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

Dates for Winter On Farm Market

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New litter for the new year!

Happy New Year friends! We hope you’ve enjoyed the holidays and have found time to reflect on the past year and your hopes and goals for 2017.

We are enjoying the quieter, slower pace of winter here at the farm, and getting ourselves organized for the upcoming season. We have hired our first apprentice and are interviewing for the second position. Chris continues to steadily work on the finishing touches of the greenhouse which includes building a sliding front door, and the more difficult tasks of running electrical outlets throughout the house and wiring the heater, fan, and shutter.

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Today, Chris successfully wired the first outlet and shutter without electrocuting himself! We count this as a significant victory since this is his first time dealing with electrical work. 

I spent the past rainy Monday ordering all of our seeds for the year, including the new crop we are adding this year: microgreens! Our friend Jean has grown microgreens for our On Farm Market the past few years, but she’s passed the production of these tiny, super nutritious greens onto us. We are looking forward to the challenge of learning how to grow a new crop, and excited to add such a nutrient dense food to our market and CSA boxes. (Recent studies have shown microgreens to have up to *40 times* more vitamin E and 4-6 times more other vital nutrients such as vitamins C and K than mature plants!).

We do still have a nice selection of winter food growing in the hoophouses, so throughout January and February we will open the On Farm Market from 9 .m. to 12 p.m. on the following dates:

January 11th, January 25th, and  February 8th.

I will send a list of what will be available before each market via this newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you at the farm this winter, or at the Columbus Market when we return there first of April. CSA will also begin early April, more details to come soon!

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Lots of beautiful winter lettuce in the hoophouse. We’ll have it for sale at our On Farm Market next Wednesday, 1/11, along with carrots, spinach, kale, collards, pork, and more!

Take good care,

Jenny and Chris