"If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny."
- Thomas Jefferson


Liefsbeth picking tomatoes


Grab one of these Saturday!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

regular season final csa

may not see you guys for last reg season csa as i am putting finishing touches on the croquet course and am hoping to see you all saturday. we have the game on and pork and beans. thanks for all the fun this year.

top 5 disappointments of the 2016 csa:

     the first time the pump came on at least half of the fish flushed in to the beds - about a week later a big frog jumped in the tank and ate the rest of them.  the next batch did a little better and the plants started to grow with some of the kales reaching about 6 inches and then the turkeys broke in to the greenhouse and ate everything. just gave the fish to my friend bill to overwinter and will try again next year.

    broke thru a screen door and killed a woofers rabbit on day 2 of his stay at the farm. pretty much  barked all night at who knows what all summer and this weekend received a lifetime ban from one of the neighbors property.

   vanished or went sideways.

2  ME
    it was close between me and the g hops for number one. i gave it to the g hops because they just  chowed everything. my problem was too much focus on new gardens and "big picture".

    disappointed is the wrong word.  for the brandywine tomatoes there are no words.  i thought i could handle them with chickens, turkeys......and the astralorp chickens dont hunt. they should be on this list. worst g hop hunters ive ever seen in a poultry breed. i am scheming my plan for next season and right now it includes  200 chickens in an eggmobile that is more mobile - just drop in and shock and awe for a day or two and keep moving becasue if this winter is mild again i see the sky going dark. guinea hens are the best grasshopperers but they dont shut up all day and i dont think i could take it with the mabel thing all night.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


jared the woof took the orange kitty that he named "rabbit" back to colorado with him. so we now have three, a striper and two gray black numbers. first three kids to the sticky wicket next saturday get a kitty! tomorrow - sweet potatoes - not a great harvest - the grasshoppers defoliated them early but they grew back. most were pretty lame though except some of the whites. the whites are the best. not going to plant anything else. red sweet pots from japan did not make at all - and the plants looked pretty good.
we will have to cut out tomorrow around six for lincoln calling comedy show at the zoo.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CSA 9.29

This is a very special birthday edition of CSA. Happy Birthday to John Keeling!
To celebrate this hot, sweet guy.... you get honey and hot sauce.
More butternut squash as well...and of course tomatoes.

This is the second to last CSA-- so for those of you on installment plans, plan on installing.

Don't forget the croquet party and pig roast on the 15th.

See you tomorrow!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

CSA 9.22

Lots of important updates to pass along:
1. Due to inclement weather Saturday, the croquet party has been moved to the 15th. I hope you all can still make it.

2. 4 kittens at farm (see photo). CSA member Angela held all four and can vouch for their high levels of cuddle. They will be available, for a special CSA member rate of free, at the party.

3. Augo hits town tonight and, rumor has it, will be at CSA tomorrow. For those of you who haven't met Augo...he was, and continues to be (even from Austin), our right hand man at the farm...and Mabel's best friend.

4. Brangelina broke up! (This one is just to add a little Ross flavor to the post).

Butternut squash, more hot sauce, tomatoes, peppers and melons for those that have not received one yet. Eggs are light this week...so will probably just wait until next week to give those. If you are in dire need, let me know, though, and I can get you some.

 We plan on just a few more weeks of this (finishing Oct 6) as apparently the grasshoppers signed up for our CSA and ate all our fall plantings. We plan on planting the hoop house this week and having a few special editions of CSA later this fall when we harvest the greens and lettuce. Honey will be coming before we end, however. Our bees were late in capping it so we are a little behind.

Really need bags tomorrow.

See you soon!


Wednesday, September 14, 2016


loads of tomatoes  - make one of those oven roasted tomato sauces its ridiculous.
prez campaign is getting kind of surreal. the main political issues of this campaign are hillarys health and trumps ego. croquet course is shaping up - more cayenne if your out. its more health tonic than hot sauce.  next batch we will go for more of a hot sauce.  its barb and my golden anniversary - 14th on the 14th.  barb will probably be warn out tomorrow from the ballroom dancing. go easy on her.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

csa TH

i wanted to have a "very special csa" tomorrow at the farm and we were going to sit around and watch the chickens eat grasshoppers.  its a great show.  tomatoes are pretty good tomorrow thanks to thirty five plants i put in a hugelkultur and have never watered.  they are killing it. they are also bushes and the g hops cant get to the fruit like they can on the strings.  grasshoppers like the big tomatoes. watermelons are starting to ripen.  they have a thick rind but its pretty sweet as well.  tabasco sauce - will stop a heart attack in less than two minutes, palpitations in 30 secs. your heart problems are in the rear view mirror.  cayenne on all herbalists top five.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


might bring in some winter squash as the grasshoppers are devouring the plants but they somehow produced some fruit. invites to the 12th annual stickey wicket went out yesterday if you didnt receive one here is a party link ----we are burying a whole pig so come and bring friends. kids and dogs welcome.  Im not going to enter the croquet tourney this year because if i did i would just win it again. or i might enter and play left handed.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


continually spraying the tomatoes with garlic - grassshoppers are very self conscious about their breath - but this weekend i think they all decided that if everyone eats them........still quite a few some may have some nicks. if it wasnt for the grasshoppers we would probably be overrun with them. i am turning the chickens loose out there this week - chickens eat tomatoes too but most of the big ones are off the ground now. spinning honey this weekend if anyone wants to observe the miracle of bees. good swimming still out there.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

csa thurs

as if tomorrow wasnt enough of a cant miss csa we have now learned that it is also matels birthday.  tomatoes are in - finally.  we are spraying them with a garlic soapspray to discourage the grasshoppers from eating them. you might rinse them before eating though theres not much soap on them.  barb needs bags. see you guys tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


I would love to promise you that this very special episode of CSA will contain tomatoes. I am not saying it won't , but it doesn't look great. Pretty sure there will be beans, and of course, squash.
I won't know until I get out there. Sorry to be so vague,
 but it makes your bag rather an enigma this week and that is fun....

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


august starting out with an inch rain is great but brockley pharmo in early august without tomatoes is.......well.....i want to put up a link on making onion and banana pepper sandwiches. tomatoes are starting to ripen and should be thick by next week. i hope everyone gets one tomorrow. barb is saying csa is still going to be good tomorrow.  stranger things have happened. tim is having a beer tasting if you are looking for post csa
Hey guys-Barb here. We will have green beans, onions, basil, squash, peppers and hopefully get everyone a cabbage that has not yet received one. There are potatoes for those of you that miss them. Just let me know. Tim is hosting a cool beer event tomorrow. Link below. See you soon.  And as a reminder, CSA will be WEDNESDAY next week.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016


the second planting of beans are starting to produce. the first round was eaten to the ground by a groundhog. ditto for the cukes. the only bad thing i can say about hugelkultur is it attracts super lazy groundhogs that dont want to dig a hole for themselves.  mabel finally got onto them and i havent seen them since i bought a can of groundhog scram. read the riot act to the tomatoes a few days ago  but they wont turn red until they are ready to i guess. saw on the internet that jumping into cold water is one of the most healthful things you can - cools down your organs. so come out and swim - for your organs if nothing else. last call on potatoes tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

CSA 7.21

 Most, but not all, of the cabbage is ready so if you don't get one this week, you will next week. We are going to have a serious talk with the tomatoes this weekend to tell them it is time to ripen up. I am looking forward to my first BLT of the year.

Green beans have been slow but if they can survive this heat, I predict them next week.

CSA scheduled for August 11th will actually occur on Wednesday August 10th,

We will remind you numerous times, but thought I would mention it now.

See you tomorrow!

Ross sends his regards from the pond.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

csa thirz

beets coming again for the last time for a while. eat them and the greens. kimchee again - eat it its good for you.  tomatoes are going to be a bumper crop if they will start turning red.  korbelik came out to the farm to do a story on hugelkultur that drops sunday in the journal.  if you are  building yours you might want to get the wood together before that story breaks - could be slim pickins for a while.  we have a kitten- black and gray if anyone wants. nice temps this weekend - still great swimming weather - see you guys in the pond.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

CSA 7.7

Hey CSA'ers...hope you had a great 4th and made many potato dishes for your BBQs. More potatoes tomorrow, along with a ton of beets, kale, and a thai kimchi that is a twist on the traditional with limes, peppers and vinegar. Tomatoes are forming nicely and green beans and cabbage should be arriving next week.

I am running low on bags, so please bring those along with you!



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

csa thurs

hey guys.  liz wilson has this new diet where she can only eat things if they are on a pizza. ask her about it.  wish we had fourth of july cabbage for cole slaw but it is a week or two off. go big on the potato salad. kimchee is vegetarian - no fish sauce.  an old indian guy told me it was gonna rain last night and not a drop. hurts that much more from an american indian. maybe tonight? i need it to rain so i dont have to remember what needs water the most. need a clean slate. see you guys in the pond.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


beets are coming in hot tomorrow. eat the greens - pretend they are swiss chard - they basically are.  dearth of swimmers this summer so far.  the pond is happening - i think it was all the snapping turtle stories - yes there are snapping turtles - no snapping turtles do not bite you when youre swimming. it is barb and tims birthday weekend we are starting to celebrate tonight by making kimchee.  see you guys in the pond.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


csaers - its getting hot. that means things are growing!  lettuce is coming in tomorrow in quantity.
potatoes also coming tomorrow and probably wont stop for the foreseeable future. heard common good farms is building hugelkulturs and loving them.  zipline is officially open for the summer. belmont stakes saturday around 5 pm. see you all trackside.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

csa thurs

lettuce took some hail - not pristine but tasty. i like the potatoes raw. with salt. eat more salt.
you need salt. dont skimp - especially if its good salt.  things are growing and germinating except swiss chard.  cant seem to pop any chard. augo comes to town this wkd and hopefully we can get some real photos for the blog - barbs have been......well - you see them above here.  for instance the turkey one is not one you would expect to win a pulitzer prize.  

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


fish open house is on rain or shine friday 5 - 8. this could be good timing if you want to see the farm this spring as mosquito season opens next week. right now the only people coming for sure are me and besty. the address is southwest 70th and saltillo.  if its not pouring i will have the grill lit. tomorrow some new items. barb wants me to pick baby lettuce but i cant do it. massive amount of radishes tomorrow and should be juicy. get some good salt - "Real Salt" at open - harvest also while youre there pick up a bag of canyon something barbeque potato chips.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

csa Th

tomorrow is a good csa. notice how i didnt say great. maybe the most nutritious though. the key to the pesto is cooking the pasta right. if the bag says 10 minutes that means around 7 take it out and let it finish on the counter with a little olive oil. you can cool it down by stirring in pesto and shredded parm. this one has all the best tasting plants (nettles wood sorrel cleavers and chickweed - links to the right) on the farm. should be a "wow" type moment if you dont blow the pasta.  aquaponics open house next friday afternoon.  come out and meet the tilapia. no gifts. would have been this friday but hallz n oat are at the zoo. keeling is now the bass player-worth a look.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


 im not sure exactly what will be in the box tomorrow - a little muddy to dig the artchokes, (jerusalem). lets see what happens. heard there might be music.  aquaponics system is almost up and running and that will almost certainly be a party, at least an FAC.   mabel is probably gonna be there tomorrow she doesnt really like the mud. so she would want to remind teddy butch woo and mack to come over if theyre not too busy.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


nettle pesto. mix into warm pasta add parmesan cheese - pretty tasty.  eggs might be light - we will be great on eggs in the near future as a flock of astralorps gears up for egg season. okay lets get down to business: i like creator the 3 horse to hit the board. my long shot as of 5 39 wednesday is majesto the 18. that is subject to change  - good luck to all the horsemen and women out there. see you tomorrow if i am not on scramble. rain coming - first quarter planting on the full moon friday.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

csa blastoff

which came first the chicken or the egg? answer at csa tomorrow: both. we got a bunch of meat birds this winter and they were  professionally butchered (USDA) they are big 5 lb roasters. they are primo.  
i hope there are not too many vegetarians but also a bag of greens -if some of the greens look odd they are "wild edibles."  it was suggested this year be the year of less kale.  eat less kale! is the motto this year.  we sold the goats so no baby goat pics this season. feeding the goats fruit trees so that they could produce babies to feed the coyotes did not fit in to our budget this year.