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Dog days of summer…

Crops continue to ripen on the farm despite the drought conditions we are enduring. We had almost an inch of rain last week but are still way down in our rainfall for June and July. This week looks to be a real scorcher which should help to ripen the tomatoes, eggplants and peppers.

We rounded the corner to the half way mark on our CSA (week #9) and the flower shares have started. We still have space for flower shares if anyone wants to join. We will have lisianthus at the markets this week so come see us. There will be 10 stem bunches, 5 stem bunches, large bouquets and fairy bouquets. The very first of the cherry tomatoes may make their first appearance this weekend too!

Here are some things I have seen on the farm the last couple weeks…

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Dry June…

Wow we have had an incredibly dry few weeks. It’s now been about 7 weeks without any measurable rainfall. Things on the farm are very dry to say the least. Luckily we have about 90% of the farm under drip irrigation so we are able to keep the plants going but not necessarily thriving and in those conditions the pests are really able to take hold. We have never had such pest pressure especially from striped cucumber beetles which will likely effect the zucchini and possible cucumbers harvests. These storms that are coming our way keep splitting up and missing us or just disappearing as soon as they get close.

This Monday June 27 is week #6 CSA. Thanks to everyone for all your kind words about the food you have been receiving. Please note that net Saturday July 2, I am moving to a different table at the Meridian Farmers Market. I will be in the pavilion (as usual) but moving to the Southwest corner (where Wilber has been for years). There will be quite a bit of shuffling in the pavilion for this summer so don’t forget to look for your favorite vendors. Here are some things I have been looking at on and off the farm for the past few weeks. Feel free to follow me on Instagram where I post most every day. Look to the right on this page to follow.

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Planting…

Hot dry week on the farm and for late May/ early June that means a rush of planting  before the rains come. So, so many plants got tucked into the ground this past week: the entire flower garden, likely a few thousand plants, hundreds of tomato and pepper, summer and winter squash, another planting of lettuce and many other I can’t quite remember right now. This Sunday June 5 will be out first week at The East Lansing Farmers Market. We will be there with vegetable, flower and herb plants for your garden and some greens. Monday June 6 will be the third CSA distribution!!!

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Monday May23 was our first CSA distribution for the 2016 season and it was so nice to see familiar faces and meet some new folks. Your boxes had lots of yummy greens: Growers Choice salad mix, spinach, leaf lettuce, Red Russian kale, garlic greens and some of our dried hot peppers. Time to get out those salad dressing recipes! We are still taking members for the season! If you are interested in joining just copy off the PDF from the website fill it out and mail it to the farm. Be sure to prorate the amount you send us to reflect the week you are joining. We will be having distribution on Monday May 30/ Memorial Day. Text me if you have scheduling problems.

It’s been very hot for late May but we have been slugging through the heat to keep up with the planting. We are confident we won’t see another frost so have been diving in head first into planting the warm season crops. 422 Heirloom tomatoes went into the ground Tuesday along with 200 determinate tomatoes and 300 indeterminate tomatoes. Sweet peppers and hot peppers also got planted. Kale, winter squash and Eggplant went in too. Thanks to all our super workers who make all this happen. I am chomping at the bit to get the flowers in. Hopefully next week.

Here are some farm pics from the last couple weeks.

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We have been seeding and planting like crazy this month: 1600 lisianthus plants went into hoop house #1 last week, 100 tomato plants got planted into hoop house #4 and the greens house is bursting with lettuce, spinach, swiss chard and kale!  This Saturday May 7 will be the first day at the Meridian Farmers market. We will be there from 8-2 with lots of certified organic vegetable and herb plants for all your gardening needs and hopefully a few greens.

There are shares still available for our 2016 CSA

We still have lots of space in our CSA both standard shares and premium share and flower shares. The first distribution is still a few weeks away. If you or anyone you know may be interested in joining our CSA, the membership form is located here on the website. Just copy it off, fill it out and mail it to the farm with your check. We are one of just a few certified organic CSAs in the mid-Michigan area.  Thank you to all our members!! Here are some pics from the last few weeks…IMG_2923

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We have expanded into our Quonset greenhouse after filling up the nursery greenhouse with baby plants. Every day we seed seed seed. Tomorrow will be a big work day on the farm when we put our first transplants into greenhouse #3, lettuce (three kinds), Kale (two kinds), swiss chard, spinach and beets.

So much rain this early spring. We are saturated on the farm and it looks to be awhile until we dry out (See pics below) Luckly we have the greenhouses to keep us busy for early spring plantings.

Thanks to all CSA members who have sent in their forms. We still have room in our CSA both for farm pick up and at the Meridian pavilion. Tell your friends, tell you neighbors, tell your neighbors friends! Here are some things I saw with my camera this week…

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IMG_2561At the butterfly house at MSU

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IMG_2695Ok ok…I know it’s just a clothesline but the first hang out of the season!!

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In the Nursery greenhouse

Spring is here in Michigan! Lots of tiny baby plants are sprouting in the nursery greenhouse as we wait for our fields to dry in hopes of getting outside to plant. The weather has been just beautiful and we love the longer days (though not the early mornings). We have, bursting in the greenhouse right now:  two planings of lettuce seeded in, swiss chard, kale, snap peas, spinach, long season hot peppers and flowers, leeks and others.

Thanks to all who are sending in their CSA membership. I got a little derailed when sending out the brochures and only got about half of them sent but plan to follow up with the rest this weekend. Remember you can always go to the membership sign-up page anytime.

Next week we hope to plant in hoop house #3. Remember we will be at the Meridian Farmers market starting May 7 and we will have lots of transplants for your garden and hopefully some early greens. Here are some pics from the last couple weeks.

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Hello to all and thank you to those who have signed up for our CSA 2016 season! Today is CSA sign up day! ( though we will be taking sign up for a few months). I am sending out the brochures to everyone this week so look for them in your mail boxes soon. Seeds are here and we plan to fire up the nursery greenhouse this week hoping that the weather warms a bit. It all begins again… Happy early early spring to everyone.

Here are some pics from the last few weeks. Taylor and I flew to Florida for a quick weekend to see my 92 year old mother-in-law and visit family. We saw the sun!!

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Seed Ordering…

It is that time of the year…We are a little late with the seed ordering due to some other projects we have been working on but are getting down to some serious catalog cruising this week, but not before a very through seed inventory; organic seed have gotten more and more expensive. Richard is building a seed storage/desk work area in the outside barn office to keep our seed stock in its optimal conditions for storage. More pictures of that soon.

Remember our 2016 CSA membership is open and you can copy the membership form at the link above, fill it out and mail it in with your payment. Follow us on Instagram on the link on the right of this page. Stay warm and safe everyone, looks like we have some snow coming in this week. Here are some things I saw with my camera this week…

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Thank to all who have already joined!! .

We are now taking memberships for the 2016 CSA season and hoping and planning for another great year on the farm. To join our CSA just click the link in the Owosso Organics 2016 CSA membership page and fill out the form and mail it with your check to the farm. If you haven’t already checked it out there are lots on new pics on the “Whats in a CSA box” to help folks decide what size box is right for their family.

We are deep into seed ordering and early cleaning of the greenhouses and farm right now. This is a very exciting time of the year when there are so many possibilities for the upcoming season. You can follow us on Instagram. Just look on the right hand side of the page.  Thank you for all you support.

Here are some recent pics from my big camera…

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