Welcome to Jessi

Jessi at the Co-op
Jessi at the Co-op

We welcome Jessi as the latest addition to the farm.  Along with her degrees in Ag from Tech, she brings lots of energy and fresh ideas.  She’s managing the Co-op and working with us in the fields.  We’ll see if she can teach this old dog a few new tricks.

Co-op Announcements

Good Morning, all!

I hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful weekend! There are just a few quick announcements about our co-op tomorrow, June 27th. We will have onions, kale, beets, blue potatoes and depending on availability lettuce and blueberries.
We are very excited to welcome two local farms to the Evergreen Acres co-op event. Rainbow Acres Farm and Moose Acres Farm will be selling their local foods to enjoy!

Sally at Rainbow Acres Farm will have various cuts of meats available such as beef, pork, chicken, and veal.
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Marie at Moose Acres Farm has a variety of raspberries such as red, purple, and black raspberries. Moose Acres will also be offering other berries throughout the season.
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Thank you to these two farms who have come out during our first week of co-op and helped make it such a success! We are looking forward to a great season together.

As always, a huge thank you to all of our members supporting your community and local food. We welcome any and all questions and comments to help us serve you better!

Please Note:
In recognition of the 4th of July Holiday, we will not be holding a co-op that evening. We hope everyone enjoys a safe and fun Independence Day, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

June 21st Co-op Update

Greetings!

Our first co-op was a wonderful success! Thank you to all those who came out to the farm on Monday. We appreciate the support of all our members, and we look forward to seeing everyone this Thursday from 6:30-8! We will have onions, beets, and blueberries, and depending on product availability, we may also have cabbage and different varieties of lettuce.
Check out this great spread the team at Evergreen Acres worked hard to set up!

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Beets were a high demand item. Folks stocked up noting how versatile and healthy they are. What a coincidence they have such have significant benefits to heart health and also resemble a heart!

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June 19 Co-op Update

Good morning!

We are very excited to announce our first co-op tomorrow, Monday June 19th. We will have fresh, organic produce ready for our members to pick up from 6:30pm-8:00pm on-site at Evergreen Acres farm.
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It’s been about 3 years since planting for the bushes to fruit, but they are absolutely worth the wait.

We will also be harvesting onions, beets and red leaf lettuce heads.
For some reason, beets are not everyone’s favorite veggie.
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The beautifully purpleish-red root are loaded with antioxidants. In fact, it has been found that root as well as its top-greens offer protection against coronary artery disease and stroke, lower cholesterol levels within the body, and have anti-aging effects (USDA National Nutrient Database).
Not sure how to prepare beets for the whole family to enjoy? Check out this recipe to bake crispy, flavorful beet chips. You can store the beetroot in your fridge for a few weeks. Throw the leaves on your salad when their fresh and enjoy those yummy health benefits!

Check out our onion stalks falling over and the “shoulders” popping out of the ground.

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This means the onions are ready to be picked and enjoyed! If stored properly, they can last months (if they’re not eaten up by then).

Here is our red leaf lettuce ready to be picked fresh for you! Why not make a salad with those beet greens? Delicious, organic, and super healthy!

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We are looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow! Can’t make it out to the farm? Head over to Whole Foods in Fair Lakes where customers can pick up our local and organic produce every week.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!

 

June 1 update

Now that we have seasonal weather, the race is on to make up for what didn’t happen in the past month.  On Memorial day I tilled under all the zuchinni, cucumber, yellow squash, cantaloupe and watermelon.  On June 1, I replanted all the above.  All are warm-season plants that need warm soil high temperatures and lots of sunshine.  We set a new record by not breaking 80 during the first three weeks of May.  Of course it rained every single day which kept the soil cool.  The seed did nothing but rot and the weeds went ballistic.  We always want to be among the first to provide the warm-season produce, but this is often the down-side of early planting.  Anytime warm-season seeds are planted before mid-May the results are messy.  I planted the last week of April, which is really pushing the envelope.  The first two plantings of corn and beans are doing well although the second planting is doing better than the first…not surprising.
The field tomatoes narrowly averted a frost on May 16 at 36 degrees but are doing well.  We are able to get on the field to mulch them with compost now that the field has dried enough.  We’ll be scrambling to get stakes in Monday after rain this weekend.  Critters seem to have eaten about 1% of plants but we’re still close to 3,000 in the field.  300 tomato plants in the high tunnel are doing well.  We had a setback with thrips but the high temps seem to have helped.  Production may lag by a week.  We’re still nursing and weeding greens in the field.  The chinese cabbage bolted without forming a head.  The blue potatoes and beets are doing well.  I’ve started cutting and baling hay, which is off about 40% due to the lack of rain in April, so heads-up to the equine folks.  The bees have been busy swarming this year but not making as much honey with all the rain.  I came out of winter with 7 hives and am at 15 now.  It looks as though I may get more than 10 quarts of blueberries this year.  I’ll be looking at coyote calls to keep the deer off them.  Those and the tunnel tomatoes usually come in the third week of June.  With that and some greens, I hope to open around that time.