Such an ambiguous title, I know, but too many unrelated events have happened of late – and I’m a lousy blogger, so one after another, the topics accumulate before I ever mention them- necessitating a broad, overarching title to encompass them all.
One very exciting event was the harvest and tasting of our very first fig! (remember those figs I got back in March?) This fig came from a tree given to me by a fine Italian gentleman from Rochester; the tree was from his father who brought it from Italy. It’s specific varietal name has been lost, but its legacy lives on in my hoop house. It gave us one fig which we carefully divided into 8 pieces so each of us could have our first taste of a home-grown fig (not including the figs I stole off my great-grandmother’s tree in the dim recesses of my memory). Here is a picture of the prize:
We have since eaten another fig off of a different little tree. I’m looking forward to next year when the harvest should be at least double this year’s
Another big event on the farm was the Tour de Farms. There were about 350 riders this year, so to make it all work out smoother, the organizers divided the participants into 3 smaller groups. After we closed the stand that day, Mark and I rode a tandem bike out to Alden to join the group for dinner at the Ole’s farm. The weather was beautiful and the ride lovely – a pleasant activity to fill out our Saturday. This year’s event was sold out, so get your tickets early next year.
Many of you may recall that earlier this year we held a competition for artists to design and create a new sign for the farm, replacing the original one that was falling apart. Lori Wagner from Darien, NY won that contest and has been diligently working on the sign all summer. Yesterday, we proudly mounted the new sign on its posts just in time for UB’s “My Future Ex” art exhibit tour on Saturday. Thanks Lori! It looks great! And a big thank you to the Tapestry Charter School who raised the money to pay for the new sign and who selected our winner.
Speaking of “My Future Ex”, here is a sneak preview of our first art installation in the process of being assembled: a nifty kaleidoscope created by Oreen Cohen.
The two artists, Oreen Cohen and Tamara Suber, will be here on Saturday, October 5, between 11:00 and 3:00 to talk about their sculptures There will also be a performance by Johannes Zits taking place on the farm during the day. For more information about the entire exhibition visit: http://www.ubartgalleries.org/?gallery=art&select=event&eventID=260
The sculptures on our farm will remain in place for awhile, so feel free to come by and take a look through the kaleidoscope and check out the sculpture by Tamara Suber.
Besides harvesting onions, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, dried beans, garden huckleberries, elderberries, manning the Saturday stand, canning and preserving, enjoying our annual Allegany trip, hosting a work group from UB, packing CSA’s each week, figs, art and signs, it’s been a quiet late summer. We sure have enjoyed the nice balance of sunshine and rain this season.
Our Saturday on-site stand is officially closed. Not much left out there to offer for sale, although we do still need to harvest a few things for our personal use this winter. There will be one more volunteer work day coming up on the 12th, the second Saturday of October, from 9 – 12. There is a bit of seasonal clean-up to be done and potatoes to dig. Anybody know of a functional potato plow we could buy for a reasonable price? It would sure be nice to find one.
Well, here it is again . . . another second Saturday. Normal second Saturdays are volunteer days as well as our usual stand being open. This week will bring another, exciting element: Tour de Farms. Check out this link: https://www.facebook.com/TourDeFarmsBuffalo , also: https://www.facebook.com/TourDeFarmsBuffalo This tour has been visiting our farm for the last 4 or 5 years and we have seen it grow from just a handful of riders to apparently 350 riders this year – a sold-out crowd.
So, you can see the tour come through and help us out at the same time by joining us for our second Saturday volunteer day from 9:00 until 12:00. We’ll need help cleaning out and preparing beds for fall planting and cleaning out old spent plants from the hoop house so I can put in my winter greens.
See you Saturday,
The Wilson Street Urban Farm is pleased to announce its collaboration with the UB Art Gallery to be one of the sites for installations during the art exhibition entitled “My Future Ex”. Tamara Suber, from Philadelphia, Oreen Cohen, from Pittsburg, , and Johannes Zits, from Toronto, will each be displaying their unique artwork on our site. Please follow the link to read about the entire exhibit which takes place in many different places around the city: on the Metro, on the river, in vacant areas and buildings, in addition to on our farm. http://www.ubartgalleries.org/?gallery=art&select=events&type=exhibition&range=upcoming
It’s almost Saturday!
This Saturday is our Volunteer Work Day and we’d love to have you come and join us for some weeding, clean-out-beds fun. With this wonderful rain, the soil will soft and just waiting to have the weeds pulled out of it. Our stand will be open and there will be fresh produce to sell/share with workers.
We have garlic for sale. Our harvest was good and the weather nice for drying, so we have German stiffneck garlic for sale at $7.00/lb.
It will also be offered for sale at the Foundry’s Second Saturday Sale (check them out at: http://thefoundrybuffalo.org/category/events/ )
Lovers of Swiss Chard will be amazed at our beautiful chard plants. We have tomatoes just beginning to ripen and green ones for frying.
So, come on out and join the fun. You might even get a peek at our resident bunny. You will definitely get to see his favorite foods!
Hope to see you tomorrow,
Glad to be back home, but sorry to leave such a beautiful place.
We even got to visit some of our heros:
We have learned so much about gardening from these folks and their books are always very handy for quick reference. Check them out here: http://www.fourseasonfarm.com/
We made a stop at Johnny’s Selected Seeds Research Farm in Albion. We have bought our seeds from this company for about 20 years gradually culling out other seed companies over the years until Johnny’s remains the number one, most reliable seed source for us. Check them out here: http://www.johnnyseeds.com/default.aspx
Our children did a wonderful job keeping the farm running. We are so incredibly blessed by our family! This whole trip was made possible by our generous, amazing children! A huge “Thank you!” to each of them.
And now, back to work!
Until next time,
Due to the fact that my husband and I are headed out of town for a couple weeks, the stand will be closed this Saturday. The children are in charge of the farm and there are simply too many conflicts of interest this Saturday to figure out how to manage.
Please visit the stand again when it reopens on the 27th of July to see how they are getting along without us.
Looking forward to cooler ocean breezes!