News from the farm – 2010-09-30

Market News
Oktoberfest
Beef
CSA survey
Eggs
Product List

Hi friends!

You’d think that things would be slowing down for us, now that it’s almost October, the CSA is almost over, and there’s still no rain on the horizon. We’re still pretty busy, though, especially this weekend.

It’s our last Saturday for the season at Carmel. The Trader’s Point market continues through the end of October on Friday evenings.

We’ll be at Trader’s Point from 11 AM to 5 PM on SUNDAY for Oktoberfest. It’s a gated-admission event, Polka Boy will provide music, there will be beer, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, This Old Farm is providing a multitude of brats, and many of your favorite all-natural and organic Friday night market vendors will be there, selling all kinds of things. We’ll be there with outrageous brownies (about 500 calories each- dieters beware!), chocolate-oatmeal bars, Matt’s awesome cinnamon rolls, our great farm fresh eggs, and any produce we have the ambition to pull after Friday & Saturday. Read more here:

http://www.tpforganics.com/front-page/oktoberfest-sunday-oct-3rd/

If you are still thinking about reserving some beef, we need to know by the end of this weekend. Thank you so much to all of you who have passed on our information to your family, friends, and coworkers- I’ve been pleasantly surprised!

CSA members, thank you again for bearing with us through a somewhat challenging growing season. Monday folks should have gotten an email survey today, and I’ll send it out to Saturday folks soon after you receive your last box this weekend. We are already getting applications for next year and are accepting them on a first-come, first-served basis.

We’re looking at starting the egg deliveries on either Monday, October 11th, or Monday, October 18th. If you currently or will soon receive eggs, feel free to express your opinion on this subject. If you haven’t signed up yet, we still have eggs available throughout the winter.

At the markets- a little bit of many things:

Arugula
Basil
Radishes
Carrots!
Red apples
Husk Cherries
Long Beans
Red & green okra
Dregs of the sweet potatoes
Eggs, except on Friday night
Flowers

See you soon,

Lisa & Matt

News from the farm – 2010-09-23

Hi everyone,

We have had a lot of questions about the beef, and so I have put up this page on our site with more details. Hopefully it will help. I’ll bring printouts to the markets this weekend.

https://burkefarm.wordpress.com/beef-details/

We’re going into the last week of the CSA.. hard to believe! Members, you’ll be getting an email survey soon.

We got half an inch of rain yesterday. I’m so happy! Hope we continue to get rain.

This weekend:

Sweet potatoes
Long beans
Flowers
Husk Cherry
Basil
Eggs, Carmel only
Egg, CSA, and beef information

Next week, after the CSA is over, you’ll start seeing some other things at markets- watermelon radishes, carrots, salad turnips, fall greens, etc. I am hoping to get carrots in the CSA boxes during week 16, but am not sure if they’re big enough. The Carmel market continues through the first Saturday of October, and the Trader’s Point market is still on Friday evenings through the end of October.

See you soon,

Matt & Lisa

News from the farm – 2010-09-16

Hi friends,

Beef alert!
CSA news
Egg share update
Open house reminder
This weekend’s markets

Beef alert!

Our grass fed beef are going to the processor on October 11th. Now’s the time to reserve your quarter or half. Cost is .90 per lb live weight, plus processing. This should work out to about $4.00 per lb of packaged meat. We have had these calves on our farm for about 16 months and during that time they have been given no artificial anything- just grass, grass hay, and a mineral block.

If you would like a quarter or half reserved, please email us ASAP. We will need a 50$ deposit for 1/4 beef or a $100 deposit for a half. No deposit is required of CSA members. The processor will talk to you individually about your preferences for cuts.

Any questions or for more information, please call me at 317 – 362- 6512 or send an email and I’ll get back with you as soon as possible. Thanks!

CSA news & Egg share update

We have 2 more weeks left in our summer vegetable CSA. Thank you to all who have participated. Watch your email inbox for a survey. In your Week 15 box, you’ll get information on next year’s CSA and on winter egg delivery. Speaking of:

Egg Share News

A few points of interest for potential egg folks: Free delivery to the 106th/ Lakeshore drive area. Free delivery in Sheridan. Free delivery in a few other places we frequent- ask, and you may receive. Summer CSA members- if some of you want to get together, I can do a winter egg drop in the same place as the summer CSA drop. If the delivery fee is keeping you from signing up, let us know & we can try to match up egg customers. Or, recruit friends, neighbors, and/or co-workers for the volume discount & to split up the delivery cost.

If you come to the farm to pick up your eggs, they are $4.00 per dozen. Even if this is your intention, it may benefit you to sign up for an egg share, in order to ensure that eggs are reserved for you as you need them!

Open House Reminder

October 16th is our scheduled day for garlic planting & farm open house. We’ll post directions soon on our web site-
burkefarm.wordpress.com. We’ll provide main dishes, bring a dish to pass. You’ll get to see the garden being put to bed for the winter, the chickens being readied for winter quarters, and can help plant garlic, if you like.

This weekend:

Celery
Long beans
Slight possibility of lettuce, radishes, and/ or chard
Sweet potatoes?
Eggs (Carmel only)
Flowers

Lisa Burke
Farming Engineers LLC

News from the farm – 2010-09-10

Hi everyone,

We won’t be at the Carmel market on Saturday. Instead, we’ll be catching up on things around the farm, even if it’s raining! We’ll still be at Trader’s Point on Friday night.

Our fall stuff is still hanging in there.. and still needs rain. Maybe Saturday!

If you’re looking for something to do Monday night, September 13th, come out to Trader’s Point Creamery and support the Kelly Funk recovery fund at the “Greens for Kelly” dinner. On the menu will be artisan breads and cheeses, summer sausages, an array of creative salads, desserts from some of Indy’s best bakeries and a selection of beers, meads and wines. A cash bar will also be offered for those wishing to purchase extra drinks or desserts.

Tickets are $25 each, or $100 for a family of 5. Dinner will be served in both barns from 5-9 PM, with live entertainment in the Red Barn, an opportunity to bid on silent auction items and a chance to tour the farm.

Tickets are pre-sale only, and may be purchased at the Valentine Hill Farm booth at the Trader’s Point Creamery, Broad Ripple, Binford, Zionsville and City Market farmers markets, or e-mail Maria (maria@valentinehillfarm.com) to get tickets by mail.

At the market this weekend:

Long beans
Okra
Husk Cherry
Flowers

CSA boxes:
Sweet potatoes
Celery
Radishes
Beets
Long beans
Maybe okra
Apples
Maybe eggs

News from the farm – 2010-09-02

Hi everyone,

We’ve got eggs. Egg share & 2011 CSA applications are now available. Current members will get them in their boxes before the end of the season- everyone else can find them on our web site:
burkefarm.wordpress.com

Briefly, eggs can be delivered to your house, 4 dozen minimum, October through May. For 2011, we’re adding a 4-week spring greens option to the CSA, as well as the option to add broiler chickens. The best news of all: the 16 week vegetable shares will not increase in price for 2011.

Spent today digging sweet potatoes and tearing tomato vines out of the hoop house. I’ve been running the irrigation a lot, but we could use some real, out-of-the-sky, rain.

Both markets:
Apples
Quart boxes of green tomatoes, for frying
CSA & egg share info

Trader’s point:

Flowers
Basil
Long beans?
Red & green okra

Carmel:

Eggs!
Anything that some Friday night vendor has left over…

See you soon,

The Burkes