"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

Mabel in the Snow

Mabel in the Snow
It has been a long winter

Goats

Goats
Babies! 17 and counting

LLoyd

LLoyd
World Series Homage: Lloyd Topps

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.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

csa

transmitting from sw 70 th and sogtillo.
"gentleman start your salad dressings!"
i came home today to dry off and take a nap and when i woke up we had received another two inches of rain. farm has dodged all hail so far - a grower friend of mine to the south got golfballed last night. one of the best salad dressings i ever had was just a grapefruit squeezed on spinach.  chickens dont lay as many eggs on cloudy days. amy brt died this week and we remember amy as community gardening advocate and all around swell gal.  maybe there should be an amy brt memorial community garden somewhere. she was really in to food forests and wondered why there werent fruit trees growing everywhere? a good question.  i heard some guy is working on a new "johnny appleseed" project for US.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

CSA 3

Ross asked me to convey the following to you:

today big spinach.  cilantro is representing the superfoods this week. it makes a great salad dressing. garlic a little sugar.......google it. it chelates - pulls heavy metals out of your body.
keeling hates it. keeling -  eat it anyway its medicine.  love this weather and a rainy weekend? sounds incredible. i read kei$ha drinks her own urine. might need to pick up one of her cds. see you later!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

csa

barb and i had no idea when we made the nettle pesto last week that it would have this kind of response. we knew it was good. wow...though. so its coming again tomorrow. this time with almonds and lemons.  they say nettles are so good and nutritious that they would have been eaten off the face of the earth if not for their stinging hairs. goats will still eat them. also vegetables tomorrow. welcome home james and chloe! cant wait to hear about the honeymoon. might not see you tomorrow as i am stuck in major farmer shit. ill be lucky to make it home for the american idol coronation. barb is on day 7 of some microbiotic - nettle diet and will probably have so much energy she will be bouncing off the garage.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

csa 1!

couldnt wait any longer. too excited. barb and i are making nettle pesto for you all tomorrow. we had it over some noodles for dinner. parmesan cheese maybe not necessary. its tasty.  eat it on crackers even.  nettles have just been added to the superfood list. has been dubbed "the new kale". article on nettles to the right. also some ideas on eating wild mustard greens also coming tomorrow. gardening strategy for 2013 is to beat the bug cycles in the spring. therefore im not planting any brassicas - cabbage or broccoli until july 4. so those will be coming in the fall. we'll be good on kale -  i planted the front yard here in kale. we are going to foil the cabbage looper. same with squash and melons and cukes (the cucurbit family) planting them july 4. last year all the spring squash yielded around ten zucchinis. gardens are looking much better with warmer nights and some sunshine. its the year of the potato again. and sweet potato. in must see videos to the right is this great ten minute speech by this guy from south los angeles. one cool customer. the other is the trailer for the film i was in in africa two summers ago. it just premiered at the hot docs festival in toronto. i play a drug addict/ conspiracy theorist.  (punchline here)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

CSA 2013

Looks like spring has finally arrived and its time to start talking CSA!

The dates have been set.  We plan on starting April 25th.  This is tentative depending on weather.  We may start a week earlier or a week later.  Regardless, it will run 22 weeks.  Spinach, radishes, kale and lettuce have already been started and we look forward to seeing your smiling faces soon. 

The shares are $450. 


So...what do you need to do now?  Send me an e-mail (BBrockley@gmail.com) to let me know you are interested.  We ask for $100 deposit to reserve your share but we will certainly take full payment.   If you need a payment plan, no worries...we are flexible. 

Please spread the word to anyone that might be interested.






Wednesday, October 10, 2012

last csa

 i planted two rows of sweet potatoes last spring - one in hugelkultur one in a regular garden bed. the ones from the hugelkultur are the size of nerf footballs. probably should publish these results. green tomatoes - set in a bowl or on counter and wait for them to turn red or do whatever they do with green tomatoes. they will turn red eventually. supposedly it is going to be a very snowy winter. lets hope so.  im anxious to see how this mayan calendar thing plays out. if planet niburu manages to miss the earth in late december i look forward to 2013 csa.  in the meantime - consider a no GMO food diet. russia is duplicating the french rat experiment and is going to broadcast the study on tv 24/7 for eight weeks. watching rats develop tumors in real time is probably better than most of the shows on television - im looking forward to it.  thanks for all the fun on thursdays this year.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

CSA 10.4 Good Buddy

Pretty much more of the same today but a lot of it.  Need to pick most of everything before the freeze.  Croquet party starts at 2pm Saturday.  Pot Luck.  We will have some grilled goat and hamburgers.  If you want to bring anything else to throw on the grill, feel welcome to.
Nebraska game will be on TV for those of you that follow such matters.  Ross won't be at CSA as course maintenance is a 24 hr job right now.  Come keep me company! Next week is the last week for CSA and I have told the beets, beans and lettuce that so if they cooperate we should be able to go out with a bang.   See you soon.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

csa

really dont know what to say about the beans. very bizarre. lots of flowers.....and barb says lots of little beans today....so maybe well have them next week. potatoes not washed because they rot faster when theyre wet. wash em up and cut out any green flesh. supposedly toxic but after the french GMO study  who cares? if you didnt see it and have the stomach for it check it out. russia has just suspended GM corn from the US because of it. we made a huge mess out of the farm in the pond/huglekultur project which you can check out next saturday during the croquet tournament. five bucks to enter - winner takes all. lamson - grilled goat  holbert - curry goat. kika - bread. modern monks - beer. kids welcome but must be 14 to enter croquet tourney.  dill is back tomorrow! i like grilled or pan seared peppers.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

CSA 9/20/12

Green beans are taking their sweet time but the good news is the edamame is ready!  If you have never had it, I posted some tips on the right on how to prepare it. Ross is out at farm preparing for the largest hugelkultur event in history-or something like that.  If you have time, you should pop out to
the farm this weekend--if only to see him on a bulldozer.  Many thanks in advance to all of you that
are going out to chaperone.  For those of you that are busy this weekend, you will be able to see the finished (or, more likely, somewhat finished) product Oct 6th at our party.  See you tomorrow.  Bring boxes...I am running low.  Barb

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

csa

in case of flash flooding during csa we are going to provide curbside delivery tomorrow. things shaping up nicely for squash starting next week. oppossums and skunks are now digging up in gardens looking for a nightcrawler or a grub. gardens only spot with any moisture at all - until tonight and tomorrow's severe thunderstorms.
two farm events upcoming. of course - the sticky wicket croquet tournament october 6 th. and a week from this saturday (the 22nd) we will be building the largest hugelkultur bed in nebraska - perhaps the midwest. looking for men or women to throw branches and logs into a long trench as i cover them while scraping out a new pond. lunch and treats provided. come be a part of history!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

CSA 9-6

We would like to welcome our newest CSA client into the world.  Cooper Louise Steger.  We hope to meet her very soon and predict she will be the face our our baby food empire. More green beans, tomatoes and cucumbers today and hopefully okra. Chard has a few holes due to bugs chowing it but it tastes just fine.  See you soon.  Barb

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hi Kids-Barb here.  Ross is still out at the farm where he has started Day 3 of not smoking and at least that of not bathing.  I hope that doesn't become Pavlovian to him.  For the first time in the history of our CSA, I can tell you that you get your choice between cucumbers and squash today.  The Mayans may have been on to something.  Green Beans, tomatoes and peppers as well.
See you soon.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

csa

might cut some more purslane tomorrow.  barb thinks no one ate it. if you didnt this is your second chance. this stuff is from the garden. has been watered - choice.  i see a purslane fried pepper olive oil garlic thing over pasta.  purslane and hemp are the only two plants that havent been affected too badly by the drought. you definitely want to eat purslane.  i found the best way to eat raw kale is with a very intense dressing like a whole lemon....my friend greg has done the nettle tea regiment - one cup 20 minutes before breakfast for thirty days. said it has cured his painful joints and arthritis. i read about a guy that turned his whole farm into a nettle farm.
T minus 11 days for largest hugelkultur project in the country.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

CSA Thurs 8/6/12

my friend bill came through town last week and his kids are pictured above... anyway his wife is a raw foodie and so are the kids.
the kids ate all the chard raw for breakfast. they recommended to eat chard raw just wrap it up in rice or glass noodles....... as a tortilla.....hopefully with hot sauce.
we tried it and it was great. couldnt even taste the chard really. if you love the taste of chard then you could chop up chard and stuff chard leaves with chard. raw
greens build blood according to chinese medicine. if your tongue is whitish you need to eat raw greens. big rains coming tonight!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

csa purslane week!!!

we are going to harvest the purslane and truck it in tomorrow. it is the closest thing to seafood in the plant world. is it a weed?..... yes. you probably have some growing in your yard and if you try it you wont have it in your yard for long. a french cultivar. recipes at right or just saute with garlique. 
also mabel put up a beaut over there on cooking eggs.  lots of tomatoes tomorrow many of them super ripe. sauce them or eat them before they collapse. the second generation layers have just started laying their first eggs so eggs should be great for the second half of csa. these chickens are GMO free. i have decided though i am going to use chemicals on zucchini stems from now on. from the first round of zuke plants we are down to 4 (non producing) out of 40 - all vine bored - next round look fair. going to plant round 3 tomorrow - there will be zukes!!!!! THE greatest food of all time. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

csa thurs

gonna add a couple more crystals to the cloud machine tomorrow and we should see some precipitation soon. most everything made it through but with not a lot to show for it - except the tomatoes - and kale of course. barb included a kenyan stew recipe basically throw everything you get tomorrow in a pot with some salt and pepper.
do not throw the T MAC bug spray in!! best mosquito repellant i have ever used without a doubt. please report results of this product back to barb and teri becasue they are thinking of going commercial with it and making 55 gallons at a time.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

csa

so this am i am out by the watermelons and the sky gets kind of cloudy and droplets of water started falling from the sky!  it was crazy -  one of the scariest things i have ever experienced. fortunately it only lasted a few seconds.  i googled it when i got home and it is a phenomeneon known as "rain".  do not place tomatoes in refrigerator or they lose all flavor. set on counter and eat at perfect ripeness.
ron paul only was given two nebraska delegates. thats not bad considering his name wasnt on the ballot that delegates could choose. not kidding - had a friend up there.  ron paul was so upset about it i heard he started planning another money bomb.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

summer crops starting to hit. tomatoes look bumper. all eyes on grand island this saturday (except of course the corporate media's) as mitt the rom tries to steal another one from ron paul. it all comes down to nebraska as it would be ron pauls fifth majority delegate win and he would thus be in consideration for the nomination in orlando. look for all the stops. see you tomorrow.  Barb says to return boxes, egg cartons and miso/kimchee containers when you are done with them.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

csa

  I hope everyone had a nice 4th.  More potatoes today, along with beets, kale, cabbage and onions. 
 Unfortunately, no eggs.  The girls have gone on strike in this heat and I can't blame them.  See you soon.  Barb