Farm Fresh to You

You can ask anyone and they will tell you that fresh-from-the-farm produce just tastes better.  We have retired and are no longer selling mushrooms or produce.

 

When we first bought our property in 2008 we put swales above the garden and in the garden. They capture rain water for us and then allow the water to slowly seep into the soil, helping us water our garden into early summer. Most years we don't need to use the well for our perennials till early July.

When we first bought our property in 2008 we put swales above the garden and in the garden. They capture rain water for us and then allow the water to slowly seep into the soil, helping us water our garden into early summer. Most years we don’t need to water our perennials till early July.

digging with papa

Helping Papa Cliff make garden beds.

In the fall of 2013 we built some raised beds in our orchard between the rows of fruit trees. Our orchard is on a slight hill. We thought by building these special beds we could help slow the flow of rainwater down so more stays in the orchard, enabling us to water the trees less. We also thought that by using rotted wood as a holding mass, more water would be available for the crops planted in the beds. Our first step was to measure the beds out and then put in trenches. We've got the trenches cleaned for our new raised beds in this picture. The next step is to fill the trenches with old, rotting stumps and large branches.

In the fall of 2013 we built some raised beds in our orchard between the rows of fruit trees. Our orchard is on a slight hill. We thought by building these special beds we could help slow the flow of rainwater down so more stays in the orchard, enabling us to water the trees less. We also thought that by using rotted wood as a holding mass, more water would be available for the crops planted in the beds. Our first step was to measure the beds out and then put in trenches. We’ve got the trenches cleaned for our new raised beds in this picture. The next step is to fill the trenches with old, rotting stumps and large branches.

Once we filled the trenches, we backfilled them with dirt and added rotting branches.

Once we filled the trenches, we backfilled them with dirt and added rotting branches.

woodchips are added next

woodchips are added next

Then we added a layer of mushroom straw.

Then we added a layer of mushroom straw.

Fresh manure was added next. The final step was to replace the dirt.

Fresh manure was added next. The final step was to replace the dirt.

Our new raised bed!

Our new raised bed!

planting asparagus

We planted over 800 feet of asparagus. You can get it at the market April – May. Last year we sold out quickly, so be sure to come early.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the strawberry harvest

Just as the asparagus is finishing up, the strawberries come into season. At the peak of the season we can spend 5 hours a day harvesting.

 

 

peas harvest

Brocolli - 2011

Our first REAL broccoli!

plums2

Santa Rosa Plums ready for market

Santa Rosa Plums

plant starts 3turnips

Thompson grapes

Thompson grapes

Persimmons

Persimmons

carrot star

carrot star

asparagus

Young asparagus

rhubbarb

Young rhubarb

A wheelbarrow full of freshly harvested and dried onions.

A wheelbarrow full of freshly harvested and dried onions.

One strong grandkid helping with the leek harvest!

One strong grandkid helping with the leek harvest!

Moses

Moses

lamb brothers

happy outdoor shiitake

happy outdoor shiitake

The chickens are busy catching garden bugs. Our chicken run circles our acre garden, keeping the chickens safe from predators and providing the garden with a bug-control squad.

The chickens are busy catching bugs. Our chicken-run  circles our acre garden, keeping the chickens safe from predators and providing us with a bug-control squad.

Our goats and sheep are moved to new munching areas every few days. They clear brush and grasses for us around the garden and house.turkeys

Mushrooms galore growing on our compost pile.! Once we have finished harvesting our oyster mushrooms, we put the organic rice straw on the compost pile. As it decomposes, the mycellium grow, spreading from the straw into the other decomposing matter, enriching our compost heap. - And the cycle continues. . .

Mushrooms galore growing on our compost pile.! Once we have finished harvesting our oyster mushrooms, we put the organic rice straw on the compost pile. As it decomposes, the mycellium grow, spreading from the straw into the other decomposing matter, enriching our compost heap. – And the cycle continues. . .

Italian oyster mushrooms almost ready to harvest. We grow our mushrooms year-round. You can find them at the farmers market and at local grocery stores.

Italian oyster mushrooms almost ready to harvest. We grow our mushrooms year-round. You can find them at the farmers market and at local grocery stores.

Beautiful coral oyster mushrooms ready to harvest.

Beautiful coral oyster mushrooms ready to harvest.

golden oyster

golden oyster mushroom

Cliff holding coral mushrooms

Lion's Mane mushroom - tastes like lobster when cooked! Said to have great medicinal properties.

Lion’s Mane mushroom – tastes like lobster when cooked! Said to have great medicinal properties.

Deliious shiitake mushrooms

Delicious shiitake mushrooms

Advertisements