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April on the farm!!

Hello from the farm!  Spring seems to have come early this year, at least the spring temps seem to be ahead of schedule.  It’s been a great year for fruit bloom, with lots of sunny days, and active bees.  We are hoping to see a bumper crop of peaches and cherries as well as more apples that we got last year.

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Things are rolling in the garden as well.  Planning and planting for 150 shares is vastly different from planting for 10 shares.  Kind of hard to convince myself that I need 200′ bed feet of sugar snap peas, when 12′ was enough last year.  We are finally winning when it comes to bed prep as well.  The wonderful rain we have had has made it slower to get into the areas the pigs went through last fall.  In part, this is because the weather has been warmer, and grasses have started growing sooner/faster than usual (or at least faster than I expected).  This has necessitated more soil prep than we had planned, but as I said.  We are winning!  We are still probably about 4 weeks away from our first share delivery, and we still have room! (Click here for the sign up form) We are asking folks go get their deposit in to hold their spot ($200), and to try to get paid in full as soon as they are able.

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On the CSA / Farm Share side, we have partnered with some great folks for pick up locations!!!  We will have Tuesday pick up available in downtown Marysville!  The location is close to the freeway, and we are excited to be able to bring our food to a widening community of friends!!!  We also are super excited to have a location in Seattle!!!  Just North of Greenlake, and south of Northgate Mall.  We are still working out the day of the week that we will be delivering those shares (early sign ups’ can weigh in on that decision).  Our web based sign up sheet has been updated to show the two remote pick up locations (no extra fee), and if you have any other comments or questions, please feel free to use the comment field at the end of the sign up for that.  You can also print it off and mail it in, or just give us a call, and we can walk through it for you!!!

Our Spring Farm Open House is also in the final planning stages.  More info to come on that, and we’ll have that on Facebook and in an email invite, so keep your eyes peeled!!!

Both our dairy does have kidded now, and we are once again enjoying all the fresh milk, cheese and yogurt we can eat!  We only had boys this year, but they are still cute, and fun.  They will be on hand at the open house, and will be weaned shortly and able to go home with new owners.

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Once again, Farm Open House is coming in another couple of weeks, and if you have questions about our CSA Farm Share, Here’s the post that talks all about it.  Ready to sign up?  Just fill out our order form HERE, and we will invoice you for the deposit!

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March on the Farm!!

Hello Farmily!

What a spring!! It’s been wonderfully warm, seeds are starting, grass is growing and baby goats are bounding about the farm! It’s also still really wet. Liquid sunshine we like to call it. Here’s to hoping we avoid a drought this summer! (Speaking of summer, make sure you read to the end for a special offer!!!)

After a dark cold winter it’s nice to be enjoying some of the left over greens from the garden. It’s also exciting to see all the little specks and flecks in the seed packets come to life, lift their hands to the light and GROW!

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That’s not the only thing growing on the farm! Last Friday Marbles, the spotted doe threw (that’s farm talk for gave birth) to two strapping bucklings (boys). They are getting bottles 4 times a day, and are getting more coordinated every day.

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They even came out to say hi to our new puppy Logan! With all that’s going on right now, it’s still pre-CSA season! We have a little late March special for those of you who haven’t signed up for our CSA yet! How does a free week of veggies sound to you? If you sign up by the end of March, we will give you a free week of veggies!! That’s 6 months of fresh, seasonal, classic garden treats for less than $22 a week, and you’ll get a week for free!! Everyone likes free. Just click the link, and fill out the order form. We’ll bill you later (yes we can take payments)

HERE IS THE SIGN-UP LINK!

(and one last shot of the cute brothers!)10644548_988441941233495_6519725631384055264_n

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Fresh Local Berries (organic too!)

We are excited to be partnering with Hayton Farms this year to offer an add on of fresh local organic berries!  Hayton Farms is a 5th generation, organic berry farm less than 20 miles from our farm in the fertile Skagit valley.  They specialize in berries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.  They offer multiple varieties of each, meaning lots of variety!  If you’ve been to any of the local farmers markets, you’ve seen them.  They are at over 80 different markets each week!!!

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We are going to be offering 1/3 flats, that’s four pints (or two quarts) of berries.  They will be seasonal, so there may be a lot of strawberries at some times, more blueberries at others.  If you really love fresh fruits and berries, you can add on more than one fruit share.  If you select delivery, your berries will come with the rest of your CSA share at no extra charge.  We hope to be able to offer some bulk buys during the season for folks who want to do some canning as well.  The cost for the first share is $204 for 17 weeks.  You can add a second share for an additional $195.  In addition, we will be coordinating bulk buys for canning and preserving for our CSA members.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Here’s the CSA Sign Up link!!!

Flower CSA! From Twig and Vine in Stanwood Washington.

We can’t do it all.  But we also think that shouldn’t mean you shouldn’t have choices, options and some beauty in your life, and we have an opportunity for our CSA customers, to have a fresh local flower arrangement weekly with their CSA vegetables.

While we are growing your veggies, Deanna from Twig and Vine will be putting together some of the best of the seasons flowers to grace your table!  Deanna has been arranging flowers for local brides, offices and other customers for years.  We are excited to have the chance to partner with her to offer a 10 week season of fresh local flowers, grown with the same care as we are growing your food (That means no bee harming sprays or chemicals, and with a mind to the stewardship of the soil).

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Your arrangement will be different, every week, and will include some familiar and some unique components.  She describes them as “a flower garden bouquet, with a loose comfortable feel, filled with unique foliages and herbs.  The will have heirloom flowers, types that growers sometimes can’t get, and flowers like sweet peas, dahlias, zinnias and much more!”

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The cost for the 10 week season is $250, which is a good deal, and unlike the $30 arrangements in grocery stores, all of your investment will stay in the community.  These flowers aren’t brought in from out of state, these are local.  Like 25 miles local.  Additionally, if you add on delivery for your CSA, your bouquet will show up with your weekly box of local produce at no extra charge!  Deanna expects the season to start in July.

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If you have any questions, you can e-mail her at twigandvine(at)gmail.com, or get in touch with us!!

CSA Sign up link here!!!

 

Fall Farm Update!

Hello Farmily!

It seems like no matter the season, it’s our favorite, and it’s the busy one!  This summer has been fun, and busy, and crazy!

To re-cap our pilot year CSA has gone REALLY WELL!  We’ve had great feedback, we have learned more than having taken a 10 credit collage course, and worked a full time job to boot!  We are super excited about the 2016 season, and although it’s early for CSA sign up’s we are already taking deposits.  We’ve added some cool stuff too.  We have an add on option for berries, and weekly bouquets.  Also, cause we are busy and feel the ‘too much to do’ pressure, we are offering DELIVERY!  Initially we will deliver to Stanwood, Camano and Arlington, but if you are interested, and outside that area, please get in touch…  There are images of all 25 weeks on our flickr page, if you want to see what the Half Share size we did this year looks like.


9 of the shares from this summer.
Turkeys are done!  Most went into the freezers of our customers who got their deposits in back in May.  We did have a couple folks who didn’t wait and cooked them up fresh.  Word is they are great!  Which is always nice to hear, especially since Farmer Joscelyn and Farmer Adam (with some help from Grammy) were the butchering party this year.

The night before ice camp.
The December pigs are doing well too!  We still have half a pig available.  Deposit is $125 for the half.  They are busy right now digging up for the garden for next year, eating our old pumpkins and getting LOADS of other organic produce trimmings.

The rototillers just before their move to the new patch.
Winter is going to be a season of change in more ways than one.  After 14 years of off farm work, Farmer Adam’s boss has decided that he was ready to move on without Adam.  We had planned on Adam working off farm till May or April, but that’s obviously changing a bit.  There were several ‘dark days’ farm related products and crops that we had planned on trialing in 2016, but we are moving some of them up to this fall.  We’ll be posting more info on our web site and social media (Facebook and Instagram)

Fall colors by the back woods.
Whew!  Told you it’s been busy!  If you want more info on the CSA for next year, Here’s an info link, and the link is below for sign up!
Are you ready?  HERE IS THE SIGN-UP LINK!