirloom tomato varieties. Also we are going to try, try, try to have snap peas in your early boxes; hoping for a dry spring for that. Also stoked about some new flowers (that’s called a flower-geek) specifically Dahlias. I am trialing 15 different varieties and will use them in the bouquets as well as our wedding work. Don’t forget about our flower CSA share.

Ill be at a couple venues promoting our farm and CSA. Tomorrow February 26  at the CSA fair at Allen Street Market Place from 12-4 and on March 4-5  at Owosso High School at the Home Show. At the Home show I will be not only selling CSA shares but also selling our delicious hot sauce, hot pepper crumbles and my farm cards and prints. Sign up at either locations and you can receive either a free bottle of hot sauce or a coupon for a free flower bouquet picked up anytime this summer at one of our farmers markets.

Thank you all who have already signed up for our CSA. You have truly become what we call our extended farm family. With the early season financial demands on the farm your help is much appreciated. We look forward to seeing everyone as the farmers markets and the CSA distribution begins. 

Owosso Organics 2017 CSA sign-up now open!!

Today is the day!!! Our sign-up for the 2017 CSA season officially opens. The new membership form is right here on the page called “2017 CSA membership sign up form” Just click it to download the Pdf, fill it out and mail it to the farm with your payment. (yes, good old fashioned snail mail).

Please note we have (slightly) increased our prices this year as reflected on the membership form. We have not raised our prices for many, many years. The new price better reflects the current market rate for seasonal CSAs. It also helps us out with some of the increase in prices of imputs, seeds ect. that we have seen over the years.

New this year is a Refer a Friend Program. You  receive 10% off your membership fee if you refer a friend to sign up for the CSA. Make sure to write your friends name on your membership form and when they sign up we will rebate you 10%. Friends must be new members and cannot be splitting your share.

We plan to mail out our 2017 CSA brochures next week and will include extra brochures for everyone. Our plan this season is to increase the size of our CSA and would love to have your help in doing so. Please feel free to pass out the extra brochures to your friends or refer them to the website. My cell number is on the brochure if anyone has any questions.

Thank you so much for all your support! Be sure to follow us on Facebook (under Owosso Organics) or on Instagram. Links on the right side of this page…..

End of season/ Fall on the farm

My apologizes for not being present on this page for so very long. The season has a way of taking you away and leaving little else. As the season is coming to an end we want to thank all of our CSA members, great customers at the farmers markets and our whole accounts (especially The East Lansing food Coop) who purchased our products, supported our farm and help sustain us through this long and rather strange season. Every season is different and this one was no exception.

As of right now most of the clean up work is done (lifted miles of plastic and drip tape), much of the garlic has been planted and a nice green stand of rye is coming up in some of the fields. We hope for more drying weather for another round of garlic planting. We dug up our Dahlias last week and hope to divide and label them this week. I had a great inspiring time at the Association for Speciality Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) conference in Grand Rapids last weekend. So many inspiring talks and new ideas to try next season. Now it’s time to hit the books and figure out the financial health of the farm so we can do some serious planning for next year.  Happy fall everyone and thanks again for all you support. Any recommendations for what you would like us to grow for the 2017 season?

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Dog days of summer…

Crops continue to ripen on the farm despite the drought conditions we are enduring. We had almost an inch of rain last week but are still way down in our rainfall for June and July. This week looks to be a real scorcher which should help to ripen the tomatoes, eggplants and peppers.

We rounded the corner to the half way mark on our CSA (week #9) and the flower shares have started. We still have space for flower shares if anyone wants to join. We will have lisianthus at the markets this week so come see us. There will be 10 stem bunches, 5 stem bunches, large bouquets and fairy bouquets. The very first of the cherry tomatoes may make their first appearance this weekend too!

Here are some things I have seen on the farm the last couple weeks…

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Dry June…

Wow we have had an incredibly dry few weeks. It’s now been about 7 weeks without any measurable rainfall. Things on the farm are very dry to say the least. Luckily we have about 90% of the farm under drip irrigation so we are able to keep the plants going but not necessarily thriving and in those conditions the pests are really able to take hold. We have never had such pest pressure especially from striped cucumber beetles which will likely effect the zucchini and possible cucumbers harvests. These storms that are coming our way keep splitting up and missing us or just disappearing as soon as they get close.

This Monday June 27 is week #6 CSA. Thanks to everyone for all your kind words about the food you have been receiving. Please note that net Saturday July 2, I am moving to a different table at the Meridian Farmers Market. I will be in the pavilion (as usual) but moving to the Southwest corner (where Wilber has been for years). There will be quite a bit of shuffling in the pavilion for this summer so don’t forget to look for your favorite vendors. Here are some things I have been looking at on and off the farm for the past few weeks. Feel free to follow me on Instagram where I post most every day. Look to the right on this page to follow.

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Planting…

Hot dry week on the farm and for late May/ early June that means a rush of planting  before the rains come. So, so many plants got tucked into the ground this past week: the entire flower garden, likely a few thousand plants, hundreds of tomato and pepper, summer and winter squash, another planting of lettuce and many other I can’t quite remember right now. This Sunday June 5 will be out first week at The East Lansing Farmers Market. We will be there with vegetable, flower and herb plants for your garden and some greens. Monday June 6 will be the third CSA distribution!!!

Here are some pics from this last week. I’m starting a series on farm tools!!IMG_3839

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Owosso Organics CSA 2016 has begun…still time to join.

Monday May23 was our first CSA distribution for the 2016 season and it was so nice to see familiar faces and meet some new folks. Your boxes had lots of yummy greens: Growers Choice salad mix, spinach, leaf lettuce, Red Russian kale, garlic greens and some of our dried hot peppers. Time to get out those salad dressing recipes! We are still taking members for the season! If you are interested in joining just copy off the PDF from the website fill it out and mail it to the farm. Be sure to prorate the amount you send us to reflect the week you are joining. We will be having distribution on Monday May 30/ Memorial Day. Text me if you have scheduling problems.

It’s been very hot for late May but we have been slugging through the heat to keep up with the planting. We are confident we won’t see another frost so have been diving in head first into planting the warm season crops. 422 Heirloom tomatoes went into the ground Tuesday along with 200 determinate tomatoes and 300 indeterminate tomatoes. Sweet peppers and hot peppers also got planted. Kale, winter squash and Eggplant went in too. Thanks to all our super workers who make all this happen. I am chomping at the bit to get the flowers in. Hopefully next week.

Here are some farm pics from the last couple weeks.

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Early May on the farm/ CSA sign up still open!!

We have been seeding and planting like crazy this month: 1600 lisianthus plants went into hoop house #1 last week, 100 tomato plants got planted into hoop house #4 and the greens house is bursting with lettuce, spinach, swiss chard and kale!  This Saturday May 7 will be the first day at the Meridian Farmers market. We will be there from 8-2 with lots of certified organic vegetable and herb plants for all your gardening needs and hopefully a few greens.

There are shares still available for our 2016 CSA

We still have lots of space in our CSA both standard shares and premium share and flower shares. The first distribution is still a few weeks away. If you or anyone you know may be interested in joining our CSA, the membership form is located here on the website. Just copy it off, fill it out and mail it to the farm with your check. We are one of just a few certified organic CSAs in the mid-Michigan area.  Thank you to all our members!! Here are some pics from the last few weeks…IMG_2923

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