The Evolution of a CSA

Each winter, we reflect on the successes and challenges of last year’s CSA season with an eye for improvement. Each year, we help the CSA to evolve as it needs to for the sustained growth of the farm. This year is no different. Here’s a quick rundown of the changes you’ll see this year and…

The Humble Potato

You might not think a lot about potatoes. They are a humble, ubiquitous staple—the culinary equivalent of socks. But what you don’t know about potatoes might surprise you. Hailing originally from Peru, they have been cultivated for thousands of years. There are an estimated 4,500 varieties of potatoes in the world, with 3,800 types still cultivated…

Market morning

When you arrive at the farmers market at 10 am, our tents are shading tables stacked with fresh veggies and we’re ready to greet you with a smile. But before that…. ….here’s what we do to get the veggies to you! For morning markets, we start at 6:30 a.m., packing harvest totes with ice for…

Growing Great Garlic

Garlic is everywhere. It flavors everything from tomato sauce to omelettes to shrimp. In grocery stores, it’s an ever-present shelf stable dry good, just like a box of cereal. Sometimes visitors to the farm are surprised to learn that garlic is a bulb that grows underground–just one of those things you never think to think…

The Tale of the Garlic Scape

I present to you: the Curly Tale of the Garlic Scape. (Farming pun!) More than once it’s struck me that much of farming turns out to be running interference on nature. A carrot, for instance, is a storage root developed by industrious, frilly green leaves, a stockpile of energy set aside to get the plant…

Know Your Farmers

Here we are: Patricia & Mark Lovejoy, farming 12 organic acres in Arlington, Washington. We cultivate food for the people, clean water for the land, and sustainability for the culture. Thanks for joining us!

Fruits Vs. Weeds

Explosion here at the farm, just about every weed known to man germinated during the last bit of cool weather.  I officially believe summer is on the way.  The whole crew spent the day going after the weeds, but we still found a little time for a restaurant harvest and some pea trellising.  Seems like…

Special Spring Rain

Nice to see the rain finally,  it really has been a dry spring.  Seed germination is a delicate little dance; seeds need soil that’s moist enough to soak and soften their outer layers, but weather that’s warm enough to wake them up. A dry spring stretch can set a crop’s harvest back a week while…

Planting marathon!

The good weather has us planting like mad.   Laid down the final direct seeds of the first main cycle today.  Most this work is for the CSA at this point in the season.   Many of the fields have been organic fertilized and tilled, awaiting another 6 or so cycles of food to get…

Tomatoes are planted

Just finished the major portion of the tomato planting today! We have a few more to plant come 4th of July, but so far we have 1800 plants in the ground.  About 200 plants are grafted this year, something new to us.    There is about 30 types out there, and a whole greenhouse of just…