Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Eggs & Extras 12/11/12

December 11, 2012

Hello people,

There are a few green things to share today.  The mesclun mix includes kale, mustard, arugula, claytonia, chickweed, beet greens, and more.  Really nutritious and yummy and grown in Leyden in December!  Most vegetables have really slowed down their growth but the claytonia and mustard keep growing despite short days.  

The ducks however, stopped laying once the days became shorter than 9 1/4 hours.  Interesting.  Now I am pondering either giving them artificial light or waiting to see if they start up when the days get over that length again.  On days that I am home I let the ducks and chickens wander about, eating bugs and weed seeds.  The two species generally get along, although I don't think they understand each others language.  The Muscovy drake and the White Rock rooster have had two brief confrontations.  Each guy has won one round.  I am hoping they have figured out their relationship now.  Sadly, we lost one Buff Orpington to a hawk last week.  Dang. 

Let me know if you want any eggs or veggies and I will label and hold them for you.  This is the only week for daikons.  
Sweet Morning Farm

On hand today:
3 bags mesclun - $3.00 each
3 pound daikon - $2.50 a pound
1 pound watermelon radishes (spicy!) - $2.00
5 - 7 dozen large eggs - $4.00 each
*note: individual eggs vary in size, mostly L/XL but a few mediums mixed in.  Total weight for dozen = Large
1/2 dozen duck eggs - $2.50

Monday, December 3, 2012

Eggs & Extras - December 3, 2012

Red Garnet and Osaka Purple mustard greens from the hoophouse. 12/2

Red Garnet and Osaka Purple mustard green seeds.
Hello friends,

Egg production is good, steady and the hens are giving about 2 dozen each day.  Someday soon, our 3 young pullets that we bred and raised this summer should start laying.  Keep your fingers crossed for olive green eggs!

The ducks lay 1 to 4 eggs a day and still haven't figured out where their nests are but the eggs are tasty. Mostly people email or call and requests and production is neck and neck but it is real easy to save some for you if you let me know.  Usually there are 1 to 3 dozen in the little dorm frig available for people that drop by when I am out.

The hoophouse vegetables are beautiful and yummy.  Growth during these short days is kind of slow, and since I only have small amounts of each kind of vegetable planted, mostly the HH has been providing Rob and I with delicious and healthy eating so far this winter.  BUT, I am learning about how to grow winter greens and hope to figure out a way to expand my winter production.  In the meantime, I'll let you know when extras are available and feel free to ask!  The mustard greens pictured above got eaten here this week and are so good!  And they seem to be growing despite the short days.  Tat Soi is getting bigger day by day, as well.  I will be planting microgreens in the house very soon, so in 2 - 3 weeks we'll have nutrient-packed micros to eat.

Available Today:
3 dozen large @ $4.00 a dozen
1 dozen duck eggs @ $5.50 a dozen or $2.75 per half dozen

cooking with duck eggs:

Have a great day,

PS  Singers: I hope to sing in Noho on Tuesday and will bring eggs if you want.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Eggs & Extras - November 15, 2012

Lots of eggs available this week, people.

Large - 5 dozen - $4.00 each
Small - 1 dozen - $3.00 each
Duck - 2 half dozens - $3.00 each

Delicious egg recipe:  Russian Vegetable Pie

I am still picking modest amounts of fresh vegetables both from the field and the hoophouse.  At the moment there are mustard greens, chard, mesclun and daikon radishes, plus small amounts of cilantro and sorrel.  I am reserving the mesclun for my own Thanksgiving celebration, but let me know if you would like me to pick anything else for you.  Orders taken until Sunday, November 18 and they must be picked up by Tuesday, November 20.

Greens $3.50 a bunch
Daikon $3.50 a pound
Herbs $1.00 a bundle

Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Sweet Morning Farm

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Eggs & Extras - October 28, 2012

We are still getting about 2 dozen eggs a day lately!  It's pretty amazing.  I am curious to see if the coming storm affects the laying.  Also, we recently culled the flock to its winter size and that means all the birds are rearranging their position in the flock, including who gets to roost where, who gets the choicest morsels found by the roosters, etc.

All the hens have been doing a great job of cleaning up the yard and garden, specializing in weed seeds and bugs.  We've been letting the birds run all over the place lately, when we are home to watch over them, and they really are helping out!  Thanks, girls.

I haven't started regular picking for extras yet.  (We just had the last farm share week last week.)  Growing in the garden and ready to pick by request: daikon radishes, chard, and mesclun.

Eggs Available today
Small - 2 dozen -  $3.00
Large - 3 dozen - $4.00

There are eggs in the mini frig on the porch so stop by any time during day light hours.  Help yourself to any eggs that are not labeled with someone's name.
Singers - Probably will not be singing this week.  Sorry.  Next Sunday for sure though!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

a few extras - July 19, 2012

Despite the heat and dryness, there are some extra eggs and vegetables today.

I have:

1 1/2 dozen eggs - $4.00 a dozen
1 box Thai basil - $2.00
1 big bag of chard - $3.00

If you would like to receive weekly emails about extra items, just let me know.  laurat-at-crocker.com
See you!  Stay cool!

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Radishes or lettuce - $1.00 each
Pick Your Own Sweet William - free!
Bring flowers to a friend.  Spread the cheer!
Laura 413-773-8325
Lots more farm news and pictures

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Today's Harvest

Trying a new system today.  I picked all the things that I thought might be enough for extras.  The share picking will happen late this afternoon and Thursday morning.  Also, I am going to store items in bulk and pack them up as needed to stock the little frig or to fill requests.

Eggs are all reserved or being saved for hatching at the moment.

What's available:
Kale - 7 bunches - $3.00 each
Mesclun - 5 pounds - $8.00 a pound
Radishes - 4 bunches - $1.00 each
Pak choy - 2 bags - $3.00 each

I will be in and out this afternoon but email or call if you want me to save something.  Mostly home on Thursday and Friday.  

Friends are coming over for supper and singing on Thursday at 6.  You are welcome to join us.