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Day 347/365
A year on the farm

Warmer weather today with a warm trend on the way...maybe allowing us to get  some things we had hoped to do in mid November. It was a cold November!
Washing veggies today revealed our Hanukkah carrot.
Not sure I’ve seen this before ...
#happyhanukkah #greenhouserepairworkneeded #springisjustaroundthecorner #knowyourfarmers
Day 346/365
A year on the farm

Road trip Wednesday! Central Illinois and the sun was shining like nobody’s business. 
We’re thinking about getting real serious about root crops...especially carrots :)
This machine is from the 1960s ...Scott Viner Harvester. This one is in pretty good shape...I’d imagine it sells for more now than it did in the 60’s .
It cuts the tops off and drops them into a container. #worksmarternotharder 
#alliwantforchristmasisascottviner #rootfest2019 #carrotsrock #knowyourfarmers
Day 346/365 A year on the farm Road trip Wednesday! Central Illinois and the sun was shining like nobody’s business. We’re thinking about getting real serious about root crops...especially carrots :) This machine is from the 1960s ...Scott Viner Harvester. This one is in pretty good shape...I’d imagine it sells for more now than it did in the 60’s . It cuts the tops off and drops them into a container. #worksmarternotharder  #alliwantforchristmasisascottviner  #rootfest2019  #carrotsrock  #knowyourfarmers 
Day 345/365
A year on the farm

Another sign up for the build a box is in the books...our weekly ‘get what you want’ box of goodies. We start putting it together after 7 am each and every Tuesday.
The chickens are laying eggs again ...after  their dormant period ...they are back in business slowly but surely.
Sunday night we heard coyotes howling near our house...possible suspects in the disappearance of Rudy the rooster.

#inquiringmindswanttoknow #wheresrudy #missyabuddy #coyoteugly #knowyourfarmers
Day 345/365 A year on the farm Another sign up for the build a box is in the books...our weekly ‘get what you want’ box of goodies. We start putting it together after 7 am each and every Tuesday. The chickens are laying eggs again ...after their dormant period ...they are back in business slowly but surely. Sunday night we heard coyotes howling near our house...possible suspects in the disappearance of Rudy the rooster. #inquiringmindswanttoknow  #wheresrudy  #missyabuddy  #coyoteugly  #knowyourfarmers 
Day 344/365
A year on the farm

Another week ahead of us...two more before our break.
We are ready to get our dried paprika peppers out to the masses.
#mondaymotivation #addingvalue #paprikapeppers #knowyourfarmers
Day 343/365
A year on the farm

Sunday funday...a batch of chili and some lentil soup prepared for the week.
Finally tried popping some of our popcorn...not quite ready yet. About 90% popped...so another week or two we should be good.
Dakota black...a real nice earthy popcorn with little hulls. Our first popcorn in three years ...glad it’s back :) #growyourown  #dakotablackpopcorn  #knowyourfarmers
Day 343/365 A year on the farm Sunday funday...a batch of chili and some lentil soup prepared for the week. Finally tried popping some of our popcorn...not quite ready yet. About 90% popped...so another week or two we should be good. Dakota black...a real nice earthy popcorn with little hulls. Our first popcorn in three years ...glad it’s back :) #growyourown  #dakotablackpopcorn  #knowyourfarmers 
Day 342/365
A year on the farm

The 49th market if the year  is in the books.
We only have two markets left in 2018. The last Saturday is the only market we declare ‘a break’ of the year.

Great day ...great conversations.
Thank you Appleton!

#thankfulfarmer #knowyourfarmers
Day 342/365 A year on the farm The 49th market if the year is in the books. We only have two markets left in 2018. The last Saturday is the only market we declare ‘a break’ of the year. Great day ...great conversations. Thank you Appleton! #thankfulfarmer  #knowyourfarmers 
Day 341/365
A year on the farm

Friday’s are for prepping for markets and last deliveries for the week.
Whew.
This years squash is not keeping that well.
While we tried a few different things...not having a dedicated storage space for squash is making squash deteriorate fasting than we had hoped.
Should be good till the new year but after that ...it will be limited.
We are noticing a few types of squash holding better than others so we will focus a little more on those for storage for 2019.
#winafewloseafew #growingpains #knowyourfarmers
Day 341/365 A year on the farm Friday’s are for prepping for markets and last deliveries for the week. Whew. This years squash is not keeping that well. While we tried a few different things...not having a dedicated storage space for squash is making squash deteriorate fasting than we had hoped. Should be good till the new year but after that ...it will be limited. We are noticing a few types of squash holding better than others so we will focus a little more on those for storage for 2019. #winafewloseafew  #growingpains  #knowyourfarmers 
Day 340/365
A year on the farm

Crazy busy day...yep we’re cranking out the veggies and it’s December 6th.
Makes this farmer incredibly thankful.

But its a sad day too...Rudy the rooster ...one of the few chickens I have ever named is missing.
Every night when I shut the door ...Rudy was always in his normal roost spot.
Last night he was not there...looked all over for any evidence this morning .  Nothing.
Hmmm...
#riprudy#fiveyearoldrooster #youweremybuddy #partofmydaywasmissingtoday #knowyourfarmers
Day 340/365 A year on the farm Crazy busy day...yep we’re cranking out the veggies and it’s December 6th. Makes this farmer incredibly thankful. But its a sad day too...Rudy the rooster ...one of the few chickens I have ever named is missing. Every night when I shut the door ...Rudy was always in his normal roost spot. Last night he was not there...looked all over for any evidence this morning . Nothing. Hmmm... #riprudy #fiveyearoldrooster  #youweremybuddy  #partofmydaywasmissingtoday  #knowyourfarmers 
Day 339/365
A year on the farm 
Went to south western Wisconsin today to look at some equipment...and picked up some organic burdock root from a farmer out there .
I’ve never tried growing it...but would like to some year.
An amazing root...google it :)
We have a nice supply and it will be on our build a box site  and farmers market table for awhile.
#harmonyvalleyfarm #scalingup #rootharvester #knowyourfarmers
Day 339/365 A year on the farm Went to south western Wisconsin today to look at some equipment...and picked up some organic burdock root from a farmer out there . I’ve never tried growing it...but would like to some year. An amazing root...google it :) We have a nice supply and it will be on our build a box site and farmers market table for awhile. #harmonyvalleyfarm  #scalingup  #rootharvester  #knowyourfarmers 
Day 338/365
A year on the farm

Wash day. Packing day. Delivery day.
We are washing some bins of potatoes that we had stashed in our shed before the projected single digit lows later this week.
Our tractor we got this spring is an important piece of equipment out here.
#washandgo #tatercleaning #argotractors #knowyourfarmers
Day 338/365 A year on the farm Wash day. Packing day. Delivery day. We are washing some bins of potatoes that we had stashed in our shed before the projected single digit lows later this week. Our tractor we got this spring is an important piece of equipment out here. #washandgo  #tatercleaning  #argotractors  #knowyourfarmers 
Day 337365
A year on the farm

Back at it on a dreary cold Monday.
We’re waiting patiently for our new greenhouse to arrive and hope the frost isn’t too deep to drive in the posts. Friday’s high of 16 looks stupid.

One of the onions we grow are cippolinis. (Pronounced chip-o-lean-e)
I like roasting them whole...peel outer layer off ...rub with oil and place in oven for a bit. Viola ....a sweet onion!
#cippolini #redcippolini #olmanwinterhasrearedhisuglyheadearly #knowyourfarmers
Day 337365 A year on the farm Back at it on a dreary cold Monday. We’re waiting patiently for our new greenhouse to arrive and hope the frost isn’t too deep to drive in the posts. Friday’s high of 16 looks stupid. One of the onions we grow are cippolinis. (Pronounced chip-o-lean-e) I like roasting them whole...peel outer layer off ...rub with oil and place in oven for a bit. Viola ....a sweet onion! #cippolini  #redcippolini  #olmanwinterhasrearedhisuglyheadearly  #knowyourfarmers 
Day 336/365
A year on the farm

Sunday funday.
As a Packer fan...it was a day to end an era. 
Our cat...peewee loves Sunday’s too. He’s a cat dog...likes to follow me around.

#farmerscat #peewee #coolcat #sundayfunday #knowyourfarmers
Day 335/365
A year on the farm

It’s December. Market day today was great.
After a week off...it was ‘exciting ‘ to get back in the marketplace.
Thanks Appleton!
The radishes tend to be slow movers ...but more people today know more about them than yesterday ...thus produce with purpose.
#marketday #payday #daikonradish# watermelonradish #purpledaikon #knowyourfarmers
Day 335/365 A year on the farm It’s December. Market day today was great. After a week off...it was ‘exciting ‘ to get back in the marketplace. Thanks Appleton! The radishes tend to be slow movers ...but more people today know more about them than yesterday ...thus produce with purpose. #marketday  #payday  #daikonradish # watermelonradish #purpledaikon  #knowyourfarmers 
Day 334/365
A year on the farm

The first catalog for 2019 came about a month ago already for an onion company in Texas.
Our 2018 onion crop was mediocre...it may have been great ...if it weren’t for the monsoon month of September.
Harvesting wet and muddy onions was incredibly labor intensive....and for me stressful. 
But months later...we look at the crop and count our blessings as we look like we did some things right after post harvest.
Keeping a lot of air movement on them looks beneficial.
I’m incredibly hopeful for 2019 onion crop. 
#onionsrock #bringiton #knowyourfarmers
Day 334/365 A year on the farm The first catalog for 2019 came about a month ago already for an onion company in Texas. Our 2018 onion crop was mediocre...it may have been great ...if it weren’t for the monsoon month of September. Harvesting wet and muddy onions was incredibly labor intensive....and for me stressful. But months later...we look at the crop and count our blessings as we look like we did some things right after post harvest. Keeping a lot of air movement on them looks beneficial. I’m incredibly hopeful for 2019 onion crop. #onionsrock  #bringiton  #knowyourfarmers 
Day 333/365
A year on the farm

Took the covers off baby kale today with mild temps...aw it’s so sweet!
#hoophouse #hoophousemagic #winterfarming #itneverends #knowyourfarmers
Day 332/365
A year on the farm

Wild Wednesday.
Traveled to the Windy City to meet with a prospective customer and meet the gang at publican quality bread. Found these guys after watching Sustainable on Netflix.
Wow...what a hoppin place! Not sure I ever seen so much bread. These guys are rocking it. Ancient grains ...72 hour fermentation bread.
The large ciabatta pictured is enough for a big family! 
If you haven’t tried this on our build a box...I think your missing out.
#makinggoodbreadbeknown #itsbreadseason #itssogood #knowyourfarmers
Day 332/365 A year on the farm Wild Wednesday. Traveled to the Windy City to meet with a prospective customer and meet the gang at publican quality bread. Found these guys after watching Sustainable on Netflix. Wow...what a hoppin place! Not sure I ever seen so much bread. These guys are rocking it. Ancient grains ...72 hour fermentation bread. The large ciabatta pictured is enough for a big family! If you haven’t tried this on our build a box...I think your missing out. #makinggoodbreadbeknown  #itsbreadseason  #itssogood  #knowyourfarmers 
Day 331/365
A year on the farm

Tuesday washday...we’ve set Tuesday aside for washing this winter.
A little easier than last winter as we moved our equipment in the ‘ol milk house ‘ in our 103 year old barn .
It’s constantly an issue for us...do we stick anymore money into this structure or build a small structure like a pole shed ?

While our minor roots like winter radishes took a beating from the lowest ground in our field from the rain...we do have a few.
They get so tasty in storage.
#daikonradish #growingpains #washarootortwo #knowyourfarmers
Day 331/365 A year on the farm Tuesday washday...we’ve set Tuesday aside for washing this winter. A little easier than last winter as we moved our equipment in the ‘ol milk house ‘ in our 103 year old barn . It’s constantly an issue for us...do we stick anymore money into this structure or build a small structure like a pole shed ? While our minor roots like winter radishes took a beating from the lowest ground in our field from the rain...we do have a few. They get so tasty in storage. #daikonradish  #growingpains  #washarootortwo  #knowyourfarmers 
Day 330/365
A year on the farm

Back at it today...a bit refreshed.
Planted our seed garlic for 2019. The warm weather last week took out the frost. Worked it up a bit and got it in.
Tired of paying big bucks for seed garlic.
Three varieties to keep it simple.
#seedgarlic #growyourown #playindirtonelasttime2018 #dirtiscool #knowyourfarmers