"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


Doran and Ivan Chillin at CSA


Salad Days are Here Again!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

CSA Extra Innings!

This will NOT be the last week of CSA. We are going to give your sweet potatoes one more week so the last one will be October 15th. Kind of a hodgepodge this week of winter squash, radishes, green, tomatoes and hopefully some watermelon. Eggs are very light this week. The hens must know "Winter is Coming"

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

csa prewicket

i don twant to ruin anyones day tomorrow but im not gonna be at csa. i will be giving last looks on the croquet course. might be fast. will slow up considerably if it rains. alternative plan is to tarp the course, and or move it in to the barn but it looks like theyve called off the rain.  eggs are better this week.  no clue what happened the last month. it had to be a secret nest but i never found it.  tomorrow is Jos birthday - Jo i will see you saturday. have a great one! wheres rick poore?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


the lettuce did not bolt so its coming again. is it bitter? if it is dont you be. had some last night that was pretty good.  barb thought that sugar pumpkins were baby jackolanterns that were still growing. (?) she says bring bags and that she will see you guys next week as she is off to a crops fundraze.
farm keeps getting skunked on these big rains it better rain tonight. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

csa THZ

the L and the T are coming in tomorrow. pick up some B!  read where russia is giving one hectare of land to any citizen that wants to farmstead. at this point of the summer so will I.  september very quiet on the market crash and asteroid fronts so far.  if the honey bears arrive tomorrow there is honey. if not - next week. mellifluous last saturday. might be an early halloween.  pretty good pumpkin crop but the vines are finished.  these are cooking "sugar" pumpkins.  honey is good in pumpkin pies.  

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


big storms with a bunch of downed trees?  goosebumps driving around town for a hugelkultur farmer. if you lost a tree grab a shovel it is go time. eggs might be a little light this week - chickens have a secret nest and i cant find it.  eggplants go good with peanut sauce. what doesnt? hope everyone got invited to the sticky wicket on oct 3rd.  augo says he is coming and teh trip from texas pays for itself when he wins it. as always 5 dollar buy in for the croquet tourney and 10 dollar "buybax" -  theme is pizza parlor -made some a while back in teh new clay oven and it works. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

csa TH

grasshopper population is climbing. have to pick teh tomatoes just as they turn or its over.  makes me mourn for the baby turkeys lost to some asshole raccoon a few months ago - they would be gorging right now. of course they would also be eating all the tomatoes off the vine. i need a livestock manager. i think the move would be to get a couple hundred turkeys in june and pay some kid 25 cents an hour to walk them through the farm every day. is that slavery?  reading all kinds of creepy predictions for this month on the interwebs.  might be best to just party out this month. bring bags to barb.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


csaers whats going down besides the stockmarket?  i hope this doesnt affect my stockmart idea for discount stocks and bonds. had a filipino woofer this week who has also spent a lot of time in teh oregon woods say that these shitakes were among the best shes had this summer. don tknow how many there are but full shares for sure.  barb needs bags. stay dry tonight - gullywasher alert. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


this is not a drill, we have cucumbers tomorrow.  hopefully beans. i havent really checked teh beans as that is barbs dept and she gets frustrated if i dont let her pick them all.  movie is coming along but i need two chinese voices. does anyone know a chinese woman or man that would be willing to read a few lines that would be used on teh other voice only/ telephone call?  tell them there is veggies eggs and a goat in it for them. barb says bring bags back.  less thasn two months away from hugelkultur workshop. sign up today to reserve a spot. (its free)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


hey csaers
for your horseman out there barb likes Pizzaman in the arlington million stakes this weekend. she makes a pretty good case i may have to go out to the mattcave saturday.  insomnia cure of the week - fingertip pushups.  eating too many tomatoes and have an upset stomach? teaspoon of baking soda.  you should eat a tsp of that everyday anyway as we are all acidic. thats one of those cheap cure-alls. barb applied it to some nasty looking scab on her back that shed had for months and it was gone in three days. best spaghetti sauce - roasted tomatoes, add basil after the sauce is turned off.  mr ask me anything siging off.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

csa thur

todays radar is shaping up for another huge miss at the farm. have a feeling the corn and soybeans are looking pretty good north of lincoln. not sure whats going on with our beans - possible blossom drop in the high heat last week. barb says next. she also says she needs bags returned. barb, co-founder of the lincoln irish society, also suggested this week that you guys "need a break from potatoes." that is not a misquote or print.  thinking of the mcginns today. the judge bernie away yesterday.   

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


80 mph gusts last friday pulled whole zucchini and yellow squash plants out of the ground completely (terminal).  some were blown thirty feet away. the big leaves probably had a parachute type effect. except for a few tomatoes everything else fared okay.  we are gearing up for the folk and roots festival at branched oak farms this saturday. kill county goes on at 5 30.  t mac we're going right?  lizbet is back from belgium and is looking forward to her first csa tomorrow. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

csa IVAN

that is very nice work doran. and travis of course. he looks like a deep thinker. dont overthink it ivan.  no one really knows whats going on anymore.  farm is getting "carpy."  if you have ever dreamt of being in a bad b, possibly c film, come out and we will walk you through. we would love to have you, especially if you have an idea of what the movie is about.   tomatoes begin pouring in tomorrow.  tomorrow looks like a cant miss, especially if ivan is there.  kimchee is hot but pretty tasty. eat at least a few bites and you will feel your stomach thanking you. we had a woofer from korea who tasted it on the way out and said it was ready to serve and that it was "really good."

Thursday, July 16, 2015

CSA 7.16

There is good news and bad news....the bad is that the cabbage still isn't ready. Perplexing but hopefully worth the wait. The good news is the first tomatoes of the season arrive today. Just a few but enough for the long-awaited BLT. Most are just turning so put on your counter to ripen. More potatoes, of course and greens. When life hands you potatoes and kale...make colocannon! Trust me... myriad of new vegetables coming your way soon.
See you this afternoon....

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


just me tomorrow as very dadly,  barb is going to nikki buchanans rosary- nick lost her two year battle with pancreatic cancer this week. sucks. id like to see the potato harvest coming out of the hugelkulturs go into some kind of hugelkultur quarterly but i dont think there is one. not yet anyway.  i hope you guys are using up the potatoes because we are just going to add a few more each week til slowly you guys will be eating potatoes for every meal.  im basically 2 meals a day but i did all three the other day and it wasnt bad. mash em. i like them raw with salt too.  tomatoes are going to be the same kind of thing. no red ones yet.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

csa potato salad

miss turkey cracked 18 of 20 eggs! nice rains this am. lots of things planted this week and its always nice when the rain germinates instead of watering them up. we realized how far behind things are this week as we usually have cabbage for fourth of july cole slaw. this year you will have to settle on csa potato salad (throw in immature dill seedheads). i think you are a half a cup of mayonaisse away from a batch. good sweet corn at Lees chicken veggie stand.
good watermelon there as well. potatoes were dug and were still moist (hugelkultur) so we dried them out but didnt clean becasue they rot. if you dont use right away you could wash but dry completely.
barb needs bags bad. see you this later

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


mathias (pictured above) left yesterday. that guy could flat out eat hot dogs and will be missed.
augo is also gone now but returns for folk fest at branched oak farms august 1.  potatoes are not green this week.  barb took a cheesemaking class last night and is talking caprese csa in the near future. 
im eating her first two mozzarellas right now and with the right tomato, heavy basil, salt and very cold beer i think she might be on to something. she needs bags.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

csa Thurs

it has been a very challenging year for gardeners unless of course you are in to hugelkultur. hugelkultur is drought proof but also excellent in flood. exhibit one in the case for H K comes tomorrow in the form of small potatoes. probably going to cut all lettuce tomorrow as it is going sideways. some nice heads - some ugly heads - all good.  dill will be option only for a while.  barb has just cancelled the baby turkeys for tomorrow.  youll have to ask her about it shes not saying why.
kittens still available!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


hey csaers!
mixed predictions about the weather tomorrow but come rain or shine, especially if you like lettuce.
ive ben eating a lot of lettuce and i like it almost as much as the chickweed. we planted 500 but lots of extra tomato plants and some eggplants if anyone wants one - text barb with that and well bring some in.  also kittens!!!! i sent that email seperately.  some of you have been asking about the new carpula and is it any good. there is a few new twists but i doubt it. see you tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CSA 6.4

This week's blog is especially for the ladies. Augo is back in town and will be at CSA.
Tomorrow there will be a ton of lettuce plus radishes and young beet greens that you can just throw right in your salad raw. We are bringing the baby turkeys into town so you can meet them and perhaps name them.  See you tomorrow!  Barb

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CSA 5.28

Hey CSA'ers!
Tomorrow will be lettuce, radishes, cilantro and maybe beet greens.
Our 2 new additions to the farm are awfully cute. No names yet, but we will bring them
to CSA next week and have a christening party of sorts. We would bring them this week
but our good friends, and long-time CSA'ers, Teri and Steve are getting married. If you come after 6, your bag will be waiting for you. That is, if I get some back. In desperate need-- so please return.
See you tomorrow!  Barb

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CSA 5.21

Hi Kids. We are in a harvesting holding pattern until we get some heat and sunshine. Today is more salad mix, radishes and onions but with some rhubarb and dill to add a little variety. Salad mix again will contain some wild edibles...chickweed makes its debut. (see info on right).
The good news is baby turkeys are currently hatching in our incubator (photos next week). The bad news is that it is supposed to rain for most of next week. If we are lucky enough to get a few dry days, we are hoping for lettuce next CSA. Enjoy the sunshine today and, as always, please bring your bags back!  Barb

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

csa thurs

pictured above is lewandowskis garden in his backyard. nice going lou. maybe plant something in it?
more rain coming!  why not?  most things are growing well.  preakness pick - firing line. probably the favorite. have a black eyed susan.  mushrooms did not blow up but i think they will when it warms.  see you tomorrow

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Stormy CSA

Hey Guys. Not sure what this storm will bring, but if the hail stays away, we should have some beautiful spinach for you tomorrow. Either way, it will be delicious, albeit not so beautiful. More onions, eggs, kale and hopefully radishes- but it may be too wet for them to have finished out. Please bring your bags back tomorrow, as I am running low. Ross reports that shitake and pearl mushrooms are beginning to appear so that is something to look forward to. See you for more storms tomorrow afternoon! I think I just heard sirens......

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

csaers - i am thinking about getting out of the goat biz. tired of feeding them to coyotes. my time would be better used focusing on feeding chickens to foxes. with the death of lloyd, the goats are without their security out there. eggs are in good shape this year. great flock going and an even bigger in reserve.  mabel posted an article on dandelions - eat them up they are delicious. kentucky derby this weekend. we can handicap it tomorrow. see you then.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

csa 2015

here we go. had a hoophouse this winter filled with greens - mostly kale. been eating kale all winter - weird to be sick of kale at the start of csa. im in the process of eliminating food altogether - see article at right - sungazing. gonna take 9 months it sounds like. by the end of csa this year i should be winding down this whole eating thing.  ill probably still have a few beers with everyone on thurs and maybe a green bean or two during the week. see you tomorrow.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Happy Spring! We are busy planting seeds indoors and out for the most fantastic CSA yet. We are planning on starting April 23rd.  Same prices as last year $450 for standard share/$300 for small. Pick-up will be Thursdays from 4-6pm.  All I need from you is an e-mail stating you are participating again this year. You can e-mail me at BBrockley@gmail.com.

Also, if you have any friends that you think would enjoy this CSA experience, send them my way and I will fill them in on all the details. We can't wait to see you!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

last csa

hey csaers!
tomorrow is pick your own pumpkins - out of our garage. they might be in the lawn depending on if barb gets home. grab one! we are in preproduction scramble for the stickey wicket 2014 which blasts off this saturday at 2. whole pig comes out of the smoker at 5 or 6. it is a potluck party - bring the family out and see the farm!  hwy 77 to saltillo, right to sw70th, you will see the sign, parking in off saltillo at what would be sw 69th st if there was one.  thanks to everyone for all the fun this year. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

csa last (officially)

next week is the last one. Hoping our pumpkins can beat cold weather and cucumber beetles to the finish line. Sweet potatoes and melons tomorrow. Comedy show on Sunday at Zoo and Ross goes on last at 915. Party the 18th. Whole pig and croquet fun. Augo is guaranteeing another win.....seriously?
Start practicing. See you tomorrow. B.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CSA 10.2

Hey Kids-
Barb here....Ross is canoeing around the farm

Lots of good stuff tomorrow but we may need the scuba gear to harvest. We will try to rescue the sweet potatoes but if we cannot, you will get a ton next week. Delicata and butternut squash are beautiful. These are winter squash and store well if you don't get to them right away. You will also be getting summer squash, turnips, peppers, tomatoes and hopefully radishes and collard greens.

This CSA goes until we are out of produce so we may be going into extra innings. We have to make sure you get your melons and pumpkins. We will let you know next week if you get a few more weeks of us.

Ross has a comedy show at Zoo Bar Sunday Oct 12 as a part of Lincoln Calling It would be great to see you there. Show starts  early (8?) for all of us that work on Monday....do people still actually get Columbus Day off?
 Also- party at farm on the 18th. Bring the family out...Lloyd has been asking about all of you. Starts at 2pm. Croquet tourney for those inclined.

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


barb told me she is pretty sure she picked a small green pumpkin last week thinking it was a summer squash. anxious to hear how that was if you got it and ate it.  going to start digging sweet potatoes if not too muddy as it looks like a storm rolled thru there this am. winter squash coming in. these keep. dont forget to roast the seeds. as some of you know the croquet party has been moved to the 18th of october. too many going to willie and neil in neely. if anyone has acorns and wants to fatten up pigs bring them to csa and i will pass them on in csas acorns for pork exchange. had to buy some GMO corn for them as other grains were out at the co op. pigs ate it for a few days and then just stared at it. chickens didnt even sniff it. you should see animals eat hemp.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CSA 9.18

Hey kids- Barb here. Very fun CSA tomorrow: Honey, Miso, Turnip Greens and Mushrooms are new! Some recipes on your right.
One month left of this journey...oh how time flies. We will finish out the weeks with winter squash, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and more. If you are on an installment plan, please pay in the next couple of weeks. Don't forget about the croquet tournament on the 27th. It will be a blast. And, as always, I need bags. Toodles!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


new chickens laying - found some eggs this am. we ordered a bunch of chicks and are incubating eggs. eggs have been lame. now i have to butcher these spent hens. "great in chicken soup" for anyone that wants a piece of that. also discovered this am the maple logs are blowing up in pearl oyster mushrooms. wish i had a picture. year of the mushroom still in play. tomorrow lots of same but will be lots of new stuff starting next week.  9 - 11 turns 13 tomorrow! a teenager!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


those large brussel sprout looking things tomorrow are mini cabbages that form after you cut the original cabbage. sometimes four or five of them. cheese with herbs, tomatoes and possibly meat and other items are excellent stuffed in zucchini after you scrape out the pith then baked.  judys pumpkin update - diseased. cuke update - lots of little ones but not holding my breath. egg update - the younger generation hasnt laid an egg yet and they are eight months old. supposed to lay at six mo. not sure whats up. have theories but they make me sound insane so i will give those on a request only basis.    

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


barb needs bags (desperate).  i tried the beans on a cookie sheet thing. oil and salt them til crisp. pretty good. you may want to try phantoms technique and just throw the whole csa bag in a pot and cook it. eat all week. saw some cukes coming on today - and eggplants! sorry about those.  i heard from one farmer that his peppers have grown only a few inches this summer.  they are not much bigger than when he put them in in the spring. he thinks its the solar minimum. ill go with that - lets blame all the worlds ills on the solar minimum.  the magnetic pole flips probably arent helping either. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

csa rick poores b day potluck

gonna be a hot one out there tomorrow for ricks 60th. we will put food inside and well make a few swamp coolers. i am grilling chili dogs.   see you there! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


to answer your question, yes i think jude can win the state fair pumpkin and i also think she will. this thing is blowing up. drive down sewell sometime and check it out.  next thursday the 21st is a potluck birthday party for rick poore. we will set up a grill or two.  a few new items tomorrow. squash is hitting now finally. good beans. eggplants were planted too low and got too wet early -  the ones in a hugelkultur look great but there are only three of them.  barb is off to the races in chicago so i will be running csa - your patience is appreciated.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

csa th

woofers. worldwide organic farm opportunities.....something like that. definitely a bright spot in a world going batshit.  the 4 pictured above spent the week at the farm. had a blast with them. james - is still woofin it, made a zipline into the pond- kids are going to lose it - if you have any or know any bring them out. lots of tomatoes,  make sauce. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CSA 7.31

Hello CSA'ers. Barb here. Tomorrow lots of tomatoes and more potatoes. This Irish girl may have gotten a bit famine-panicked when planting in the spring. Peppers and eggplants are taking their time but they look good, as do the squash and cucumbers which should be along in a few weeks.
A few green beans for everyone tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you.
Please bring your bags. I am completely out of the burgundy ones....not to single any group out.
Let me know if you want a kitty in your share this week.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

csa thur

three weeks late is better than never as tomatoes starting to ripen. leave on counter til fully ripe. key to crispy fried potatoes is to slice and then salt them for 30 minutes - pour off water and then wring in towel. potatoes tomorrow and then we might take a break. might not. hearing of harlequin bug outbreaks around here. i have seen a few - the younger chickens who will soon be laying eggs get pretty much free range of the gardens - maybe they are eating most of them.  or maybe its the massive spike in snakes since i started building hugelkulturs - snake hotels.  hugelkultur veggies also have a lot more minerals from the wood.  its starting to take off among gardeners everywhere. it is the only way to go if you are thinking of putting in a garden. the lincoln journal can ignore this for only so long. i think it would be fun to make a hugelkultur out of lincoln journals. im sure they would "bury" that story as well.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


plantings for cucumbers and squash were delayed again this year. for those new to our csa i am trying to stop certain bug cycles which i think has worked. all the cucurbits are up and running but still a few weeks off for fruit. tomatoes are best ever but no red ones yet. heard summer returns next week and tomatoes and beans will follow. so where does that leave us for tomorrow? tons of potatoes and kind of a garden clearinghouse. and augo. augo all august!