Farm Tour – Sunday July 23rd, 2017

We're deep in the mid-season hustle to keep up with seeding, transplanting, weeding, marketing, and harvesting. This Sunday, we're going to share this beautiful mess as part of the second farm tour of the Lake Pepin Local Farm Group. This tour will start at D & S Gardens at 4:00PM, move to our farm at 5:15PM, and finish with a potluck picnic across the road at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Wayside. Details about locations, times, and directions can be found here. We're excited to show our operation up close including our farm layout, our transplant production, hoop house, and other aspects of our operation. Anyone is welcome to attend, you do not have to be current member of the Lake Pepin Local Food Group.

Special order produce via email from the list below and pick up from our produce cooler (pictured above and located next to our hoop house at our farm, N3239 County Rd CC, Stockholm, WI) at your convenience. You can also find our produce at Paul and Fran's Grocery.

Produce Availability

Green (and purple!) bell peppers - $3/pound

Cherry tomatoes - $4.50/pint

Heirloom tomatoes- $4/pound

Slicing tomatoes-$3/pound

Patty Pan Squash & Green Zucchini - $2/pound

Baby Lettuce Mix - $7/pound

Broccoli - $3/pound

Cauliflower - $3.50/pound

Radishes - $3/bunch

Cucumbers -$1.50 each

Fresh garlic - $1/each (uncured garlic bulbs on the stem)

Romaine and Green Curly Lettuce - $2/head

Red Curly Kale - $2/bunch

Green cabbage - $1.50/pound

Baby Kale - $7/pound

Herbs - Basil, Mint, Dill, Parsley, Sage - $2/bunch or $10/pound

Edible flowers (calendula, bachelor buttons, borage, nasturtiums) - $8/pint - beautiful garnishes for soups & salads

Mixed flower bunches - small (~10 stems): $5/each, medium (~20 stems): $10/each

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Cut Flowers

Cut flowers are a pet project of mine (Annelie's) here at Good Turn Farm. I worked in a floral shop & greenhouse throughout my undergrad and have never lost my love for arranging flowers. The amount of flowers we are growing is not very justified by the amount we are selling right now but they do provide a beautiful view from the road, pollinator habitat, and a lot of "food for the soul" as we work on developing marketing outlets. In addition to cut flowers, we grow several edible flowers (borage, calendula, bachelor buttons, nasturtiums) which we are able to market through the Hungry Turtle Farmers Cooperative to restaurants in the Twin Cities. Just like our vegetables, our flowers are grown using organic practices.

The tomatoes are here! The tomatoes are here! Special order produce from the list below and pick up from our produce cooler (pictured above and located next to our hoophouse at our farm, N3239 County Rd CC, Stockholm, WI) at your convenience. You can also find our produce at Paul and Fran's Grocery this week.

Produce Availability

Cherry tomatoes - $4.50/pint

Tomatoes (slicing & heirloom) - $4/pound

Baby Lettuce Mix - $7/pound

Broccoli $3/pound

Cauliflower $3.50/pound

Carrots, bunched green top - $3/pound

Cucumbers -$1.50 each

Fresh garlic - $1/each (uncured garlic bulbs on the stem)

Romaine and Red Curly Lettuce - $2/head

Red Curly Kale - $2/bunch

Green cabbage - $1.50/pound

Baby Kale - $7/pound

Herbs - Basil, Mint, Dill, Parsley, Sage - $2/bunch

Edible flowers (calendula, bachelor buttons, borage, nasturtiums) - $8/pint - beautiful garnishes for soups & salads

Mixed flower bunches - small (~10 stems): $5/each, medium (~20 stems): $10/each

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Mushrooms and Stockholm Farmers Market

Annelie's sister, Angie, helping drill holes in oak logs for our shiitake mushroom production. We've grown a small amount of mushrooms in the past and we are starting to ramp that production up. With access to a lot of woods between our property and Kevin's surrounding family farm, Oak Wood Farm, we're excited about this as a potential enterprise on our farm. So far, we're starting with shiitake, oyster, and some wine cap production. We grow shiitakes by drilling holes every 4 inches around the logs (shown here), filling the holes with sawdust that has shiitake mycelium (mushroom 'roots') growing in it, and covering the holes with melted wax. Our primary substrate for oyster mushrooms are boxelder logs that are cut into 1-2 foot sections and stacked in short "totems" with sawdust spawn spread in between the layers. Finally, wine caps are probably the easiest to grow by just mixing the sawdust spawn into woodchips around our flower gardens. Hoping to have mushrooms available for purchase this fall!

This Friday, July 7th, we'll be at the second Stockholm Farmers Market of the season with several other vendors from the area. The market runs from 3-7PM and is set up in front of Antique Future located at W12132 State Hwy 35 Stockholm, Wisconsin. If you can't make it to the market, feel free to order your produce ahead of time and pick up from our produce cooler (located next to our hoophouse at our farm, N3239 County Rd CC, Stockholm, WI) at your convenience. You can also find our produce at Paul and Fran's Grocery this week. Produce availability listed below.

Produce Availability

Broccoli $3/pound

Snap Peas - $5/pound

Carrots, bunched green top - $3/pound

Hoophouse cucumbers -$1.50 each

Red cabbage - $1.50/pound

Fresh garlic - $1/each (uncured garlic bulbs on the stem)

Romaine and Red Curly Lettuce - $2/head

Red Curly Kale - $3/bunch

Baby Kale - $7/pound

Arugula - $7/pound

Herbs - Basil, Mint, Dill, Parsley, Sage, Lemon Balm - $2/bunch

Edible flowers (calendula, bachelor buttons, borage, nasturtiums) - $8/pint - beautiful garnishes for soups & salads

Mixed flower bunches - small (~10 stems): $5/each, medium (~20 stems): $10/each

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Succession Planting

Since the end of February (4 months ago!) we've been doing succession plantings of many of our crops every couple of weeks. Crops that we are going to transplant into the field (transplants) are started in flats like the ones here, and we also do successions of "direct seeded" crops that are seeded directly into the ground. Around 4,000 seeds are planted into trays on an average seeding day this time of year. The goal of succession planting is to create a continuous supply of crops that have very short days to maturity and/or short harvest windows. Examples include lettuce, arugula, spinach, radishes, broccoli, carrots, dill, cauliflower, cut flowers, etc. By using successional planting we can get a lot more harvests out of a small area than we could if were just growing one crop per bed for the whole season. In our second season we're starting to get a handle on this process.

Order your produce for the long weekend today and pick up from our produce cooler (converted trailer shown above) at your convenience. You can also find broccoli, cucumbers, basil, and lettuce mix at Paul and Fran's Grocery  this week. Next Friday, July 7th, we'll be at the second Stockholm Farmers Market of the season with other vendors from the area.

Produce Availability

Broccoli $3/pound

Snap Peas - $5/pound

Hoophouse cucumbers -$1.50 each

Fresh garlic - $1/each (uncured garlic bulbs on the stem)

Romaine, Green Curly, and Red Curly Lettuce - $2/head

Red Curly Kale - $3/bunch

Baby Kale - $7/pound

Herbs - Mint, Dill, Parsley, Sage, Lemon Balm - $2/bunch

Edible flowers (calendula, bachelor buttons, borage) - $8/pint - beautiful garnishes for soups & salads

Mixed flower bunches - small (~10 stems): $5/each, medium (~20 stems): $10/each

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Broccoli and marketing changes at Good Turn Farm

The broccoli is starting to come in! If given a spare head, Hazel likes to hold it lovingly. Hopefully someday she'll like eating it that much. Most of our produce is distributed through the Hungry Turtle Farmers Cooperative and this year we have a big contract for broccoli. We haven't grown it on a large scale before so it's a bit of an experiment. We're transplanting about 400 plants every couple of weeks right now. Brassicas (a genus of plants that includes broccoli, cabbage, kale, etc) tend to grow better in heavier soils that hold more water and we have pretty good clay loam soil so we're hopeful that they'll do well.

Now that our produce is available locally through the monthly Stockholm Farmers Market and Paul and Fran's Grocery in Pepin, we're going to postpone our on-farm market for time being and look into creating a self serve cooler set up for the future. If you would like to order directly from us for pick up, please email annelie@goodturnfarm.com. Direct orders will be stored in our trailer cooler next to the hoophouse.

Produce Availability

Broccoli $3/pound

Snap Peas - $5/pound

Garlic scapes - $2/bunch

Hoophouse cucumbers -$1.50 each

Green onions/scallions -$2/bunch

Romaine, Green Butterhead, Green Curly, and Red Curly Lettuce - $2/head

Red Curly Kale - $3/bunch

Baby Lettuce Mix - $7/pound

Arugula - $7/pound

Baby Kale - $7/pound

Herbs - Basil, Mint, Dill, Parsley, Sage, Lemon Balm - $2/bunch

Edible flowers (calendula, bachelor buttons, borage) - $8/pint - beautiful garnishes for soups & salads

Mixed flower bunches - small (~10 stems): $5/each, medium (~20 stems): $10/each

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Stockholm Farmers Market

Last week was the first Stockholm Farmers Market and we had a great time! Annelie and her sister Angie (pictured here with the veggies) manned the booth next to Sara from D & S Gardens, Andrea from Black Cat Farmstead, and Darcy with her delicious teas & lemonades. These markets will take place on the second Friday of each month this year (except in July it will be on the 7th) in the front yard of "Antique Future," the new business owned by Dan Prokosch and Sarah Smith, next door to Lena's (former Gelly's) cafe, on Highway 35 in Stockholm. Hope to see you there!

Stop by our Farm Market this Friday, June 16th 4-7PM and Saturday, June 17th 9-Noon on our farm at N3239 County Rd CC, Stockholm, WI. If you'd rather pick up outside the Farm Market hours, send us an email and order produce directly. Direct orders will be stored in our trailer cooler next to the hoophouse. If we are not home, you can leave your payment in the till. Produce availability listed below.

We also have lettuce mix, kale, and romaine lettuce available at Paul and Fran's Grocery in Pepin this week.

Produce Availability

Hoophouse cucumbers -$2/pound

Green onions/scallions -$2/bunch

Romaine, Green Butterhead, Green Curly, and Red Curly Lettuce - $2/head

Red Curly Kale - $3/bunch

Baby Lettuce Mix - $7/pound

Herbs - Basil, Mint, Dill, Parsley, Sage, Lemon Balm - $2/bunch

Mixed flower bunches - small (~10 stems): $5/each, medium (~20 stems): $10/each

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Trellising tomatoes in the hoophouse

Trellising in the hoophouse: This is our first full season with our hoophouse and it's pretty awesome to already see such huge differences between our field tomatoes and the hoophouse tomatoes. Because we had supplementary heat in the hoophouse this spring (we were using one end as our greenhouse for starting transplants) we were able to transplant the tomatoes & cucumbers in the third week of April. This ended up being about a full month earlier than our field tomatoes. That plus the warmer days under cover, the hoophouse tomatoes are looking great and reaching 3 feet already whereas our field tomatoes are only about a foot right now. As the tomatoes grow, we wrap them around twine hanging from high-tensile wires along the ceiling. Looking forward to early tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers from the hoophouse this year!

We're taking part in the monthly Stockholm Farmers Market this year and the first market is this Friday, June 9th from 3-7PM in the front yard of "Antique Future," the new business owned by Danny Prokosch and Sarah Smith, next door to Lena's (former Gelly's) cafe, on Highway 35 in Stockholm. We'll be at the market Friday afternoon and then we'll have our normal Farm Market on Saturday, June 10th 9-Noon on our farm at N3239 County Rd CC, Stockholm, WI. If you'd rather pick up outside the Farm Market hours, send us an email and order produce directly. Direct orders will be stored in our trailer cooler next to the hoophouse. If we are not home, you can leave your payment in the till. Produce availability listed below. 

We also have lettuce mix and radishes available at Paul and Fran's Grocery in Pepin this week so stop by the produce display when you're there!

Produce Availability

Romaine, Green, and Red Lettuce - $2/head

Red Curly Kale - $3/bunch

Baby Kale- $7/pound

Baby Lettuce Mix - $7/pound

Baby Spinach - $7/pound

Mint, Dill, Parsley, Sage, Lemon Balm - $2/bunch

Pink Beauty Radish - $3/bunch 

Email your order to info@goodturnfarm.com or stop by the Farm Market Friday 4-7PM or Saturday 9-Noon

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Ode to our farm cart

Late last fall, during some farm clean up, Kevin managed to trade an old "parts" car we didn't need anymore for a used electric golf cart. We've been using the cart almost everyday since then for hauling transplants and tools and generally zooming more quickly around the farm. Because it's quiet and doesn't have any blind spots it's a lot safer to drive around our 2 year old daughter, Hazel. Kevin made a couple upgrades including new heavy duty tires in the back and a cargo rack (made from the original canopy parts). This photo shows the little cart hauling a couple hundred lbs of slab wood that we use to help secure our landscape fabric.

We're holding our first Farm Market of the season this Friday & Sat, June 2nd & 3rd (Friday 4-7PM, Saturday 9-Noon, N3239 County Rd CC, Stockholm, WI). The Farm Market will be set up like last year in front of our cottonwoods at the end of our driveway (directly across from the Little House Wayside). We always try to stop down to say hello if we're close by but it's also set up as a completely self serve operation. If you'd rather pick up outside the Farm Market hours, send us an email and order produce directly. Direct orders will be stored in a chest cooler on our front porch. If we are not home, you can leave your payment in the till. Produce availability listed below.

We also have lettuce mix and radishes available at Paul and Fran's Grocery in Pepin this week so stop by the produce display when you're there!

Produce Availability

Baby Lettuce Mix - $7/pound

Bulk Spinach - $5/pound

Mint - $2/bunch

Pink Beauty Radish - $3/bunch

Special Sale!

Some of our lettuce mix got a little big on us and is too big to sell as "baby lettuce" but is still beautiful loose leaf lettuce.

Lettuce Mix (medium size leaves): $5/pound

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Transplanting at Good Turn Farm

We've been transplanting starter plants out into our field beds since Mid-April but with our last average frost date behind us, we're making the biggest transplanting push of the season right now! If you drive by you can see a lot of new veggies and flowers in their new homes. We use woven landscape fabric (pictured in the foreground here) on many of our 4'x50' beds for weed control. The landscape fabric can be reused every year for up to 15 years so we are gradually incorporating more each year to help cut down on our labor costs.

Some of our field crops are starting to mature and we have extra available for purchase. Next Friday & Sat, June 2nd & 3rd will be our first Farm Market on our farm for the season (Friday 4-7PM, Saturday 9-Noon, N3239 County Rd CC, Stockholm, WI) but in the meantime we encourage you to send us an email and order produce directly. Direct orders will be ready for pick up by Friday and stored in a chest cooler on our front porch. If we are not home, you can leave your payment in the til. Produce availability listed below.

Produce Availability

Lettuce Mix - $7/lb

Bulk Spinach - $5/lb

Mint - $2/bunch

Pink Beauty Radish - $3/bunch

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Thanks For Our Home, Sweet Old Home

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The final product - Good Turn Farmhouse
I'm writing this from Good Turn Farm's home office. About a month and half ago, we finally completed the majority of the house renovations, received our occupancy permit, and moved into the farm house! We're so happy to finally be living here - on our farm! I can look out the window and see our fields and imagine what will be growing come spring. Getting here was a long and bumpy road and we could not have made it with out the help of so many of our friends and family.  Kevin's dad, Pat, and stepmother, Lorna, did a majority of the carpentry work on the house and I am grateful for the quality of their work every day I am here. Kevin's moms Patricia and Renee invited us to
Annelie's brother, Aaron, and sister, Angie, helping build our new back steps
Annelie's brother, Aaron, and sister, Angie, helping build our new back steps
live with them in Red Wing after our daughter Hazel was born last July so we wouldn't have to spend the first several months of her life sticking it out in our 400 sq foot apartment in Saint Paul.  Besides their house being a beautiful stone cottage out of a fairy tale, it was filled with love and laughter and I am grateful to have spent those 5 months with them.  My own sister, Angela, generously moved back to the Midwest to spend the summer farming with us and living out of camper on our land so she could be my right hand lady while I farmed until I was ridiculously pregnant. My parents, Amelie & Anthony, temporarily adopted our dog, lent us that camper for the summer and made the 3 hour trip down from Duluth almost every other weekend over the summer to help with harvest, work on the front porch windows, make delicious food for us, and help with the baby.  We had friends brave a giant rainstorm last May to come stay for my birthday party and help freshen up the old barn with a coat of paint.  My Auntie Viki came down from Duluth many weekends in August, September, October and camped out in her Prius to help with the farm and the house renovations.  My brother, Aaron, flew here from Taos, NM to spend a week helping us build back stairs, hang doors, and install trim. Turns out it takes a village to start a farm, re-build a house, and raise a baby and we're looking forward to expanding our "village" as we find our place in our new community.
Annelie and her dad, Andy, after reinstalling the front porch windows after he did a lot of work rebuilding frames, replacing glass, reglazing and painting
Annelie and her dad, Anthony, after reinstalling the front porch windows.  He did all the work  of rebuilding frames, replacing glass, reglazing and painting.
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