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My dad is a rock star

Okay, not technically a rock star, but he uses a microphone, travels around the country with a big amplifier in the trunk of his car, and does something like singing. My dad’s an auctioneer. Usually when I tell people that, they either say, “You’re kidding!” or “Does he talk really fast?” or “Can you do the chant?” The answers are no, no, and no. My dad has a really nice-sounding chant that is actually understandable, but I never learned to do it myself.

I bring this up not only because my dad is cool, but also because he recently retired, and was recently honored for his 42 years of service to the purebred Angus cattle business by his friends in the biz, only 3 of which I recognized in the group photo he sent me along with a newspaper article about the retirement party. I was going to scan said items for the blog, but realized it’s online. Sweet. The final reason I’m writing this is that my parents are coming to visit, and I’m putting off cleaning my house by writing this post. Hey, they’re used to the mess by now, right?

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One of our younger farm members, Naomi, drew this picture of a pig she named Sarah after visiting the farm to pick beans. I believe that’s her mom, Laura, in the picture with the pig. Thanks, Naomi! If the pigs had a fridge, I would hang your picture there for them.

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I enjoyed a quick visit yesterday from farm members Emily Larson and Laura Ness and their children, Gabe & Eli and Eleanor & James. Right after they left I realized I meant to have my camera at the ready to snap photos of the kids amongst the pigs and veggies. I guess I was too busy blabbing. It’s exciting to me when people have an interest in learning how their food grows, but farm members are welcome to come and just wander through the field and meadows, too!

Below are some of the things my visitors saw at Stone’s Throw Farm yesterday.  

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My brother-in-law, David, snapped these photos a few weeks ago when my whole family came to Stone’s Throw Farm. My nephew, Franklin, was pretty happy pulling and riding in my little red wagon. He looked like a little Yoda in his makeshift outerwear. My sister brought a basketball for the pigs to play with, but I’ve been saving it for a time when they seem bored.

Unfortunately, it rained the whole time my family was here and I was sick with a cold. Everyone was distressed that they couldn’t do much to help in the veggie field because of the weather, so my mom came back this week. She’s been helping me transplant a bunch of stuff and weed, hoe, and water. She also brought more rain with her, but I forgive her.

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My friend Joan is a member of Bluebird Gardens CSA out of Fergus Falls, MN — about 60 miles away from Moorhead, where Joan currently resides. It was the closest to local she and her partner, Darryl, could find. Joan was here visiting a few weeks ago and generously brought along most of the week’s CSA share, which she made into a beautiful salad for our lunch at Stone’s Throw Farm.

Then I repaid her by putting her to work in the field. Even though Joan spent an hour helping me set up a bunch of drip irrigation, I made her water everything by hand with a watering can. Just kidding. Seriously, though, thanks for braving the sun and heat, Joan. We could sure use a little of both right now instead of never-ending rain!

Joan hadn’t tasted kale that she could recall, so we snagged a few leaves of Stone’s Throw Farm kale and collard greens and sautéed them in olive oil and garlic for dinner one evening. I’m happy to report that she seemed to enjoy both the kale and collards, but especially the kale. Our farm members will receive kale in their first share delivery on June 21, so I hope they like it as well as Joan did!

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Stone’s Throw Farm has a new 911 address:  2555 County Road 102, Wrenshall, MN 55797.  It’s even easy to remember.

We’ll still get our mail at 1420 Jefferson Street in Duluth, but now it’ll be easier to direct people to the farm. We’re on the map!

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It’s the time of year when farmers everywhere get together and exchange notes. Many of my farmer friends attended the MN SFA conference on Saturday , and many are heading to the MOSES conference this coming weekend. I’m holding out for the Lake Superior SFA’s conference in Superior on March 5-6 (you’re invited, too!).

It sounds like Vermont farmers had an interesting discussion with community organizer LaDonna Redmond from Chicago at the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) of Vermont’s annual winter conference. She raised a question that has been on my mind quite a bit these past few weeks while marketing Stone’s Throw Farm’s summer shares — Who has access to local, organic food?

Most of us in the Twin Ports are lucky enough to be able to develop a connection to the land and our food if we want — there are quite a few small farms located just outside of town. I’m very aware that there are plenty of people in the Twin Ports who don’t have a car and therefore can’t visit Stone’s Throw Farm on their own, however. There are plenty of people here who can’t afford to buy a summer share, either. That’s one reason why I love that the Duluth Farmer’s Market and the Whole Foods Co-op are located in the Hillside, where not everyone has a car.

Other CSA farms have invited their members to contribute more than the standard price of a share if they are able, to help pay for a share for someone who couldn’t otherwise afford to buy one. I really like that idea — how about you? Any other ideas about how to make sure everyone in our community has access to healthy, whole foods?

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You know your doctor, but you might only visit him/her once a year. You eat every day. Do you know your farmer?

Knowing your farmer is just one of the many benefits of CSA. The Wild Things CSA website has a great summary of the benefits for both farmers and consumers:

Advantages for farmers: 

  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:

  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
  • Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

I hope to meet all of the Stone’s Throw Farm members in person at some point during the season. All members will be welcome to visit the farm, and I’ll probably see many of you at the drop-off site(s) on the day you pick up your share. We might host some events for members at the farm, too — it will depend on the amount of interest from farm members.

Yesterday I sauteed these veggies for Vegetable Chowder, a Moosewood Cookbook recipe. Everything was fresh from the Food Farm root cellar or frozen last summer by yours truly!

Will you really be “exposed to new vegetables?” Many of the vegetables I plan to grow at Stone’s Throw Farm will be very familiar to you:  carrots, potatoes, brocolli, beans, peas, tomatoes, squash, etc. But there may be a few you haven’t used before, such as celeriac, collards, fennel, parsnips … sound familiar? If not, don’t worry! I’ve collected dozens of great recipes, and I’ll share many of those recipes with Stone’s Throw Farm members throughout the season. I’ll invite members to submit their favorite recipes as well.

What about new ways of cooking? Besides trying new recipes, you might find yourself planning your meals a little differently after joining a CSA — I know I did when I started working at a farm. Instead of deciding what you want to cook and then shopping for the ingredients, what seems to work well for many people is to wait and see what’s in your share box that week, then plan your meals around those items. If you decide you don’t like something or can’t use it all, there’s no shame in composting. I might even figure out a way for you to send your compost to the farm!

CSA isn’t for everyone, but if you eat a lot of vegetables (or want to eat a lot!), are concerned about how your food is grown, and want very fresh produce without having to do the gardening yourself, consider signing up for a CSA share.

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