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Farm News for Saturday, February 17, 2018

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Star Hollow Farm
Adams Morgan FARM STORE

notes for the week of
Saturday, February 17, 2018
on Instagram@starhollowfarm.pa

Hello all!

The snow that we've had for about a week has just about disappeared over the last two days.

On and off the farm...
This past weekend was our annual trip to State College for the PA Sustainable Ag conference. It's our time to see old friends, make new ones, see what other people are doing on their farms and get motivated to try new things or do old ones better. Last night after dinner we had a martini meeting to go over all our notes (the three of us try to split up and go to different workshops so we get as much info as possible!) and share ideas with the other two. On various lists were...

  • PRODUCTION: work to improve our production, particularly inside our high tunnels and greenhouse, our highest investment cost production areas and the ones with the greatest potential payback.
  • VARIETIES: Try growing new things! Got any suggestions that you'd like to see us growing that we don't already?
  • FOOD SAFETY: continue improving our produce washing area facilities and methods, being sure to meet all of FSMA's (Food Safety Modernization Act) requirements.
  • PRODUCTION DATA MGMT: Learn to use some of the new farm data apps to keep better track of what happens when, where, and how much, with different crops in the field.
  • MARKETING: we need to try to attract more people to participate in our online FARM STORE, as numbers are down.
  • and LASTLY, perhaps most importantly, and hardest of all ... find more ways to get some balance between our chosen work and our personal lives, something almost everyone we talked with has a problem with. Farmers have So Much work to do, always, and they live at their place of work, and their desks are usually in their homes and, and... It's just so hard to stop working when there's so much to do!!!

The weather is still having a major affect on everyone's greens. We have had the roughest drought of our own greens in several winters, even though the winter doesn't strike me as particularly harsh.

This week's produce ... (new or back, on sale!)

  • Greens: arugula, cabbage, chard, pepper cress, kale, Bibb lettuce, microgreens, mustard greens, pea shoots, salad mix & baby spinach.
  • Veggies: dried Lima beans, beets, carrots (orange & purple) & our roasted carrot & potato kit, celeriac, garlic, horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, parsnips (& soup kit), cayenne peppers, potatoes (5 kinds), winter radishes (2 kinds), plus our banh mi slaw kit using our radishes, roasted roots pack, rutabagas, shallots, sweet potatoes, turnips (& soup kit) & butternut squash.
  • Herbs: garlic chives, cilantro, parsley & rosemary.
  • Tree fruit: apples (6 kinds, incl. York Imperial).
  • Eggs & Cheeses: chicken & Duck eggs, plus the usual cheeses.
  • Preserves: The usual, plus some on sale!
  • Firewood

Hope you have a good week and that we see you on Saturday.

Thanks for your support,
Randy, Chris & Sam
at Star Hollow Farm

[photo] The farm machinery just keep getting older and older (unlike their owners). This old Allis Chalmers hasn't run for several years. I studied machinery operation and maintenance in ag school and knew all the right things to do to keep everything working, but hardly ever seem to find time to work on equipment anymore. I miss it.

[photo] I guess this is just what chickens do, right? Got any answers?


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