Pop-Up Farm Stand and CSA Party This Wednesday!

To celebrate the end of a successful CSA season and give all of our friends a chance to stock up on storage veggies, we're having a farm stand/party this Wednesday at both our Moscow and Lewiston CSA pick up locations.

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CSA Share #18

Happy October!

This week on the farm we're up to some decidedly unglamorous, yet satisfying, fall cleanup chores, such as pulling out the tomatoes and cucumbers, mowing and tilling in crops that are done, and finally tackling and organizing what Keegan and I have dubbed, "the sh*tpile" - the area behind our toolshed where all year things that don't yet have a place on the farm get thrown because we're too busy to do anything else.  Oh, we're also harvesting TONS of broccoli! So that's fun. 

This is what our field tomatoes look like after a good frost. Time to pull 'em out and throw 'em in the compost pile!

This is what our field tomatoes look like after a good frost. Time to pull 'em out and throw 'em in the compost pile!

Keegan the Broccoli Slayer!

Keegan the Broccoli Slayer!

This week's CSA share is jammed with more Fall goodness: baby bok choy, mixed potatoes, Caribe hot peppers, broccoli, carrots, fennel, delicata squash, and red onions. 

CSA Share #18. 

CSA Share #18. 

I often get the question, "So, what do you do with fennel?" I admit it is pretty alien-looking; and with its distinctively sweet, herbal flavor and dense, crunchy texture, it can be a bit confounding, culinarily. So, here's a good little article that demystifies this excellent vegetable.  

Happy Fall, everyone! Thanks for eating well with us!

CSA Share #17

There are many reasons I love this time of year. The cooler weather and the attending return of some favorite spring veggies, like Hakurei Turnips; the pace of work on the farm slows down a bit; we get to catch up on some projects that got away from us earlier in the year, like finally building doors for the pack shed; the light gets all pretty; it feels like the world exhaling after holding its breath for six months - or maybe I'm projecting... 

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CSA Share #16

This week we had our first frost and it was a pretty good one, too. It got down to 28 degrees on Saturday morning! Cold air sinks and we're in a fairly low spot near the base of Moscow Mountain, so all the cold air from the mountain and surrounding hills drains right to our fields... or so it seems. The frost killed all our outdoor tomatoes (the hoop house tomatoes are still going), squash, cucumbers, eggplant, and most of the flowers. Sad!

Birds-eye view of our lower fields just before the frost came. Say goodbye to Summer!

Birds-eye view of our lower fields just before the frost came. Say goodbye to Summer!

The first frost of the fall (well, technically, it's still summer) is always a little bittersweet for me. On one hand, it's sad because so many of the plants we've worked so hard to grow and take care of and harvest all die at once. It's sort of a shock to the system. On the other hand, it signals the impending end of the season and some much needed rest in winter. Mother Nature steps in and says, "Nope, you're not doing that anymore." What can we do? She's the boss. 

With a frost on Saturday morning and impending rain Monday, we had to scramble to harvest all the winter squash and pumpkins. So, we had a harvest party! We are so lucky to have great friends who are willing to spend a few hours of their Sunday helping us out! We harvested a 1/4-acre of squash and pumpkins and a bunch potatoes and onions in a few hours on Sunday. Thanks so much to everyone who helped! You're the best! 

Friends bucket-lining pie pumpkins into the pack shed for storage.

Friends bucket-lining pie pumpkins into the pack shed for storage.

This week our CSA members are enjoying a share of late summer/early fall veggies (my favorite time of year): All Blue potatoes, garlic, cipollini onions, Serrano peppers, fennel, bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, and delicata squash.

CSA Share #16

CSA Share #16

I got quite a few questions about Delicata squash at our CSA pickup, so here's a little explainer for anyone who's perplexed by this delicious little squash: Delicata is a thin-skinned winter squash with very sweet flesh and is excellent for stuffing, baking, and even sautéing! What sets Delicata apart from some of its other winter squash relatives is that due to its thin skin, it does not require peeling, i.e., you can eat the skin... it's good! It also doesn't require a curing period to be super tasty (as with other, larger squash such as butternut), so you can enjoy it right away! Delicata, however, does not store very well and should be eaten within a few weeks or so. 

Delicata squash have thin skins and do not require peeling!

Delicata squash have thin skins and do not require peeling!

Check out some of these recipes and, as always, have fun!

CSA Share #15

Here's what the CSA is snacking on this week: heirloom tomatoes, red bell peppers, poblanos, green cabbage, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, beets, and radishes.

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CSA Share #14

This week, our CSA friends are enjoying a diverse and bountiful share: tons of tomatoes, jalapeno, sweet onions, garlic, french breakfast radishes, cantaloupe, yukon gem potatoes, cucumber, zucchini, and heritage cherry tomatoes. 

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CSA Share #13

This week our CSA is enjoying our heaviest share yet: HUGE savoy cabbage, cantaloupe, sweet onions, carrots, heritage tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and a serrano pepper. 

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CSA Share #9

August is here and with is the crazy summer heat we've all been waiting for (and/or dreading). Adam and I are definitely baking out there on the farm, but these hot days and especially the warm nights, are doing wonders for our ripening fruits. The cucumbers are producing like it's going out of style, the melons are super green but swelling, the peppers are thinking about changing color, and the TOMATOES are just starting to ripen!!!!! Don't get your salsa recipes out just yet, we only got a couple this week and hope to have enough for CSA by next or the following week...but we are well on our way to a bumper crop of tomatoes!

Despite their hatred of the heat and general aversion to the sun, the chickies are still laying strong and we'll have lots of eggs available for sale at both the Moscow and LC Valley CSA distributions. Eggs are available first come, first serve and are, for the time being, $5/dozen. The girls snack on grass, bugs, produce, kitchen scraps, and a local, GMO-free grain mixture grown by our friend Eric Zakarison in Pullman. 

We also have garlic braids for sale at CSA pickup. The idea behind the garlic braid is to hang it on your kitchen wall and, starting from the top and working down the braid, clip a bulb off as needed throughout the fall and winter. Garlic stores really well when braided so these bulbs should last into next year! They also make really sweet gifts for food-minded friends.

This week's share is our heaviest to date: new potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, kale, rainbow carrots, HUGE napa cabbage, and an eggplant or a pepper. Most every of the veg this week should be pretty familiar but I bet napa cabbage is a new one for some of you. Napa cabbage is probably my favorite type of cabbage. It has a crisp texture and mild, sweet flavor that's perfect raw, stir fried, or in kimchi. Read on for some ideas...

CSA Share #8

Since we've got so much new stuff, our CSA members got an exciting share this week: new potatoes, rainbow carrots, kale, sage, garlic, cucumbers, zucchini, and peppers OR eggplant.

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CSA Share #5

Fennel, kohlrabi, frisee, italian dandelion greens, broccoli, red butter lettuce, garlic scapes, and zucchini.

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CSA Share #4

escarole, haukeri turnips, broccoli, lettuce, kohlrabi, garlic scapes, and zucchini.

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CSA Share #3

Victory Farm 2017 CSA Share #3: Radishes, haukeri turnips, kale, lettuce, cauliflower, italian parsley, pea shoots, and garlic scapes

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CSA Share #2

Victory Farm 2017 CSA Share #2: lettuce, arugula, haukeri turnips, white icicle radishes, green garlic, cauliflower, and radish microgreens.

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Market CSA -- A Flexible Option

Market CSA members still purchase a share in advance of the growing season, but, instead of picking up their box of veggies each week at the farm, market members shop our stand at the Moscow Farmers' Market using their purchased credit. A market share is basically like a produce account; members just grab whatever they want at the market and we'll deduct it from their account.

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Early Spring at Victory Farm

Adam and I like to joke that we're contractors instead of farmers since we've spent all of this incredibly wet winter building a barn and a new greenhouse. It's easy to forget that we actually grow plants for a living! Needless to say, we are SO excited that spring is here!

Here's a springtime update of all the happenings at Victory Farm!

Last week we officially started our 2017 season with a batch of 80 adorable layer chicks and 70 seedling trays of onion, tomato, brassicas, flowers and more. (We named our new greenhouse "the nursery" since it's full of babies)! This week we're seeding early spring greens and roots into our hoophouse and starting another bunch of seeds in the nursery. 

Our poor flooded farm....

Our poor flooded farm....

Broadforking! Here's Adam getting the hoophouse ready to seed early greens and roots. Broadforking is a great way to aerate the soil without disrupting the soil structure. #newtoolsarefun

Broadforking!

Here's Adam getting the hoophouse ready to seed early greens and roots. Broadforking is a great way to aerate the soil without disrupting the soil structure. #newtoolsarefun

Last Chance for CSA

Our 2017 CSA is almost full but we're still looking for about ten more members. If you or anyone you know is interested in a share this year, contact us or visit the website ASAP. Thank you so much to the more than 50 families who have already signed up for a share! We're so excited to have you!