Newsletter 7-25-17


Friend or foe? The answer isn’t always so clear.

Take for instance the caterpillar that has spent many days getting big and fat chomping on our parsley. When discovered and pulled off mid-snack, this colorful chunker was dutifully returned to continue his gorging. Why not terminate with extreme prejudice?

Allegiances shift quickly in the summer garden. The weeds that were choking out your carrots will be tilled under and provide nourishment for a future crop. The trees that blocked out much-needed sunshine in May and June are now providing a shady canopy that keeps the lettuce from bolting. And the psychedelic caterpillar that eats our herbs will soon bundle up for a midsummer cocoon nap and emerge as a swallowtail butterfly, a prodigious pollinator that will keep fruiting and flowering plants going late into the season.

It’s like Game of Thrones with less dragons and more dragonflies. Friend one day, foe the next.

Volunteers needed
Melinda will be hosting volunteers in Front Field South from 6:30 pm until dark on Wednesday, July 26. The goal of the work party will be getting control of the weeds that are threatening the flowers in the field. Drop an email to her if you can make it:

Upcoming classes

Muddlers and Mixers 2: Summer Drink Night at Turner Farm

6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, August 11

You asked for another round and Turner Farm is mixing it up again. Farmer and Cincinnati mixologist Joshua Jones is hosting another round of this wildly popular farm-to-tumbler class.

Join in the step-by-step preparation of three sensational summer drinks using fresh farm ingredients. You’ll learn to make:

Summertime Sangria

Gather around the porch with a delicious summer cocktail, this sangria is sweet yet effervescent, with a kiss of citrus and the bold flavors that the Malbec provides. This sangria is sure to be a hit at your next backyard party.

Pink Lady

A Turner Farm twist on an old classic, our pink lady uses house made grenadine made from fresh local tart cherries. Smooth as silk with a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness, this gorgeous cocktail is sure to please.

Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Fresh squeezed lemonade, hand-picked mint, and exquisitely ripened blueberries make this adult lemonade perfect for any occasion. Sweetness of the ripened berries and the tartness of our house lemonade make this an instant favorite.

This one-of-a-kind learning and entertainment event will also feature light appetizers for your enjoyment. Don’t miss out on these warm weather treats featuring fresh ingredients in Turner Farm’s new Teaching Kitchen and Studio Barn.

Cost: $45
The Forgotten Flavor of Lamb

6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 15

Are you missing out on the most delectable local meat available? In recent years, American food culture has done little to embrace lamb, despite its amazingly delicate flavor and its role in many international cuisines.

Chef Stephanie Michalak will offer The Forgotten Flavor of Lamb as a hands-on workshop to demystify cooking this under-appreciated meat. Participants will learn fundamental cookery skills including roasting, grilling, and searing. The class will also discuss common lamb cuts, varietals of lamb, and popular ways to cook lamb as well as traditional flavor pairings.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding the common cuts and varietals of lamb
  • Knowing what traditional flavor combinations go well with lamb
  • Recognizing best cooking practices for various cuts of lamb
  • Better pairing vegetable side dishes to properly cooked lamb
  • Preparing lovable lamb dishes

The class will include a dinner of delicious lamb-based dishes as well as a crisp, nutritious salad. Wine will also be available during the dinner portion for of age participants.

Cost: $90

Stocking a Healthy Pantry

6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, August 24

Is your pantry optimized for health-focused meal planning? Join Chef Stephanie Michalak for a review of the basics of a well-stocked pantry and the often-overlooked art of planning, preparing and purchasing for your family’s needs.

This class will discuss essential staples, pricing and purchasing, meal planning, and organization in a pantry to maximize its utility.  Participants evaluate their own home’s pantry needs and learn to create speedy, nutritious, and simple snacks and meals. The class will cover grain and legume cookery before giving participant hands-on experience making: granola, hummus, and a wheatberry salad. Participants will also be able to take their granola home.

A delicious meal, including a grilled chicken and winter wheatberry salad, will be offered.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hone your home enrichment skills with Chef Stephanie.

Cost: $65

Wellness at Turner Farm 
Join the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness at Turner Farm for our summer-fall Community Education Series. Each program takes place on a Thursday afternoon 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and includes a farm-fresh lunch.

  • August 17 – Integrative Nutrition for Cancer with John Sacco MD–Optimize your diet to work for you. Our body’s ability to fight disease and inflammation can be enhanced by the foods we eat. Dr. Sacco will show participants how to design an appropriate diet for cancer treatment, survival and risk reduction.
  • September 21 – Mindfulness for Stress Reduction with Sian Cotton PhD–Is an inability to focus on the present moment having a negative impact on your physical and mental health? Join Dr. Cotton as she teaches strategies to build a healthier life through mindful stress management.

Cost: $55 per class

Start Your Fall and Winter Garden Now

Wednesday, August 16, 6:30-8 p.m.
Come to Turner Farm for a how-to gardening class taught by our own Melinda O’Briant. Plant now to have salads all winter. With fewer pests and weeds, it’s easy to grow lettuce and spinach in cooler weather. We will also discuss other fall and winter crops, including carrots, broccoli, kale, cilantro, arugula and more.  All levels of experience are welcome!

Cost: $15
To register, visit

Building Soils with Cover Crops

Wednesday, September 6, 6:30-8 p.m.
Learn to put cover crops to work for you this fall and winter! Cover crops suppress weeds, kill disease organisms, add nitrogen to soil and make your garden more productive and healthy next season. Melinda O’Briant will cover when, why and how to use cover crops. Each participant will receive enough fall cover crop seed to cover 200 sq. ft. of garden space.

Cost: $15
To register, visit

In the Farm Market
Certified Organic Produce – VEGGIES: tomatoes, green tomatoes and ripe seconds, eggplant, green beans, zucchini, summer squash, tomatillos, cucumbers, celery, okra, carrots, beets, swiss chard, kale, collard greens, cabbage, the last of the kohlrabi, green onions, sweet onions, hot peppers and sweet peppers HERBS: cilantro, parsley, basil MUSHROOMS: oyster, shiitake

Flowers –Nasturtiums

Meat and Eggs –Pastured pork and lamb, all from Turner Farm. Frozen chicken and chicken feet are in stock. Our own farm eggs are also available.

In the Gardens
The garden crew is working hard to bring in an amazing summer bounty. Sweet corn has been coming on heavily over the last few weeks. We’re also spending extra time giving some TLC to the popcorn so that our upcoming harvest is stronger than last year’s haul. winter squash and pumpkins are in the ground and fall brassicas are being started in the greenhouse.

Despite the heat, our garden crew, volunteers and CSA members have been doing an amazing job making a dent in the weed pressure. We are blessed by such a strong community!

Hope to see you soon!

Turner Farm Crop Production Team

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