December 2016


The season is finally slowing down, but we still have plenty of food in the market. We will continue to sell produce in our on-site market (closed only on Sundays) and at the Madeira Farmers‘ Market all winter long. The Madeira winter market has moved indoors to the Silverwood Presbyterian Church on runs from 3:30-6 every Thursday. Come see us and lots of other great vendors-it’s a great place to find locally produced gifts!

The Create an Evergreen Wreath classes have been going great, and there is still one more opportunity to sign up! The final wreath-making class is this Wednesday, the 7th at 6:30 P.M. Come make holiday memories with us at Turner Farm, in our beautiful new barn studio.  Many have made it a holiday tradition, coming back year after year. Additionally, there are still some spots left for the Create Your Own Evergreen Centerpiece class this Saturday, December 10th from 2-4 P.M. The beautiful live centerpieces are designed to look fresh on your table through the Christmas holiday. Impress your guests with your one-of-a-kind piece!

Also of note:  We are beginning to accept garden apprentice applications for the 2017 growing season. The apprenticeship, which starts in April and runs through October, is a one-of-a-kind, immersive and hands-on educational experience that pays farm apprentices as they learn the ins and outs of growing for market. Each year, we hire five apprentices, one of whom is part of the Turner Farm Veteran Farmer Training Program. This program is longer than the general garden apprenticeship, a full two years, and is designed to prepare a U.S. military veteran for a new career in sustainable agriculture. More information about the veteran program and the garden apprenticeship in general can be found on our website via the links provided. Please feel free to share this with any interested parties! We will begin reviewing applications and interviewing after the new year.

Here’s what’s in season and more of what’s going on around the farm:

In the Farm Market:
Certified Organic Produce – We have pie pumpkins, spaghetti, delicata, acorn and butternut squash. Other veggies currently in stock include kale, tatsoi heads, baby broccoli, cauliflower, green cabbage, chinese cabbage, turnips, daikon radishes, rutabaga, greens mix, lettuce mix, romaine leaves, frisee heads, arugula, baby kale, fingerling potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, herbs, celery (last of the season!), and sweet peppers. Plus sunflower shoots, pea shoots, radish microgreens, wheatgrass and oyster mushrooms.
Meat and Eggs – For the first time we have our pastured pork for sale! Hams, bacon, chops and sausage–all your favorite pork cuts! And of course, our grass-fed lamb and beef, whole chickens and lard, all from Turner Farm. Eggs, both from here and other local farms.

In the Gardens:
The gardens are looking pretty cold and soggy right now… (Not a bad day to be in the office, writing the newsletter!) Thankfully, we already have brought in all of our storage crops for the winter. This includes the delicious carrots I mentioned last time! They are huge this year, but don’t be afraid: they are still tasty all the way through.

A couple of us will be spending the rest of this rainy day in the Mushroom House, inoculating pasteurized straw with oyster mushroom spawn. This structure, new to the farm last winter, will allow us to provide mushrooms for sale all year round, an exciting prospect when considering the dearth of local produce at times during the winter. Oyster mushrooms are so delicate, they rarely can be found in grocery stores, but please give them a try! Their mild flavor is a wonderful addition for everything from pasta to soup, stir-fry, and eggs.

Upcoming Events:

Create an Evergreen Wreath or Centerpiece – Get in the holiday spirit by making your own fresh and fragrant evergreen wreath and/or centerpiece. Presented by Melinda O’Briant, this workshop will teach participants to use balsam, cedar, and juniper boughs and adornments such as handmade bows and pinecones to make a unique wreath and/or centerpiece. Decorate your home with your one-of-a-kind arrangement, or give it to a friend as a fantastic gift. The centerpieces will stay fresh and beautiful through Christmas. The class is offered several different dates and times. Cost is $35.

That’s all for now – Hope you to see you soon around the farm!

Rachel Bellis

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