Winter is here

Although the snow has melted for the time being, Good Turn Farm has mostly entered a hibernation state. The greens that we have left in the hoophouses are either just germinated and will be growing veerrrryyy slowly until February or destined for the first winter market at the Pleasant Corner Schoolhouse on Saturday, December 2nd from 10am-2pm (if it doesn’t get too too cold before then). We’ll update you on our status for that market at the end of this month. 

A huge thank you to everyone who bought vegetables from us this season either directly from us at our farm/the Stockholm Farmers Market or by buying from any of the businesses that we sold to (listed here). This was our second full season selling produce and although we have a LOT of learning and growing to do, we feel like we’re making great progress and we love being a part of this beautiful community. 

Your farmers, 
Annelie and Kevin

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Our First Oyster Mushrooms

You might remember some of our posts from earlier this spring about innoculating oak & box elder logs with mushrooms. Our first flush of oyster mushrooms appeared this week! They really like the cooler temperatures so we’re hoping in the future they’ll be a nice addition to our early and late season vegetables. The shiitake mushrooms have not yet made an appearance but they take longer to “run” in the oak logs than the oyster mushrooms on the box elder (a softer wood). Hopefully we’ll see some early next summer and have enough of both oysters and shiitake to sell at that point. We source all of our organic mushroom spawn from Field and Forest Products and they also have log kits for beginners.

You can 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 in Pepin, WI.

Produce Availability

Winter Squash (Butternut, Red Kuri, Sweet Dumpling) – $1.50/pound
Watermelon Radish – $3/pound
Daikon Radish – $2/pound
Bulk Carrots – $2/pound
Bunched Radishes – $3/bunch
Sunchokes – $4/pound
Carving Pumpkins – $7/each
Brussels Sprouts – $5/pound
Red Head Lettuce – $2/head
Baby Kale – $7/pound, $3.50/half pound
Baby Lettuce Mix – $7/pound, $3.50/half pound
Herbs – Cilantro, Parsley, Sage – $2/bunch
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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Goodbye, Tomatoes

We’ve been working this week to clear the tomatoes and peppers out of our original hoophouse. It was hard to say goodbye but with the cooler nights, the plants have basically stopped producing fruit at this point. We more than doubled our tomato & pepper sales this year growing on less beds because the hoophouse increased the length of the growing season and also the health of the plants. Hard to believe it will be a half a year at least until the next homegrown tomatoes come around but such is the seasonality of locally grown foods. Hopefully the wait makes them all the more special and delicious when they come back next year.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Stockholm Farmers Market last week (Annelie and Kevin posing with our produce above) – it was a beautiful day and as always a really fun time with community.

While we have run out of most hot crops, there is still a good variety of fall crops available. You can 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.

Produce Availability

Winter Squash (Butternut, Red Kuri, Sweet Dumpling) – $1.50/pound
Watermelon Radish – $3/pound
Daikon Radish – $2/pound
Bulk Carrots – $2/pound
Bunched Radishes – $3/bunch
Sunchokes – $4/pound
Carving Pumpkins – $7/each
Brussels Sprouts – $5/pound
Red Head Lettuce – $2/head
Baby Kale – $7/pound, $3.50/half pound
Arugula – $3/bunch
Baby Lettuce Mix – $7/pound, $3.50/half pound
Spinach – $7/pound, $3.50/half pound
Hot peppers (cayenne & serrano) – $6/pound (available in small increments)
Red Curly Kale – $2/bunch
Broccoli – $3/pound
Garlic bulbs – $10/pound (available by the bulb)
Herbs – Cilantro, Mint, Parsley, Sage – $2/bunch
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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Hoophouse progress & last farmers market

Hazel helping Kevin install some of the wood framing on the new hoophouse. As you can see, in the background, after the initial installation of the steel pipe framing, Kevin was able to prep all the beds for planting and we had everything seeded/transplanted in there by mid September. Kevin did the initial plastic (called the “skin”) instillation yesterday and he’s waiting for a sunny day to warm up the plastic so it can be stretched tight to the frame. It also looks like this will be the last week for tomatoes & peppers out of our first hoophouse so we’ll be removing those plants over the coming week and planting more winter crops. We’re still experimenting to see how late some of these crops can go in but learning to rely on quick maturing crops, especially baby leaf crops that are particularly freeze tolerant (baby kale, baby lettuce, spinach, etc).

This Friday (Oct 13th) we’ll be at the final Stockholm Farmers Market of the season in front of Antique Future on Hwy 35 from 3-7PM. Hope to see you there!

If you can’t make it to the market, you can 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.

Produce Availability

Winter Squash (Butternut, Red Kuri, Festival, Delicata) & Pie Pumpkins – $1.50/pound
Watermelon Radish – $3/pound
Daikon Radish – $2/pound
Bunched Carrots – $4/bunch
Bunched Radishes – $2/bunch
Sunchokes – $4/pound
Carving Pumpkins – $7/each
Brussels Sprouts – $5/pound
Green/half ripened 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 (cayenne & serrano) – $6/pound (available in small increments)
Red Curly Kale – $2/bunch
Broccoli – $3/pound
Garlic bulbs – $10/pound (available by the bulb)
Herbs – Mint, Dill, Parsley, Sage – $2/bunch
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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Pumpkins!

Pumpkins are available for pick up at our farm – it’s a self-serve stand so you can stop by anytime. $7/each, certified organic! Some other new fall crops are available this week including watermelon radishes, daikon radish, carrots, and sunchokes.

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.

Next Friday, the 13th (!) We’ll be at the final Stockholm Farmers Market in front of Antique Future on Hwy 35 from 3-7PM.

Produce Availability

Winter Squash (Butternut, Red Kuri, Festival, Delicata) & Pie Pumpkins – $1.50/pound
Watermelon Radish – $3/pound
Daikon Radish – $2/pound
Bunched Carrots – $4/bunch
Bunched Radishes – $2/bunch
Sunchokes – $4/pound
Carving Pumpkins – $7/each
Mixed Sweet Bell Peppers – $4/pound
Brussels Sprouts – $5/pound
Tomatillos – $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 (cayenne & serrano) – $6/pound (available in small increments)
Red Curly Kale & Red Russian Kale- $2/bunch
Cherry tomatoes – $4/pint
Heirloom tomatoes- $4/pound
Slicing tomatoes-$3/pound
Broccoli – $3/pound
Garlic bulbs – $10/pound (available by the bulb)
Herbs – Mint, Dill, Parsley, Sage – $2/bunch or $10/pound
Ground Cherries – $4/pint
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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Fall production

We have some new fall crops rolling in these days – winter squash & pumpkins (varieties available pictured above), brussels sprouts, and ripe hot peppers so far with daikon radish, sunchokes, carrots, and watermelon radish not too far out. With cooler weather on the way a lot of the cool crops that we’ve been limping along through the heat are going to thrive. If all goes well, we’ll have baby lettuce, spinach, kale, broccoli, head lettuce, arugula, and radish for at least another month or two. Several of those crops we’ve already planted in the second hoop house and they should be around into December if not overwinter. Harvests are not necessarily getting smaller yet but with almost all of the planting done, it feels like things are slowing down quite a bit and we’re enjoying this fall season on the farm.

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.

Produce Availability

Winter Squash (Butternut, Red Kuri, Festival, Delicata) & Pie Pumpkins – $1.50/pound
Carving Pumpkins – $7/each
Red Bell & Multi-colored sweet Picnic/Snack Peppers – $4/pound
Brussels Sprouts – $5/pound
Tomatillos – $3/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 (cayenne & serrano) – $6/pound (available in small increments)
Red Curly Kale – $2/bunch
Cherry tomatoes – $4/pint
Heirloom tomatoes- $4/pound
Slicing tomatoes-$3/pound
Broccoli – $3/pound
Garlic bulbs – $10/pound (available by the bulb)
Herbs – Basil, Mint, Dill, Parsley, Sage – $2/bunch or $10/pound
Ground Cherries – $4/pint
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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Hoophouse progress

Our new hoop house with support ribs in place and about half the beds laid out and planted. Over the next week we’ll be installing the wood framing around the bottom, building the end walls, installing the roll-up side walls, and putting on the plastic.

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.

Produce Availability

Red Bell & Multi-colored sweet Picnic/Snack Peppers – $4/pound
Brussels Sprouts – $5/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 (cayenne & serrano) – $6/pound (available in small increments)
Radish – $2/bunch
Red Curly Kale – $2/bunch
Cherry tomatoes – $4/pint
Heirloom tomatoes- $4/pound
Slicing tomatoes-$3/pound
Broccoli – $3/pound
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
Ground Cherries – $4/pint
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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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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