Saturday, February 20, 2016

2016 CSA is Full

 Our 2016 Wildwood CSA farm member share program is now full! Thank you for your overwhelming interest. If you would like to be placed on the priority list for the 2017 season, please email You can find us and fresh fruits and veggies every Saturday from July through October at the Lockport Community Market.

Clockwise: Spring, Summer, Late Summer, Fall Share Examples
How It Works
There are still some memberships for the 2016 season. You and your family can eat healthy and with the seasons. Your membership provides you with 20 weeks of fresh, just-harvested fruits, greens and vegetables. The farm share program runs from mid-June through the end of October. CSA shares are are market-style, not in a box, so members select the items they prefer each week. Included in CSA membership is access to pick-your-own gardens, loaded with culinary herbs, plenty of peas, beans, cherry tomatoes, tomatillos, hot peppers, and beautiful flowers all laid out on the historic farm grounds and orchards. Members will receive a weekly email with information on that week's harvest, a recipe, and a farm updates. Members can see how their community connection directly supports a family farm and helps preserve a local historic landmark!

Pick-You-Own Gardens
To Sign Up
The 2016 season runs for 20 weeks from mid-June through the end of October. Share pick up is on the farm, Thursdays, 2-7pm. Full shares are $535 and Half Shares are $310. Members can add on an Extra Greens Share for $75 for an extra bunch of greens in season (lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, etc.) per week.  You can read more about You can read more about how our CSA works on the webpage:

Pick Up Day in the Share Barn!

To get on the 2017 wait list, please email Membership is reserved when we receive your agreement form and $100 first payment installment. We will send you an email confirmation. Any remaining balance is due by May 1, 2016. We would like to make the CSA membership available to everyone, so please contact us with questions about flexible payment schedules.
Farmers Rich and Bree

Looking forward to sharing the harvest with you!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Pop Up Market!

Saturday December 19, 9am-11:30ish. We will be inside at the divine, delectable Cream & Sugar Cafe with winter veggies like carrots and potatoes and fresh-picked greens like kale and Swiss chard. We will even have some farm fresh eggs. We will have 2016 CSA brochures hot off the presses.
(If you are on the 2016 priority list, don't worry, I will send you an email directly.)
Come enjoy some cafe treats and farm veggies!

Monday, July 27, 2015

CSA Week 7

Happy heat wave! It is doing wonders for our summer crops, even if the farmers are a little warm. A fantastic garlic harvest kicked off harvest season. It starts with the garlic, then we harvest potatoes, then tomatoes, pears, onions...before we know it, we will be harvesting fall squash and apples. 
Garlic harvest 2015

Our potatoes grow on another farm, Singer Farm Naturals, in Appleton that is certified organic (bonus!). We will harvest new potatoes on Tuesday morning and finish right before pick-up starts. You will get to fill up your own quarts, bag them and take them home. Talk about fresh from the field!

 Harvest List: Certified Organic Purple new potatoes, Zucchini, 4 kinds of Summer squash, Cucumbers, Pickling cucumbers, Fresh garlic, Bell peppers, Cabbage, some Carrots, Beets, Asian eggplant, Hot wax peppers, Kohlrabi, Kale, Swiss chard, Collards and the last Peas.

A note on lettuce: There won't be lettuce or mix for a few pick-ups because our next summer planting did not handle the heat. We will have more as soon as they are ready. Thank you for your patience.
Pick-Your-Own Garden: Green & Yellow wax beans are open in the upper u-pick garden! The rows will have a name marker and green flags. It will be a light picking this first week, but check out the blooms; there will be many beans in our future. In the herb garden, the basil is amazing right now, along with chives, lovage, thyme, rosemary, mint, sage, marjoram, both flat leaf and curly parsley, cilantro, dill, lavender and chamomile flowers.

Farm Happenings: We are excited to harvest the first eggplant a whole week earlier than we anticipated. There are several varieties of peppers for you to try this season and two types of eggplant - Asian, a long, slender type that is great grilled or sauteed, and the more familiar Italian comes later.
Speaking of trying new things, we love hearing your stories of a new veggie or recipe you tried and you and your family enjoyed. CSA eating is a big change from supermarket eating. Your experiences of preparing and enjoying great food with locally grown products are really important. Rich and I gain inspiration from your community each week. On pick-up days, we see CSA members chatting, kids check out the chickens together, and folks swap recipes over the cilantro hedge. We are deeply appreciative that the farm is a part of your week. The CSA community is a big part of ours!
Summer harvest

Recipe: Roasted purple potato wedges with garlic and herbs
We have purple potatoes, fresh garlic and fresh herbs - what could be better? Purple potatoes are less starchy than yellow potatoes; they tend to cook faster.

Heat the oven to 400. Cut the potatoes into halves or wedges. Coat them in a mix of olive oil, 3 smashed/minced garlic cloves and rosemary or thyme or both. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Take out, maybe sprinkle with some fresh chopped parsley and serve. OPTIONS: Maybe cut up a bell pepper and roast that with the potatoes. You can also make smashed purple potatoes with garlic and herbs. They also make great fries.
See you in the share barn,
Bree & Rich

Monday, July 20, 2015

CSA Week 6

Hi Everyone,

We just walked inside from transplanting out the last of the fall kohlrabi and boc choi. Finally, all the thousands of seedlings are out of the greenhouse and in the field. And just in time for the start of garlic harvest 2015. The shaded and breezy greenhouse is a perfect place for drying all that garlic for the next few weeks. So far, it's our best garlic harvest ever. Read more about the garlic harvest in the Farm Happenings section below.

Littlest farm helper
Harvesting carrots

Harvest List: Carrots, Fresh garlic, some Bell Peppers (limit 1), Zucchini, 4 kinds of Summer squash, Onion Scallions, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Pickling cucumbers, Radishes, Kohlrabi and greens, Salad turnips, Swiss chard, Kale, and Lettuce heads. There are enough bunches of carrots for every CSA member. Full shares choose 10 items and Half shares choose 5. Extra Greens shares receive more lettuce heads. Fresh garlic is meant to be eaten promptly and won't store well. It has a stronger taste than storage garlic, but mellows when cooked.

Pick-Your-Own: 3 kinds of Basil, Flat leaf parsley, Thyme, Oregano, Mint, some Lavender, Lovage, and Chives. There are some final peas for the intrepid. Looks like the Green & wax beans start next week!

Farm Happenings: We are in the middle of garlic harvest of almost 3,000 plants. We grow four varieties of garlic. German and Siberian are hardneck varieties that withstand our cold
winters. We also grow two "wild" heirloom varieties that we found growing near old burn piles here on the farm. They were probably commercial varieties from previous generations that got thrown out and a few survived near the burn pile.We have cultivated the wild garlic we found for four years, choosing the biggest, healthiest cloves to plant each year. We are very pleased with this year's harvest! The wild garlic has a lovely purple skin and rich garlic flavor that you will get to taste no where else but here. 

Recipe: Three delicious summer squash recipes are available, shared by your fellow CSA members! Calabasitas con Queso, Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, and Turkey Santa Fe Zucchini Boats. I will make copies and put them on the counter in the share barn.

Fall Crops are planted!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Happy Summer Solstice

Rows and rows of tomatoes - 12 varieties in all

Onions growing in bio-degradable plastic, seems to be minimizing weed pressure

Mowing down the buckwheat cover crop in the fall field

Plowing under the mowed cover crop in the fall field

Cheery little calendula bloom

Sunday, June 7, 2015

CSA starts Tuesday June 16 and Thursday June 18

Hello Members,
Welcome to Wildwood CSA. Share pick up will begin on Tuesday June 16 and Thursday June 18. Pick-up hours are 3-7pm at the farm. 248 N. Adam Street, Lockport. 
Planting peppers over Memorial Day 2015
Irrelevant irrigation on lettuce rows in early June

We have been busy planting, irrigating, weeding and getting everything ready to open up the farm. Our first few weeks of shares will feature lots of greens like Boc choi, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, collards and lettuce. Greens have great cleansing and fortifying properties - perfect for Spring. There will also be broccoli, cabbage, Chinese kale, kohlrabi, radishes, beets and carrots. The pick-your-own garden has lovely spring oregano, mint, cilantro, chives and lovage. Mint water is refreshing after a good day's work. Snap peas are climbing and should be ready to pick in a couple weeks. Look for an email from us this Tuesday with more details and CSA information. Looking forward to sharing the harvest with you!

 The weather is giving us whiplash this Spring. In May, there were 90 degree days and now in early  June we are trying to plant between rain deluges. That said, the farm is looking pretty good. We planted in our new fields that were cleared in 2012. Hard to believe the fields were overgrown woods just a few years ago. So far, the Spring crops are growing well. The summer tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and first squash and cucumbers are, too. As we expected, there is intense weed pressure in the new fields. We have planted cover crops on next year's fields to help manage the weeds and add nutrients for next year.

This year we are planting our biggest crop to date. Almost 1,000 tomatoes are in the ground! The workload has benefited from our newest piece of equipment: the transplanter. (Seen in the photo above.) We can now plant young seedlings in less than 1/5 the time it used to take us transplanting by hand. It has been a great time-saver, and back-saver!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

CSA 2015 is Now Full

Lettuce Mix ready to harvest
Our 2015 CSA season is now full! Thank you to all our new and returning members. We are looking forward to a great season and to sharing the harvest with you.
If you are interested joining the CSA, please email or call to be added to the 2015 wait list and 2016 priority list.
You can still find our fresh, organically grown produce at the Lockport Community Market on Saturdays, 9am-2pm from Saturday July 4 - Saturday, October 3.
Thank you for supporting your local farm!

Fields prepped for the season
Tractor implements ready to work