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Monday, June 13, 2011

Second Week

Hi Folks,
We have a bazillion things to tell you about in this email today (well, 4 things), so please, gather all of your reading fortitude. Here is the outline, skip to whatever interests you!
1. Veggie Forecast
2. Up coming events @ Sweet Land
3. Hemlock Grove ORGANIC apple CSA here @ Sweet Land - sign up now.
4. Pastured Poultry at the Good Life Farm.

Potatoes, carrots, beets, celeriac, parsnips, arugula, radishes, spinach, head lettuce, salad mix, broccoli raab, turnip greens, kale, chard, collards
U-Pick: bachelor buttons (2 locations)
Opening Tuesday: sugar snap peas - season limit 1 quart. Read about the season limit in the member handbook. We do not supply containers. Pick the fat ones at the bottom of the plant. The fatter the better!! Don't pick the little ones at the top, they still need to fill out.

http://sweetlandfarmrecipes.wordpress.com has a FANTASTIC menu planning page tailored to CSA veggies.

It was nice to have the opportunity to talk with many of you at last week's Tuesday and Friday distributions. What an incredible first week of food and flowers! I heard some great ideas for events and would love to hear more. If you have questions or would like to get involved, please contact me at fhysjulien@mac.com.

Please mark your calendars for three upcoming events:

Strawberry Jam Workshop -Hosted by Krys Cail - Tuesday Evening, June 21st, 8:15 to 9:30, Distribution shed
  • Learn the basics of making jam. This workshop will include a demonstration, recipes and the opportunity to ask lots of questions!
  • If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Flannery at fhysjulien@mac.com

Kids Event: Seeds! - Hosted by Emily and Anthony Ouckama - Friday, June 24th, 3:30 to 5:30, at the Farm
  • Come learn where our food begins through crafts, books and games.

Farm Walk: - Hosted by Paul and Evangeline - Wednesday, June 29th, 6-7pm, at the Farm
  • Tour the farm, ask questions and see how it all happens
Recipe Blog:

Seven new recipes come to you this week from Sarah Koski. Also check out Anna Root's post on parsnip sushi. Delicious!


Hemlock Grove Farm Organic Apple CSA
This fall apple growers Brian Caldwell, Melissa Smith and Amy Garbincus will be offering
their certified organic apples through a biweekly CSA share to be picked up at Sweet Land
CSA members will receive 70 pounds of delicious certified organic apples and five half
gallons of our premium apple cider annually, spread over seven distributions. Every two
weeks, each CSA member will pick up a 10-pound bag (1 peck) of certified organic apples.
Each biweekly distribution will include at least two freshly picked varieties of apples, with
the variety selection changing as the season progresses. There will be six Friday share
pickups between September 2 and November 11th, and then a pre-Thanksgiving pickup
Friday, November 18th for a total of seven distributions.

Pick-up: Apple shares will be available for pick-up on Fridays from 1 to 8 p.m. at Sweet Land
Farm, which is located north of the village of Trumansburg on state route 96.

Some of the flavorful varieties we will be offering throughout the season:

Sept 2 Paulared, Redfree
Sept 16 Akane, Honeycrisp
Sept 30 Liberty, Empire, cider
Oct 14 Jonagold, Melrose, cider
Oct 28 Golden, Idared, cider
Nov 11 Melrose, Baldwin, cider
Nov 22 (Tuesday before Thanksgiving) Spies,
Idared (good baking apples!) cider

Pricing: $120 for 70 pounds of apples and 5
half gallons of freshly pressed apple cider.

Signing up: Please contact Amy Garbincus at la.vida.dulce34@gmail.com or call 607-339-
1853 to reserve your apple share!

Checks in the amount of $120 can be made out to Hemlock Grove Farm and mailed to Amy
Garbincus at 23 Nelson Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. Please include your email address and phone

Bushel Availability: For folks who like to make applesauce, or just plain eat a lot of apples,
we will also have apples available for sale by the bushel. Our premium select, perfect apples
are $60 per bushel and our utility grade apples, which have minor blemishes but are still
great eating quality, are $40 per bushel. These will be available upon request later in the
apple season. Last year our apples went fast, so early reservations are encouraged to
secure your order! Please inquire if you are interested.

Contact: Amy Garbincus @ la.vida.dulce34@gmail.com or 607-339-1853


We are pleased to announce that the Good Life Farm continues to explore pastured poultry as part of our intricate farm systems. This year we have three rounds of grass- and greens-loving birds for sale.

2011 Pastured Poultry at the Good Life:

Late June- mid July- 2 small batches of Rainbow/Freedom Ranger broiler chickens

Thanksgiving Turkeys are available for pre-order starting now

To Order: Call Melissa at (607) 351 3313 or email melissa@thegoodlifefarm.org.

· Chickens will be available fresh on June 26th and July 17th. They will be available frozen starting June 27th until they run out! ($3.99/lb)

· Pre-order your Thanksgiving Turkey now! We ran out last year and had a long wait list. We will ask for deposit in late September. This year we will process at two different dates to ensure a range of sizes between 13 and 24 lb. ($3.99/lb)

Some info on pastured poultry at the Good Life Farm…

We raise poultry to complement our other plant and animal systems. Our poultry graze pasture full of grass, clover, alfalfa and various vegetable plots. Both chickens and turkeys are part of the clean-up system on our farm- egg layers follow our draft horses throughout their pasture rotation; the broilers are currently taking down last winter’s greens and cover crops in our high tunnel rotations; and the turkeys do double duty as weeders and insectivores in our asparagus beds/orchard come September. Our birds move every 2 days to fresh forage and feast on organic grain from local grain farms. We continue to explore breeds to best provide the ecosystem services of clean-up, insect eating, weeding and fertilizing that poultry do so well. We invite you to visit your birds at the farm, and will have another “meet your turkey day” in September.

Questions? Contact Melissa- (607) 351 3313 or melissa@thegoodlifefarm.org.

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