Saturday, September 5, 2015

A September 5th share.

Asian pears, purple carrots, beans, zukes, and chives.
This CSA season we've made our share sizes a little bit smaller and lowered the price for our members.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015



Submitted this in response to a call for single-color t-shirt designs on the theme "harvest".

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Eggygram shares now available!

Have cage-free organic eggs delivered at their freshest, by bike, to your home. All the details HERE.


On July 2nd of this year, we added nine little ones to the Habitat Farm family. Their names are Bandit, Koko, Peach, Red, Rosie, Roxy, Shortcake, Sweet Pea, and Tawny. Check out lots more photos over at our Eggygram website and blog. THIS LINK will take you right to the blog post that we'll be updating with pics and video as the little darlings mature into laying hens and later join the flock.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

2015 spring-summer CSA.

It's time to purchase shares for the spring-summer CSA season!

The season begins mid-May and runs through late August. Each share is eight total harvests valued at $12 (or greater), every other week, for a total cost per share of $96. Veggie enthusiasts might wish to consider two CSA shares in order to receive harvests every week as opposed to every other week.

A CSA is a great way to eat in-season. This year's harvests will start off with turnips, beets, strawberries, and various greens for salads or for braising. Later on we'll begin to see lettuces, pearl onions, snow peas, blueberries, and some other leafy greens (including mustards, spinach, arugula, escarole, and chard) as the season unfolds. We also anticipate bush beans, broccoli raab, carrots, and fennel several months from now. Toward the end of the spring-summer CSA season we may be including corn, tomatoes, basil, summer squash, eggplant, and peppers, and those summer crops will carry us into our summer-fall season's shares.

To sign up for our CSA, or to reach out with your questions and comments, please email us.

Given the unusually warm spring we've had this year, we took a gamble on sowing some yellow crookneck squash on March 22nd. It came up!


Check out the latest innovation from the creative flock at Habitat Farm: Eggygram!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fall 2014 CSA.

The Habitat Farm Fall CSA is back this year!

The Fall CSA offers a harvest basket for members every other week for four weeks, beginning the weekend  of October 18th and 19th (or a weekday that following week, as determined by our members). We aim to give you a little over $15 worth of produce in each basket, while you pay just $15. The total cost for the four week subscription is just $60. Purchase two shares for a weekly pickup, eight weeks total.

Fall 2014 CSA members can look forward to: gold nugget winter squash, celery, carrots, potatoes, red onions, heirloom garlic, turnips, radishes, and leeks; fall greens including Chinese cabbage, kale, red mustard, escarole, arugula, spoon mustards, and radicchio; and fresh herbs like sage, thyme, parsley, and cilantro. Don't rule out the possibility of medlars, eggs, or heading cabbage either!

Email us for more information, or to sign up. 

In the photos: Purple sage in the foreground, part of a row of Osaka Shirona behind it (above). A bed of radicchio, escarole, and cabbage next to a row of tomatoes. The greens will be heading up when the tomato vines have withered back (below).

Season-end Review.

The last few months at Habitat Farm, in pictures.

Painted Hills organic multicolored sweet corn, harvested July 31:


The July 31st harvest:

August 1st harvest:

August 1st sunflower at sundown:

August 3rd corn harvest:

August 3rd CSA share:

August 3rd sunflower at sunup:

August 10th CSA share:

August 17th CSA share:

August 24th CSA share:

August 31st CSA share:

September 7th CSA share:

September 14th CSA share:

Monday, July 14, 2014

A July 13th share.

This week's basket, clockwise from lower left: fennel bulb, wild plums, purple carrots, zucchini, and Grandpa George's Walking Onion.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A July 6th share.

This week's basket, clockwise from upper left: eggs, small red onions, turnips, snow peas, carrots, and snap beans.

Friday, July 4, 2014


Photos of our 2014 CSA shares, weeks three and four....

Above: Sunday, June 22nd. White egg turnips, garlic spears, blueberries, snow peas, chives,  and eggs.

Above: Sunday, June 29th. Snow peas, kale, carrots, turnips, zucchini, and blueberries.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Purple beans!

July 2nd: the first of the season's string bean crop, and a half pint of blueberries.

Monday, June 9, 2014

2014 CSA week one.

Clockwise from the lower left corner: over a quarter-pound of "Shuko" Pac Choy, two pounds of"Windsor Broadbean" Fava, two heads of "Osaka Shirona" Chinese Cabbage (half a pound), a bunch of "Easter Egg" radish (three quarters pound), and two pints of strawberries at center.


We harvested eight pints of strawberries over two days, from about a hundred feet of strawberry plants spaced roughly a foot apart each. We thought we'd picked the plants clean on June 7th with a four-pint yield, but when we went back the next day we found another four pints ready to go. A few of our plants are several years old and well established, but most are just in their second year of fruit production. They're doing great this spring, with moderate watering (around two times per week) and warm weather.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Garden markers.

We were given these garden markers for carrots, lettuce, and zucchini by Heather and Derek Rubright. Here's what they look like now, adding character and beauty to our vegetable beds!

A brief tour of Habitat Farm, spring 2014.

Here's a view of the farm standing near the Northeast corner and looking toward the chicken coop. Note the tall stand of yellow flowers at about two o'clock: that's the cress that was covered in frost and snow a few months back. The small yellow flowers of broccoli-family crops like this one are a favorite of bees and other insects beneficial to the garden. Behind the cress, toward the center of the frame, is a tall stand of dark green: the crimson clover we sowed back on August 25th, that will be flowering in the next few weeks. Between the clover and the cress is a narrow strip of soil where our "cocozelle" zucchini seedlings, sown April 7th under cover, are coming up and showing their first set of true leaves. The bright green dots beside the cress flowers: "black-seeded simpson" lettuce, started indoors on February 2nd and planted out on March 24th. At three o'clock are three rows of "white egg" turnip, sown March 23rd, now ready for thinning. What looks like bare dirt at about eight o'clock is a bed of "atomic red" and "yaya" carrots, sown April 7th under cover. We just removed the cover a few days back, when the seedlings first began to show.

Here's a closeup of our "cocozelle" zucchini seedlings. We're planning another row of zucchini that we'll sow as a succession to this one, in about a month.

Here's one part of our chicken run. We've kept the chickens off the green grassy area in the background for a few months, so that it could grow thick and lush, better able to survive the chickens' routine grazing and scratching. We opened the space back up to them on April 20th, just for a couple of days. In the coming weeks we'll let them return for longer--a stretch of a few months-- while we give another section of their run some much-needed rest.

10-egg day!

With our eleven chickens, the average eggs laid per day is just over five. Ten eggs is the maximum possible harvest for a given day, and such a yield was mere conjecture until April 16th, 2014. Here's what it looked like that day, when every one of our hens chipped in.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring leeks and carrots.

We harvested these leeks and carrots last Saturday. 
The leeks were sown March 10th of last year, transplanted a bit late (June 9th). They grew a bit in the fall, held in the ground through the hard, snowy winter this year, and make for very good eating these days.

The carrots were direct sown a bit late (July 19th) and held in the ground just fine through the winter with very limited top growth. One of the varieties shown is Purple Haze, which we've overwintered before and had great results.

We'll probably still overwinter Purple Haze this season (that would be winter 2014-15), but we're planning on trying a new variety as well, called Merida. It can presumably be sown in late September/early October, and harvested the following May through June. Has anyone out there grown Merida on that schedule? Please let us know how it turned out!