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This week's offerings and a bit 'o news...

Posted 5/12/2012 8:19am by Melanie & Kevin Cunningham.

 

This week started off with Melanie attending a millstone-dressing workshop with Roger Jansen at Grindstone Bakery in Rohnert Park.  As grain farmers, we have inadvertently found ourselves embracing the art of milling as well.  Stone mills need regular attention, just like every other small machine on the farm.  As Melanie has been handling much of the milling at Shakefork Community Farm for the last year, she was eager to learn how to clean and care for the granite stones.  After spending three hours working an air chisel, disassembling and reassembling our 8” stone mill no less than 5 times, Melanie successfully removed the veil of mystery surrounding the internal workings of our grain mill and is now empowered to clean, sharpen, and “dress” the stones that make our 100% whole grain flours possible.

 

dressing millstonespainting the stones


In other farm news,
 Monday we finished planting our onions; Tuesday we started the Fortuna Farmers’ Market; Wednesday we hosted 58 2nd and 3rd graders from Scotia Union Elementary School in a Farm-to-School event where the kids got their hands dirty learning about compost, seed saving, and insects and harvested from the garden to create “lettuce tacos” garnished with toasted barley and edible flowers; Wednesday afternoon we planted 350# of potatoes and our dent corn (a month earlier than last season!); Thursday we planted our pumpkin patch, winter squash, and zucchini; Friday we got our first round of cucumbers in and started our Garberville Farmers’ Market!!!

This week's offerings include:


Grass-fed lamb... the newest addition to our farmstead offerings.  Assorted cuts available.

Meaty bones... 2.5# pounds of chicken bones and chicken parts (and occasionally a thigh or wing) for making a rich and nourishing stock.


Eggs from our pastured hens... now full size and $5 a dozen.


Lettuce... red & green leaf, red & green butter, and a variety of baby romaines.


Radishes... crisp and fresh, great for spring salads or sauteed.


Cornmeal, buckwheat flour, and rye flour...  Our flours contain all of the naturally occuring nutrients found in the original grain that are most often lost with conventional milling. 

Hope to see you soon!

Your farmers,

Melanie and Kevin