Hey local farm need volunteers to help host bikers visiting farms on Sept 12.
If you are interested in the ride http://illinoisorganicgrowers.org/crop-cycle/
If you might be willing to help host http://agroecologyandsustainableagriculture.org/?s=crop+cycle
Here is the list of farms and times volunteers are needed..
||volunteer start time
||volunteer end time
|Stone Court Farm
|Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery
|Blue Moon Farm
|Autumn Berry Inspired
|Sola Gratia Farm
* FAMILY RIDE
|University of Illinois Student Sustainable Farm
|Stone Court Farm
Let us know if we need to help you get to the farms
2thedarkside, September 6th 2015 |
We have so much produce that we are going to open another pickup for this Saturday 4-25-15 from 9-11 at the Lincoln Square mall in front of Piato at the Food Court. We have arugula, napini, spinach, bok choy, white russian kale, and carrots on the order sheet. In spite of the cold weather, the greenhouses are still toasty warm and the plants are growing.
Ordering is open now, and will close tomorrow night at 10pm. Click on the link on the right sidebar entitled: “Winter Market Reservations”. For first time orderers, click on the link on the right sidebar entitled: “Winter Market: How it Works”.
2thedarkside, April 22nd 2015 |
Here is Abad washing a barrelful of carrots, enjoying the 30 mph wind.
We will have napini, green garlic, spinach, salad mix, arugula, baby bok choy, kale, carrots, potatoes, and beets on the order sheet.
Pickup will be on Saturday 4-18-15 at the Lincoln Square Mall from 9-11am at the Food Court in front of Piato.
2thedarkside, April 10th 2015 |
We will have another pickup this Saturday, 4-4-15, from 9-11am, at the Lincoln Square Village in front of Piato. Ordering will open on Monday at 9, and will close on Tuesday at 10pm.
For our pickup on Saturday, we will have spinach, kale, chard, and claytonia, as well as carrots, potatoes, and beets. We are adding a new product this week, calling it Spring Greens Mix. We have a lot of different greens: claytonia, baby kale, baby arugula, baby tatsoi, and baby mizuna. Our newly planted lettuce isn’t quite ready yet, so we are cutting what is of perfect size, and mixing it. It’s delicious, eat it like a special, delicate salad. We also have some purple majesty potatoes for all of you purple potatoes fans.
For all new users, please click on the link on the right sidebar entitled, Winter Market: How it Works.
2thedarkside, March 29th 2015 |
The arugula that germinated one month ago is now ready to be harvested. This bunch right here is hosting green lacewing larva (aphid eaters), so we didn’t cut it this week.
We are in full swing seeding and planting in the greenhouses, and even have a tomato planting scheduled soon. Imagine that, tomatoes…
This week we will have salad mix, spinach, kale, claytonia, chard, as well as carrots, potatoes, beets, and turnips. For first time users, please click on the link on the right sidebar entitled “Winter Market: How it Works”.
Our pickup will be on Saturday, March 21, at the Lincoln Square Village from 9-11am, at the Food Court in front of Piato.
The week after, March 28th, we will be at Prairie Fruits Farm for their on-farm breakfasts, on-farm sales, and baby goat viewing.
2thedarkside, March 13th 2015 |
We will have all the good stuff this week: salad, spinach, claytonia, kale, collards, carrots, and potatoes. To order, click on the right side bar: Winter Market Reservations.
2thedarkside, March 1st 2015 |
Blue Moon is hiring. We have three positions that we are looking to fill: Operations Manager, Equipment Operator/Farm Hand, and regular old Farm Hand.
We are looking for various levels of experience in these positions, full and part time availability. If you want to be a farmer, if you want to continue to farm, or if you just want to work outside and eat well, please apply.
If you click on Employment/Internships on the top banner, you can get a more detailed description of what we are looking for in each position, and from there you can download our applications.
2thedarkside, February 24th 2015 |
These little sprouts will be peppery, delicious arugula in about 5 weeks. Along with kale, mizuna, and tatsoi, it adds a spicy flavor to the salad mix. Mid-February is when we see a big change in greenhouse growth, as the days get longer faster. The greens that survived the winter will begin to bolt soon, and whatever we get planted or seeded now in the houses will have ideal conditions to get established and grow. Except for the bitterly cold weather we are experiencing, of course.
This week we’ll have salad mix, spinach, kale, chard, and parlsey, as well as our carrots, potatoes, beets, turnips, and misato radishes.
Ordering will close Tuesday at 10am. Pickup and payment will be between 9-11 am at the Lincoln Square Mall in front of Piato, on Saturday, 2-21-15.
To order, click on “Winter Market Reservations” on the right sidebar.
2thedarkside, February 11th 2015 |
Here is Jenny showing off our returning salad mix. Over in the corner you can see some freshly seeded arugula and greens for the mix, they’re under the white cloth. This was taken in our only heated greenhouse, which is heated using used vegetable oil in a multi-oil burner. You can see the emergency row cover that we use to cover the rows in case the heater fails.
This week we have salad mix, spinach, kale, carrots, potatoes, turnips, and beets on the order sheet. This week we are saying goodbye to Purple Majesty potatoes, and welcoming German Butterball potatoes. German Butterballs are a very versatile, buttery, small-sized potato with medium/dry yellow flesh. We’ve tried them roasted, mashed, and in dal.
For first time users, please check out the link on the right-hand sidebar titled, “Winter Market: How it Works”.
Our pickup up will be on Saturday from 9-11am at the Lincoln Square Village at teh Food Court in front of Piato.
2thedarkside, January 30th 2015 |
The pickup will be at Lincoln Square Mall from 9-11am at the Food Court, in front of Piato. For first time users, please click on the link on the right sidebar entitled: Winter Market: How it Works. This week we will have fresh produce, spinach, salad mix, claytonia, and kale for pre-order. Whatever is on the order sheet is what we have left. We will have carrots, turnips, beets, misato radishes and potatoes for pre-order. We will bring enough for you to grab extra as well. We will have the following type of potatoes:
Carola: Yellow flesh and skin. Moist, firm flesh. Amazing buttery flavor. Use it for everything.
Desiree: Pink skin and yellow flesh. Moist flesh. Great for potato salads or boiled.
Purple Majesty: Smaller sized potato. Purple skin and flesh. Dry texture. Will absorb lots of butter.
Laratte Fingerling: Yellow flesh and skin. Waxy texture. Great in soups or roasted.
For produce that is in very short supply, we are trying to spread out the goodness to as many people as possible, so you will be limited on the quantity of these items you can order.
We are still in a low-production time, not just because of cold temperatures, but also short day length. That will start to change by mid-February.
Again, we will be at the Lincoln Square Mall, from 9-11, at the Food Court in front of Piato. Starting on January 24th, we will be there every other Saturday until the regular market starts in May.
2thedarkside, January 17th 2015 |
We have been too swamped with winter preparation too post!
All carrots, potatoes, cabbage, turnips, beets, and misato radishes are out of the ground and in storage ready to sell all winter long.
Our greenhouses are full of green things: spinach, kale, collards, and salad mix, ready to be slowly cut into until the sun comes back and they start to grow again.
Tomorrow we will have: Salad mix, Arugula, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Carrots, Claytonia, Collards, Fennel, Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Misato Radishs, Napa Cabbage, Potatoes, Spinach, Turnips and Winter Squash.
There are only three more markets until Christmas. After that, we continue with our plan to move into online sales in January. We plan to be in the mall, exact location to be determined.
Enjoy the warm rain!
2thedarkside, December 5th 2014 |
Stefan and Abad harvesting some of the last Butterball potatoes from our bumper crop this year. Look for those in upcoming markets.
Tomorrow begins the first of the indoor Holiday Markets inside Lincoln Square Mall. The market goes from 8-1pm. Our stand is in front of Art Mart.
We will have the following produce for sale: Arugula, Beet bunches, Baby Bok choy, Broccoli heads and shoots, Cabbage, Carrots, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Fennel, Garlic, Green Onions, Kale, Kohlrabi, Misato Radish, Radish bunches, Napa Cabbage, Parsley, Green Peppers, Sweet Red Peppers, Hot Peppers, Perpetual Spinach, Potatoes, Turnip Bunches, Delicata squash, Butternut Squash, Acorn Squash, Salad Mix, and Spinach.
See you there!
2thedarkside, November 7th 2014 |
Tomorrow is the last outside market, but the bounty of harvest will continue to be available at the Holiday Market inside Lincoln Square Mall from 8-1pm starting November 8 until December 27th.
After that, starting January 17th, we will begin our online ordering. If you haven’t already, sign up to our email list to receive biweekly order alerts. Go to Email List on the right sidebar. Make sure you check your email to confirm your subscription. You may receive occasional updates beyond the order alerts, but don’t worry, you won’t see us too much in your inbox.
2thedarkside, October 31st 2014 |
It has been a sunny week here at Blue Moon, and everything is growing.
We have lots of new produce for the market tomorrow. New additions include: Collards, Green Garlic, Green Onions, Kohlrabi, Mustard Bunches, Perpetual Spinach, Garlic Scapes, Turnips, and Green Zuccini.
We will also have: Arugula, Asparagus, Basil, Bok Choy, Cilantro, Chard, Head Lettuce, Kale, Napini, Parsley, Radishes, Salad Mix, and Spinach.
Look for Sugar Snap Peas next week!
2thedarkside, May 30th 2014 |
For our final pick-up before the regular market we will have: salad mix, spinach, arugula, napini, radishes, baby bok choy, kale, and parsley. We have had a great winter market this year, and want to thank everyone for their participation.
Enjoy this wonderful weather, it looks like the cold may really have quit us.
2thedarkside, April 20th 2014 |
This week for our pick-up, which will be from 9-11am in the Lincoln Square Village, we will have lots of baby bok choy and claytonia. The spinach and salad mix will be in shorter supply. We moved the greenhouses that were covering the kale and chard last week, which exposed them to significant wind damage, and we are giving them some time off to recover. We may have some to bring by Saturday, but no guarantees.
The weather has set our outside planting schedule behind at least a week, so we are focusing this week on getting in as much field work as possible, hoping Monday’s rain will not be a big weather event.
We will close ordering on Tuesday at 10pm or so, so your best bet is to order Monday no matter what.
2thedarkside, April 6th 2014 |
Salad mix, spinach, kale, chard, cilantro, parsley, claytonia, and carrots are on the order page. Keep in mind that cilantro and parsley will sell out quickly, but the other greens are in good supply.
Ordering will open on Monday at 12:00, noon. Ordering will close on Tuesday at 10pm.
We apologize for the inconvenience of the new set-up, and thank you for your patience while we run around the tables in order to stock. We will try to come up with strategies to make the space work for Saturday.
As for farm news, we have planted our first greenhouse of tomatoes, finished washing all of the carrots, eaten our last misato radish, and are preparing for move a couple of greenhouses onto their spring/summer plots for the summer.
We will be at Prairie Fruits Farm the following Saturday, April 5th. selling produce at their delicious breakfast.
Thank you all for your participation. We only have a couple more of these events until the regular Farmer’s market starts on May 3rd.
2thedarkside, March 23rd 2014 |
This week we will have salad mix, arugula, cilantro, parsley, kale, collards, claytonia, carrots, potatoes, turnips, and misato radishes on the order sheet. In spite of the impressive flooding of last week, things on the farm are looking up. We managed to wash many hundreds of pounds of carrots last week in the barrel washer, seed lettuce, arugula, radishes, and bok choy into the greenhouses, and survive losing our boots in the deep mud of greenhouse nine.
A word about our potatoes. We will bring a variety of potatoes this week as extras.
We hope for another smooth (?) Saturday pickup, so thanks for all your great cooperation.
To place your order, click on the “Winter Market Reservations” link on the right sidebar, or on the banner above.
2thedarkside, February 23rd 2014 |
In order to make the ordering process a little more fair, we have decided to have a set time that ordering will open before each pickup. Mondays at noon seems like a good time.
Until they sell out, you will find salad mix, spinach, cilantro, and kale on the order page. Storage items, such as potatoes, carrots, turnips and misato radishes are also on the page, but will not sell out.
The pickup will be on Saturday from 9-11 in our usual spot in the Lincoln Square Village, in the eating area behind Common Ground Food Co-op.
We find ourselves moving lots of snow these days, and anticipating the challenge of prepping the greenhouses for spring plantings with all the snowmelt. After losing one house of lettuce in November to high winds, and then losing another house of lettuce last month to the low temperatures, we need to replant as soon as possible. That being said, Stefan just seeded our first planting of early tomatoes, so good things are on the way.
2thedarkside, February 9th 2014 |
We will have another pick-up on Saturday, February 1st from 9-11.
We wish we had better news this time around about the productivity in the high tunnels. The cold temps and sunless days mean that there hasn’t been a lot of growth since our harvest for the last pickup. This means a smaller harvest. Additionally, this week looks difficult to harvest in, so we are only putting produce on the list that is coming from our heated house, if we happen to have a day that gets above freezing, we’ll cut some kale bunches (or claytonia, etc) and bring them as extras, but it’s not looking likely. The storage items will be there.
There are so few fresh produce items on the list, expect that they will sell out rapidly.
Ordering will close on Tuesday evening.
2thedarkside, January 27th 2014 |