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Posted 6/3/2017 6:13am by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

It was a nice cool and crisp morning as we unloaded and set up everything today for the market.  However,l I don't think it will take long for it to warm up.  Hot humid days are rough on produce so I suggest you come as early as possible.

I thought last week would be the last for asparagus but it turns out that we have more for you this week.  A nice surprise for all of us.

When you come this morning to pick up your CSA or shop the market you may have the opportunity to meet Samantha Timko. She is going to help out this morning for a couple of hours.  Sam is one of our workers this year and is doing an incredible job on the farm helping us implement some of our new strategies. Her background and training are in the culinary arts but she just got back to Louisville last month after spending six months working on an organic farm in south Texas.

We have a couple of other excellent helpers this summer and I will be introducing them to you as we progress throughout the season.  Finding good labor is always a challenge and we feel very fortunate to have Sam, Ashley and Jeremy as a part of our farming family this year.

The dry weather last week enabled us to get some more ground prepared and we should be getting more plants in the ground next week.  We have a lot of tomato plants sitting out ready for planting so hopefully we can accomplish it next week.

We are going to try a different method in the high tunnel this year to help with weed management.  On Friday, Ashley and Jeremy worked on laying out the rows and applying compost.  Once the irrigation system is set up I am going to cover the entire area with landscape fabric.  I will then burn holes through the fabric to make a place to plant.  I am excited about this and it is one of the many new adventures we are taking this year in an effort to improve our efficiency and quality.

So, come see us today at the market.  In addition to the organic produce we will also have organic herbs for you to plant (either in individual pots or in the beautiful herb boxes we make from repurposed wood from the farm) as well as compost boxes and birdhouses (also made from wood from the farm).

Thanks for your support of our local, organic farm.

Larry and Beth Brandenburg

Harmony Fields Farm

Posted 5/12/2017 9:03pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

We will be at the St. Matthew's Farmer's Market tomorrow from 8:00-12:00 with the freshest local, organic produce available.  Today we cut the heirloom lettuce Black Seeded Simpson.  It is incredibly delicious and works in salads as well as lettuce for sandwiches and burgers.  It has taste and nutrition.  Don't miss out on it.

We will also have Gourmet Mix which includes several varieties of different colors.  This is a great salad mix.  Don't miss out on it.

This spring has been very odd.  Summer like temperatures in April and a frost this past Monday, May 8, when we got down to 34 degrees. Fortunately none of our stuff was effected.  We know better than be fooled by the weather.

However, our asparagus was fooled.  It stared producing in late March!!  So, we will have asparagus available tomorrow.  This is the only local, organic asparagus in our area.

We are also going to have some apple mint. Now, you may think that mint season is over (mint juleps) but our apple mint has many uses. For more information go to onlyfoods.net and read about this wonderful plant.

We will also have our herb boxes, compost bins, and bird houses made from repurposed wood from the farm.  Most of these items have been made by my 85 yr old father-in-law who is an amazing craftsman.  Maybe you need a Mother's Day gift?  And, Beth will have some flower bouquets available also,

If you are interested in joining our 2017 local, organic CSA, please let us know.  You can talk to us at the market or email us or call us.

Also, in a few weeks we will be taking some of our grass-fed cattle off for processing.  Individual cuts will be available at the market but if you are interested in  1/4, 1/2 or a whole cow, please let us know.  Buying in bulk is the most affordable way to provide wonderful grass-fed, grass-finished beef for your family,

We hope to see you tomorrow,  Even if you don't need anything, please stop by to visit.

Larry and Beth Brandenburg

Posted 5/1/2017 3:51pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

We are excited to be up and running for our 2017 CSA.  Our prices will be the same as last year, $375 for a half share and this year we will give you a break on a full share for $725.

We are looking forward to a great year.  Some of the labor challenges we had last year have been solved and we are increasing production.

If you know others who might be interested, we will be open to adding more people this year.

We have begun implementing a new bio-intensive method which we believe will help us improve quality and quantity of our produce.  We are especially excited about some new weed control methods using silage tarps to smoother weeds and flame weeding in conjunction with stale bed techniques.  The bio-intensive method involves closer plant spacing to create more plant canopy to shade out weeds.  This requires more soil nutrients and we have pouring on the compost and composted chicken manure.  Recently had 40,000 lbs. of certified organic compost delivered via a three axle dump truck!

One other thing we are excited about this year is that Larry is going to part-time status with his "in-town" job which means he can be full time on the farm.  This will open up many more opportunities for him to manage and guide our farm.

Also, as I mentioned before, we are happy to have a couple of former employees join us again this year.  You will be hearing more about them soon.

If you would like to continue this year, please go ahead and send us a check make out to Harmony Fields Farm and mail to us at:

Harmony Fields Farm

5686 Finchville Rd.

Shelbyville, KY 40065

 

Also, we will be sending some beef off for processing in the next few weeks.  If you are interested in grass-fed, grass-finished beef, please let us know.  We can price out whole, half and quarters if you are interested.  Or, we will have individual cuts available at the market 

Thanks for your support!

Larry and Beth Brandenburg

 

 

Posted 5/20/2016 8:38pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

We will be at the St. Matthew's Farmers Market tomorrow from 8:00-noon.  

Come early if you want to get the most wonderful fresh, organic asparagus you have ever tasted.  It always goes quickly.

We will also have Kale and Lettuce as well as many vegetable and herb transplants.  Maybe this year you would like to have your own culinary herb garden.  We have something to meet this need.  Come talk to Beth about our Herb Boxes.

Thank you for supporting local organic agriculture.  Without you we would not be here.

See ya tomorrow.

Larry and Beth

Posted 3/18/2016 11:16pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

I apologize for the late hour.  I have just now come in.  Have been on the tractor since early this afternoon. Farmers must take advantage of any window of opportunity provided by Mother Nature.  It has been wet for a long time now but finally we have had some warm temperatures and wind and no rain.  This has allowed the ground to dry out and given me the chance to work some ground in anticipation of planting later this spring. I'm not yet done but should be finished in a couple of hours.  Thank goodness for lights on the John Deere!

We are beginning to make plans for our 2016 Organic CSA.  If you are interested, please let us know immediately.  

We will be at the winter farmer's market tomorrow in the gym at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church, 311 Browns Lane from 10:00-1:00.

Recently Beth came upon he following quote from Wendell Berry (from "The Pleasures of Eating"):

"If you have a yard or even just a porch box or a pot in a sunny window, grow something to eat in it.  Make a little compost of your kitchen scraps and use it for fertilizer."

For the past few months we have been putting together herb and lettuce boxes for you to grow your own food in your home.  We also have been making compost boxes to sit on your kitchen counter.  Beth was excited when she saw this quote since it supports the efforts we have been making to enable you to be more sustainable in your own home.

Please come see us tomorrow at the winter market and check out our herb and lettuce boxes and compost bins.  Also, let us know if you are interested in our 2016 CSA.

Thank you for supporting local, organic food in your community.

Larry and Beth Brandenburg

Posted 2/5/2016 9:06pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

Last week Beth and I had the opportunity to attend the annual conference of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group.  Over 1500 sustainable and organic farmers from the south (Teas to Virginia) convened in Lexington, KY to talk and learn from from each other.  It was an incredible opportunity for us and we profited greatly from it.  Unfortunately, we had to miss last week's market.  However, we will be there tomorrow.  Please come out and support us.  !0:00-1:00 at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church, 311 Browns Lane.  In the gym.  Indoors.  Really nice.  Come see us.

Your Friends,

Larry and Beth Brandenburg

Harmony Fields Farm

Posted 1/22/2016 8:57pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

I'm afraid that the indoor Winter Farmer's Market at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church has been cancelled for tomorrow, Saturday, January 23.  Please stay safe during these days of weather uncertainty.  The only advantage for us is that it has given us time to work our way through all the seed catalogs that have been arriving.  Looking forward to the spring and summer crops!

Larry and Beth

Posted 1/8/2016 8:34pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

We are so happy that we have an opportunity to offer an indoor winter farmers market in 2016.  

 

It may take us a couple of months to get our winter produce ready but in the meantime you can support us with by checking out what we have available for the the next mont or two.

If you wish to brighten up the winter months, consider purchasing a beautiful box of paperwhite narcissus flowers in the the early stage of blooms.  They will bring you joy during the dark days of winter and then can be re-used with herbs for the spring and summer seasons.  

Also, you may want to consider one of our herb boxes for winter culinary use or our counter top compost bins which will help you be better stewards of kitchen waste.

The winter season is especially hard on our feathered friends.  One of our handcrafted bird houses from re-purposed wood from our farm would make a wonderful addition to  your home or a gift for a friend or family member.

Plese come see us tomorrow from 10:00-1:00 at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church, 311 Browns Lane Louisville, KY 40207.

Larry and Beth Brandenburg

Posted 10/9/2015 9:02pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

Thank you for supporting Harmony Fields Farm this year.  Without you we would not be able to provide local, organic food for our community.  

Tomorrow will be the last day for the St. Matthew's Farmer's Market.

Please come out for your last chance to get some wonderful certified organic potatoes and winter squash.  We also will have the last of the cherry tomatoes and some San Marzano paste tomatoes.  We also will have sweet potatoes.

In case you have been thinking about one of our organic herb boxes or the beautiful compost boxes, this may be your last chance to get one this year.  Either one would make a great present.  Christmas is almost here!!!

We will be at the market from 8:00-noon.  Please come by and visit with us.

Again, thank you for a great year.

 

Larry and Beth Brandenburg

Posted 5/8/2015 9:00pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

After a long cold winter and a long wet spring, finally you have to opportunity for fresh, local organic produce.

Tender and sweet asparagus that melts in your mouth.  Lettuce that is nutrient dense and doesn't need to be loaded up with salad dressing to have flavor.  Radishes pulled from rich organic soil today and Kale, Mint and Spinach.

Need a hint for Mother's Day?  How about a beautiful herb or lettuce box sourced from sustainable wood from the family farm.

You will find us in our normal spot tomorrow from 8:00 a.m.-noon at the market.

Come taste the freshness of the new spring.  Organic style.

Larry

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