Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sweet Corn!!!

This week we have been harvesting a bunch of really delicious sweet corn...we just had some for lunch and it was perfect! As sweet as candy, my daughter said. We will have more than we can use, so I need to try and sell some. Anyone interested? It is organic...it has not been sprayed with any pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. We eat our fill, then preserve the rest by blanching in hot water and cutting if off the cob to freeze and enjoy in the winter. So much better than store bought! It will be $4.00 per dozen and you can pick it up at the farm, or I will be in Pella Saturday morning for a drop off. Email me at picketfencefarm@gmail.com to make arrangements. Thanks!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Update from the Farm

Well, I haven't been able to update this blog as often as I would like to here lately. We have been busy harvesting, weeding (although the weeds are winning at this time!), getting our house in town on the market to sell, plus trying to make building plans for our new home on the farm. It has been a busy summer! The gardens are growing nicely (along with the weeds and grass) and we are getting great harvests. I hope to have our farmstand open in the next week or two, for those of you who are interested. I will post on here the day and time it will be open, if you would like to come email me for directions. I will probably try to post an ad in the local Reminder too if I feel we will have enough to sell. The CSA is going well and we hope to expand the garden and add more members for next season, so if you are interested email us and we will put you on a waiting list. I have one name on it so far. Some of the things we have been harvesting in the last couple weeks are:
summer squash
bell peppers
jalapeno peppers
cherry tomatoes
green beans
red potatoes
sweet corn and large tomatoes (just this week)
mixed flower bouquets (this week)
and I am sure I am forgetting something...but we have been blessed with abundant harvests for our members and our own family as well. God is good.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Organic Center

The average child in America is exposed to 10-13 pesticides daily in their food, beverages, and drinking water. Switching to an organic diet for just five days virtually eliminates any sign of exposure to organophosphate insecticides among school age children.

Nine out of the top ten pesticides posing the greatest risks as a result of dietary exposures are endocrine disruptors.

This information is found on www.organic-center.org. This site looks interesting, and I plan on searching it more. Yet another reason to know where and how your food is grown...