Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – Oct. 2, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

Welcome to October!  They say it’s going to be in the upper 80s tomorrow – just for one day – enjoy one last blast of summer! – but then back to cool temperatures.  Weather or  not, we’re well-embarked on fall chores!

At the Redfield farm, our summer tomato plants are still valiantly providing tomatoes, but they’re pretty scraggly, now, after producing heavily all summer.  We’ll be pulling them up, soon.  Don’t despair, though, if you’re a tomato-lover:  the tomatoes on our young plants, in the high tunnel, are just starting to get ripe!  We’ll continue to have delicious tomatoes until it gets considerably colder. 

We’re starting to pull in our irrigation lines from fields that don’t need them any more this year.  In fact, the ground at both farms is quite damp, after all the rain we’ve had.  We’re happy for the subsoil moisture to get replenished, of course, but the wetness is keeping us from harvesting all of our sweet potatoes and carrots!  We can dig them up, but they’re really muddy.  It’s difficult to remove the mud without damaging the vegetables’ skins, which protect them and are necessary if they’re going to store well.  So we’re waiting for things to get a little bit drier.

We’ve been telling you all summer how we’ve been preparing the fence lines for our new goat pasture at our Runnells farm.  Well, we’re getting close to finishing the prep work, and we finally took some pictures to show you!  As you can see, right now it's a wooded, overgrown area - the goats will help with that!

Did we mention that part of the challenge is vines?

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Now serving Railroad Bill’s L&N Roast coffee

Brick Street Bakery, Plain Talk Books & Coffee and Railroad Bill’s Dining Car are now serving our very own fresh roasted L&N Roast coffee.

Railroad Bill’s L&N Roast is fresh roasted each week by our friends at Raccoon Forks Foods in Ames. The L&N Roast, a medium dark to dark roast, is roasted on Fridays and delivered on Mondays to ensure you are drinking the freshest coffee possible when you visit our stores.

The roast is named after the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. Railroad Bill, our founder, is fond of the L&N line and has familial ties to it. The L&N line was also favorite target of the original Railroad Bill, the legendary train robber.

Stop by one of our stores today and give the L&N Roast a try. Toot toot!

Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – Sept. 25, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

Okay, now it’s starting to feel like fall! We hope you’re enjoying the cooler days and evenings.

Did it seem as though the summer passed quickly? It did to us – maybe that’s because we’ve been so busy! And we’re still busy, of course, but the pace is easing a little. We’re continuing to harvest vegetables for storage, as well as for our CSA shares and the farmers’ market, but the planting and weeding are finally slowing down.

And suddenly, the farmers’ market season is drawing to a close. This Thursday is the final day of the Perry farmers’ market, where we’ve been a vendor this summer. It was our first year at the Perry market, and we’ve really enjoyed it. Thank you, Perry market organizers and Perry community!

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