Here comes the season!

Our plants, produce and pork are on their way to you starting this weekend!

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Chris cultivating the walking rows of the kale and broccoli field with the much loved, antique, Farmall model A.

The spring crops are looking abundant and radiant and ready for harvest.  We are eager to begin this season’s harvest and start bringing the farm goods to the following markets:

The Columbus Uptown Market starts this Saturday, April 1st (9-12).

Our On Farm Market starts next Wednesday, April 5th (9-12).

CSA deliveries start next week (April 4th- LaGrange, 5th- On Farm, and 6th- Columbus).

The Columbus Botanical Garden Plant Sale is next week: Friday April 7th and Saturday, April 8th (and members only Thursday, April 6th).

At our On Farm Market, we’ll have spring produce, vegetable and herb plants, herbal tinctures, and farm raised, heritage hog pork for sale. Chris will resume his weekly newsletter next week so look for his letter and a list of what will be available before Wednesday.

At the Columbus Market this weekend, we’ll also be bringing produce, plants and pork. Normally, strawberries are reserved for our CSA members, but we’ve had such an abundance with the early spring so we’re bringing a ton to the market this Saturday!!

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Looking to be a mighty fine strawberry harvest this spring!

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The new greenhouse is very full of plants destined for our fields and for sale. Its been so nice to have a bigger space to spread out in. Also, having a real heater was a huge relief when the deep freeze hit a few weeks ago. In our old greenhouse, we only had small electric space heaters, which could barely keep the temps above freezing. I felt like we’d graduated to professional growers when I was able to turn on the big propane heater on those cold nights. And entering our 11th season as full time farmers, its about time to feel like a professional I’d say 🙂 I’m still in awe that Chris figured out how to wire that monster (and the rest of the greenhouse) with no previous electrical experience. What a relief to know the thousands of cold sensitive plants like tomatoes and basil would survive!

Looking forward to seeing all you thoughtful supporters of small, local farms again soon!!

Take good care,

Jenny + Chris

CSA, Opening Markets, and Spring Plant Sales

 

We still have CSA memberships for the 2017 season!

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Our all star, all female crew this year planing broccoli and kale. These ladies have hit the ground running the past week, planting thousands of other seedlings too: cabbage, chard, spinach, green onions, and kohlrabi to name a few.

How to join:

For all the details on dates,  pricing, pick up locations, etc., read the csa-brochure-spring-summer-2017

Print and fill out the shareholder agreement found in the brochure and mail that along with your payment to the address in the brochure. Half or partial payment is fine for now, but payment secures your share, not an email telling us you’d like to join 🙂

Markets starting up soon!

Our On Farm Market will begin on April 5th and will be open every Wednesday morning from 9-12 through December 20th.

The Columbus Uptown Market will begin Saturday, April 1st. We will be there through September.

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New apprentices Ann and Kelley using a tool Chris made last year that has become a real game changer: a row marker. The grid pattern that this tool leaves in the soil makes transplanting go so much faster than before.

Attention Home Gardeners: Plants for Sale!

 

 

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We’ll have many harder to find heirloom varieties as well as the standard ones.

We will be selling veggie transplants for the first few weeks of spring at BOTH the On Farm and Columbus Markets as well as the Columbus Botanical Garden Plant Sale April 7-8th. Garden Solutions Nursery in LaGrange is also selling our plants.

So if you are planning your garden, plan to get your tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, basil, and more from us this season! We use high quality compost and worm castings in our home made potting mix, so your garden soil is sure to be inoculated with a myriad of beneficial microbes when you plant our transplants. Mark your calendars!

 

 

 

Whether you will be shopping with us at market or joining the CSA, we  look forward to growing for you this season!

Your Growers,

Jenny + Chris

Last Winter Market this Wednesday

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Barney is 10, which is ancient for a Pyrenees, but he still trots along a few miles with us just fine.

Having more free time in the winter means long walks with the dogs at the end of the day. I treasure this time so much because once the farm work really gets cranking in the Spring, the pace doesn’t slow much until November. In December, the days are too short; once we finish with farm work its almost dark. Plus there’s an exhaustion that’s built up over the season, so walking at the end of the work day just doesn’t have the same appeal. So January and February are our months to stop working by 5 so there’s enough time to enjoy the golden winter light that’s left in the day. Its glorious.

As the day length gets just a bit longer every day, we are seeing more growth on our many seedlings in the new greenhouse. Kale, spinach, lettuce, green onions, broccoli and cabbage will be transplanted out into the hoophouses and fields in the coming weeks. We’re seeding carrots, beets and turnips in the hoophouses. Peppers, eggplant, and basil have been seeded.  This week the big project is planting out our 6000 onion transplants.

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Microgreen growing experiments are going well!

On Farm Market

This Wednesday morning will be our last winter market.  Our regular market season will resume on Wednesday, April 5th. We will then be open every Wednesday from 9-12 April through December.

On April 5th, we’ll also have plenty of transplants for sale such as tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, herbs, and flowers!

CSA begins in April

We are currently letting our previous members secure their spot for the upcoming CSA season. On March 1st, we’ll open up memberships to new members. If you are interested in joining for the first time, see our website for details and email us at jennyjackfarm@gmail.com to be put on the list for a reminder about signing up in March.

This week at market, we’ll have:

Veggies: Microgreens, Spinach, Kale, Collards, Lettuce, Rainbow Chard, Watermelon Radish, Carrots- lots of carrots!, ‘Scarlet Queen’ brilliant red Turnips, Purple Top Turnips, Green Onions, and Baby Fennel

Pork: Ground Sausage, Link Sausage, Chops, Butts, Ribs, Smoked Hocks, and Lard for your wintertime biscuit making needs 🙂

Herbal Tinctures-  All herbs grown here and extracted with organic cane alcohol:

Holy Basil, aka Tulsi (improves the health of the adrenal system, the system that’s in charge of managing your body’s hormonal response to stress.)

Turmeric (anti-inflammatory and immune boosting)

Elderberry (anti-viral= good for the current cold and flu season that is upon us!)

 And Eggs from Turntime Farms in Ellerslie

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The 6th one is under there somewhere. These fatties are 6 weeks old so its time to wean. We’ll put them in a separate pen this week, much to mama’s relief.

Take good care,

Jenny + Chris

What’s at our Winter Market this week

This Wednesday morning, the On Farm Market will be open from 9-12!

After this week, we will be open for one more winter market on February 8th. Then our regular market season will resume on Wednesday, April 5th. We will then be open every Wednesday from 9-12 April through December.

2017 CSA begins in April

We are currently letting our previous members secure their spot for the upcoming CSA season. On March 1st, we’ll open up memberships to new members. If you are interested in joining for the first time, see our website for details and email us at jennyjackfarm@gmail.com to be put on the list for a reminder about signing up in March.

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Microgreens are baby plants that are 4-6 times more nutritious than mature plants. The ones we are experimenting with now are radish, broccoli, purple cabbage, kale, and arugula. Super nutritious and super easy to add to salads, sandwiches, and egg dishes! This new crop for us will be for sale at our markets and included in the CSA shares this season.

LaGrange Daily News Feature

We made it in the newspaper last week!

Click here for the article

This week at market, we’ll have:

Veggies: Microgreens, Spinach, Kale, Collards, Lettuce, Rainbow Chard, Watermelon Radish, Sunchokes, Carrots- lots of carrots!, ‘Scarlet Queen’ brilliant red Turnips, Purple Top Turnips, Green Onions, and Baby Fennel

Pork: Ground Sausage (mild and medium), Link Sausage, Chops, Butts, Ribs, Smoked Hocks, and Lard for your wintertime biscuit making needs 🙂

Herbal Tinctures-  All herbs grown here and extracted with organic cane alcohol:

Holy Basil, aka Tulsi (improves the health of your adrenal system, the system that’s in charge of managing your body’s hormonal response to stress.)

Turmeric (anti-inflammatory and immune boosting)

Elderberry (anti-viral= good for the current cold and flu season that is upon us!)

 And Eggs from Turntime Farms in Ellerslie

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Piglets enjoying each other and the sunny, warm weather last week.

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Team work getting the onion field prepared. Chris is spreading granite dust, which is our new substitute for green sand, an organic source of potassium.

Take good care,

Jenny + Chris