Horn Farm Happenings – July 13

On Fridays we harvest for the CSA shares that get picked up Saturday morning. The hot, sunny days have led to abundant harvests. 
Laura harvesting cucumbers
We’ve only had a third of an inch of rain in the last three weeks, so we rely on irrigation. We pump water from a pond on the farm that is fed by a spring and the rain that falls on both barn roofs. Miranda watering the cut your own herb bedThis is the first week we will be harvesting peppers. We grow many varieties of sweet and hot peppers. They come in a variety of flavors, shapes, sizes, and colors. Over the course of the season, CSA share holders will find peppers in shades of yellow, green, red, orange, brown, and purple in their shares! Here Andrew shares which peppers are harvested at which color before the interns begin harvesting. Andrew giving a hot pepper harvesting lesson to the farm internsOnce the vegetables are harvested, they get rinsed at the wash station. This removes soil and debris but also removes what we call ‘field heat’. Cooling the produce quickly helps it stay fresh longer.kelsey at wash station

Not a CSA member? There’s still time to join at a prorated rate. Our vegetable CSA is in full swing and crops are doing so well that we are able to offer a limited number of additional spaces for a mid-season sign-up. These shares will begin on July 28 (Saturday) or July 31 (Tuesday). We’ve prorated the cost to take into account the later start date. Get more information and sign up here: Horn Farm Mid-season CSA

beetsCelebrate the bounty of the season! Meet your local farmers!
Join us Tuesday, August 21 – 6 pm – 8:30 pm for our annual Seasonal Eat & Meet at John Wright restaurant.

Gather with your friends, family, and co-workers to meet and mingle with our farmers and producers who are passionate about supporting local farm businesses. Enjoy a delicious meal of seasonal local foods prepared by the chefs of John Wright Restaurant!

Proceeds will benefit the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education.
Get your tickets now! Seasonal Eat & Meet

What we watched this week: Regeneration of the Land: A Producer’s Perspective. The United States is in crisis. The health of our soil resource has declined to such a point that it is not only negatively affecting farm and ranch profitability, but it is also having a devastating impact on everything from our water quality to our communities and even to our health. North Dakota rancher Gabe Brown walks us through a common sense solution to this crisis. Check it out!

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Shares
Here is what we plan to include in this week’s CSA shares:
Summer squash
Swiss chard
Sweet Peppers
Hot peppers
Garlic scapes (use as you would garlic)

Upcoming events and volunteer opprtunities:
July 17 – Tuesday Evening Farm Work Crew
July 21 – Monthly Farm Tour
July 23 – Tuesday Evening Farm Work Crew
July 24 – Preserving Herbs
July 31 – Tuesday Evening Farm Work Crew
July 31 – Knife Skills for the Home Cook
August 4 – First Saturday Volunteer Work Day
August 11 – Volunteer needed to represent the Horn Farm at the Rudy Park Open House
August 11 – Insect Identification and Management (new date!)
August 21 – Seasonal Eat & Meet
October 6, 7, 13, 14 – Bowmaking (new dates!)

See you at the farm!