Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Buying Club for May 30 and 31

Greetings from Dancing Hen Farm!

Yes, there will be a buying club delivery this week. 

Ordering is now open and will remain open until 11 pm on Thursday.  Deliveries will be Friday (5/30) at Bloom Naturally from 5:30 to 6 pm and on Saturday we will be in Dallas (100 Lake Street) from 10 to 10:30 am and in Forty Fort (900 Rutter Ave) from 11 to 11:30.  Please look for either our white van or silver Subaru.   If you are having trouble with pick up, please call Joan's cell phone (570-204-3649).

This week we are adding napa cabbage and vitamin green to the buying club.  Vitamin green is an asian cooking green with a mild flavor, similar to bok choy or komatsuna.  Try vitamin green in a stir fry or raw in salads.
Right now is probably our busiest time on farm as we race to get everything planted.  This week we are planting cabbage, lettuce, summer squash, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, herbs and greens out in the field.  In the seed house, we have completed seeding of eggplant, peppers and winter squash for transplant in a few weeks and are continually seeding crops such as lettuce, kale and swiss chard which are planted in rotation throughout the growing season. 

Crops are looking good, although we feel everything is still at least two weeks behind due to the cool extended spring.  Most everything we have planted recently is really taking off and looking beautiful.  However, some of the crops we planted early, when soil temperatures were still cool, are struggling to really take hold. 

We still have a few spots remaining in the our CSA for 2014.  Please remember CSA members will receive first choice on all harvested crops.  Farmer Don is walking our fields nightly to determine when our first CSA delivery will be, based on maturity of crops.  Emails will be going out shortly to CSA members concerning the start of the season.

If you have questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your continued support of our farm and local agriculture.

Farmer Don and Joan
Dancing Hen Farm

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Our buying club is open every week!

This week we added maple syrup from Forks Mountain Family Farm in Sullivan County.

This 100% pure and natural Maple Syrup is produced by the Forks Mountain Family Farm located in the mountains of Sullivan County. The syrup is produced on the family farm from the sap that is gathered across the 100 acres of farm land. Maple Syrup is a great substitute for sugar, with only 50 calories per tablespoon, containing minerals such as calcium, potassium and iron. Enjoy it with your breakfast favorites, or over ice cream and granola, even add it to your tea and coffee for sweetness. We hope you enjoy this healthy native food as much as we enjoy making it!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Open House

If you are planning a garden of your own, we will have transplants for sale during the open house.  Everyone attending will also receive one dozen of our free range eggs.  See you next Sunday!!!

May Update

Greetings From Dancing Hen Farm!

We are approximately one month away from  Week one of our CSA.  We do still have some memberships available.  Our CSA is now a full choice CSA, meaning all members choose exactly what is in their boxes each week.  With the implementation of our new computer system, members can now register online.  In order to insure you receive a box for week 1, we need to receive payment prior to the start of the CSA.  Please mail payment to the farm.  Sorry for any inconvenience, but we do not take credit or debit card payments at this time.
On Sunday, May 18, we are having an open house (from 2 -4) at the farm for all members and friends of our farm.  Come on by, tour the farm, learn about how we grow your food, meet the farmers, get an orientation to our csa and learn all about our member choice CSA.  Everyone who attends will get one dozen of our free range eggs!  Please remember you are visiting a farm, so wear shoes/clothes you don't mind getting wet or muddy!
Around the farm we have been busy, busy, busy.  We are in full planting mode!  Onions and potatoes are being planted.  Our first rotations of greens (kale, chard, Asian greens and lettuce) are in the ground.  In addition we have carrots, radishes, beets and beans seeded and starting to germinate in our fields.  The peas  are up, but growing very slowly this year.  Warmer season summer crops, tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash and pepper, are germinating in our seed house and these transplants will be planted out in the next few weeks.

Speaking of transplants, we do have transplants for sale, if you garden and are interested in locally produced organic transplants.  Please check our buying club or email the farm for availability.  Or come by our on May 18th, as we will have transplants for sale during our open house.

Speaking of the buying club.  Our goal is to continue with the buying club at least until the Back Mountain Market starts in July.  We will do our best to have items available for the buying club, but please note, items will always be made available to our CSA members first.  Some items, in limited supply, may never become available to the buying club.  Our eggs and chicken will be for sale through the buying club.  We are currently sourcing other local and sustainably produced items.  We have sources for raw cow's milk and cheeses, maple syrup and dried herbs and we hope to add other products.
As always if you have questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your support of small family farms and local agriculture.

Farmer Don and Joan
Dancing Hen Farm