September

Wild Plums from our yard, ready for processing. With the weather feeling truly fall-ish these days there have been some shifts happening at Good Turn Farm. For one, we’re celebrating the fact that we survived August. As farmers, August is a tough month when we’re tired from 4+ months of farming, there’s still pressure to get the tail end of the fall crops in the ground (and come to terms with the ones we didn’t get planted in time), we have an idea of what our farm income is going to be for the year and it’s usually less than we dreamed, and we still have a good couple months to go before the field season is truly over. With the start of September, we’re taking a deep breath knowing that we’ve tried to do our best for the year and now we just ride the wave for the rest of the season. We’re also starting to feel the pressure to get some preserving done before all this beautiful produce is gone for the year. We’ve been canning tomatoes & salsa, freezing peppers, broccoli & pesto, and for the first time we made wild plum jam. We have several wild plums on our property and a couple in our yard were full of fruit this year. Wild plums have super delicious flesh but the skins are pretty tart. The freezer jam we made definitely retains some of that tartness but the flavor turned out great and we didn’t have to use any pectin because plums are naturally high in pectin.

This Friday, September 8th, we’ll be at the Stockholm Farmers Market from 3-7PM in front of Antique Future, W12132 State Hwy 35, Stockholm, WI.

If you can’t make it to the market, special order produce via email from the list below, we’ll let you know when your order is ready and then you can pick up from our produce cooler (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

Red Bell & Multi-colored sweet Picnic/Snack Peppers – $4/pound
Tomatillos – $3/pound
Fingerling Potatoes – $3/pound
Red and Yellow Onions – $2/pound
Green (and purple!) bell peppers – $3/pound
Arugula – $7/pound, $3.50/half pound, $3/bunch
Baby Lettuce Mix – $7/pound, $3.50/half pound
Spinach – $7/pound, $3.50/half pound
Hot peppers (green cayenne & serrano) – $6/pound (available in small increments)
Cherry tomatoes – $4.50/pint
Heirloom tomatoes- $4/pound
Slicing tomatoes-$3/pound
Patty Pan Squash – $2/pound
Broccoli – $3/pound
Cucumbers – $1.50/each
Garlic bulbs – $10/pound (available by the bulb) or $15/one-pound braid
Green & Red cabbage – $1.50/pound
Herbs – Basil, Mint, Dill, Pickling Dill, Parsley, Sage – $2/bunch or $10/pound
Mixed flower bunches – small (~10 stems): $5/each, medium (~20 stems): $10/each
Maple Syrup (processed by Kevin and his parents Pat & Lorna on the bigger family farm, Oakwood Farm – not certified organic) – $15/Quart, $7 per pint

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Our New Hoophouse!

Our “new” hoophouse currently residing in St. Paul and ready for disassembly this weekend! If you’ve talked to us in the last year you’ve probably heard about how much we love our current hoophouse that we got through a NRCS EQIP grant last September. We were able to grow baby greens all winter long without heating and it has been an absolute game changer for tomato production this summer. The tomatoes love the warmer temperatures and the exclusion of rain keeps their foliage much drier, reducing foliar disease. We knew pretty quickly that we wanted another hoophouse in our future and so we started “conjuring” this spring by prepping the location for our second hoophouse without any idea where that hoophouse would come from our how we were going to finance it. Thanks to Stones Throw Urban Farm in St. Paul (for putting up their Frogtown hoophouses for sale at a very reasonable price) and the Wholesale Accelerator loan program through our Hungry Turtle Farmers Cooperative, we are the soon-to-be owners of a 30×96′ hoophouse that is the matching model to our current hoophouse (but 25 feet longer and with extra bracing)! Super excited at the opportunity to increase our production in all four seasons!

Special order produce via email from the list below, we’ll let you know when your order is ready and then you can 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.

Next week, Friday, September 8th, we’ll be at the Stockholm Farmers Market from 3-7PM.

Produce Availability

Red Bell & Multi-colored sweet Picnic/Snack Peppers – $4/pound
Tomatillos – $3/pound
Fingerling Potatoes – $3/pound
Red and Yellow Onions – $2/pound
Green (and purple!) bell peppers – $3/pound
Arugula – $7/pound, $3.50/half pound, $3/bunch
Hot peppers (green cayenne & serrano) – $6/pound (available in small increments)
Cherry tomatoes – $4.50/pint
Heirloom tomatoes- $4/pound
Slicing tomatoes-$3/pound
Patty Pan Squash – $2/pound
Broccoli – $3/pound
Garlic bulbs – $10/pound (available by the bulb) or $15/one-pound braid
Baby Kale – $7/pound, $3.50/half pound
Green & Red cabbage – $1.50/pound
Herbs – Basil, Mint, Dill, Pickling Dill, Parsley, Sage – $2/bunch or $10/pound
Mixed flower bunches – small (~10 stems): $5/each, medium (~20 stems): $10/each
Maple Syrup (processed by Kevin and his parents Pat & Lorna on the bigger family farm, Oakwood Farm – not certified organic) – $15/Quart, $7 per pint

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Farm Service Agency (FSA) Tour for Women Farmers and Landowners

Calling all women farmers and landowners: Annelie is working with Renewing the Countryside to help connect women farmers and landowners with the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). The FSA provides a lot of great programs for farmers including financial assistance/loans/reimbursements and the FSA wants to increase the number of women participating. Join me for a tour of the Pepin County FSA office on September 28th to meet the staff, learn about what programs are available, and even get started on an application. If you don’t live in Pepin County, you’re still welcome – these are federal programs and are available in all counties. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to annelie@goodturnfarm.com or rsvp at the facebook event for ongoing information about the tour and the FSA in general.

Farm Service Agency (FSA) Tour for Women Farmers and Landowners
Date: September 28th, 2017
Time: 10:30am-11:30am, with option to start work on an application after the tour
Location: Farm Service Agency, 740 7th Ave. W, Durand, WI 54736

Special order produce via email from the list below, we’ll let you know when your order is ready and then you can pick up from our produce cooler (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

Red Bell & Multi-colored sweet Picnic/Snack Peppers – $4/pound
Tomatillos – $3/pound
Fingerling Potatoes – $3/pound
Red and Yellow Onions – $2/pound
Green (and purple!) bell peppers – $3/pound
Baby lettuce mix – $7/pound, $3.50/half pound
Arugula – $7/pound, $3.50/half pound
Hot peppers (green cayenne & serrano) – $6/pound (available in small increments)
Cherry tomatoes – $4.50/pint
Heirloom tomatoes- $4/pound
Slicing tomatoes-$3/pound
Patty Pan Squash & Green Zucchini – $2/pound
Broccoli – $3/pound
Cucumbers – $1.50/each
Garlic bulbs – $10/pound (available by the bulb) or $15/one-pound braid
Baby Kale – $7/pound, $3.50/half pound
Green & Red cabbage – $1.50/pound
Herbs – Basil, Mint, Dill, Pickling Dill Parsley, Sage – $2/bunch or $10/pound
Mixed flower bunches – small (~10 stems): $5/each, medium (~20 stems): $10/each
Maple Syrup (processed by Kevin and his parents Pat & Lorna on the bigger family farm, Oakwood Farm – not certified organic) – $15/Quart, $7 per pint

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Garlic!

Cured garlic now available! We didn’t have the best of luck with garlic the first year we tried it. We probably didn’t use enough mulch, had too much weed pressure, and harvested too late so there were not enough protective layers left around the cloves for storage. We skipped planting any in the fall of 2015 because we had our hands full with finishing up renovations on our farm house and taking care of our daughter Hazel who was only a few months old at the time. Last fall, we decided last minute to try again and purchased some remaining seed garlic from Seed Savers Exchange which was on sale because it was so late in the year. We planted a couple beds of Inchelium Red (softneck – good for roasting) and German Red (hardneck – spicy). Both varieties grew well this year and seem to have cured well in our dry, drafty barn. Annelie has finally gotten her chance to practice braiding the softneck garlic (shown above –directions here)!

Special order produce via email from the list below, we’ll let you know when your order is ready and then you can pick up from our produce cooler (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

Red Bell & Multi-colored sweet Picnic/Snack Peppers  – $4/pound
Tomatillos – $3/pound
Fingerling Potatoes – $3/pound
Red and Yellow Onions – $2/pound
Green (and purple!) bell peppers – $3/pound
Baby lettuce mix – $7/pound, $3.50/half pound
Arugula – $7/pound, $3.50/half pound
Hot peppers (green cayenne & serrano) – $6/pound (available in small increments)
Cherry tomatoes – $4.50/pint
Heirloom tomatoes- $4/pound
Slicing tomatoes-$3/pound
Patty Pan Squash & Green Zucchini – $2/pound
Broccoli – $3/pound
Garlic bulbs – $10/pound (available by the bulb) or $15/one-pound braid
Red Curly Kale – $2/bunch
Green & Red cabbage – $1.50/pound
Herbs – Basil, Mint, Dill, Pickling Dill  Parsley, Sage – $2/bunch or $10/pound
Mixed flower bunches – small (~10 stems): $5/each, medium (~20 stems): $10/each
Maple Syrup (processed by Kevin and his parents Pat & Lorna on the bigger family farm, Oakwood Farm – not certified organic) – $15/Quart, $7 per pint

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Stockholm Farmers Market – 10 August 2017

Annelie at the July Stockholm Farmers Market – Join us this Friday from 3-7PM at the Stockholm Farmers Market in Stockholm, WI in front of Antique Future (W12132 State Hwy 35)! The farmers market coincides with the Stockholm Stroll event every month this summer. During the Stockholm Stroll, shops stay open later and artists are featured at the local galleries. It’s a great chance to meet people from the area and learn more about this cute little village. 

If you can’t make it to the market you can still special order produce via email from the list below, we’ll let you know when your order is ready and then you can 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

Fingerling Potatoes – $3/pound
Red and Yellow Onions – $2/pound
Green (and purple!) bell peppers – $3/pound
Cucumbers – $1.50/each
Green Beans – $4/pound
Baby lettuce mix – $7/pound
Arugula – $7/pound
Hot peppers (green cayenne & serrano) – $6/pound (available in small increments)
Cherry tomatoes – $4.50/pint
Heirloom tomatoes- $4/pound
Slicing tomatoes-$3/pound
Patty Pan Squash & Green Zucchini – $2/pound
Broccoli – $3/pound
Garlic bulbs – $10/pound (available by the bulb)
Red Curly Kale – $2/bunch
Green & Red cabbage – $1.50/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
Maple Syrup (processed by Kevin and his parents Pat & Lorna on the bigger family farm, Oakwood Farm – not certified organic) – $15/Quart, $7 per pint

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Summer Lettuce

Shade cloth over newly transplanted lettuce beds. While tomatoes and peppers are loving all the heat and sun that July and August bring, lettuce is not such a fan. Hot weather can stress lettuce and cause bolting (going to seed early), tip burn (burning at the edges of the leaves), and bitterness. However, our goal (not there yet) is to have our crops available consistently throughout the growing season so we want to continue growing lettuce through the summer when it’s possible. To help lettuce adjust after transplanting out into the field, we’re trying a cover of shade cloth for the first few weeks to reduce the heat and sun stress. There was a great article in the last Growing for Market about farmers who grow lettuce in the south and shade cloth is a common tool so it works in south, we’re hoping it will make a big difference here.

Special order produce via email from the list below, we’ll let you know when your order is ready and then you can pick up from our produce cooler (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.

Next week on Friday, August 11th, we’ll be at the Stockholm Farmers Market with other farmers and producers from the area. The market runs from 3-7PM in front of Antique Future (W12132 State Hwy 35).

Produce Availability

Special on Basil – $7/pound ($10/pound normal price)
Fingerling Potatoes – $3/pound
Red and Yellow Onions – $2/pound
Green (and purple!) bell peppers – $3/pound
Hot peppers (green cayenne & serrano) – $6/pound (available in small increments)
Cherry tomatoes – $4.50/pint
Heirloom tomatoes- $4/pound
Slicing tomatoes-$3/pound
Patty Pan Squash & Green Zucchini – $2/pound
Broccoli – $3/pound
Garlic bulbs – $10/pound (available by the bulb)
Red Curly Kale – $2/bunch
Green cabbage – $1.50/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
Maple Syrup (processed by Kevin and his parents Pat & Lorna on the bigger family farm, Oakwood Farm – not certified organic) – $15/Quart, $7 per pint

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Good Turn Farm is now Certified Organic!

We’re proud to announce that we are now certified organic! Getting certified has always been a part of our farm dream and after more than 3 years of growing produce on this land we finally applied for and received our certification through Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA). The USDA and private certifying agencies like MOSA uphold rigorous National Organic Standardswhich give weight to the “certified organic” label we trust. Being certified organic is not the be all, end all of sustainable farming but is a guarantee that farmers are not using synthetic pesticides while also implementing conservation practices to create healthy farm ecosystems. We chose to become certified to increase the transparency of our farming operation and to support the organic movement that we believe in.

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 beans – $4/pound

Russet Potatoes – $2/pound

Fingerling Potatoes – $3/pound

Red and Yellow Onions – $2/pound

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

Cauliflower – $3.50/pound

Radishes – $3/bunch

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

Romaine – $2/head

Red Curly Kale – $2/bunch

Green and red 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

Maple Syrup (processed by Kevin and his parents Pat & Lorna on the bigger family farm, Oakwood Farm – not certified organic) – $15/Quart, $7 per pint

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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

Email your order to info@goodturnfarm.com

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