Thursday, August 21, 2014

3701 S. Schultz-Portage Road
Elmore, OH 43416 · 419-862-3576

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Kurt’s Tribute to Ms. Ashleigh

August 17, 2014 by  
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Howdy everyone. Well it is my honor to bid farewell to one of our many superstar staffers. This coming week will be Ashleigh’s last on our farm. Ashleigh will be moving south of the Mason Dixon line to attend the University of Kentucky. She came to us as a shy and quiet sophomore in high […]

Tools for DeKerneling Corn

August 17, 2014 by  
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By this time of year, you may be developing a backlog of sweet corn in your fridge. A great way to preserve this corn for later use is to blanch and freeze it. Corinna posted a very helpful video on the SLF YouTube channel with details on the process, so check that out if you’re […]

Let’s Hear it for Melons!

August 17, 2014 by  
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It’s melon season! Yes, those delicious, thirst-quenching, sweet, heavy melons don’t come to your table easy. Bench Farms on St. Rte. 2 (our parents) grow our melons for our fruit share. They have about 3 acre of their land (adjacent to ours in Elmore) under production for that purpose. They grow watermelons (orange, yellow, reds, […]

An Interview with Susan Ruff

August 17, 2014 by  
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Each week, we’ll be spotlighting one of our farm staff or CSA member families, to get to know our farm family community. This week, our featured staffer is Susan Ruff. Susan is one of the 4 packing team leaders on our staff, who works predominantly in the packing shed bagging and packing the produce. She […]

Kurt’s Crop Journal Week 11

August 17, 2014 by  
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Growing Degree day: 1979 (about 100 behind last year) Rain: 0.7 inch We had some rain early in the week. Missed the 5 inches my sister got in Perrysburg thankfully. Still working on getting old crop areas cleaned up. Seeding more fall and winter crops. Josiah and I did some cultivating. Repaired the John Deere […]

The Braconid Wasp — A Farmer’s Friend

August 17, 2014 by  
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While perusing the tomato fields this week, we came across a freakish site: a tomato horn worm, chomping its way through our tomato plant. But this was no ordinary worm, munching his way through our tomato plants. This worm was coated with white cylindrical, tumor-like growths. What could they be? Enter the Braconid Wasp. These […]

Kurt Waxes Poetic about Family

August 10, 2014 by  
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Happy Sunday everyone! Had a scare with my dad Big Dave this past week. He was admitted into the hospital Friday night and was released late evening the same day. Having some health issues. This week I was reminded of how on a farm operation, family takes care of family. With dad out of commission […]

Bulk Sweet Corn Available for Purchase in Online Store

August 10, 2014 by  
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BULK SWEET CORN AND APPLES FOR SALE IN ONLINE STORE: This is the best time to buy bulk corn ears from Bench Farms as the ears are still nice and big in August. The cost is $25 for a bushel of corn — that’s 65 ears. It comes in a giant netted bag. We also […]

Interview with One of our Own: Jahnine Blosser

August 10, 2014 by  
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Each week, we’ll be spotlighting one of our farm staff or CSA member families, to get to know our farm family community. This week, our featured staffer is Jahnine Blosser. Jahnine won the “most valuable player” award at our staff awards ceremony last year, for her hard work ethic, prolific enthusiasm for our farm, her […]

Kurt’s Crop Journal, Week 10

August 10, 2014 by  
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Growing Degree Days: 1843 Rainfall: 0.3” Lower than normal temps. Harvested quite a few shallots and onions that will be moved into the greenhouse to be cured. Garlic has about one more week in the barn before we will clean and grade all of the bulbs by hand. Sam and I picked hornworms off the […]

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