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Posted 7/20/2011 10:28am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Last night at CSA pick up, a very cute, little CSA member about the age of five came in with her mom to get their veggies. Usually, this little cutie pie is a chatterbox and asking me all sorts of questions, however, last night she was rather quiet. So I asked if she had a bad day, she looked up at me and sighed. Then she said, "Miss Becky, I am just droopy hot." I don't know about you - but droopy hot was a pretty refreshing way to put it! 

We're watering like fiends, trying to keep all the plants healty and producing. There's roughly 7500 - 10,000 gallons of water a day going on the gardens. The berries aren't looking too well. The blackberries look great and we anticipate picking to begin in the next few days. I don't know that we will open to the public for either the reds or the blackberries. It has been another tough year on the fall red raspberries. 

The CSA is moving along and last night everyone left with weighted down trugs. Tomatoes will be ripening soon and I can't wait for my first BLT of the season! 

Posted 6/28/2011 11:19am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Local Food and Local Farms

Love going to the Farmer's Market each week? Support your Favorite Farmer's Market by voting at the link above. Your vote helps to ensure community support and creates awareness of excellent resources for fresh LOCAL foods!

I'm kind of partial, I love The Downtown BG Farmer's Market in Bowling Green. My bestie, Penny Parker, is manager and does a fabulous job at trying to offer unique local vendors, music and family entertainment. If you haven't been, I encourage you to stop by the Downtown BG Farmer's Marker on Wednesday afternoons from 4-8. We're right across from Grounds for Thought and there is plenty of parking behind SamB's. If you do pop in, you'll see me there selling goats milk soap and our raw honey!

Posted 6/27/2011 1:00pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

After careful consideration we have decided to cancel harvest this week. There is a great deal of produce planted and doing beautifully, it’s just that this week there is not a lot of any one thing that is ready to be harvested. We felt it was better to allow the vegetables to get another week of growth rather than harvest them too soon or not have enough mature items to go around. That said we will do our best to extend another week at the end of the season to make up for this week. None of us are immune to the difficult spring we have had and the garden is no exception.

 Many of you have toured the garden and know there is a lot of produce planted out there, it’s been a very difficult growing season and we have been doing our very best to provide our members with freshest produce we can.

 If you have an egg share, we will just add them to the additional week at the end along with the veggies.

 We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience but we felt it was best. Please let me know that you have received this email by simply responding, that way I can call the members I do not hear from.

Thanks for your patience and understanding,

 Don and Becky Schooner

Posted 6/3/2011 11:07am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Since the rain has subsided for a few days - we're out in full force to finally get finished with transplants. It has been tough, with the constant rain, to get much planted. Our fearless garden crew is hard at it today and this weekend to get plants in. The ground was just right for Tim to get some direct seeded items in yesterday. This sping has been hard for everyone in the gardening biz. Greenhouses are still full, their plants are getting stressed from the heat and the fact they need to be transplanted. Gardeners are trying to stay on top of the weeds and get their crops in. Farmers can't get on the fields and are quickly running out of time to get corn in. It's just kind of crazy. 

Wednesday night at the Downtown BG Farmer's Market, one of the local senior centers brought several of their residents to the market. The folks got out of the van and they all made a beeline to the Buggy Whip Bakery Cookie Booth! It was so funny!

BG Market

Downtown BG Farmer's Market

 

I just had to take this photo of my woodland phlox along the fence at the house. I just love that ocean of lavender swaying in the breeze.


Posted 5/26/2011 8:41am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

I think we need to have a little talk with Mother Nature! Enough Rain Already! The storms yesterday were intense. However, in light of the recent tornados and severe storms wreaking devastation in other parts of the Midwest, I feel we were extremely fortunate and should be grateful we didn’t have major damage. Our hearts and prayers certainly go out to those that have been affected by the wrath of nature.

The east section of the garden is flooded, which, seeing we got 3-4 inches of rain in a matter of a few hours, we’re thankful that was the only area of heavy flooding in the garden. The good news is, that since it has been so wet were unable to get that section planted! See, there is a rainbow in the midst! There are a few areas that have some heavy puddles but at least the entire garden is not under inches of water. We’ll have some damage, I’m sure, but not a total loss. Schooner posted a picture on Facebook, just click over on the Facebook link box and it should take you to our page. I forgot to download the photo from him this morning. I’ll try and get it from him later & post it here! I tried to copy it from his post but the photo is too grainy.

The farmer to the south of us, was doing his best to get his corn in before it is too late. Our entire region has really been saturated this entire spring. There are many fields that probably won’t get planted. I’ve noticed several crop dusters applying fertilizers to the crops since heavy tractors can’t get on the wet fields. Personally, chemical fertilizers cheese me off, but I do realize they are a given in modern farming and there’s not much I can do about it other than close my windows.

In the midst of the storm yesterday, we have customers coming in to get Tilapia for pond stocking. Schooner tried to call as many people as he could get a hold of to let them know NOT to come out to pick up fish once the weather went south. Most of them had called already or were calling to cancel their pickup appointment and reschedule, but, we had one fellow stop in and insist Schooner go dish his fish out in the lighting storm. Of course, Schooner said no and asked the fellow how he thought he was going to get them to his pond safely? Schooner explained he was calling people to cancel and hadn’t gotten to him yet. The fellow only lived a few miles away and even commented on how nasty the weather was! Now, I don’t know about you, but if there is major lighting, tornado sirens blaring and pelting rain – do you really think we’re going to go outside with a long handled net and hang over a tub of water? Really? I was a little befuddled when Schooner told me. 

Posted 5/21/2011 11:57am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Happy Sunshiney Day! We've got a LIMITED number of CSA Shares left for the 2011 Season! If you are interested please get back with us soon! 

Just a few reasons to join a CSA Program -

1. Support the local economy
2. Eat Organic
3. Save money over the course of the season
4. Eat Seasonally! Gain a better connection to your food
5. Support Sustainability
6. Encourages your family to eat more vegetables
7. Support Local Farms
8. Try a wide variety of fresh veggies you may never had before
9. Promotes creative seasonal cooking
10. Deepens your respect of nature and the effort it takes to produce quality food
11. Reduces food miles and energy consumed by overland shipping

We'd love to have you be part of the garden! Please check out our website at www.schoonerberries.com for more information and membership form or call us at 419-261-0908 if we can answer any questions.

Posted 4/21/2011 11:46am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Happy Sunshiney Day! We've got a LIMITED number of CSA Shares left for the 2011 Season! If you are interested please get back with us soon! 

Just a few reasons to join a CSA Program -

1. Support the local economy
2. Eat Organic
3. Save money over the course of the season
4. Eat Seasonally! Gain a better connection to your food
5. Support Sustainability
6. Encourages your family to eat more vegetables
7. Support Local Farms
8. Try a wide variety of fresh veggies you may never had before
9. Promotes creative seasonal cooking
10. Deepens your respect of nature and the effort it takes to produce quality food
11. Reduces food miles and energy consumed by overland shipping

We'd love to have you be part of the garden! Please check out our website at www.schoonerberries.com for more information and membership form or call us at 419-261-0908 if we can answer any questions.

 

Posted 4/21/2011 11:33am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.
Happy Sunshiney Day! We've got a LIMITED number of CSA Shares left for the 2011 Season! If you are interested please get back with us soon! 

Just a few reasons to join a CSA Program -

1. Support the local economy
2. Eat Organic
3. Save money over the course of the season
4. Eat Seasonally! Gain a better connection to your food
5. Support Sustainability
6. Encourages your family to eat more vegetables
7. Support Local Farms
8. Try a wide variety of fresh veggies you may never had before
9. Promotes creative seasonal cooking
10. Deepens your respect of nature and the effort it takes to produce quality food
11. Reduces food miles and energy consumed by overland shipping

We'd love to have you be part of the garden! Please check out our website at www.schoonerberries.com for more information and membership form or call us at 419-261-0908 if we can answer any questions.




 

Posted 4/18/2011 2:30pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Cripes, enough already! The gloomy, windy, rainy, rotten, nasty weather has just got to go! You'd think it was the begining of March out there! Yikes!

Aside from whining about the weather, life is pretty dang good here on the farm. Our Marvelous Volunteers and Gardeners have been busy as ever! Most of the cold crops are in, peas are bursting through the dirt, potatoes are being cut and prepped for planting, onions got planted yesterday and the list goes on and on. A HUGE thanks to our crew! 

Saturday morning Schooner trudged back inside after he said he was leaving and announced I needed to come look outside. Lo and be hold, our almost completed "Hoop Coop" had taken flight and was now about 20 or so feet from where we had left it the night before. Thankfully, no chickens were injured as they were still in the garage. Around 6 a.m. a major gust came through and the "Hoop Coop" was up, up and away! It was slightly damaged. Schooner and Justin did what they could to repair in between raindrops but it certainly did dampen spirits. When I first saw the coop, I joking asked Schooner, "Did you see any ruby slippers or the Lollipop Kids?" I didn't say anything about the Wicked Witch of the West... He didn't think it was funny. I tried... I even asked him the Hoop Coop had flown the Coop - he didn't laugh at that one either.

 

 

Posted 4/11/2011 9:27am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

This past Sunday, Schooner and I divided and conquered. He worked in the garden while I got to play with baby goats and take snaps of Penny's Open House at her farm - GoatFeathers. It was a beautiful day - but very hot! There were about 40 guests and all were excited and very interested. Folks got to try their hand at milking and of course there were babies to play with. 

Penny showing off a new kid born just the night before

 

Schooner and I ran over to Penny's on Friday night to get some fresh goat's milk to make ice cream. I made a french base with eggs from our hens and really good chocolate. It was very yummy! If you've never had goat milk - it is quite similar in taste and texture of cow milk. I really enjoy it. It is illegal to sell milk in Ohio - however, if you purchase a herdshare you may drink the milk from your animal. 

 

David's Donkeys

Penny and David hope to one day have a Goat Dairy where they make cheeses and other dairy items. They are defiantly off to a great start! It was a successful open house and I was grateful to be included! Thanks Guys!

 

How can you not love this little face?

 

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