News and blog

Posted 7/1/2013 10:08am by Katrina Karlsen.

Dear Online Farmstand Shopper,

The warm weather has really acclerated the growth of our field crops, and we now have a burgeoning diversity of roots and fruits ready (or soon ready) to join our lineup of greenery in your shopping carts.

This week, we've got the first of our tomatoes fresh from the greenhouse.  We're selling a mix of tasty colors and sizes this week, all delicious in a fresh salad.  We've also got our first field beets, fennel, and broccoli in this week. Carrots and sugar snap peas will soon be joining the list as well.

Click here to visit our online farmstand.

Sincerely,


Jed, Emilia, and Ray

Posted 6/17/2013 12:53pm by Katrina Karlsen.
 

Dear Online Farmstand Customer,
 
It's official - the beginning of the 2013 harvest season is officially here!  And we've got a great lineup of greens and herbs to satisfy your cravings for flavorful, healthy foods.  
 
This week, we've got our signature salad mix that you all know and love, plus a new lettuce-based mix that doesn't hold anything back on crunch and body.  We've also got our new baby kale mix, one of our favorite new products.  This mix of different colored kales is harvested at 3-4" stage.  Unlike standard green kale, you can throw it right in the saute pan without any prep.  But don't worry, we've also got the old faithful green kale as well.
 
Click here to visit our online farmstand.  Remember, it closes at 7 am Wednesday!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jed, Emilia, and Ray
Posted 6/11/2013 10:59am by Katrina Karlsen.


Dear Online Farmstand Customer,

Our crops have braved the cold start and are now growing swiftly in the warming weather.  Spinach and salad mix are ready to harvest.  Green tomatoes are soon to ripen in our greenhouse.  The harvest season is fast approaching!

. . . And with it, the opening of our Online Farmstand for 2013!  Look for an email next Monday to announce the official opening of the stand.

Looking forward to a great 2013 season!

Sincerely,


Jed, Emilia, and Ray

Posted 5/20/2013 1:15pm by Katrina Karlsen.
 

Dear Online Farmstander,
 
Greetings!  We hope this rainy day finds you well, dry, and inside.  This shot of salad mix came from our high tunnel last week.  We hope it is a portent of things to come!

This week is cold and wet.  Too cold for our outdoor crops to put on much growth and too wet for our tractor to make any progress on the endless field work.

Our tomato seedlings, however, have graduated to full size plants, with wild, sprawling tendencies, and the beginnings of baby fruit.  Thus our staff has been moved full time into the burgeoning tomato jungle to train and tie the plants. 

You can expect our online farmstand to open mid-June this year, once we have a diversity of crops to sell.

In the meantime, these last two weeks of May are your last chance to purchase Harvest Bonds for the upcoming season.  These bonds are a great way to support your local farmer upfront while providing you choices throughout the season.

Thank you, and we'll see you in June!

Sincerely,


Jed, Emilia, and Ray

Posted 3/14/2013 2:50pm by Katrina Karlsen.
Dear Ararat Farms Community,

The snow is thawing, seedlings have been started, and we've begun harvesting salad greens from the greenhouse.  Spring is on its way - and with it, the busier season for vegetable farmers.
 
While we won't be going full bore just yet, by June, we'll be needing some more help to keep up with the work.  That's why we're looking for applicants for our 2013 work crews and our greenhouse management internship.  More information about these positions can be found by clicking here to go to our employment page.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in one of these positions, please contact us.
 
Thank you, and happy spring!
 
Sincerely,

Emilia, Jed, and Ray
Posted 11/26/2012 1:08pm by Katrina Karlsen.


Dear Online Farmstand Shopper,

The above shot was taken a few weeks ago, and while the snow has since thawed (for now), there is some bitingly cold weather on the way - which means it's the end of the road for our field crops, even those under cover of plastic.  And while the greenhouse will provide us with nutritious, flavorful greens in February and March, it, too is slowing down.  We've entered what Eliot Coleman calls the "Persephone months" - where daylight is too weak for photosynthesis, and even plants warmed by a greenhouse cover stop growing. 

This week, we're busy harvesting the last of our carrots, kale, cabbage, and hardy survivors of late fall weather.  Many of these crops keep well in the cellar, and we're offering you a final chance to stock up on these storage crops before we take a two month break. 

Click here to visit our online store.

We'd like to thank you for all your support during the 2012 growing season.  Your purchases and kind words helped inspire us during the pounding spring rains, the sweltering summer days, and the freezing fall mornings.  See you next year!

Sincerely,

Jed, Emilia, and Ray

Posted 11/12/2012 12:23pm by Katrina Karlsen.


Dear Online Farmstand Shopper,

When the snow flies, and the bitter cold bears down, kale reigns supreme.  When other, wimpier vegetables demand to be packed into a cozy root cellar lest they die of frost, kale laughs at snow and cold and scoffs at its weaker cruciferous cousins.  The weather only makes kale sweeter, as it fills its stems and foliage with sweet sap to act as antifreeze.  If you don't buy kale because you think it's bitter, try fall frosted kale before closing the book on this truly amazing vegetable.

Whether or not kale is your thing, we've also got plenty of rainbow carrots, beets, red onions, red and green cabbage, scallions, salad mix, and other hardy crops for sale this week.

Also, an important note: this is the last delivery before Thanksgiving, as we won't be taking orders next week.  So if you're looking to stock up on local veggies for the big feast day, don't miss your chance!

Click here to visit our online store.

Sincerely,

Emilia, Jed, and Ray

Posted 11/5/2012 8:53am by Katrina Karlsen.


Dear Online Farmstand Shopper,

Last week, we pulled the final tomatoes from our greenhouse and planted it with winter salad mix.  This was the final summer crop left in our fields.  But we are not sad, nor do we have  any time for nostalgia.  We're too busy filling our cooler and root cellar with sweet-as-can-be kale, carrots, beets, cabbage, and other fall goodies. 

Our son Ray has taken to gnawing on the stems of collard greens and kale in the field as we pick.  At first, we were puzzled, but then we followed his lead, and discovered to our delight that the crops were wonderfully sweet and crisp.

Click here to visit our online farmstand.

Sincerely,

Jed, Emilia, and Ray

Posted 10/29/2012 8:46am by Katrina Karlsen.


Dear Online Farmstand Shopper,

The storm this week provides us with a reminder that it's time to stock our root cellars and pantries with the fall's bounty before inclement weather drives us all inside.  That way, we can happily prepare soups and other tasty cold season meals while the wind whistles and the rain or snow comes down - without having to venture to the grocery store. 

So . . . time to stock up on carrots, beets, cabbage, kale, and other fall goodies from Ararat Farms, which we've got aplenty!

Click here to visit our online store.

Sincerely,

Emilia, Jed, and Ray

Posted 10/22/2012 9:41am by Katrina Karlsen.


Dear Online Farmstand Shopper,

The heavy frosts that hit inland growers hard just barely skimmed the top of our hillside fields, and our crops are still going strong.  Frost brings out the best flavors of fall in our opinion, as the kale, collards, beets, and carrots become sweet.  We've also got colored peppers, red onions, garlic, and all sorts of other veggies to fill your shopping bags this week.

Click here to visit our online farmstand.

Sincerely,

Jed, Emilia, and Ray