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Posted 9/23/2017 6:37am by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

Just a quick note about today.  

It isn't going to feel like the second day of fall so come early if you can before it gets too hot.

We will be keeping the beef cold for you so come check out some steaks, roasts or ground beef.

Lots of vegetables today.  Tomatoes, Lettuce, Squash, Fairy Tale Eggplant, lots of different kinds of peppers, Winter Squash, Green Beans, Swiss Chard and other good things.

Beth will also have many beautiful flowers available as well as her Herb boxes and individual herbs.

Hope to see everyone today.

Larry

Posted 9/15/2017 10:12pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

I guess that summer decided to make one last appearance before fall officially comes in next week.  I think it will be good for our tomatoes.  Even though I have very much enjoyed the cooler temperatures, our friends in the Nightshade family have not. They have been hanging around for a some time in the green stage but hopefully will go red with the warmer temperatures.

We actually have a tomato that is green that is supposed to be green.  It is called a Green Zebra and it is solid green throughout.  It is a wonderfully sweet and juicy fruit, especially when used as a salad tomato.

Speaking of salads, we will have four varieties of lettuce tomorrow.  Lettuce really enjoys the cool weather so I guess it's a trade off.  This lettuce must be really good because the deer sure have been enjoying it.  They come up and eat the middle right out of it.  Ruins it for us but I guess it gives them good nutrition.  Fortunately we have planted enough that we can harvest some for you too.

Beets and Swiss chard are in the same family.  And it seems they decided to be ready at the same time.  We are pulling the beets as "baby" beets so you can also use the tops as greens.  Kind of like a two for one special.  Swiss Chard is just really pretty.  And tasty.

In addition to the Green Zebra tomatoes, we will have several heirloom as well as our ever popular cherry tomatoes. One of the restaurants we do business with bought 30 pints this week and told me they were the best tomatoes they have bought all year!  I do think they are really good.  We will have about 60 pints tomorrow.

We have started to sell our grass-fed, grass finished beef.  The ground beef we have is an 80/20 grind which is a perfect mix of of lean and fat.  That results in an incredibly juicy and flavorful burger.  I gave a pound to one of the chefs we do business with and he was very impressed. I actually think he was surprised at how good grass fed beef could be . Perhaps he will become a convert! We will also have some ribeye steaks and roasts.  If you have never cooked grass-fed beef before, please ask me how to do it.  It requires some different techniques than cooking with factory farmed industrial beef.

Weather should be nice tomorrow.  If you are tailgating at the big game, come early and get some ground beef to grill.  We will have a lot of other stuff too so swing on by and say "Hey."  

Thank you for your support.

Larry

Posted 9/9/2017 6:20am by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

The Fairy Tale Eggplant will be back this week.  They sold out quickly last time and I anticipate the same today.  Don't miss out on them!

Our delicious grass fed ground beef will be available today.  It comes in one pound packages and makes incredibly flavorful burgers.  In addition to the wonderful taste, you are getting the healthy advantages of higher Omega 3 fats (the good fat!) and the comfort that comes from knowing no antibiotics, steroids or hormones have ever been used in this beef.

If you are craving a salad this week then try out some of our Romaine lettuce (harvested yesterday) along with heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers.

It looks like today will be a beautiful day to get out and enjoy the cool fresh air and sunshine.  Beth will have several beautiful bouquets to add to the brightness of your day.  Take one home with you today.

Come see us. We love visiting with you and sharing stories with each other as we are all on this journey to make our world a better place.

Larry

Posted 9/2/2017 6:28am by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

In case you were wondering, the St. Matthew's market is open for business this morning.  Rain or shine.

I will admit that it was not much fun harvesting and preparing for the market in the pouring rain yesterday.

I will admit that I didn't enjoy the drive into Louisville this morning in the rain on wet roads.

I will admit that unloading and setting up was challenging in the cold wind rain.

I will admit that I am tempted to say how hard all of this is and how unfair that we have all of this wonderful food to share with others today and yet there will probably be a small crowd'

I will admit that we will probably not make as much money as usual.

I will admit that in spite of all the above there is one word that puts everything in perspective for me.

Houston.

So, I am thankful today that we have produce, flowers and meat and a bunch of other stuff for anyone who comes today.

I am thankful that we have transportation to get us to the market and tents to set up to shelter us from the weather.

I am than thankful that however much money we make today, it will be enough.

I hope you will be able to make it out today.  We are excited to have grass-fed, grass-finished ground beef available.  We are also excited to have lettuce once again.  We are excited about all the other produce we will have and Beth's lovely flowers.

And let's all continue to pray and support all those effected by Harvey in Texas and other states.

Hope to see all of you today.

Larry

Posted 8/25/2017 9:09pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

We are really excited about tomorrow's market.  We will have squash and zucchini from our succession planting as well as our cherry tomatoes (always in demand).  Our large tomatoes are starting to produce as well as green and yellow beans.  This year we have grown a new variety of eggplant that is incredibly tender and sweet.  Much smaller fruit than the traditional eggplant and I think you will enjoy it very much.  In addition to our "normal" cucumbers, we will also have the heirloom Boothby Blonde variety.  if you have not had these you are in for a pleasant surprise.

I'm sure there are other things I am forgetting.  It has been a really long day.  Next week we will have grass fed beef for you.  More about that next week.

It has been a good week for us and we look forward to sharing the bounty with you this week.

Come see us!

Larry

Posted 8/19/2017 6:14am by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

Come see us today and enjoy some fine summer produce.  Tender yellow beans look and taste great in a salad or cooked down.  Also have the regular green bean variety.  Picked fresh this week and ready to go.

Our succession planting of yellow squash is now producing some delicious, tasty and tender fruits.  There are lots of ways to turn these into an incredible summer lunch or supper.

Cherry tomatoes will also be available today. These wonderful little bursts of flavor are some of our most popular tomatoes.  All our tomatoes are close to being ready but these little guys seem to want to be the first on you plate this year.

The Basil is still going strong.  We only have nineteen bags of these to sell today so please come early if you need some.  Beth harvested it last night around 7:00 and not only does is smell and taste heavenly, but it is hard to get any fresher than picked last night.

And, we will continue to have potted organic herbs and all the wood products that so many of you have come to love and utilize to make your life happier and the world a better place.

I told you last week that we were taking some grass fed/grass finished cattle in for processing this week.  They were delivered to the processor on Monday and I will let you know when we will be selling individual cuts at the market.  If you are still interested in saving some money by buying in bulk (eight, quarter, halves, whole) please let me know (if you haven't already) as the butchering will begin this week.  It can save you money, even if you have to purchase a freezer for storage.

Thank you for supporting local, organic food.

Thank you for supporting Harmony Fields Farm.

Larry

Posted 8/12/2017 6:27am by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

Fresh produce we will have at the market today are squash, zucchini, basil and cucumbers. Also will have some lovely flower bouquets that Beth has arranged.  The herb boxes are really popular and we had to make some more this week to meet the demand. Check them out today.

As I have been sharing with you, we are transitioning to a new production model based on bio-intensive methods.  The basic idea is to increase production and quality on a smaller plot of land.  Permanent raised beds are formed and given a healthy amount of compost and composted chicken manure.  This increases fertility and soil organic matter. There is no deep tillage after the beds are formed.  A power harrow is used to work one inch of the top of the soil.  This is to disturb the weed seeds and keep them from germinating.  Seeds and plants are spaced close together so that the will provide a solid canopy to shade out weeds.  When the crops are harvested, the plot is covered with a silage tarp for 4-6 weeks to smother out any weeds and then the tarp is removed and the process is repeated.  It has been a learning experience for us and it has also put us about month behind on our production.  However, we are within a week or two of having some our normal summer crops ready. And, the good news is we are really ramping up for fall production and are planting every week in anticipation of this.  

We are considering offering a fall CSA based on what we believe will be a very productive fall.  And, we are taking some cattle off for processing this week and should have grass fed beef available.  If you are interested in buying in large quantities (whole, half or quarter) let me know. I should have pricing figured out by Tuesday.

Come see us today at the market.  Should be a beautiful day!

Larry

Posted 8/5/2017 6:24am by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

Today is going to be another beautiful day for you you to come out and explore the farmer's market.  It is August. It is Kentucky. And it is nice to have these occasional breaks from the normal stifling heat.

Next week we will find out if we have been successful in a new method of weed control.  In early July we covered a section of land with a 50'X100' silage tarp.  That's about an eighth of an acre. I had prepared the soil and shaped 10 one hundred foot raised beds.  After the weeds and grass began to emerge we took this large tarp (black on one side, white on the other) and spread it over this section with the black side up.  Then we let the sun and high temperatures (mostly in the 90's) do its thing -- baking those plants and destroying the growth.  I am very anxious to to pull the tarp off next week and see how it looks.  Hopefully we will be able to go in and plant and our plants will have enough of a head start that they will be able to grow and establish a canopy to shade out any weeds.  I am excited to see how this works and we will know soon as we have about 1200 lettuce heads ready to go in the ground!

A lot of people come by the market to buy potted herbs.  If you like to cook there is nothing quite like snipping off a fresh sprig of Rosemary or a few leaves of Basil.  If you haven't checked out the herb boxes Beth puts together, come by and take a look. It might inspire you to new culinary heights.

Larry

Posted 8/5/2017 6:24am by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

Today is going to be another beautiful day for you you to come out and explore the farmer's market.  It is August. It is Kentucky. And it is nice to have these occasional breaks from the normal stifling heat.

Next week we will find out if we have been successful in a new method of weed control.  In early July we covered a section of land with a 50'X100' silage tarp.  That's about an eighth of an acre. I had prepared the soil and shaped 10 one hundred foot raised beds.  After the weeds and grass began to emerge we took this large tarp (black on one side, white on the other) and spread it over this section with the black side up.  Then we let the sun and high temperatures (mostly in the 90's) do its thing -- baking those plants and destroying the growth.  I am very anxious to to pull the tarp off next week and see how it looks.  Hopefully we will be able to go in and plant and our plants will have enough of a head start that they will be able to grow and establish a canopy to shade out any weeds.  I am excited to see how this works and we will know soon as we have about 1200 lettuce heads ready to go in the ground!

A lot of people come by the market to buy potted herbs.  If you like to cook there is nothing quite like snipping off a fresh sprig of Rosemary or a few leaves of Basil.  If you haven't checked out the herb boxes Beth puts together, come by and take a look. It might inspire you to new culinary heights.

Larry

Posted 7/22/2017 6:27am by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

The heat and humidity this week has made many of us think how nice that air conditioned office job would be! This morning we helped one of our fellow farmers unload and set-up. He spent some time in the hospital this week with heat stroke.  We usually can get ahead of the heat by starting early in the morning but the past couple of days it hasn't been much of a break.  When we arrived at the market this morning it was already eighty degrees!

So, come as early as possible this morning if you want to get the freshest produce.  We will have Basil, Zucchini, Potatoes and Blackberries as well as a few flower bouquets. It's not to let to buy some potted herbs or take home one of our handcrafted herb boxes.

I hope we get some cooler temperatures and rain next week.  We have over six hundred transplants of "fall" produce we need to get in the ground but it is just too hot right now.  All the summer crops are coming along well and we should harvesting them soon if the deer will leave them alone.  We lost all of the beets to the deer.  

Stay cool.

Larry 

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