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Posted 1/2/2012 11:41am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

The New Year is here and the seed catalogues will be arriving shortly! I love when I go out to the mailbox and find a seed catalogue just waiting for me to peruse the colorful pages within. Nothing quite like a cuppa tea and a seed catalogue to make this farm girl a happy camper! Winter hasn’t really been too wintery; yet!

If you are interested in signing up for the 2012 CSA please do so SOON! We only have a limited amount of spaces left! There is a link to the right that will take you to our form.

Schooner is putting together his Beekeeping Class – stay tuned!!

 

Posted 12/14/2011 3:08pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Today, Schooner and I met with  Lucy Long and her assistant, Melissa at the farm. Lucy and Melissa are with The Center for Food and Culture in Bowling Green. We had a delightful chat and inspired each with our plans for the future.

I have said this before - but the people we have met along the way since we began this journey never ceases to amaze me. Please, take a few minutes and visit the Center’s site - it is a superb resource for tons of foodie stuff! Consider joining their group and help cultivate an understanding of the power of food and how it has shaped our culture and truly is an integral part of the human experience.

 

Posted 12/13/2011 1:35pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

If you are interested in giving a long lasting, local and delicious gift check out our CSA options. You can feel good about giving a gift that reflects a way of farming and living that improves the community, the land and personal health. Plus, our members are just the most awesome people ever!!!

Simply click on logo to the right and it will direct you to our form. If you have any questions about our CSA program, please give us a ring at 419-261-0908

Posted 11/2/2011 12:51pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Our 2011 season has come to a close. It was a fabulous 20 weeks! We are very grateful to our members and our hard working volunteers for making the CSA such a success!

Believe it or not, our 2012 CSA membership is almost half way filled! We are only taking 80 members for our 2012 season so if you are interested.... better get to getting!

There is a link to your right that will take you to the membership form. Please read it over carefully and send in soon!

We only have a limited number of egg shares left! Please email us to be sure we have one available before you send in a check.

Posted 10/3/2011 11:21am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

To say this season has gone quickly would be an understatement! It flew by, I had to do a second take to see that September was gone. EEK!

It has been a rough growing year but we had a fantastic group of garden helpers to make it a success! The most prolific crop was eggplant - without a doubt. The fall garden is gorgeous and with a little luck we might have an extra week of harvesting if Mother Nature cooperates.

We've been on the news, we've been here, there and just about everywhere the past month - must be why it went by so fast! Thank you to our WONDERFUL Members for recommending us to the various news outlets and telling their friends and families about our CSA. We've got quite a waiting list started for 2012! If you'd like to sign up for the 2012 season hop on board NOW! We're only taking 80 shares and our 2011 members have first dibs. I already know there are a good deal of them jumping back on the veggie wagon for next year! Just click on the link to the right and it will take you to the 2012 CSA Membership Contract and Guidelines. Read what we're about and become part of the crazy adventure at Schooner Farms!

Posted 8/11/2011 7:13pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Who is NOT loving the weather the past few days? I am in heaven!!! Lots of harvesting happening at the farm! We have eggplant growing like mad along with musk melons. The summer garden has been a delight this season! Tons of tomatoes are ripening, summer squash, zucchini, herbs, onions, garlics and more and more – all wonderful, fresh and yummy! The CSA members will be certified weight lifters by the end of the garden season from carrying out their trugs each week chocked full of veg!!

We couldn’t do what we do without Amy P. and the incredible group of garden volunteers we have been so fortunate to want to be part of this crazy adventure. Our members appreciate the time, effort, sweat and tears that go into growing their veggies and tell us so every week! I enjoy my time at distribution, sharing recipes, chatting, making new friends – it is an amazing opportunity.

We are just about finished with Blackberries – there might be a few left – but call first to see. 419-261-0908 We have fresh honey available this week and we’ll also be going back to the Downtown Bowling Green Farmer’s Market soon to sell honey. Stop by and say howdy!

Posted 7/29/2011 10:51am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Blackberries are at their peak! Come on out & pick some! Our hours are Mon, Wed - Friday from 8 till 3 and Tuesday 8-6, Saturdays from 9 till noon and we will be at the Farm this Sunday after 10 till around 3. 

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

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