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Farm News for Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Star Hollow Farm
Adams Morgan FARM STORE
notes for the week of
Saturday, January 20th, 2018

on Instagram@starhollowfarm.pa

Hello all!

[photo] Well, the weather outside is frightful... We're up to about 2 inches as darkness falls, and it's supposed to continue until around midnight. Not too much, really, but my challenge becomes driving the empty market truck up the hill tomorrow to go out and get more apples and those greens I mention below. Hope the road crew does a good job with the cinders by morning!

On-the-farm (and off) ...
Last week was PA Farm Show week for me (some pics at the bottom of this email). I've been a regular for about 15 years now, spending about 6 hours at the Vegetable Growers food stand in the Food Court. This year my task was making strawberry smoothies, again. Prior to the work shift I wander the acres of shows, stands and exhibits in the huge building complex, just a 1/4 mile or so from the state capitol. The Farm Show complex is about 75 miles from our farm, and usually involves going or coming in snow, sleet or rain. This year it was sunny and nearly 50 degrees -- the warm spell between two frigid weeks.

Our schedule ...
is every-other-week from here on out...

  • Jan. 20; Feb. 3 & 17; Mar. 3, 17 and 31; Apr. 14 & 28; and May 12 & 26.

[photo] The back of the truck last time I was down, with the small heater and plastic windows for light, managed to keep me warm enough.

This marks the second time in a row that our 20 raised beds of greens and herbs in tunnels and greenhouse have been frozen -- and are supposed to remain frozen -- the entire sales week. Perhaps that should be normal at this time of winter yet, as I mentioned last time, it's been years since we've had this happen, and now it's happened twice in one month! Strange. But there's good news also: The Martins, who have three large greenhouses, have roared back this week with lots of greens, so you won't go short. Of course, they are cranking the heat and artificial lighting to make this happen, so I'm not sure this passes -- in fact I'm sure it doesn't -- as 'sustainable' agriculture, but that's what we've got, and it beats importing it from the other side of the continent or world, so we all make our choices, right?

This week's produce ... (new or back)

  • Greens: arugula, cabbage, chard, lacinato kale, Bibb lettuce, microgreens and shoots (pea & sunflower).
  • Veggies: beets, carrots (orange & purple), celeriac, garlic, horseradish, kohlrabi, onions, parsnips (& soup kit), cayenne peppers, potatoes (4 kinds), winter radishes (3 kinds), roasted roots pack, shallots, sunchokes (plus our sunchoke pickle pack), sweet potatoes, turnips (& soup kit) & winter squashes (2 kinds).
  • Herbs: cilantro, parsley & rosemary.
  • Tree fruit: apples (6 kinds).
  • Eggs & Cheeses (Gouda is back)
  • Preserves (berry jams are back)
  • Firewood

[photo] Sam and I put in two good days last week (the warm ones following the Farm Show) cutting, splitting & stacking firewood, hopefully enough to get us through the winter. The carport below is where we stacked it, I think about 2 cords worth (not all shown).

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

Thanks for your support,
Randy, Chris & Sam

The always-popular baby chick station...

[photo] ...and a Bantam rooster, one of the less-outrageous looking chickens in the Poultry Hall.


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