I think it was the Fourth of July

10
Jul
2014

Hey hey!

Welcome to our blog!  We’ve been wanting to start one for quite some time, but we always find ourselves busy on the farm.  This time of year especially, but we wanted to give you a little more of a peek into Grade A Gardens.  Things we’ve got goin’ on, news, upcoming events, recipes, yummy pairings with some of our friends’ products (meat, cheese, wine, beer, etc), things like that.  It should be a good time!
Who knows how regularly we’re going to have a post for you, but you can bet it will be multiple times a season, as well as some in the off-season!

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Jordan tilling the melons. Happy melons on the right, MELONcholy melons on the left.

What’s been goin’ on.

Like I said; we’ve been mighty busy.  The massive amount of rains have been a farmer’s dream and really cuts down on our irrigation dependency (non-existent so far this season – woot!).  Along with the rain and wind, comes the weeds.  Oh, the weeds…  We’ve been busy pulling, tilling, trying to make things pretty, and the plants thriving.

We’ve also got plenty of projects in the works. One of which are the lovely ladies!  That’s right, we’ve got 124 beautiful hens out in IMG_4704the alfalfa field (certified organic -only the best for our gals!).  They’ve got a wonderful 10′ x 16′ coop on wheels that we move every other day to provide fresh grazing grounds.  There’s a large fenced in area that allows them that much-needed freedom. At night they huddle into the coop to roost.  Thomas is still working on the coop; getting laying boxes in, painting, and more roosting space. These are spring chickens (see what I did there?) and should start laying VERY soon.  We’re hoping to have some eggs available within the next 4-6 weeks!  mmmm, eggs.

In other news and things we like;

Our garlic harvest has begun!  Always a special time here at Grade A, and this year is no exception.  We pulled 2,500 garlic plants out of the soil, with over 20,000 left to go.  We’ll be harvesting all month!  Expect some garlicky goodness at the Farmers Market and in the CSA!  Also, our onions are doing amazingly this year! For you folks that were around last year, you may remember that our onions were… well, a bit lacking.  Not this year!

Along with the farm work, we’ve been getting out and visiting with folks.  We dropped by our very own Johnston Farmers Market on Tuesday!  We also stopped by the Urbandale Hy-Vee on Wednesday for the “Meet Your Farmer” event, and got to meet Kristin Porter of Iowa Girl Eats.  As you can see by the picture below, Jordan was starstruck!  It was a wonderful event and was another opportunity to talk about what we love to the people who love to eat it!

Jordan with Iowa Girl Eats

Well, I think that’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.  We’re hoping next week we’ll have a video and recipe to share with you!  Here’s hoping!!

Yours Truly,

Lettucehead

P.S.  Make sure to stop in and see us at the Downtown Farmers Market this Saturday!  We should have some things you haven’t seen yet this season!