Ordering for 2-13-16 Pickup Will Open Monday at 8am

truck picIn case you haven’t seen it yet, here is our truck, painted last summer. It took 20 years to get this done!

We will have a pickup this Saturday at the Lincoln Square Village from 9-11. This time we will be joining the Middle Market in the main corridor where Art Mart used to live. (Sad to see them go.) They haven’t decided where they’re putting us yet, but we suspect it will be close to our old spot at the Holiday Market, in front of the main doors.

After this gorgeous weekend, we are looking at a week of colder temperatures, which will include Saturday.

We are waiting for seeds to germinate, and leaves to get bigger. We have almost worked our way through all of our spinach, and are about a week off on beginning a cycle of second-cuttings. For that reason, spinach is going to sell out quickly. So will salad, head lettuce, and all of the fresh produce. We are going to have a few bags of braising mix for sale this time, which is a mix of tatsoi, mizuna, and baby kale, with possibly some arugula if we can get any. These are the ingredients of our salad mix without the lettuce. It makes a wonderful salad if you happen to like sturdy, strong-flavored leaves.

Of course, all of our storage items will be in abundance. Carrots, potatoes, turnips, beets, and misato radishes. As usual, if you didn’t happen to order these items, but you want some anyway, feel free to take them from any table. We always bring extra.

For any new users, click on the right side bar link titled: “Winter Market: How it Works” if you need more information on how to do this.

Ordering for 1-30-16 is Closed. Head Lettuce and Arugula Sold Out

IMG_4967Here is a pic of the Blue Moon Farmhouse on Monday morning. Looks different now. We are on track for the pickup on Saturday, January 30th at the Lincoln Square Village from 9-11am.

Ordering will open Monday at 8am and close Tuesday at 10pm.

We are having production problems with our salad mix, so it will be limited again, as well as bunching greens.

We have plenty of carrots, potatoes, turnips, beets, and misato radishes.

Pickup 1-16-16. Ordering is Closed

35819369_3dfa63642bWe will have our next pickup on Saturday January 16th, at the Food Court in front of Piato at the Lincoln Square Village from 9-11am.

We don’t have as many bunching greens as we normally do at this time of year, we are battling disease thanks to the warm fall, and the recent moisture. All of the bunching greens will sell out very quickly. Bok choy will also sell out quickly as we are about to run out of our September seeded bok choy.

We have a good amount of salad and spinach. Also lots of carrots, potatoes, beets, turnips, and radishes.

Below is a guide to our potatoes.

Potatoes:

Carola: Mid-starch, buttery flavor, yellow flesh. Uses: Very versatile, from roasting to baking to gratin, delicious.
All Blue: High in antioxidants, marbled blue/white flesh, med to high starch. Uses: great in potato salads, baked or boiled.
Desiree : Pink skin, yellow flesh, moist firm texture. Uses: salads and stews.
Purple Viking: Purple/pink splashed skin, white flesh, moist texture. Uses: we have used them mashed and in salads, creamy texture.
Laratte Fingerling: yellow flesh, waxy. Uses: roasting!
French Fingerling: Marbled pink/ivory flesh, waxy firm texture. Uses: roasting and grilling!

We will have Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery with us again for the pickup on the 16th. Stay tuned for an update on what cheeses they will be have in stock.

After the 16th, we will have one more pickup on January 30th. We do pickups every other week in the winter. Starting in February, our pickups will happen at the Middle Market. Same time, different place in the mall. We still don’t know which spot they are going to give us, but we’ll let you know.

First Winter Market Coming Early This Year 1-2-16: Ordering is Closed

IMG_4773Here’s a shot from our final carrot harvest in November. Those are just a few of our carrot containers ready to go into the cooler.

We have so much fresh produce that we are starting our pre-ordering early this year.

Pickup will be at the Lincoln Square Village in front of Piato in the food court from 9-11am.

Ordering is open and will close on Tuesday 10pm.

We’re going to change the ordering system slightly to try to make the markets easier. (FYI, we are going to have an extra person working to cut down on the wait times.) You will only have to pre-order the freshly harvested produce. We’ll let you know what storage items will be available, and we will bring enough to satisfy your carrot and potato needs.

Baby Bok Choy, Salad Mix, and Spinach are available for pre-order. These items will also be pre-bagged.

We will also bring carrots, beets, turnips, napa cabbage, and potatoes to buy.

For any new users who may have questions, click on the link on the right sidebar: Winter Market: How it Works.

Warm Winter For a Change

winter crew 2015Here are Adrian, Jenny, and Abad (and Maggie) taking a break, standing in front of a greenhouse planted in claytonia, collards, and white russian kale.

The winter has been warmer than usual so far, which means we spend less time covering our crops inside the greenhouses, and less time having to work around the packing shed freezing. It also means salad mix and spinach are growing especially well.

Tomorrow, 12-12-15, we have our penultimate Holiday Market at the Lincoln Square Village. Then, we’ll take a break for a few weeks in January, and be back on January 16 for our online winter market. Look for more details about that in the coming weeks. It looks like we’ll be joining the Middle Market for the months of February, March, and April.

See you at the market tomorrow and enjoy the good warm weather!

Volunteers needed for crop cycle on Sept 12

crop cycleHey 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..

Farm volunteer start time volunteer end time
Stone Court Farm 630 830
Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery 830 1130
Heirloominous Farm 830 1130
Blue Moon Farm 845 1300
Autumn Berry Inspired 915 1330
Sola Gratia Farm
* FAMILY RIDE
1045 1400
University of Illinois Student Sustainable Farm 1100 1500
Prosperity Gardens 1130 1530
Tomahnaus Farm 1230 1700
Stone Court Farm
* MEAL
1315 1700

Let us know if we need to help you get to the farms

Closed: Pop-Up Pre-order Opportunity for Saturday 4-25-15 at Lincoln Square 9-11am

IMG_3501We 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”.

Ordering for 4-18-15 Pickup is Closed

IMG_3444Here 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.

Ordering for 4-4-15 is Closed

napiniWe 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.

 

Ordering for 3-21-15, first day of Spring Pickup is Closed

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.

Ordering for 3-7-15 Pickup is Closed

spinachcloseWe 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.

 

Come Work at Blue Moon Farm!

IMG_4044Blue 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.

Ordering for 2-21-15 Pickup is Closed

arugula babyThese 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.

Ordering for Feb. 7 Pickup is Closed. Pickup at Lincoln Square on Saturday 2-7-15, 9-11am.

IMG_3144Here 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.

 

Ordering for January 24th pickup is closed.

IMG_3116The 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.

 

Market Goodness tomorrow 12-6-14

IMG_2772 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!

Holiday Market Tomorrow 8-1pm

IMG_2709 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!

 

Happy Halloween!

pepper wheelTomorrow 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.

Tastes of Summer at the Market 5-31-14

photo(3)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!

Ordering for 4-26-14 Pick-Up is Closed

kale queenFor 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.