Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Oct 22nd and 25th


The end of another season, hard to believe! Hope you enjoyed every bite.  
All in all it was a great year, with 
an incredible crew of employees, workshares and volunteers.  
A HUGE thank you to them, without them, there is absolutely no way I could pull this off!  There is a tremendous amount of labor and love that goes into growing food for Little Ridge Farm's customers.  
We THANK YOU for the love you give back in supporting us!

now it is time for pie! ...and root bakes ... and roasts ... and fall greens
and planning for 2020!  I am lucky to have a huge amount of technical support in the local farming community and this winter there are two incredible conferences I will attend.  I am looking forward to reconnecting with friends and colleagues to exchange ideas and learn new concepts.  Climate change is a big topic these days; dealing with erratic weather patterns and new pests/diseases that have arrived with the warmer temps.  This year, I will be attending some talks on streamlining irrigation, which I hope gives me some ideas to improve our system here.  Plus, as you can imagine, there is always really good food!

We are just about done harvesting, washing ans storing crops for winter.  We have been blessed with beautiful fall weather, a bit wet but not too cold, and incredibly stunning skies.  Be sure not to miss out on this Winter's goodies or 2020 fresh eats!!!  We can't be here without YOU.

Thank you for a successful 2019 ... hope to see you soon!!

HOLIDAY/WINTER shares ... almost full

2020 Summer Sign ups...get on the wait list now!!

This Week's Bounty: lettuce, tat soi, chinese cabbage, green cabbage, winter squash, onions, leeks, radish, hakurei turnip, fennel, carrots, beets, potatoes, cauliflower, cilantro, parsley....

Carrot yogurt Soup -- a Shareholder's Favorite

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Oct. 15th and 18th

Fall Skies

 I feel blessed with so many glorious days and beautiful evenings.  The sky colors and clouds have been inspiring.  Even the turkeys like the colorful sunsets!

I will say it would have been nice if some of this fall rain came midsummer, but then again the late fall crops are looking plump and vigorous.  I am especially pleased with the cauliflower and spinach.  The celery hearts are crunchy and super sweet as well, a true treat for fresh eating and cooking.  

Miles of greens left in the field!

We still have a few 
share spots open 
be sure to sign up now and not miss out.

This Week's Bounty: lettuce, arugula, spinach, tat soi, pac choi, cauliflower, onions, tomatoes, peppers, rainbow carrots, radish, celery, cilantro, acorn/delicata squash, pie pumpkin

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

October 8th and 11th

Hemp Harvest

The beautiful weekend was a full two days of harvesting Hemp!!  Thankfully we had an incredible crew of folks helping, including my brother, mom, dad and husband.  It was way more work than we anticipated and definitely have some improvements to be made but it was still exciting to see what a beautiful crop Little Ridge Farm produced.

Even Simon helped :)
The first step was to cut stems from the plants and then we removed all the flowers from the stem.  The flowers are what hold the Cannabidiol (CBD).  

The flowers are now on racks drying.  This step should take about 7 days.  Then the flowers are moved to an extractor, where the CBD will be extracted from the flower.  The oil will then be made into tinctures and other body care products.  All of this is being done locally and by hand -- a pure grass roots product!!

I must say I have fallen in love with the flowers themselves.  They each have their own unique smell and color with different little hairs and stamens.  I have been kind of obsessed with taking photos of them they are so uniquely radiant.

The rest of the farm is doing well too!  The cool season crops have enjoyed the cool drink of water and are looking lush and green.  We, the crew, are squeezing in as much work as we can into a day, harvesting mostly and rearranging crates full of produce trying to make room for storage.  It's a wonderfully stressful time for me....happy to see the bountiful harvest, but tough to find the time and space to be sure to get it all done!!

This Week's Bounty: lettuce, tat soi, kale, peppers, tomatoes, leeks, potatoes, celery, radish, beets, carrot, cilantro

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October 1st and 4th

Color me Bright

Rainbow carrots are back!  Perfect to brighten up this cloudy day.  They were fun to harvest! Try eating them raw, roasted and sauteed, the flavor changes with each cooking method.  

Well here we are, October.  typically my favorite month, but I feel like it came a little fast this year.  We have come full circle and are now harvesting cool weather crops again; spinach, radish, tat soi....  It's hard to believe a month from now, the fields will be pretty much empty of produce except for crops that over winter; parsnips, garlic and strawberries. 

 Hope you are enjoying the bounty of fall!  it is pretty darn amazing.

This Week's Bounty: lettuce, arugula, spinach, radish, rainbow carrots, broccoli/cauliflower, tomato, pepper (sweet and hot), eggplant, onion, garlic, dill, cilantro