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Grain shares available and corn harvest coming up...

Posted 9/17/2012 11:57am by Melanie & Kevin Cunningham.

Greetings to you all.  It's been a long while since we've sent any news from our farm, a testament to the busyness of the season.  But now fall is here, and although we are still bustling about from dawn to dusk, slower days are soon to come.  Our farmstead continues to evolve with each season, as we learn from this land and continue to transform ourselves.  We anticipate changes and new additions in the years to come, starting with the birth of our first child - due sometime around Christmas 2012!!

Help us with the corn harvest.  We're turning this year's corn harvest into a work party and harvest celebration.  Our field corn, which we dry and grind into cornmeal, requires tremendous amounts of hand labor - from harvesting and shucking the ears to removing the kernels from the cob.  We all know many hands make light work, so this year we're asking for your help on Saturday, October 13th.  We'll work on the corn harvest from 10 to 4p and then enjoy a BBQ and potluck feast, with live music and drinks.  Most of the work will be gathered around the greenhouse, where we'll shuck the corn and arrange it for drying.  Although we'd love your help for the whole day, we invite you to join us for any portion of the day that works for you.  Please bring your own lunch or snacks, as we won't be feasting until the late afternoon.  Additional helpful things to bring are: gloves, drinking water, sun hats, and layers, for who knows what October weather will bring.  Kids are welcome, dogs are not.  RSVPs are most appreciated, and feel free to bring anyone and everyone – the more the merrier!

Grain shares are now available.  We've harvested about 70% of our grain crops and a new grain share season is soon to begin; our first distribution is scheduled for October 4th.  A hearty thank you to those of you who have already re-joined or have signed up for the first time.  This season's share will look a little different from years’ past.  We are consolidating the full and half share options into one moderately sized share.  Distributions will consist of 8 pounds per month and will take place for 6 months instead of 10.  We plan on beginning on October 4th and distributing through April, with our customary break in January.  The share price is $275, with a $100 deposit required to hold your spot.  Some of our products will only be available through the grain share, but crops with abundant yields will likely be available at our Farmers’ Market stall.  As the share starts in just a couple of weeks and spots are filling fast, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible if interested.  We hope that you will!

Broilers and select cuts available this weekend.  We'll have a freshly processed batch of broilers and cuts available at the end of this week at our Garberville and Arcata markets and will hopefully be well stocked until the end of November.  We have been selling out quickly, so if you are planning on stocking up, let us know sooner than later.

We're offering Thanksgiving turkeys this season, for pick up at our farm in Carlotta from Tuesday, November 20th.  Our turkeys are rotated weekly through our pastures and cut grain fields and fed an organic feed.  We are now taking reservations.  Birds will be sold for $5 per pound, and we expect them to be abundantly sized - averaging 20 pounds or more.  Perfect for your big family gathering!

The 2012 barley harvest...

a barley harvest close-up      barley and sunflowers

A picture from last year's corn mob...

corn harvest

With abundant gratitude, your farmers...

Melanie and Kevin