Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – Nov. 20, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

Happy Thanksgiving week! One last reminder about this week’s deliveries – all shares will be delivered on Wednesday, even for those of you who normally receive your shares on Thursdays. Please pick up all shares between 3-6 p.m. on Wednesday, or have someone pick them up for you.

At our Runnells farm, we’re busy with regular chores – tending chickens and gathering, cleaning, and packing eggs – and continuing to work on our big goat fencing project. Not surprisingly, perhaps, considering how much wood we’ve been cutting, our chainsaw broke! So we’re working on fixing the chainsaw, too. But the fencing is progressing: almost all the corner posts, and their supports, are in, and we’re working on the intermediate posts. We hope to start putting up the wire fencing next week.

We received 342 new chicks today! Over the next few weeks, we’ll receive hundreds more. When they’re grown up, these chicks will be our next flock of laying hens. Here they are, settling into the fancy holding pen we built for them in the high tunnel at the Redfield farm:

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Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – Nov. 13, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! We’re looking forward to it, and we hope you are, too! Please note our holiday delivery schedule adjustment:

Thanksgiving week CSA schedule – All CSA shares need to be picked up on Wednesday, next week, even if your regular pick-up day is Thursday. You can pick up your shares between 3-6 p.m. on Wednesday.

If you aren’t able to pick up your share on Wednesday next week – Just let us know! We’ll be happy to hold your shares for you and deliver them the following week. Otherwise, it’s fine to ask someone else to pick up your shares for you.

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Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – Nov. 6, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

And now – here comes winter! Not quite, of course, but did you hear that the temperatures are going to be in the teens at night later this week? Never a dull moment in Iowa weather, is there?

As a result of the coming cold, we’re harvesting everything that we still have out in our fields. Temperatures that cold will kill the plants, even if they’re sheltered by cover cloth, so we need to save the vegetables before that happens. Beets, spinach, radishes, kale, and Brussels sprouts are all coming in!

Beets

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