The Annual Ladybug Release!

Well, the kids and I had some good ol’ ladybug fun a few weeks ago.  Ladybugs are voracious predators of many soft-bodied and small insects that devour our organic produce.  That combined with the fact that I hate spraying- even organically-allowed-naturally-derived sprays, means that we use ladybugs!  I order them every spring from a great […]

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Crop Insurance… Seriously??

Okay, so I realize this blog won’t appeal to very many of my viewers, potentially, but I have to share.  We have never been eligible for crop insurance.  Until recently.  Crop insurance, for those of you who are still reading, is used by farmers to protect against crop failure, natural disasters (think hail, tornadoes, and floods), […]

Brookside Farmers Market is Seeking a New Market Manager

Brookside Farmers’ Market Market Manager Job Announcement   Overview Founded in 2002, Brookside Farmer’s Market is a Saturday morning organic, local producer-grower only market located on the north side of Border Star Elementary School at 63rd and Wornall Rd. The farmers and artisan food and organic product vendors are member-owners of the market. A Board […]

Buy Local! A Quick Little Thought

Okay, so we’ve all heard ‘buy local’.  But what does that really mean?  Well, according to an average of nine studies by Civic Economics, (2012), when we use our money to support a local business…and buy from someone in our community…, we keep 48% of that money in the community.  Comparatively, when we buy from a large chain without any […]

January Musings

Head colds. Bah! It seems as though this winter is speeding by as I deal with brain fogs, sneezes, headaches, coughing fits, and a general sense of… bleh. This too shall pass. Soon. I hope. I seem to be smothered in a constant layer of essential oil elixirs on my neck, my feet, and my […]

2014 Happenings….

Calendar of Events for 2014 City Center Square: We set up indoors at 1100 Main on a VERY sporadic (darn those slippery roads and subzero temps)basis all winter long. When we are there, we have produce for sale between 11am and 2pm. Beginning sometime in March, we will be there weekly, and will continue all season […]

Strawberries, Spring Crops, and Life in the High Tunnel

Today is looking like a beautiful ‘warm’ January day, and I am thinking about strawberries.  Can’t wait.  Perhaps I’ll get a few out of the freezer and make us something yummy for lunch. Last week, I headed out to the high tunnels to check on the progress of a few new crops, because I was […]

Slowly Getting Started

Hello and Happy New Year!  Okay, I’m a little slow.  But! I am so excited about the new farming year.  I mean, I pretty much have to be after last year’s brutal season, right?!  I feel a little bit like a hibernating bear, although we really have been hard at work.  Really!  I’ve ordered seeds, […]