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Posted 3/14/2011 1:27pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.
Spring is defiantly “springing” right in front of us! I doubt there are too many of us that will protest! I must admit, I did have a little argument with my alarm clock this morning, my mind wasn’t ready for that 60 minute leap into the future.

We’d like to thank the MANY people that visited us at the Toledo Grows - Seed Swap! What an incredible day! Also, a HUGE thank you to the folks that have attended the CSA info sessions in Bowling Green!

Little peeps are coming in again this week. Our laying flock is going to be a diverse lot. I like different colored eggs. It’s like Easter everyday! Dark brown, tan, pink, green, blue, cream, and turquoise—ah, it is one of life’s small pleasures. These little peeps won’t begin laying until around August but when they do - it’ll be a rainbow!

Schooner will be trimming down the red raspberries soon. Our red raspberries are the fall variety so they do much better with a yearly trim. Also, he’ll be applying some organic soil amendments and compost teas as soon as weather allows. The black berries should be incredible this summer on the tilting trellis. It will be a wall of black berries! I can taste them now!

Shannon and Schooner are busy in the apiary. We lost all of our colonies due to the severe cold weather we had. We had one hive for three years - we loved those gals and spoke with the bees everyday. They became a part of our little family. It was a sad day when we discovered we had lost them. Bees really are incredible - you can learn so much from them. New packages were ordered way in advance and our hives are all ready to welcome the new arrivals. This summer I’m going to do a few articles on the apiary for our CSA newsletters. This winter Schooner and our friend Karen attended a Bee Class with the Householder Family - boy, did they learn from some pros! Wow! The Householder's have been keeping bees for many years and are the largest honey producers around our area. Super nice people, very informative and just a wonderful opportunity to learn practical knowledge from people who know what they are doing. I wish I could have went but I attended a local foods event and wasn't able to go! 

The CSA garden is just waiting for eager hands and able bodies! Peas will go in next week, once it dries out a bit. You want to plant peas around St. Patrick’s Day if the weather allows. Then it just keeps going from there! That reminds me, I better plant my sweet peas! Summer just wouldn't be the same with out one of my favorite flowers! We still have some CSA memberships available. Tim & Megan are hoping to have a Toledo drop off if we have enough interested people in the Toldeo Area. 

Just a few Reminders ~

· March 17th - CSA Info Meeting - 7pm - Grounds For Thought in Bowling Green. Come meet your local farmers! Omega Meats, Reihms, Shared Legacy, Downtown BG Farmer’s Market, Friendship Farms and Schooner Farms will be on hand to discuss our various CSA programs, local foods and small farms.

· March 27th  at 2pm or March 28th at 6pm - Volunteer Meet & Greet Workshop. Folks interested in volunteering please rsvp at info@schoonerberries.com or call  419-261-0908 

· April 2nd - Everybody Eats: Promoting the Production, Distribution, and Consumption of Local FoodsNorthwest State Community College—Archbold, OH

· May 18th - Downtown BG Farmer’s Market Opens at 4

 Happy Spring!

Posted 3/11/2011 9:18am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Just spoke with Chris at BG Park and they had to cancel the Local Foods & Farmers session they were planning. He is putting together another talk later in the summer involving veggie gardening in your landscape. More details to follow!

Posted 3/10/2011 11:03am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Please come join us for a Meet & Greet at the Farm!

We’ll discuss who we are, what we are about, our plans and our goals for the farm! We’d love to have you become part of the adventure! We’ve got an incredible season ahead of us – lots of great ideas and wonderful people!

Sunday March 27th at 2pm

Or

Tuesday March 29th at 6 pm

 

Please email info@schoonerberries.com or call 419-261-0908 to rsvp for either date or let us know if neither days work – we’ll arrange a time when it does work with you!

The farm is located right on the corner of ST RT 235 & US 6. The address is 14890 Otsego Pike (ST RT 235) Weston, Ohio 43569. You’ll see the raspberry field and ponds! Just come on in to the pole barn!

Posted 2/28/2011 6:11pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Have you ever wondered who grew and harvested the lettuce in your salad or raised the hens that provided the eggs for your morning omelet?  Who is the farmer, where is their farm and how are these farm fresh products nurtured for your enjoyment?  One exciting way to connect you to the local farms and farmers that produce your food is through Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs).  CSAs offer “shares” or memberships in exchange for a portion of the season’s harvest - allowing you to enjoy products fresh from the farm, building community and strengthening the connection between you and your food.

 

On March 7th, we invite you to come and meet a handful of local farmers who are passionate about Community Supported Agriculture in Northwest Ohio and excited to share the highest quality vegetables, berries, meats, eggs, honey and more with you and your family!  Learn how these farmers and their CSAs use sustainable and organic practices to provide naturally grown, farm fresh products.  This educational event is complete with a sampling of local foods, recipes and ideas for using local foods in your own kitchen!  This event features a number of local CSA producers including Riehm Farm of Tiffin, Shared Legacy Farms of Elmore, Friendship Farms of Waterville, Omega Meats of Grand Rapids and Schooner Farms of Westin.

 

Attendees will also have the chance to win a certificate to one of Bowling Green’s tasty restaurants!

 

 

 

When: Monday, March 7th

Time: 4:30 to 6:00 pm

Where: OSU Extension of Wood County, 639 S. Dunbridge Rd.,Bowling Green, OH

Posted 2/2/2011 12:13pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Holy Smokes! Put the word on the street you can work for food and you get a bunch of people wanting to part of that! We only have two spots left! We do have volunteers opportunities if you can't commit to a work share - even our volunteers go home with goodies! 

It's a great experience, you learn about farming using natural methods, you meet some really awesome people and you become part of something that is fulfilling and nourishes all of us! 

If would be interested in a work share or volunteering - please don't hesitate to get in touch! We'd love to have you join us on the farm!

 


 

Posted 1/26/2011 4:46pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

What’s new at Schooner Farm’s? In a few words – LOTS of AMAZING STUFF! 2010 was our inaugural year and it was tough! We toiled, we struggled, we laughed, we wondered if it would EVER rain, yet we had one of the most gratifying experiences of our lives!

2011 is going to be stellar!

·        We’ve got over 50 different kinds of veggies chosen to plant and over 150 varieties! The tomatoes alone add up to 17 different varieties! There’s a dozen different winter squash, 15 different types of lettuce and greens, 5 different types of carrots and the list goes on and on. Lots of old standbys and a few unique items for fun!

·        We have a fabulous Garden Team in place along with several interns and volunteers that are itchin’ to get in the dirt!

·        Schooner Farms will also have their very own natural, pasture raised, NON GMO fed meat chickens and turkeys available for sale along with our famous golden yolk eggs! We have some of the happiest hens around! Our eggs are brown but occasionally you might find a blue or green shelled egg as well.

·        Over the 20 week CSA season we will feature 5 different local farms/businesses. You’ll receive an item produced on their farm along with lots of information about who they are and what they do. Our mission is to reach out to other small farms and businesses to encourage people to buy local! So far we have bread, cheese, flowers and specialty garlic. I’m still looking for an orchard or some other farm to feature.

·        We’re working on trying to secure a dairy share with Snowville Creamery. If you’ve never tasted Snowville Creamery’s grass fed dairy products – you are missing manna from the bovine!!! Our problem with offering the share is quantity – if I can get enough folks to try it & begin wanting this yummy leche we’ll be in like Flynn. Check out their website so you can read about their “organic” & sustainable philosophies – they mirror Schooner Farms almost exactly! www.snowvillecreamery.com

·        In our best efforts to be a little different and offer our members a little more diversity on a weekly basis, I’ve changed up our distribution process a bit. Instead of me loading your trug for you each week, we’re going to have you do it. We’ll go through and clean, process and ready everything – but you will get to pick out your own stuff! Some weeks when we have a surplus of certain items you’ll be given the option of taking larger quantities if you’d like. In addition, we’ll have an exchange table – so if you get an eggplant and you aren’t too fond of them you can mosey on over to the exchange table and switch it out! How easy is that? Naturally, this is a garden and learning to eat seasonally is especially challenging when as a society we’ve gotten so used to fruit and veggies year round.

We only have a limited number of CSA Shares available! The Early Bird Gets the Worm! Sign Up NOW!!! Just go to the Schooner Farms CSA Menu on our website and scroll down to 2011 Membership Form and Guideline or to the right of this is a shortcut to the membership form - just click on the CSA Logo and it will take you there!  Read, Fill Out and then Pop in the Mail!! If you have any questions just give us a ring at 419-261-0908

Posted 10/18/2010 7:29pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Wow! Just the mention that we were taking names for the 2011 Season has brought in a bunch of new people wanting to join our little CSA! How exciting! Once our 2010 members have decided if they would like to jump back in we'll begin taking applications for new members. Our 2010 members have till the end of Nov. to decide. We've already had a good number rejoin or say they were planning to. YEAH!! Of course, we'll loose some folks as well. That's bound to happnen, but we certainly appreciate their support this past year!

To our Waiting List folks - please be patient. I'll be sending you a link to the membership application form soon. I know many of you have called or talked to us about getting in - we'll get ya in!

Thanks for your interest and we're so excited you want to join us! We've got LOTS of new things we are doing in 2011. We just recently applied for Certified Naturally Grown, which is a little more stringent than Certified Organic.

Here's a few of the things we are doing next year:

-Working with other local farms/bakeries to include an item from their business in our shares periodically. Such as breads, heirloom garlics, fresh flowers, cheese.
-A GRASS FED Dairy Share
-Grass Fed Meat
-Pasture Raised Chicken
-Organically Fed, Pasture Raised Eggs
-We're putting in a small orchard & grapes
and more...

I'll be in touch soon with a link to the membership application. Around the middle of November look for an email from us. Just $150 down saves your spot. We do have payment plans or you can pay in full, whichever is easier for you.

We thank you for your interest and we'll be in touch soon!!

Don & Becky Schooner

Posted 10/12/2010 8:20am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

This week the BG Farmer's Market is featuring Honey! Don will be bringing several items from our apiary to share with interested visitors. We'll have plenty of honey on hand to sample! Our honey is RAW Honey - unfiltered, not heated, all natural 100% honey. If you haven't tried some, you are missing out! Pop on over to the BG Farmer's Market on Wednesday's from 3-8 - it is a weekly event until the end of Oct. Don't miss out on some wonderful products from local vendors!

The last week of Oct. is our final week of the CSA.It went fast! In 2011 we hope to have a dairy share with milk from Snowville Creamery! Check out our website under the CSA Header, go to CSA Newsletters, there you will find a .pdf for Dairy Shares to see what we're in the process of building. This milk is INCREDIBLE!!! If you would be interested in joining the 2011 CSA please go to our mailing list and there you will find a check box for 2011 Waiting List, sign up and when we open shares to our waiting list you will be notified. Along with the dairy, eggs and veggie shares we are working with Omega Meats to get a meat share going too! Lot's of exciting things happening at Schooner Farms!

I best get over to the farm and start processing the veggies for Tuesday Pick Up.

Peace

Posted 10/4/2010 7:50pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Fall is here and my sign up for the 2011 season will be available soon! We've got a season under our belts. learned from our mistakes, learned from our successes and are looking forward to a new year!

I am putting the finishing touches on our 2011 agreement. Plus, we're working with other local farms/businesses to offer some items that they create to our members. Trying to do our part to introduce our members to local businesses and farms that have some really wonderful items to offer. Keeping it local.

Also we will be offering a limited amount of workshares. This is what is kind of holding me up - exactly how I want and need to put that together is taking me a while.

If you would like to sign up for our 2011 CSA Waiting list please go to the mailing list link and it will ask you which mailing list you want to sign up for - just click on the 2011 Waiting List and I will forward you the info once our current members have had a chance to sign up. We will be expanding to 80-100 shares in 2011. Shares are limited so please sign up if you would like to be in the loop!

Posted 9/27/2010 3:35pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Ahhh, finally the garden is looking like we had envisioned this spring. We've mustered through the dry and hot summer now the fall garden is just gorgeous with lush greens and lots of root veggies! Yum!

This past week, Schooner went to the Bowling Green City Parks, Save the Woods Foundation Wine & Cheese Social. Schooner Farms donated a CSA share for 2011. We were so happy to see so much enthusiasm and interest in our CSA. We credit our members as well in this donation, as the CSA wouldn't be possible without their support. Local People supporting Local Organizations is crucial to the vitality of our community. We're happy our farm and it's members could be a part of it. We sincerly thank the Save The Woods Foundation for all of their efforts!

We'll be selling honey again this week at the BG Farmer's Market. There is a great group of vendors with a variety of items to offer. If you haven't been to the BG Farmer's Market - give it a try. Wed. from 3-8 - downtown BG across from Grounds for Thought.

A CSA member and fellow foodie introduced me to Snowville Creamery Milk - it is unbelievable how good this milk is! Non homogenized, lightly pasteurized from GRASS FED DAIRY COWS! I can't say enough!!! You can find Snowville Creamery Milk at Churchill's in Perrysburg right next to the organic yogurts. I know you will be HOOKED!!! I was after only a sip!!

We're in week 16 of the CSA - only four more weeks to go! It will be nice to relax a bit but I have gotten so used to chatting with all of our wonderful members. I'm going to miss them!

Farm chores are calling, got to get to work!

 

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