Help with Potato Harvest

Potato Harvest PosseA driving principles of our farm is that we want to strengthen the local foods and sustainable farming community, and one of the ways we do this is to have people come and work with us at various times of the year.  We love having folks on the farm, and we turn it in to a fun day of working together, great food and camaraderie.  Farmers used to do this a lot more with threshing days and barn-raising — we do it with potatoes and garlic.

Next up is Potato Harvest!

Join us on Saturday, September 5th.  Not only will we harvest potatoes, but we’ll have a great lunch; and I’m happy to pay you in potatoes, cash or undying gratitude (or all three). We’ll start at 9:00 a.m., but come when you can.  Let me know: jerrywiltonford@gmail.com

You can see the varieties of potatoes we grow here and start planning you winter menus around them.

See you there!

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Award-Winning Garlic

Best in Show GarlicOur German Porcelain garlic won “Best in Show” at Jerry with Best in Show RibbonMinnesota Garlic Festival!
You can order some now on the Produce Page.

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Garlic Harvest Helpers Wanted!

UPDATE:  We will NOT be harvesting on Sunday, 7/18.
We will harvest on Sunday, 7/19, starting at 9 a.m.
Please let me know if you are coming and haven’t already told me.
Thanks!

Can you smell it?  It’s almost garlic harvesting time again!

Hanging Garlic for Curing

Hanging Garlic for Curing

We are aiming for July 18 and 19, and we’d love to have your help. We’ll start at 9:00 a.m. and work until early evening both days, so let me know when you’d like to do a shift.  There will be a great lunch a noonish both days. We gratefully accept volunteer help, and are also happy to trade produce or pay you. Contact Jerry Ford at jerrywiltonford@gmail.com, 763-244-6659.

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July Farm Tour

We’re honored to have a tour at our at our farm sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Grazing Lands Conservation Association and Sustainable Farming Association.
July 9th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Part of this year’s Festival of Farms
http://www.sfa-mn.org/festival-of-farms/

Pasture Field Day

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Three Honors

In the past month or so, our farm has had three great things happen: SWCD logg1) We were selected as the Wright County Outstanding Conservationists by the Soil & Water Conservation District.  Mariénne’s dad, Willard, won this same award 30 years ago, and he’s quite please that it’s come around again.  We get to go to the statewide conservation conference in December for a formal ceremony. Organic Certificate2) We’re Organic!  We finally completed all the work and received our organic certification, and we couldn’t be more pleased. 3) Jerry did an interview with the MN Farm Network that seems to be getting some MN Farm Networkairplay (people keep saying they’ve heard it).  There’s a 1-minute version out there, but you can listen to the whole thing here.

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Garlic Planting is October 18th

I’ve often said, “We’d rather have friends than equipment”, so we still do a lot of Garlic Planting Possethings by hand here, and one of our favorite times getting together with folks for garlic planting.  As always, it’s good company, good work and good food; we’re willing to pay you in cash, produce or undying gratitude as well.

Saturday, October 18th
Sunday, October 19th
Lunch at Noon

We start at 9:00 a.m. each day, but will welcome the help whenever you can come.  Please call or email to let us know (especially so Mariénne can plan lunch!)

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Join Us for Potato Harvest!

Potato BowlWe love having friends on the farm, sharing some work and a great meal — and then they get to take home some of what they harvested!

Potato Harvest will be Saturday, September 27th, starting at 9 a.m.  We’d be honored to have you join us, and you can show up at any time, but lunch is at noon.  See the “Produce” page for the varieties we’re growing this year, and you can get our contact info on the “About” page.

See you there!

 

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