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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Last chance to get our tomatoes!

The greenhouse is alive with activity. Over 2,000 vegetable plants are sprouting & growing bigger every day. Pictured here are some of the tomato seedlings last week.

This year, I'm growing over a dozen varieties of tomatoes. Hundreds of plants! They'll be transplanted into the farm gardens at the end of May. A couple of months later, our farm members (Community Supported Agriculture: CSA members) will begin receiving my farm's organically grown fresh tomatoes. If you want tomatoes from Wishful Acres Farm, become a CSA member this season! Half and full shares are still available. The season starts on May 16 and runs through early December.

This year, the tomato varieties span all colors, shapes, sizes, and flavors. Orange, yellow, peach, red, pink, white, chocolate, even green striped. Delicious!!!

For details on the farm CSA program, visit our web site: www. WishfulAcresFarm.com.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Greenhouse Plant Count!

The current plant count growing away in the greenhouse flats: 2232! Yep, that's 2,232 organically-grown vegetable seedlings of all sorts growing away! Here's a peek at some baby kale plants.

Over 90% of these organically-grown vegetable plants will be transplanted into the fields here at Wishful Acres Farm for our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members. The remaining small percentage will be sold directly to customers for their own backyard gardens.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Seeds sprouting!

Growing away in the greenhouse room here at Wishful Acres Farm!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Our 6th growing season begins amongst record cold & snow

The first vegetable seeds of the 2014 growing season have been planted into greenhouse flats! This first planting include the really cold-hardy crops such as kale.

Thus begins the 6th year of Wishful Acres Farm!

Hopefully, by planting these seeds, some spring weather will finally arrive. We had -15 degrees yesterday morning (yes, another record low for us). This has been the coldest winter of my lifetime, and I've lived in this area my whole life. I believe the record keepers are currently saying we're in the midst of the 3rd coldest winter on record for our area. Our children have had 2 full weeks of snow days off school, but all of them have been due to cold temps (we saw -30 degrees F here one morning, and super cold wind chills (-30 to -50 below zero Fahrenheit). It's been a rough winter, no one can remember a winter like this, ever).

And snow! Boy, have we had snow! Piles & piles of snow! Here is a picture of our hoop house today, on March 3, piled with snow (the piles of snow along the side are about 6 feet high). Another 5 inches of snow is predicted for tonight. Enough of this winter, we are all waving the white flag of surrender.

So, in the midst of knee-high snow and -15 temperatures, the 6th growing season officially begins...

Saturday, February 22, 2014

CSA shares: get yours now!

I'm pleased to say that our 2014 Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) has less than a handful of spots left!

CSA members pay an up-front amount for membership in our farm's growing season. In return, they each receive a "share" of our farm's organically-grown vegetables & herbs each week. Plus, CSA members get to visit our farm when they pickup their vegetables!

Our CSA season is really long, because we practice season-extension (our big hoop house). CSA members receive food from our farm for a full 30 weeks!!! Yes, 30 weeks, even up here along the Illinois / Wisconsin border! Plus, our shares are large: between 10-12 items each week. For those needing a smaller amount of food, we also offer a "half share" option, with an every-other-week pickup.

To see pictures of our CSA shares, pricing, & learn more, visit our web site at www.wishfulacresfarm.com.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Asian Fried Rice recipe, step by step

Who loves Asian food?!! Yum!

Today, I decided to cook a meal with my farm's organically grown micro-greens. (Visit out web site for more info on these greens: www.wishfulacresfarm.com). Specifically, I used the sweet pea greens. Here is the recipe & pictures!

Asian Fried Rice with Sweet Pea Greens

- 4 cups cooked rice (I always make a big batch of baked rice when I have the oven going, just so I have leftover rice on hand for fried rice).
- 2 cups chopped sweet pea greens
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce (more or less to taste, however you prefer it)
- 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes, optional, if you like it spicy

Instructions:

Chop the garlic. Sauté over medium low heat for a minute or two, in a couple tablespoons of canola oil. Chop the sweet pea greens into bite-size pieces, them add them to the pan with the garlic. Cook, stirring frequently to prevent the food from burning. Once the greens & garlic are tender, remove them from the pan and into a plate or bowl. Return the pan to the stove on low heat. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan.

Next, cook the eggs. Crack them into a bowl. Add a splash of milk if desired. With a fork, beat the eggs. Then pour the eggs into the pan & scramble them. When the eggs are cooked through, remove them to the plate or bowl alongside the cooked pea greens.

Again, return the pan to the stove over medium low heat & add another splash of oil. Then pour the cooked rice into the pan. Stir the rice, and then add the soy sauce (however much you like, taste it as you cook), and if you want it spicy also add the red pepper flake now. Keep stirring & mixing until the rice is warmed through. Turn off the heat. Stir the cooked pea greens & scrambled eggs back in and blend with the rice.

If desired, garnish with raw chopped pea greens. And there you have it! Delicious. Pictures below. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New retail store partnership!

I'm so pleased to announce a new retail partnership with our farm. The full line of Wishful Acres Farm micro-greens and wheatgrass is now available for purchase directly at a retail store near our farm. How convenient for everyone!!!

Your Core Being, located at 107 W Main St in downtown Freeport, Illinois, is a new yoga studio and retail store. They're on the web at: pat-leitzen-fye.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com.

Stop in to Your Core Being anytime during their open hours (they're open Tuesday through Saturday each week). You can call the store for their exact hours: 815-297-1545. Our farm's greens are located in a refrigerator inside the retail store. Ask the friendly owner, Pat, or one of her staff members, and they'll be happy to show you all of the greens available for purchase!