Winterfell Acres

Brooklyn, WI

A woman-led CSA farm dedicated to bringing you fresh, local and organically grown vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs in three share sizes to fit your eating and cooking goals.

April 2015

Today I write to you from the comfort of our wedding recliner (the recliner we bought after we got married that is) all bundled up with a cup of elderberry tea and my favorite red blanket. As Robert would say, "There's a storm coming, Ned." And indeed there is almost of a week of on and off rain in the forecast. It's chilly and windy out but the transplants are safe and sound in the greenhouse!

Yesterday it was 65 degrees out while Papa Nitz and I measured, sawed and drilled away building my garden cart while Mama Nitz was busy painting the wood in the greenhouse and taking apart the deck (my mom loves destroying things!).

Next week I will begin planting, assuming the soil dries out enough by then! It's best to avoid tilling and walking around in the field when it has rained a lot as it can degrade the soil and it's generally not fun to transplant in the mud. I hope to have your kale, chard, onions and other yummy frost hardy plants in the ground by next week ready for harvest season beginning in June.

Exactly eight weeks until the first CSA shares are delivered! It's amazing how much plant growth will happen within that time period :)

There are many new and exciting updates around the farm these days! The booster pump for the well is being installed today so the plants can be watered weekly, the new ventilation system now has electricity in the greenhouse so I don't have to constantly check the greenhouse temperature and I picked up my new walking tractor last week! And some exciting things can only be conveyed in pictures so enjoy some pictures and ramblings by your farmer below:

TRANSPLANTS are getting so big! I usually water twice per day and I can now visibly see them growing in-between waterings!

TRANSPLANTS are getting so big! I usually water twice per day and I can now visibly see them growing in-between waterings!

T-shirts came in! If you didn't get an order in- don't worry I am going to order more next winter!

T-shirts came in! If you didn't get an order in- don't worry I am going to order more next winter!

Farm dog, Brody, says "Auntie Beth I'm waiting for you in the greenhouse!" He often runs to the greenhouse and sits inside the door waiting for me to water. He's a good farm helper :)

Farm dog, Brody, says "Auntie Beth I'm waiting for you in the greenhouse!" He often runs to the greenhouse and sits inside the door waiting for me to water. He's a good farm helper :)

Crazy to think two weeks ago we got 18+ inches of snow! 

Crazy to think two weeks ago we got 18+ inches of snow! 

Celery usually take 2-3 weeks to germinate and doesn't go in the germination chamber because they germinate better with sunlight. These guys just popped up finally!

Celery usually take 2-3 weeks to germinate and doesn't go in the germination chamber because they germinate better with sunlight. These guys just popped up finally!

Five baby goats! I don't think there is anything cuter on this planet... except maybe five puppies!

Five baby goats! I don't think there is anything cuter on this planet... except maybe five puppies!

Bright Lights chard and various kale varieties (back) are starting to get big!

Bright Lights chard and various kale varieties (back) are starting to get big!

One of my favorites: spinach!

One of my favorites: spinach!