Monday, April 20, 2015

2015 CSA Update

I love it when the chickens can find their own food!.
Thanks to everyone who has already signed up for the 2015 CSA season! There are 12 spots still available at Eener's Farm and it seems like we'll make our goal of 50 shares this year (yes!).

The monthly shares are sold out, but we do have full and half shares. We can still get folks in at any of our delivery locations although it's getting pretty tight at Fresh and Natural Foods in Hudson (we can take three more shares there).

To learn more about our shares or to find out how to sign up take a look at the previous post. And now for some FAQs...

When exactly will the CSA start?
This will depend on the weather a little bit. If our wonderful spring holds out the CSA will start the third week in June (Monday, June 15th for Stillwater and Hudson folks and Wednesday, June 17th for St. Paul folks). If the weather takes a turn for the worst and gets cold or very wet the CSA will start the fourth week in June (Monday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 24th).

For monthly shareholders the CSA will start Saturday, May 9th no matter what.

All CSA members will receive an e-mail from the farm at least a week before their shares start. In the e-mail members will find info on exact times of deliveries, exactly where their shares will be at the drop sites, what to do if you forget to pick up your share and ect.

Can you buy a burger and egg share?
Those shares (which cost $155.00) are sold out right now. If you'd like to get on the waiting list e-mail the farm (eenermachine@gmail.com).

Can you buy beef from Eener's Farm even if the burger and egg shares are sold out?
Sure! We do a meat delivery the second Saturday of every month all year long. About a week before each delivery I send out a list via e-mail of what we have available for beef (sometimes we also have extra eggs too, or lamb or even sometimes chicken). Folks order off the list and we deliver to Stillwater, Hudson, St. Paul and points in between. To get on the e-mail list e-mail the farm.

How, when and who do you pay?
For CSA folks payment is due June 1. We only accept cash or check. Checks can be made out to Eener's Farm and sent to Eener's Farm N12449 220th St. Boyceville WI 54725. For people who are just ordering meat on one of the monthly deliveries payment is due upon delivery.

How big is Eener's Farm?
Physically the farm is 100 acres. For vegetable cultivation our field has 28 425 foot rows, this adds up to one acre. We'll also be growing inside two 24X72 foot hoophouses and four smaller gardens.

About 35 acres are in hay fields. The rest is hilly woods used for pasture. Our house and the barns and other random outbuildings probably take up two acres.

Animal-wise we've got five cows, two heifers, three steers, half a bull and probably five calves on the way. We've also got one ram, five sheep ladies, three lambs and maybe three more lambs on the way. Plus 70 laying hens, three roosters, four ducks, one dog and maybe eight cats.

Do you sell anything that you don't grow or raise on your farm?
Yes, one thing. We sell maple syrup that we get from my sister's brother-in-law, Eric and his friend, also named Eric. The Erics have a sugar shack in Downing, WI about 15 miles from our farm. Other than that everything we sell is grown and raised by us on our farm.













Monday, January 5, 2015

We're Back!


Arlo and Forest in the Chicken Coop.
After a good long maternity leave, I’m getting ready for my sixth season of CSA farming here at Eener’s Farm! Our new baby boy, Arlo, is five month old already and doing great. Our older son, Forest is a wonderful big brother.

This year I’m shooting for about 50 members for an 18 week vegetable CSA season. Thanks to all our alumni members who have already signed up for 2015!  If you are shopping for a CSA for the 2015 season here are all the details:

Where Eener’s Farm Delivers:
River Market Co-op in Stillwater, Fresh and Natural Foods in Hudson, Hampden Park Co-op in St. Paul.

What Types of Shares Eener’s Farm Offers and How Much They Cost:

 Full Share – $550 - This share is delivered weekly for 18 weeks and includes a nice variety of fresh produce, some herbs and occasionally flowers. It is packed in a 1 1/9 bushel box (the boxes are 18”X12”X12” in case you were wondering). These weigh about five pounds early in the season and then get up to about 30 pounds later in the season. I estimate (this is just an estimate now, I don’t know how you really eat) that this share could feed two serious vegetarians or a family of four.

 
Half Share - $300 – This share is also delivered weekly for 18 weeks and also includes a nice variety of fresh produce, some herbs and occasionally flowers. It is packed in a 5/9 bushel box (these boxes are 15”X12”X8”). These weigh perhaps 3-4 pounds early on and get up to maybe 20 pounds at their absolute heaviest later on in the season. I estimate (remember now…just an estimate) that these could feed two adults or one serious vegetarian.

 
Monthly Share - $325 –These are delivered monthly (hence the name). They include a selection of grass-fed beef cuts (ground beef, steaks and roasts), eggs, fresh produce, some herbs and occasional flowers packed in a 1 1/9 bushel box. If you live in Stillwater or Hudson they will be delivered to your home. If you live in St. Paul or elsewhere, we will meet you at Hampden Park. The deliveries will happen the third Saturday of each month May through October.

 
Burger and Egg Share - $135 – This share is currently sold out but will have spots available in the spring. If you’d like to get on the waiting list e-mail me. This share includes four pounds of ground beef and four dozen eggs delivered the third Saturday of each month for four months.

 
A La Carte – Each month all year round we deliver grass-fed meats (beef, sheep and occasionally chicken and goat as well) to many areas in the metro. We also sell our delicious eggs laid by our free-range and organically fed chicken ladies. Folks who are interested in this simply e-mail their orders to me and we drop off what they ordered. This happens the third Saturday of each month. You can find out prices and availability by getting on the e-mail list (e-mails are sent out once per month about a week before the delivery, e-mail me if you want to be on this list eenermachine@gmail.com).

 
What’s in a Share:

Full Shares and Half Shares:

Generally about 40 varieties of vegetables including:

Standard Garden Classics: Green Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Sweet Corn, Cucumbers, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Spinach, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Tomatoes (big red ones, cherries, romas and some heirlooms),

The Somewhat Lesser Known/Less Popular (but still good!): Beets (red ones and yellow ones), Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Radishes, Cauliflower, Celery, Swiss Chard, Edamame, Eggplant, Hot Peppers, Rutabaga, Turnips

Fruit: Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Rhubarb. Full shares may or may not receive raspberries on a small scale.

Herbs: Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Fennel, Garlic and Parsley is what I’m shooting for but others may happen too.

Flowers: Zinnias for sure, others possible.

Kits: These are really fun! I pack up in one bag enough ingredients to make a specific thing (recipe included). Stir Fry Kit (enough carrots, kale, green onions and garlic to make a batch of stir fry). Pickle Kit (enough cucumbers, garlic and dill to make a batch of refrigerator pickles). Salsa Kit (enough tomatoes, peppers, cilantro and garlic to make a batch of salsa). Stew Kit (enough spuds and root veggies to make a batch of vegetable stew).

Monthly  Shares:
Each month you’ll get an amount of produce similar to what a Full Share receives in one week plus one or two dozen eggs. On the beef side of things you will get two to four pounds of ground beef each month. Additionally, during the grilling season (May to July) we’ll run two to four steaks each month. Later in the season we’ll deliver one or two roasts probably a soup bone and some stew meat (August to October).

How To Sign Up/Payment Information:

Either print out the membership form below and send it to the farm: Eener’s Farm N12449 220th St. Boyceville, WI 54725. Or just e-mail me the information at eenermachine@gmail.com. Or you can sign up by phone too by calling the farm at (715) 643-2803. No money is actually due until June 1.

 Payment for Alumni Members: The same as always, either pay the whole works in one shot by June 1. Or pay half by June 1 and the other half by October 1.

 Payment for Brand New Members: There are two options:

 1.       Pay the whole works by June 1.

 2.  Pay in two shots but if you decided to do that you must write two checks and send them both to the farm by June 1. So one check would be dated June 1 and the second one would be dated October 1. I’ll carefully hold your second check until at least October 1.

 

 Eener’s Farm C.S.A. Sign-Up Form for 2015

 

 Your Name:___________________________________________

 

 Which Share:   Full Share ($550), Half Share ($300), Monthly Share ($325)  

 

 Where will you pick up at:  River Market, Hampden Park, Fresh & Natural, Other

 

 Your Address:______________________________________

 

 Your Phone Number:_______________________________

 

 Your E-mail Address:_______________________________

 

Risk Agreement: By signing up for a share you are agreeing to share the risk of farming. Due to very wet or very dry weather conditions, hail, tornados, early or late frosts, blights or excessive pests we may not be able to fill your box exactly as we would like to. Inevitably, some crops will do well and some won’t. As a result, CSA members may get more of some things and less of others…we are after all working with Mother Nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Good News and Bad News for 2014 CSA Season


 
The Good News: Eener’s Farm will be welcoming a new little farmer on August 1.

The Bad News: Eener will need to go on maternity leave. As a result, the farm will not do a regular 18 week CSA season this year.

What The Farm Will Be Doing This Season Instead: There will still be monthly meat and egg deliveries (second Saturday of every month to Stillwater, Hudson and many other Twin Cities Metro areas). And since some produce is already planted or in some cases the seed is already ordered we will have some produce available for sale on those deliveries too. For example garlic, rhubarb, potatoes and such.

We’ll continue to send out The Meaty Turnip via e-mail which has farm news and a list of what we have for sale every month. If you or someone you know would like to start receiving this, request it by e-mail (eenermachine@gmail.com).

Will Eener’s Farm Weekly CSA Season Be Back In 2015?: Yes! Plan on it!

What Should You Do If You Already Signed Up For 2014? Well, we contacted River Market Co-op, Fresh and Natural Foods and Hampden Park Co-op and they each gave us a list of recommended CSA farms that deliver to their locations:

River Market: The Backyard Grocery, Burning River Farm, Turnip Rock Farm, LTD Farm.

Fresh and Natural Foods: Sylvan Hills Farm, Axdahl’s Garden Farm and Greenhouse, Fresh Earth Farms

Hampden Park Co-op: Blackbrook Farm, Sleepy Root Farm, Belle Creek Gardens

And you could always take a look at the MN LSP CSA Directory: http://landstewardshipproject.org/stewardshipfood/findingjustfood/aquickcsaguide
Sorry For The Inconvenience: Deciding to not do our usual 18 weeks this coming summer was a difficult decision to make. But we think it's the right one due to the timing of everything. We hope our members understand. Wait, of course they'll understand, because our members are awesome!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Do You Need A Ewe?

 

We just weaned our lambs that were born here on the farm last spring. It's a nice-looking crew of 10! Wanna buy any?

Here are the details:

I think there are four ladies in this bunch...or maybe there are five...I could check if you need me to. The rest are castrated males.

Their mothers are mixed breeds, mostly Icelandic but also some smidges of Katahdin, Navajo and some type of mystery breed. The moms weigh between 60 and 80 pounds.

Their father, Sir Charles, is a fancy-pants registered Suffolk ram (he even has papers!). He weighs about 175 pounds.

All of them were born in late March/early April. They have spent their entire lives with their moms out to pasture.

Because they have had very little contact with humans, they are wild as hell right now, but would probably calm down and be your friend in a month or two.

The girls would make nice ewes for breeding, the boys will make fine eating.

According to my estimates they all weigh about 60 to 70 pounds. They probably will get a bit bigger in the next few months.


Pricing:
Ewes: $75.00
Castrated Males: $60.00

Are you a lamb-eating person?
This is a good deal if you are. If you were to buy a male and then take him to be butchered (Woodville charges a flat fee of $90.00 for lambs) then the whole deal would cost you $150.00. You would get at least 20 pounds of meat back...maybe more. So that adds up to about $7.50 per pound...quite a deal when you see lamb in the stores for like $12.00 per pound!

Why am I selling them?
I sell all my boy lambs every year. I don't need any more ladies at this time.

How you would buy one or some:
We live very near Connorsville, WI. Call (715) 643-2803 or e-mail eenermachine@gmail.com to make arrangements for pick-up or viewing. I'll help you load, they are currently penned up in the barn and so will be easy to see and catch. They would ride nicely in the back of a pick-up with a topper.





Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Our stir fry kit is headed for the grill! These kits are great on the grill. Then you can set a steak or a chicken breast or whathaveyou on the grill with it. Makes for a fun summer meal.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hi folks!

Check out a couple of young farmers out mud boggin' here on the farm last weekend. I've been dealing with lots of mud too (I got the rototiller stuck shortly after this picture was taken...my first time ever getting a tiller stuck). It can stop raining any time now.

Anyway, our first delivery went out this week. If you did not receive a box (or your box went where it was not suppose to) please contact Eener immediately at (715)643-2803.

The Wednesday full shares received mint. Next week we'll run mint to everyone else. Mint is a crazy plant, it keeps going and going. So if you find yourself in need of some mint at any point this summer order it by e-mail (eenermachine@gmail.com) and it will show up in your next box (for free).

If you are wondering what to do with mint here are a couple of
 ideas:

 http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/tabbouleh-recipe/index.html

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-real-mojito/

Saturday, March 9, 2013

CSA Delivery To Blaine


Eener’s Farm is half full for the 2013 season…thanks to everyone who has signed up already! If you are shopping for a CSA please see the previous post for CSA info and sign-up forms.

A couple of things:

Blaine:  We have added a new drop site in Blaine, MN. It’s at 4000 Pheasant Ridge Drive. If you or someone you know is interested in picking up in Blaine check out the previous post for CSA details and how to sign up.

Local Folks: If you live in the Boyceville/Connorsville/Downing/Wheeler area you will receive a $50.00 discount on your share.

Hudson: We’re fixing to sell out in Hudson very soon (there is one spot left at Fresh and Natural Foods).

Egg Shares: These are totally sold out.