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- Thomas Jefferson

2014 Sticky Wicket Croquet Tournament

2014  Sticky Wicket Croquet Tournament
2014 Stciky Wicket Croquet Tournament Sept 27 at Farm

Chickens

Chickens
Sorry about eggs this year. Just ordered more so we should be ready to roll this spring!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

csa

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

csa

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

csa

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

csa

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

csa

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!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

csa

something you may not have known about barb and i is we eat fried potatoes every night.  a great dinner is when they are crisp. talking to lou right now and he doesnt think this front heading our way is going to rain, i think its going to rain all night. tomorrow is a weird csa.  its kind of a world cup event with foods from all over the world. its a weird mix. see you then. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

csa 4th of july

you guys are a pack of hotdogs away from a picnic. i see potato salad and cole slaw out the ying yang.  ill be eating fried elderberry blossoms as well. would have brought you some but they are too delicate. might be my new favorite food. maybe i can carefully bring some in tomorrow and make em up. dont know - it is replant time - melons pumpkins squash and cukes in worlds longest HK. happy fourth to everyone. bring bags back barb begs.  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

csa

tomorrow is cant miss. the first dozen or so get some pretty sweet looking broccolli. more on the way.  as pictured above purslane has gone commercial in lincoln.  i predict the next weed craze will be wood sorrel. mabel has moved in with the pigs. she is starting to act like a pig - grunting instead of whining. its good. we made kimchee - the one you get tomorrow is unfermented - eat fresh like subway. its my friend gregs recipe and this isnt as  good as his. korean variety fermenting. if you cook these peas they lose some crunch. crunch is at a premium these days.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

csa thirz

peas coming despite being finally blown over by big wind. they hung on for five or six storms.  they are sugar snap peas. eat all - so do not shell them. we have french woofers this week, manon and matthias. matthias has shot video of hugelkultur and is going to unleash it on france when he returns. buckley from vega is talking musicfest at the farm labor day. its called "lettuce turnip the beet" - details to follow. universe contest for sure. eggs improved today after i beheaded an eggeater yesterday. thought about digging baby potatoes but i think its kind of a waste so i didnt.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

csa

eggs slightly off because we have one - probably two, eggeaters. unless you are checking often its hard to catch the eggeaters.  ill get em because after a week of eating just eggs chickens start to look like shit. and crazy. we pulled all the lettuce that we planted that is now in the shade under trees.  looks kind of weird but tastes good.  the baby llama looks like ray charles.  Hannah said she didnt have time to make salads last week so she just cooked the whole bag down at ate it. lettuce.....everything. is hannah nuts? see you tomorrow if i get out of the weeds.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

C S A

csa tomorrow stands for caesar salad...........something with A......might grill it. in other exciting news augo is back and ready for augokultur. some beautiful red and green looseleaf lettuce in the mix. cannot complain about the rains this year. i heard when it rained on easter that means rain the next five sundays - i think its been four out of five- not bad for an old wives tale. that reminds me, barb says bring bags back.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

csa

the picture above is one of barbs lettuce-hugelkultur beds.these are some of possibly too many that are coming your way tomorrow. excellent candidates for a caesar salad.  i tried to get the journal to write a story about hugelkultur.  no bites yet.  im obsessed - every time i see a a pile of branches anywhere i think what a great garden it would make.  a few of my neighbors have built them and its only a matter of time before you see mounds everywhere. the gardens are looking good - gardening itches more than it has in the past.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

csa

gonna be some greens tomorrow - lettuce baby kale and spinach. not sure what form it will take. might be in just a big bag and just drop it in a bowl and eat it. herbs again. if you didnt use them last week a good way to go now is just chop them all up and make a bunch of salad dressing to keep in a jar. shake it up - we are entering lettuce season. nettles available on request for the rest of the season. bobcat starter went out which means there is a break in the worlds longest hugelkultur. barb is saying to not forget to return bags. the red bags are going to be great for cornhusker season.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

csa thurz

read an article about how chemicals in food are making us angry. that might explain the rage i had leaving perkins the other morning.  the pigs are very funny. come out and see them anytime. big spinach tomorrow and nice radishes.  dill and cilantro. impossible to overdue either in a salad dressing. cilantro is on almost everylist of superfoods. it chelates your blood whatever that means.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CSA # 1


It's the first csa and crops are slow and that can mean only one thing - something with native weeds. yes! nettle pesto again. For those that ate it last year it was a big hit. see article on the right for nettle effects. incredible.
Stir it into some hot pasta and maybe add some parm. delish.
I have been eating weeds now for about a month. dandelions. wood sorrel. lambs quarters.......I am considering a future csa that is just weeds. In the here and now, though, things are looking good at the farm, should be in spinach and lettuce in no time. looking forward to seeing everyone. -Ross

Hi Guys...Barb here. There won't be much tomorrow but the nettle pesto is definitely worth the trip. It is made with walnuts so if there are any nut allergies out there...my apologies. I have purchased 2 canvas bags for each of you instead of doing boxes this year. Just return empty one each week. This procedure will start next week when said canvas bags arrive.
Please save egg cartons for us. See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Happy Spring Everyone! We look forward to the 2014 CSA. We plan on starting April 24th....but depending on weather it may be the first Thursday in May.  Pick up will again be at our house (1129 Harrison Ave.) every Thursday from 4-6pm. Same price as last year. $450. A few small shares will be available for $300, We just need to know if you will be participating again this year so let us know at BBrockley@gmail.com.
New this year: 
2 pick ups will be at our farm so you guys can come out, visit the animals, and see where all the food is grown.  Dates TBA.
We are trying the mushroom project again. Shitakes and oyster mushrooms We plan a big party to inoculate them in logs and straw....Details soon. But even if you can't revel in the spawning , you will hopefully be reaping the rewards during the season.

If you have any friends that you think might enjoy this, please let them know. We are hoping to take on a few more clients this year, Looking forward to seeing you guys soon. If you have saved any egg cartons over the winter, let us know and we would be happy to pick them up.
-Cheers! Barb and Ross

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

final csa of the year

this is it. we are hoping to go out with a bang. pumpkins. these are cooking pumpkins and dont forget to bake the seeds. small cabbages tomorrow and sweet potatoes - white variety, they are a little dirty as i had to dig them in the mud. sidenote - these sweet potatoes were grown in a third year hugelkultur bed and were NEVER watered. it was incredible. they looked shiny and green even through the five week dry spell in august. hugelkultur is the stuff. augo is making a documentary about it. now its time for the five disappointments of the season. coincidentally they all start with C.

carrots - supposedly they are great companions to tomatoes.  tomatoes overgrew them.

cantaloupes - virus

cukes - virus

collards  -  chowed by the looper. thought i had beat the cycle.

corn  -  raccoons

thanks to everyone for participating in CSA.  we will have broccolli and green tomatoes and other things but you have to come to the STICKY WICKET - October 26th, saturday all day to get those. it is a croquet tournament - potuluck. hope to see everyone there but see you tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

CSA 10.10

I first got interested in farming my senior year of college after reading Wendell Berry's "The decline of american culture and agriculture". i have read many other things from wendell over the years but hadn't heard much from him for a while until yesterday i read "wendell berry, poet and prophet calls for revolution". he is calling for an immediate end to industrial farming and a return to the sustainable farming methods of the past.  I'm taking him for his word here. tomorrow - the sweet potato rebellion.
(more sweet potatoes next week if we don't pull it off)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

csa thurs

due to the gummint shutdown we will not be cutting the chard tomorrow. we are going to be bringing in more watermelons which have had mixed reviews. the last one i cut wasnt ripe.  some said theirs was good. if yours wasnt  - tell barb and get another one.  maybe let it sit around for a few days. there will be more next week for the bad melon hat trick. i have had some good ones. me and augo ate one last week that was the best ever.  csa was going to end next week but we are going in to "postseason" so at least 2 more after tomorrow. great brocs and cabbages forming slowly. good recipe for zucchini - fry in garlic and olive oil, slightly brown it, throw zuke away and eat the pan.    

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

CSA 9.26

i did not get to meet russel brand. daniel pinchbeck filmed all nine episodes of his new show "mindshift" - he was the first filmed i was the last. coincidence or conspiracy? perhaps one day we'll find out.
honey tomorrow.  tomatoes not as juicy or sweet due to nighttime temps dropping. i would sauce them. love collard greens. melons will be starting tomorrow. cantaloupes went buggy but there are some. watermelons
look great and everyone should get one tomorrow or more likely next week. remember the viagra properties of the superfood watermelon are found in the rind. brockley farmaceuticals is not responsible for erections lasting more that
14 hours.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

CSA 9.19

Just 4 more CSAs left kids but so much fun stuff coming. Broccoli, Cabbage, Melons, Pumpkins, Sweet Potatoes and Winter Squash will finish out the next three weeks...I took some photos to show you their progress.
Tomorrow collards debut. I am not going to cut any kale but if you want any, I will when you arrive. You will get the last of the potatoes this week and the zucchini will more than likely be very large. It is still delicious and perfect to stuff when this size. (See recipe on right).

Ross is in NYC filming some talk show...panel includes Russell Brand. If not an international incident, a TMZ feature likely to result. Come keep me company!
See you tomorrow!
B.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CSA 9.12

Hello CSA'ers. I hope you are enjoying this beautiful rain this afternoon.
Ross made a movie a few years back called Stuck Truck. Life is imitating art (I use the term loosely) as he cannot get his truck out of the mud at the farm. 
He called and wants me to tell you to grill the peppers and squash for the game and take the points with UCLA.  See you tomorrow. Beets are coming back!
Barb

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

CSA 9.5

I have good news and I have great news. The good news is potatoes are back. The great news is swiss chard still isn't. Great way to store extra tomatoes is to roast whole in oven then freeze. Roasting gives good flavor.
Ron Paul is calling the chemical attack in Syria a false flag. Russia is sending a delegation to Congress to discuss same. Obama says he may open up another war anyway.  Oh well...eat more kale.
See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

csa

barb is requesting boxes back if you can. she is also saying that if you are a fan of okra to tell her and she will get you some in the next few weeks.  the tomatoes are so good tomorrow that it may take your mind off these l00 degree days.  if you cook the squash in a tomato sauce with herbs there is a chance you can momentarily forget the miley cyrus performance at the video award thing.  make up some cucumbers with dill and onions and leave behind your worries of the middle east escalations and world war III scenarios.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

csa thurs

squash has finally arrived. i have been eating yellow squash for the last three days with no end in sight. really like them prepared any way.  there might even be cukes -  i saw lots of little ones the other day.  the delayed planting seems to have foiled the squash bugs.....either that or they are going the way of the honeybees.  i think we beat them because the farms bees are doing great.  more beets tomorrow.  must visit farm for squash blossoms. theyre incredible lightly stuffed battered and fried but too delicate to transport for csa.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

CSA 8.15

Lots and Lots of tomatoes tomorrow.  Hopefully squash will have its coming out party as well.  If not this week, then next week for sure. I will have a list of horses for the big race this weekend (Arlington Million) if anyone would like to send a wager with me.  A few gems from the Daily Racing Form to let you know that know what we are dealing with:
Grandeur:  " He’s one of those horses that the ground can’t be fast enough for him"
Rahystrada:   "Rahystrada is not coming just to run in the race, but to try and win it."
Little Mike:  "Physically there's no excuse going into this race. He's doing as good as he could possibly do," 
Should be a breeze to handicap.  See you all tomorrow!
Barb

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/08/14/2766857/trainer-romans-hoping-to-restore.html#storylink=cpy

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

CSA 8.8

Ross is calling this one a can't miss CSA .  More delicious potatoes and the tomatoes and eggplants have finally blown up.  I am off to enjoy the sunset and pick beans.  For those of you that are worried, you have not missed the bean picking party.  Tentatively scheduled over Labor Day weekend when all 12 patches should be at Def-Con 5. And seriously, who wants the kitten?  (see photo). She is very sweet and may end up in one of your boxes. See you tomorrow.  Barb

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

8.1 CSA

Hey Guys.  Barb here.  I have to go to Omaha tomorrow so will not be able
to see your smiling faces.  Ross will be in charge of distribution as they say.
It is a salsa/spaghetti CSA with tons of tomatoes, peppers and basil...also eggplants and, of course, greens and eggs.  We were going to pick potatoes this week but that beautiful rain prevented us from doing that so you will get them next week.

The fall cucumbers, broccoli and squash are looking great...as are the melons and pumpkins. The purslane article/video posted here is a must-read. Augo did an awesome job on it.  Ross will bring some in tomorrow for anyone that wants it. I know that some of you are juicing it.... which is spectacular. 

See you next week!

B.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

CSA 7.25

Tomatoes finally. Leave on counter to ripen fully-do not refrigerate.  Mostly boring varieties today-exotics like brandywines coming soon in droves. Kinchee-Korean style except we don't use the fish sauce. Kimchee pancakes are incredible-google search. Rumors of a junk show tonight-so bring your musical instruments, but in the case of Phil, just bring your voice. Last week we cut off the beet greens and then learned that most people eat them (as you should) or feed them to their pet reptiles. So...that won't happen again.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

First round of potatoes tomorrow. Potatoes keep a lot longer if not cleaned so that is the way we give them.  Tomatoes are taking their sweet time.  I wish the redness of my skin correlated with theirs. Beautiful onions and beets also on the way.  Ross just called and told me to tell you:  "Go Big, Eat Fresh!" Better get out there....potential heat stroke. See you guys tomorrow!
Barb

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

CSA July 11th

tried to delay the basil planting so that it would be ready with the first tomatoes.  but missed - not by much - the tomatoes are getting close - just not turning red yet. so basil tomorrow - tomatoes hopefully next week.
onions - these have not been cured. if you dont eat them right away then leave them on the counter in the open so they dont rot.   eat fresh  (like  a subway sandwich)  my friend greg made me some thai kimchee and it was so good
we made a big batch - its not fermented like korean kimchee. so stick in fridge. kind of spicy. korean kimchee in a few weeks.  delayed plantings of squash and cukes and the broccoli family are planted and popping. thank you for your patience thru the first half of csa which was kind of limited to beat bug cycles. think we did. second half should be loaded. update pics on hugelkultur developments next week.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

CSA Wed July 3rd

Hi Guys-
Barb here.  Ross is resuming the largest hugelkultur project in the country so he ask me to fill in for him.
Tomorrow you will receive more Chinese cabbage, beet greens, chard, kale, eggs and NEW THIS WEEK....Garlic!  It will be fresh so if you are unable to use it in a timely manner, you will want to cure it.  Methods of curing can be found on your wizard box. Hoping you will also get onions but that will be a game-time decision. 

A Chinese Cabbage Salad would be perfect at your patriotic celebrations this weekend. There are many variations, but here is one.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/million-dollar-chinese-cabbage-salad/detail.aspx?prop24=RD_RelatedRecipes.

See you tomorrow my little firecrackers!

Barb

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

CSA Tomorrow (wednesday)

chinese cabbage - making kimchee with the large outer leaves. you guys get the heads. also called napa cabbage. makes good cole slaw.  beets and peas and purslane.........REMEMBER - this pick up is tomorrow - wednesday.  barb and tims b day is thursday and there is a party at the zoo bar where the wondermonz are going to be performing their world premiere concert. 5 - 7 30 thurs. come on down!
looking for some guys to come out to the farm on saturday afternoon for about twenty minutes of heavy lifting.  it would only be a about 20 minutes worth and if we had six guys and it would be not even that heavy.  if we had eight guys it would be like that light as a feather stiff as a board trick. need some strong backs. yes im talking to you james. and augo. and any other young bucks out there. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

csa thurs

 im not sure what is exactly is in csa tomorrow. chard and beet greens for sure. beets and chard are close relatives. be sure to eat the beet greens they taste like apples.   more lettuce - i know it hurts but one more week on the purslane. its a heat lover. ill bring in some because augo is writing an article on purslane - its big money on the west coast and so ill bring some in to sample and will be counting on someone for a good quote becasue if we can get purslane to take off i am rich, bitch.  last thursday csa for a few weeks as we move to wednesdays for the next two weeks. the plot to starve the cabbage moth seems to be working.  i have seen only a few and they look very frustrated and bummed. all the broccollis and cabbage........in the fall.  same with squash/cukes. not that anyone is wandering where the spring squash/cukes are.  i havent seen the squash vine borer but im sure its sitting on a brick somewhere picking its face.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

CSA 6.13.13

More Lettuce.  More Kale.  Eat a lot more kale.
New items next week-including purslane!!!!!
Impossible to over-do dill in a salad dressing.
Does anyone understand the sign at the KFC on South Street
"Did you eat the bones?"  I don't. I don't even  get "soft and yummy gizzards."









































Wednesday, June 5, 2013

csa thurs

 i see maybe too much lettuce tomorrow. it comes in all colors and shapes and sizes. there are some weird looking ones.  i think i am going to make a big caesar salad.  people have been asking about the purslane. i think i may be able to pick some next week.  purslane is now all the rage on the west coast. ive been eating a lot of lambs quarters. i should have weeded the spinach and left the lambs quarters. spinach went sideways. i think spinach is only good to grow in the winter/very early spring.
turkey eggs crackin at the farm. hilarious to watch babies trail their mom all over.  about five minutes after i let them out mabel came up to them and was "taken to the woodshed" by the mother. and doesnt even look her way anymore.