Posts Tagged ‘Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association’

2015csa guild poster-page-001Stop by and see me at the Local CSA Farm Open House on Friday, March 20, 2015, 5:00 – 7:30 pm at Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W Michigan St, Duluth.

You can sign up for a Stone’s Throw Farm CSA share at the event, or find another CSA that suits your needs.

All of the farmers contribute local food and/or goods for a great raffle — the winner will be pulled from the hat at 7:30 pm, right before Farmers Take the Stage starts in the same venue! Stick around and let the farmers entertain you.

The CSA Open House is FREE. Farmers Take the Stage costs $10 and benefits the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association.

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Farmers Take the Stove ⋅ Tuesday, December 2 ⋅ 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Peace Church in Duluth, MNStove_sm

This much-anticipated event is a fundraiser for the LS-SFA, with a splendid dinner grown, prepared, and served by farmers and LS-SFA members. Also featured is a unique “sustainable silent auction” with farm experiences, local goods, and mouth-watering desserts up for bid.

Tickets available at the door or online by clicking here are $12 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for kids ages 5 and under.

Hope to see you there!

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HarvestFestPosterDon’t miss the FREE Lake Superior Harvest Festival this Saturday, September 6, at Bayfront Festival Park. It’s the 21st annual showcase of the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association, and the crew from Stone’s Throw Farm will be at the farmers market from 10 am-4 pm selling produce. This year, the festivities run into the evening as well thanks to a collaboration with the Twin Ports Bridge Festival. Parking is free from 10-4, too. 

See you there!

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AutumnSaladBehold a beautiful autumn salad made up almost entirely of vegetables included in our final Stone’s Throw Farm summer share box of the season, way back in mid-October. Salad artist:  friend and farm member Alisa DeRider. Looks good enough to eat!

I love it when farm members send me photos or stories of what they did with their veggies — otherwise I have no idea what happens to them when they leave the farm. For example, after she got her canning tomatoes, Jane sent me a photo of her Stone’s Throw Farm tomato sauce simmering on the stove (as well as enthusiastic & encouraging notes on a regular basis — not that she’s the only one to do so!). I’m happy to receive any and all recipes that people have tried and liked, and I really appreciate it when farm members respond to questions I’ve posed in the weekly newsletter (e.g., how do you like this new variety of ___?)

stoveOnce a year, I get to see and taste what the professionals would do with some of our produce at Farmers Take the Stove. Your friendly neighborhood chefs cook up the best local foods dinner around using ingredients donated by local food producers. Some of us amateurs bring our best dishes, too. This year’s meal is coming up on Thursday, November 14, at Peace Church in Duluth. Get all the details (or contribute to the cause if you can’t make it) at lssfa.org.

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vanpackedYou might be expecting a photo of our fabulous produce display from the Harvest Festival farmers market, but no. What I offer you is a view of our old van (it looks a little rough, but it runs okay) just prior to unloading it on Saturday morning, because I was really appreciating the best thing about a very full vehicle:  there’s no way for the contents to shift during transit. When I arrived at Bayfront Park, everything was exactly where it was when I left the farm. Nice.

Also nice was the weather (mostly); the steady crowd, including some of our CSA members — sweet; the other vendors & exhibitors; and the work of our volunteers and (of course) our Festival Director, Jean Sramek. Jean put it all together, Gina Temple-Rhodes signed our sponsors, Joel Rosen headed the committee and kept the farmers in line, Nels & Carol Hursh supported the food vendors, Jason Wussow brought in the musicians, and others helped plan the event and made it run smoothly — thanks!

Behind the scenes at Stone’s Throw Farm, my parents harvested potatoes and carrots; my mom bagged, bunched, and packaged; and Elden manned the wash & prep station.  My dad took care of the rest of the farm work (there’s work beyond picking?!?), and everyone helped at the Fest on Saturday. We are such a team.

If you missed the event but want to help support your local farmers and cultivate new ones, click here to donate to LS-SFA’s current campaign. Thank you in advance.

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See you at the 20th Annual Harvest Festival at Bayfront Festival Park, Saturday, 10-4.

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???????????????????????????????My dad called yesterday evening to tell me that there are six brand-new piglets in this world that will eventually find a home at Stone’s Throw Farm! It’s not as many as we’d hoped from this litter, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. They’re cute as can be, based on a couple photos my mom sent of the piglets napping under their heat lamp.

The piglets will have a good life — they’ll eat nutritious food (with no antibiotics added) and enjoy a low-stress environment outdoors with each other for company and plenty of shelter, fresh water to drink, and things to do (i.e., rooting in the soil, of course).

There’s no such thing as health insurance for pigs, but if there was, these pigs would surely get credit for their healthy lifestyle. You get credit for going to the gym, right? Now, you could also get credit for being a member of a CSA farm.

Stone’s Throw Farm has been approved for a new Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association program called the CSA Wellness Initiative, and HealthShare is the first company to participate in our area. It’s an exciting new development spearheaded by Jamie Harvey of ISF, and I hope you’ll check out HealthShare and/or encourage your own health insurance company to join in.

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goodfoodnetworkFriday & Saturday, March 8 & 9:  Good Food Transforming our Region Summit

About the keynote:

Dr. [David] Wallinga applies a systems lens to think about health impacts of food and how it is produced, processed, packaged and distributed in today’s global, industrialized food system.”

About the workshops:

Through the lens of food, workshops will include topics such as economic development and jobs, farmer and producer networking, food access, policy advocacy, healthy food, research and infrastructure, food hubs, and farm to school.”

CSA_OpenHouse03-14-13Thursday, March 14: FREE  CSA Open House

Stop by the Zeitgeist Arts Lobby between 5-7 pm to:

  • Meet local farmers (including ME!)
  • Learn about your share options
  • Choose the right CSA for your family

Friday, March 22:  Farmers Take the Stage

Everyone is welcome at this much-anticipated annual event. In addition to great music by great farmers, there will be a silent auction, stories, humor and more.”

This event is a benefit for the non-profit Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association.


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I roasted these pumpkin seeds — delicious!

The topic of the LS-SFA’s Annual Meeting yesterday was seed saving — something I rarely do. I’m all for it, but it’s just one of those things that I know isn’t going to make it to the top of my to-do list anytime soon. I’m glad I had the opportunity to spend some time around people who are passionate about seed saving, though, because if nothing else, it reminded me to be grateful to all the people who have saved seed throughout the years, preserving heirloom varieties. And, I’m grateful that we have some excellent seed companies in our country that develop and maintain thousands of varieties that commercial vegetable growers depend upon.

This year I’m going to try more new varieties of veggies than usual, for various reasons. Several varieties I was planning to buy were sold out, discontinued, or unavailable due to crop failure at the seed company’s source farm. Other varieties I’ve used didn’t pass muster, such as some of the head lettuces. And I’m still searching for the perfect tomato varieties to grow in the field (Will the quest ever end? Probably not).

There’s another reason to try new varieties, though — for fun! I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth repeating that it’s pretty exciting to try a new variety just because it sounds intriguing in the catalog or you’ve heard it’s delicious. In honor of squash being named Duluth’s vegetable of the year for 2013, I’m going to grow everything I grew last year and more, including some spaghetti squash (several members have requested it) and “Gold Nugget” hubbard-family squash (you can get the open-pollinated version from Seeds of Change).

Cornfield Pumpkin from Seed Savers Exchange

Cornfield Pumpkin from Seed Savers Exchange

I know saving seed from veggies like tomatoes and peppers isn’t that difficult, but right now, isolating varieties to prevent cross-pollination seems like just one more complication in my field plan that I’d rather not deal with — getting a working rotation down is challenge enough. I don’t even want to think about hybrid seed production — hand pollinating? Don’t count on me to get it done.

In other words, I’m feeling pretty good about the money I just spent on vegetable seeds. It seemed like a lot of money, but on the other hand, I’m happy to pay for a quality product.

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Local favorites Chester Creek Café, Duluth Grill, and New Scenic Café will be preparing delicious dishes for this event with ingredients from local farmers. Many individuals will bring their own specialty dishes as well. Stop by for good food and good company, and support the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association.

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