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The unfortunate thing about the internet is that anyone can say anything and someone somewhere will believe him/her. Nowhere is this more prominent than in the discussions revolving around organic agriculture. A lot of people – and more importantly corporations – have a lot of skin in the organic ag game. This creates a lot of incentive to obfuscate the truth about what organic is all about. With platforms like Facebook and blogs/articles that allow comments, the

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Farm Physics

Ice encrusted pepper plants

Announcements first, then a lesson in farm physics!

We have four more weeks of produce this season!

Please let me know if you will be attending the Garlic Planting Gala on Saturday October 6th from 2:00 until we have dinner and a bonfire. This is a fun event for all ages. Come see your farm and enjoy a beautiful fall day in the country!

We are taking orders

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What's a cubit?

I’m starting to wonder if we embarked on the wrong spring project this year. I was reminded of this when I awoke this morning to yet another round of heavy rain and thunder. As I was listening to all the commotion outside I leaned over to Susan and said, “Looks like I will be gathering vegetables this morning — by twos — one male and one female.”

A pessimist sees the rain gauge as overflowing. An optimist sees all the free fertilizer the atmosphere is producing. I’ve always thought us farmers as pessimistic optimists. Everything that can go wrong

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Handy Dandy Guide to Winter Squash

Members ask me frequently what type of squash they are getting. It seems there is interest in knowing not only where their food comes from but also what their food is. Makes sense. I figured perhaps I can help them out! However I see this as an opportunity for me as well. I can find out who is reading the blog and who isn’t. Anyone who asks me what type of squash is in their share will reveal their failure to read the blog. Those who don’t ask the questions will obviously have read the blog. They may still not

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Fresh Earth Farms Newsletter 8-30-2011

Since we love our job we can’t stay away for three whole days in a row. So we are open and delivering on Labor Day! If you pick-up your produce on Mondays please plan to do so on Labor Day.

As we were having lunch the other day we were reminiscing about last season and the tomato harvest that was underway. Last season in the middle of August we were harvesting between 300 and 400 pounds of tomatoes every other day. We

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Fresh Earth Farms Newsletter 8-17-2010

It has been very busy here on the farm. So busy I don’t have time to write a bunch of stuff. So let me focus on the important things.

First, we’ve been digging garlic every chance we get. We are about 2/3rds of the way done. Hopefully we will finish by the end of this week.

Second, we will be giving out garlic with this week’s share. The first garlic will be Czechland Race. It is a smaller garlic with a strong flavor and a bit of bite when eaten raw. We grow it as an indicator as

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Fresh Earth Farms Newsletter 8-10-10

It has been and continues to be very busy here on the farm. Seems like the work peaks around the same time the temperature peaks! Not fair. But now that I think of it, the work also peaks when the temperatures dip. And it also peaks when the temperatures stay constant. In fact the works peaks from about Mid March to the end of October, then it stops peaking.

Our biggest project right now is digging the garlic. We

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Fresh Earth Farms Newsletter 8-4-2010

I am a bit behind in getting information out this week so here goes.

This week we will have tomatoes, tomatillos, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, sweet peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, basil, onions and sweet corn.

The potatoes are a great tasting variety called Nicola. They are a yellow potato with a thin skin. Great for roasting on the grill. If you put the potatoes in a sealed aluminum foil bag on the grill the potatoes will steam. If you put them on the grill in an open aluminum container they will roast.

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Fresh Earth Farms History

Many people over the years have asked me, “Hey Chris, how long has Fresh Earth Farms been here? What is the history of the farm?” I usually gave a few recent dates and a bit of general information then went back to more important things like ignoring the question. Why not answer it you wonder? Because I didn’t know all the history – until just recently. And now I am sharing it with you.

The Complete History of Fresh Earth Farms

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Fresh Earth Farms Newsletter 7-27-2010

It is a hot one today. Great day to write a newsletter.

This week I will focus on pests. This year we are inundated with pests. Absolutely overrun. Completely saturated. Just like last year and the year before that and every previous year. There are a lot of pests every year. The way we farm we do not try to eliminate every pest, though that would be a wonderful thing. It is difficult to kill many pests organically. Instead we try to take measure to reduce the damage to the plant so that it is still able to produce the

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