What a beautiful day! The Farm was happy to welcome our first summer campers today! Our Farm, Field, and Forest Summer camp started today! Do you know any teenagers who like playing outside? Our session next week is in danger of not running due to low enrollment! Seriously, this is what I wish I could have done as a teenager.
What: Farm Field and Forest Teen Camp
Explore our unique hospital-based vegetable farm, our native prairie and our woods by the Huron River. Each day we do farm chores, gather information on a hike, and investigate nature through hands-on activities. Learn how to best take care of yourself by eating well and your environment by living sustainably. Share your discoveries through presentations, projects and journaling.
When: July 24-July 28 (M-F 9am-4pm)
Who: Grades 6-10
More spots available!! We have one person looking to leave the CSA and due to demand, our farmers have agreed to let more people into the CSA. Tell friends and co-workers!
Produce this week:
Vegetable highlight: Eggplant
The eggplant in your share this week are the oriental variety. Long and skinny and good for stir-fry! These are another favorite vegetable of mine. I love to cook Asian-inspired dishes and eggplant really elevates any dish. Last week I made a hoisin eggplant stirfry and added a ton of basil on top. Of course I didn’t write down the recipe but here’s a something to get you started: Hoisin glazed eggplant
Farm highlight: Ann Arbor Seed Company
Ann Arbor Seed Company is your local source for quality garden vegetable and flower seeds. Our farm is located just west of Ann Arbor, so the seeds we sell are proven to thrive with our local climate and soil conditions. We’re involved in all steps of the process, from selecting for the best taste and vigor, to cleaning and packaging seeds, so we can be sure of the best quality. Our seed packets can be found at local retailers, the downtown Ann Arbor farmer’s market (seasonally), and on our online shop. Please visit www.a2seeds.com for more details.
We would be honored if you would give our seeds a try in your garden this year! Sincerely, Eric, Meredith, and Stacy
1.Seed farming allows us to see our crops in all stages of their lifecycle. We enjoy letting lettuce bloom, over-maturing our zucchini, and letting carrots flower in their second year over 6 ft tall.
2.Eric’s favorite crops are the biennial root vegetables like carrots, beets, and onions. He feels rich having so much good food at the fall harvest. They are such dynamic seed crops, fast growing and beautiful in their second year.
3.We keep bees to help promote pollinating of our crops. It’s also fun to observe the great diversity of wild pollinators buzzing or crawling about in a patch of flowering vegetables.
See the attached newsletter for more recipes and updates about the farm.
Thanks as always for being a part of The Farm family,
Amanda and the Farm team