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 |
Due to the weather, we have changed the market date to 1-18-14. Sorry to all those who can’t make that date. We are leaving the order sheet open, but there is only dry goods available at this time.
We are launching the winter market for 2014 on Saturday 1-18-14 from 9-11 at the Lincoln Square Village. We are hopeful that the greenhouse produce will survive the arctic blast, but will let everyone know if the plants are too damaged to harvest. The storage crops: carrots, potatoes, turnips, and beets are all safe and guaranteed. For all of you who are ordering from us for the first time, please click on the link on the right sidebar “Winter Market: How it Works”. To order, click on the right sidebar, “Winter Market Reservations.” Please make sure you complete the ordering process and receive an order confirmation.
2thedarkside, January 5th 2014 |
at the Holiday Market tomorrow, 11-23-13 at the Lincoln Square Village from 8-1pm.
Arugula, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Chard, Cilantro, Claytonia, Collards, Fennel, Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Onions, Parsley, Green peppers, Hot Peppers, Potatoes, Winter Squash, Radishes, Misato Radishes, Salad Mix, Spinach, and Turnips
Even though we lost the plastic off of two of our greenhouses last weekend, we haven’t lost the holiday spirit.
2thedarkside, November 22nd 2013 |
Spring is here!
We have lots of pepper, tomato, and basil plants for your garden, as well as a good variety of produce.
New for this week: Radishes, Cilantro, Spinach, Head Lettuce, and Basil.
We will also have Arugula, Asparagus, Salad Mix, different varieties of Kale, Chard, Collards, Perpetual Spinach, and Napini.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend and cook delicious food.
2thedarkside, May 24th 2013 |
If you know someone who wants to work hard and eat well, we are looking to hire for the following positions:
Field Hands: Harvesting, Weeding, Seeding, Planting. Full-time and part-time positions available, starting May and June, ending in November.
Equipment Operator & Master Constructor: Operate small equipment, make stuff, fix stuff, harvest, weed, seed and plant . Full-time and part-time positions available, starting May or June, ending in November, or never.
Packing Shed Manager: Manage the washing, storage, order fulfillment and delivery of certified organic vegetables. There will also be some harvesting and weeding on the side. This is a long-term, part-time position running every May-December (though could be year-round). Hours are Tuesdays and Fridays 8:30 am – 5:30pm (Thursdays would be nice too, but not required). Applicant should be self-motivated, highly organized, Excel literate, absolutely reliable, have a proven commitment to the area and love fresh produce.
If you are interested, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2thedarkside, May 3rd 2013 |
We have Salad Mix, Spinach, Kale, Chard, and Turnips for sale.
When we pulled the greenhouses off of the kale and chard and exposed them to the fierce wind, they got leaf-damaged, so they are in very limited supply.
Our next market on May 4th will be in the parking lot of Lincoln Square.
Thanks to everyone for their participation in the winter market this year. We hope you enjoyed all the fresh produce while the snow fell and the wind howled.
For first time orderers, please click on the link on the right sidebar labelled, “Winter Market: How it Works”
2thedarkside, March 31st 2013 |
We will be at the on-farm breakfast Saturday from 9-12 at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery. There are directions on their website. Our table will be outside the main barn, along with other vendors.
We will have Salad Mix, Spinach, Arugula (small amount), Kale, Chard, Cilantro, Parsley, Turnips, Carrots, and a few types of Potatoes.
There is no pre-order process, it is all first-come, first served.
Prairie Fruits Farm is a great place to visit. Not just baby goats to ogle and delicious breakfast to eat (this week featuring some Blue Moon chard and potatoes), but they also have…PIGS. Perhaps the most adorable animals I’ve seen in a long time. (Sorry baby bunny outside the packing shed, these black pigs win in cuteness.)
The following week, 4/6/13, we will be back at the Lincoln Square Village, with our usual pick-up. You will get an email reminder Sunday night to let you know that ordering is open on the website.
Hope to see you tomorrow morning!
2thedarkside, March 29th 2013 |
Brrrrrr. This is March? Usually we’re worried about getting into the fields because they are so wet in the spring, not because they are frozen. In spite of this seemingly endless winter, we’ve got lots of great produce on the order sheet. Again, we ask folks to limit their salad mix order to a half-pound customer.
This week we’ll have:
Salad Mix, Cilantro, Spinach, White Russian Kale, Green Kale, Chard, Carrots, and Turnips.
For those of you who haven’t done this before, please click on the link on the right sidebar called “Winter Market: How it Works”.
If you don’t see an item on the order form that is listed here, such as Mache, that’s because it’s already sold out.
You must click “Add to Cart” each time after filling in the quantity of the item you want. You must click “Checkout” after completing your order list. To insure you’ve completed all the steps to get your order recorded, print out a copy of your order form and bring it.
To order, click on the link on the right sidebar called “Winter Market Reservations”
Let us know if you have any problems or feedback.
As always, thanks for your participation!
2thedarkside, January 6th 2013 |
Blue Moon welcomes Caleb Matthew DeFonso who is the freshest produce around. He is the result of another farmers market romance that started when Hunter saw Debi Ballew picking out tomatoes!
2thedarkside, July 21st 2012 |
Arugula, Basil, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chard, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Garlic, Green Onions, Kale, Onions, Parsley, Red, Blue, and Jon’s Favorite: golden fleshed Carola potatoes, Salad Mix, Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Turnips, Zucchini and Summer Squash
Jon seeded the carrots yesterday, let’s see if they germinate. Tomatoes out of the greenhouse continue to produce amazing yields. Otherwise, this has been a great week. See you all at the market.
2thedarkside, July 13th 2012 |
We’ll have just a few of the red ones. Also: arugula, asparagus, beets, bok choy, bunched baby bok choy, broccoli, Italian Broccoli, braising mix, cabbage, chard, cilantro, green onions, head lettuce, lots of kale, kohlrabi, parsley, perpetual spinach, radishes, salad mix, garlic scapes, spinach, sugar snap peas, tatsoi, tomatoes, turnips, basil, and zucchini.
2thedarkside, June 8th 2012 |
Arugula, Asparagus, Basil, Beets, Braising Mix, Broccoli (Italian), Bok Choy, Collards, Green Onions, Chard, Cilantro, Garlic Greens, Garlic Scapes, Kohl Rabi, Head Lettuce, Kale, Napini, Parsley, Perpetual Spinach, Radishes, Salad Mix, Spinach, Sugar Snap Peas, Tatsoi bunches, and Turnips.
2thedarkside, June 1st 2012 |