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2015-The Year in Review

20151116_135353-1 (2)After 24+ weeks of hard work, both on the farm and in your kitchens, the 2015 CSA will officially end this Thursday. 2015 will be archived by us as a pretty good year, with mild weather, few diseases, and some marked abundances in production. We are anxious look at the member feedback in our survey results and get moving on year 2016.  While we have grown and raised at least 2 farmers to fruition (we will say goodbye to both Casey Lynn and Dan), we are eager to bring some new blood into the mix next year.  And most of all, we could not have done any of it without the support of our membership. Thank you for all of the energy that you put into making the LotfotL food community successful.

In a nutshell, it was a record year for broccoli, and we were able to get it into almost 1/2 the shares this year. This was the first year in recent memory, too, where our tomatoes never experienced late blight. Along with the successes, came the less than hoped for.  Some of the fall crops didn’t come out as strong as hoped. We will also remember the summer that wasn’t (did we ever even break 90 degrees?), the ravaging effects of Canada Thistle on all cropping, and the warmest fall so far on our new farm. Since the drought year of 2012, the night time low temps of summer have been far below what is required for good summer cropping. Incidentally, these temps seem to be just fine for our most troublesome weed: Canada Thistle. Not only did thistle and cool temps set back summer production of melons, peppers, and once again eggplant, but a resurgence of fall thistle took its toll on long standing fall roots, leaving celeriac, rutabaga, beets, and turnips conspicuously absent from fall shares. The fall shares looked more like spring ones, filled with spinach, arugula, salad mixes, and radishes. Though not ideal, we know that soon all that will be available locally will be root cellar crops, so we may as well enjoy the leafy greens while we can.

The 2015 member survey results have begun trickling in (fill out the survey today, so we can better serve your needs and the needs of our membership broadly in 2016). I’m happy to say that most of the responses so far, even when critical, are in good spirit, and do make substantial impacts on how we crop and pack shares. To those of us who do not eat potatoes all that often, our CSA must seem rather nuts for giving out potatoes as regularly as we do. Year after year though, potatoes rank in the top 3 of crops that members feel we gave the right amount of. The focus on more beets and broccoli early this year was a direct result of the previous year’s surveys. Next year’s push for more cauliflower (a super finicky, tough to grow crop) will be not only because we like a challenge and love eating cauliflower, but because of your feedback. Please do let us know how we did.

I can’t express enough how grateful I am to all of you for helping to fund our adventures in CSA this season. The results of this decision you’ve made have far greater benefits to the farming community of SE Wisconsin than just keeping our bills paid and your meals on the stove-top. Together, we have grown 2 more new farmers for 2016. Dan, our long time crew leader will be leaving in 2016 to begin his own agricultural enterprise on soon-to-be family land in NE Michigan. Casey Lynn, assistant extraordinaire,  will take on full time farm management at Farm290, the ingredient backbone for Pier 290’s restaurant on Lake Geneva.

While we will miss them specifically, there’s a new crop of future growers waiting in the wings to work with us. While with us, they’ll learned how to develop the chops, exercise decision-making tools, and burn into their core the work ethic needed to succeed in the world, as growers of food. Together we are not only growing LotFotL, and growing food for you, but we’re growing the next generation of farmers, so your children’s niece’s and nephew’s local food choices are abundant and diverse. To this end, 2016 starts this Friday, as we look forward to another season of considerable growth.

Thank you all,

Tim Huth
Managing Farmer
LotFotL Community Farm

2014 Drop Site Details

Drop Site Details

Most of our sites are set up to be self serve. Here are specific pick up details about your locations.



Pickup Address Delivery Time Closing Time Notes
Miller Park Area N Story Pkwy 155 n story pkwy 12:00 PM 8:00 PM Pick up in Front of house under red awnings
Quinney Farm Pick up W7036 Quinney Rd 8:00 AM 9:00 PM Enter red bard on North side. Totes are in the walkin cooler
Good Harvest Market 1850 Meadow Ln 12:00 PM 7:45 PM In the bathroom hallway, located off from frozen food aisle
Cafe Manna 3815 N. Brookfield Rd. 11:00 AM 7:30 PM In basement entrance. See Hostess desk for directions
Fair Trade For All LLC 8730 W. North Ave. 12:30 PM 7:30 PM Located behind the building by the back door.
Tess 2499 N. Bartlett 2:00 PM 7:00 PM Located outside past the outdoor seating area
Roast Milwaukee 1:30 PM 5:45 PM In back of store by the bathrooms
Muskego- Beth Schmitt’s house W175 S7473 Park Dr. 4:00 PM 8:00 PM On a table by the front of the house
Corvisa EMPLOYEE ONLY 1610 N 2nd Street. 12:00 PM 4:30 PM Internally managed-see Jenn Romaniszak
Executive Director. Inc. (PRIVATE EMPLOYEES ONLY) 555 E. Wells Street, Suite 1100 1:30 PM 3:00 PM Internally managed-see Laura Plizka
Mukwonago-Anne Marie’s house 722 Division 1:30 PM 6:30 PM On front porch- note: dogs will bark, but cannot get outside
East Troy Wild Four Bakery W2463 County Road Es 2:00 PM 6:00 PM Ask at the desk-boxes will be located in back room
UU Church of the Lakes 319 N. Broad Street 2:30 PM 7:00 PM Behind the Church at the end of the driveway
Bayview Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company 2920 Kinnickinnic Ave. 11:30 AM 8:00 PM Totes in front of the front window/bar area
Milwaukee (Bay View) Todd’s house 547 East Homer St 1:00 PM 7:30 PM On front porch
Zablocki VA Medical Center -EMPLOYEES ONLY 5000 W. National Ave. 12:00 PM 1:00 PM Internally managed- see Amanda (Amy) Giffin
Aurora Health Care Corporate Office-EMPLOYEES ONLY 750 W Virginia St 2:00PM 5:00 PM Internally managed- see Rachel Roller
South Shore Farm Market 2900 South Shore Drive 8:00 AM 12:00PM At market stand (must be picked up between 8am-12pm)
Runzheimer (EMPLOYEE ONLY) 851 Cornerstone Crossing 9:00PM 2:00PM Internally managed- see Stephen Adam
Bay View- Wild Flour Bakery 422 E. Lincoln Ave 1:00 PM 5:45 PM Ask front desk
Walkers Point Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. 224 W. Bruce St. 3:00 PM 8:00 PM Enter via main entrance. Go through orange door next to bar in cafe with “No admittance, employees only” to get to wholesale area. Shares are on the left.
New Berlin- Olsen’s House 14420 West Wilbur Dr 12:00PM 7:00PM On front stoop of house- note: dogs will bark, but cannot get

New Member Orientation for LotFotL CSA

Welcome to our CSA. It is important to review this process before you go to get your box. Especially, if you are new to CSA, or to our farm, you will want to learn more to ensure that you have a positive experience with us. Below are some important things to know as a participant in a CSA. Everything is also covered in our new blockbuster CSA farm video as well.

LotFotL’s “How to CSA” Video

How to pick up: Thursday pick ups

Box sizes for your CSA boxes. Small for Staple Shares, and Large for Gonzo and Seesaw Shares.

Box sizes for your CSA boxes. Small for Staple Shares, and Large for Gonzo and Seesaw Shares.

Site locations and pick up times are found on our CSA details Chart.

  1. Find and check off your name on the Roster Sheet, only taking what is listed after your name.
  2. Choose the correct size tote or bag: -Bridge shares will be delivered in bags. Take 1 bag.
    -Full sized shares (both weekly and biweekly) are in the LARGE tote and
    -Petite sized shares (both weekly and biweekly) are the SMALL totes.
  3. Leave the tote behind: Put your items into your own container and leave the farm tote to be picked up and brought back to the farm. Please stack totes neatly together.
  4. If you ordered other farm items (from the website), they will be located in a cooler with the other shares. (Always check the roster sheet to see what was sent for you)

REMINDER: Never take anything if your name is not on the list. Please call the farm instead. We promise to get you taken care of.
Enjoy your farm fresh local food. Please call the farm if you have any questions or concerns. 920-318-3800

Self serve sites: The sites are mostly set up as self serve areas. This means that it is very important to use the communication tools that are set up at each location. We post a roster that will have a list of everyone that is supposed to get a share that week. If you are not on the list, we did not send you a share. Please, do not take a box! Give us a call and we will take care of you and get things figured out, but if you take a box when we didn’t send one, it just leaves someone else confused and box-less AND does not solve the problem.

Which box to take: Each site will have different sized boxes. So it is important that whoever is picking up the box that week knows what kind of share to pick up and what size box it comes in. Full shares are in the LARGE totes and Petite are the SMALL totes.

Read your newsletter: This is where we communicate information with you. We tell you what items to expect in your share and update you on changes that might be happening or unusual circumstances that might require different behavior. If you don’t read what is going on, it increases the chance of mistakes and/or disappointment. We have a must see section, that makes sure to point out all of these things, so even if you are busy take a look at that section.

What to do if something isn’t correct: Mistakes do happen. If something doesn’t look right, please CALL THE FARM. You are important to us and we will take care of you. Please don’t try to solve the problem on your own. This could lead to more problems for others. Just give us a call.

What to do if you forgot to pick up your share: While we are not in a position to replace forgotten shares, we sympathize with you in your forgetful moment. It is best to contact your drop site ASAP to see if they can save your share for you. The sooner you call the better your chances. Unclaimed shares are donated and not brought back to the farm. We do, however, usually have a couple of extra shares at the farm. You are welcome to call to see if you could come and pick one up out here. We encourage members to set alarms on their phones and schedule email reminders from their online calendars to help to remember share pick ups.

LotFotL CSA start dates 2014

CSA start dates 2014

Below are the scheduled starting dates for LotFotL’s 2014 CSA shares. There is still room to sign up for one of our great CSA options. We make local EASY by having 4 box choices. Plus, you can find chicken and egg shares in addition to the veggie options. You will receive more detailed information about picking up as your start date draws near.

Scheduled start date 5/15/14

  • Bridge
Scheduled start date 6/5/14
  • Staple
  • Gonzo
  • Chickens (weekly)
  • Eggs (weekly)
Scheduled start date 6/5/14 OR 6/12/14
(A and B weeks will be assigned as delivery draws near)
  • Seesaw
  • Flip Flop
  • Eggs (every other week)
  • Chicken (every other week)
Scheduled start date 6/26/14
  • Monthly Chicken

The Boys are Downstairs Sowing

growing 2014It might be scheduled to snow a little more today, but we are not letting that stop us. We are planting. Our early season Bridge shares start in May and we need food for them. Most of what we plant in the next week or so will eventually wind up in our hoop houses, where the temperatures warm up much earlier in the year. This is how we will get things like hakurei turnips, bok choy, braccoli raab, arugula and tokyo kekana (greens), radishes, scallions, spinach, and lettuce ready early enough to put shares together in May.

So it might not seem like planting season, but we are trusting that spring will arrive as scheduled, like it has for the last 4.5 billion years, give or take a few thousand years. Exact dates for this event are little bit harder to predict, but I will put money down that I still see a robin before April this year. So, Casey and Christos are down in the basement right now sowing “food prayers” in the form of about 200 seeds per flat. We are planning for a great year and are excited to share how it unfolds.

2014 Crop plan

Below we have listed what we plan to grow during the 2014 season. Many of these things will make their way into CSA boxes.

pepper lunchbox red
melon piel de sapo(lambkin)
pepper lunchbox yellow
pepper lunchbox orange
tomato-cherry johnny’s artisan sampler
tomato-heirloom blue beauty
tomato-heirloom striped german
tomato-heirloom black krim
tomato-heirloom green zebra
tomato-heirloom mortgage lifter
tomato-heirloom kellog’s breakfast
tomato-roma speckled roman
tomato-roma sheboygen
tomato-heirloom prudens purple
eggplant nubia
eggplant beatrice
komatsuna red
melon diplomat(galia)
melon arava(og. Galia)
melon lilly
pepper red knight
pepper flavorburst
tomato paragon(78)
tomato charger(78)
tomato celebrity(72)
tomato-heirloom italian heirlom
eggplant galine
flower sprouts kaleidoscope
leek pandora
melon san juan(hh)
melon sarah’s choice(cantaloupe)
radicchio indigo
brussel sprouts jade cross
brussel sprouts capitola
lettuce skyphos
cabbage asia express(early green)
cabbage alcosa(green savoy)
cauliflower denali
cauliflower graffiti
cauliflower vitaverde
endive rhodos
shallot saffron
shallot conservor
pepper snapper
pepper new ace
bok choy win win choi
broccoli blue wind
broccoli gypsy
broccoli bay meadows
broccoli green magic
broccoli marathon
broccoli arcadia
cabbage storage #4(fall)
celery root brilliant
fennel zefa fino
napa minuet
onion bridger
onions alisa craig
onions sierra blanca
romanesco veronica
beet boldor(transplant only, golden)
onions red bull
onions patterson
carrot cordoba(main)
carrots bolero(storage/late)
lettuce Nancy
cabbage(kraut) kaitlan
popcorn red beauty
onions tropea
cilantro calypso
dill goldkrone
hon tsai tai hon tsai tai
kale toscano(mixed seed packet, less fedco, more johnnys)
radish kn bravo(purple large daikon)
radish fakir
radish nero tondo
tokyo bekana tokyo bekana
turnip hakurei
turnip scarlet queen
watermelon sugar baby
corn mirai 350bc
cabbage super red 80
pea oregon giant
corn xtra tender 277a untreated
watermelon cream of saskatchewan
celtuce spring tower
chives nira
pea sugar ann nat II
beans velour
parsnips javelin
radish cherriette
spinach flamingo
watermelon peace
popcorn dakota black
sorrel sorrel
arugula wasabi
dandelion red rib
mustards red splendor
raab sessantina grossa(early)
cucumber boothby’s blonde
edamame ?
beans dragon tongue
cabbage gunma
cabbage golden acre
cabbage mammoth red rock
cucumber poona kheera
cucumber lemon
basil genovese
basil red rubin
beans greencrop
beet touchstone gold
beet bulls blood
leek lincoln
radish green meat
radish misato rose
scallion evergreen hardy
spinach giant winter
thyme german
turnip gold ball
arugula arugula
beans provider
beet red ruby
cabbage deadon
cabbage red express
carrot nelson
carrot hercules
carrot laguna
carrot rainbow
carrots yellow sun(mid)
cauliflower bishop
chard bright lights
chard fordhook
chard rhubarb
cucumber h 19 little leaf(pickling)
cucumber olympian
cucumber vertina(pickling)
cucumber(pickling) jackson classic
cutting celery afina
eggplant calliope
eggplant barbarella
eggplant dancer
kale redbor
kale winterbor
kohlrabi winner
kohlrabi kolibri
kohlrabi eder
komatsuna summerfest
leek tadorna
lettuce baby romaine(many varieties)
mizuna kyoto
parsley giant of italy
pepper yankee bell
pepper ace
radish miyashige(fall daikon)
rutabaga american purple
scallion guardsmen
scallion nabechan
spinach tyee
summer squash noche
summer squash y-star
summer squash zephyr
summer squash raven
summer squash 8 ball
tatsoi tatsoi
tomato-cherry sungold
winter squash jet
winter squash delicata
winter squash pinnacle
winter squash carnival
yukina savoy yukina savoy
beet chioggia
beet detroit dark
beet red ace(late spring) 1 bed
winter squash victory
winter squash betternut 401
tomato-heirloom hungarian heart
kohlrabi superschmelz
lettuce oscarde
lettuce salanova
lettuce italienischer
lettuce helvius
lettuce nevada
lettuce pannise
lettuce helvius
lettuce cherokee
lettuce nancy
summer squash goldmine
summer squash safari

Questions to Ask a CSA Farmer

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As the number of CSA farms has grown in the region over the years, eaters interested in knowing the faces behind their food have been offered more choices than ever. However, increased choice can bring with it some challenges. How do you choose the farm that best fits your needs and is most likely to provide a satisfying experience?

Below are a few questions, brought to your from Land Stewardship Project, that should be asked of any farmer you are considering entering into a CSA relationship with. Potential CSA members should not be shy about asking such questions

What else comes with my CSA? 2014

Thanks for choosing locally grown food

Your investment does so much more than put fresh healthy food in your belly. You are supporting a local business in Wisconsin, making your local community and state stronger for it. I am sure you know the many things that supporting a local business does for you and your community, but here is what it does when you support LotFotL specifically.

1. You enable Tim and April to feel proud of what we do, knowing we feed hundreds of families in our community, not just factory farmed calories, but food with heart and soul that has been cared for with love.

2. You support the desire to respect, nurture and heal the land we tend, making our planet a cleaner and healthier place for all.

3. You make it possible for LotFotL to give employees and volunteers an opportunity to live doing what they are passionate about. We create a place to learn, get to know your food and farmer, and perhaps even find a lost part of your own soul.

4. Your support allows us to work within the community to make sure folks that are struggling to make ends meet, are given healthy viable food. This year we participated in the WIC program, Quest/food stamps, and donated food to local food pantries.

5. Because of you, LotFotL is able to work with other local producers, to help them find a market for their goods, such as the fruit grown up the road from us, or Bolzano and Ney

The Final Countdown: What to expect in your final boxes as we shift into Fall storage and Winter items

The advent of winterish weather means a transition into root crops. We have been holding back on providing carrots, beets, turnips, and rutabagas until now. As farmers, we watch the weather more intently than a dog watches its favorite chew toy. When the long term outlook suggested a strong, consistent cold snap this October and November, we made plans to survive til Mid December. Now is the time to begin engaging those plans.

We will try to keep the boxes on the larger side for the next couple of weeks, but the size will drop a bit once the daytime highs are consistently in the upper 30’s. You cannot harvest a frozen vegetable until it thaws out fully. This limits our daytime ability to get things out of the fields. Most of the late shares will come from crops harvested and left dirty in the cooler, then washed and prepared as needed for your shares. The shortened day lengths and harvest moratoriums will force down share sizes in the next 2-4 weeks. Our plan will be to give more of each item that is in the shares, but scale back on the number of items per week.

What can you expect in shares from here to thanksgiving? The tastiest produce of the year, for one. Vegetables grown in cold conditions do not take in as much water, and do not grow as rapidly, making their flavor outstanding. This is especially true with carrots, spinach, and other roots. Speaking of carrots, we hope to have enough for most of the remaining weeks of this season. Spinach will start next week, and thanks to its own internal anti-freeze, should last for a few weeks. Our tunnels are planted with bok choy, beets, and lettuce, and should begin in a week or two.

Beyond this, we have vast amounts of other crops yet in the field. Frosts and freezes have damaged our large broccoli crop a bit more than expected, so that may be in short supply. Cauliflower is limping along, especially the purple variety, so it should be on and off until it finally caves. We have more kohlrabi than we know what to do with, but we will limit how much we give in the shares, as the remains of the swap boxes have demonstrated that most of you have gotten enough. Cabbage will come back, coupled with onions, turnips, winter squash, potatoes, rutabagas, radishes, and, once cured, sweet potatoes, and much more.

This shift into colder weather will bring on changes in the box size and its contents. As seasonal eaters, I feel like members notice the biggest changes in what they are getting in their box at the end of the season. Your greens are sure to be the best tasting of the year and you will have plenty of grounding comfort foods to fill your pantry. We have done our best to prepare for the colder weather and it is our hope that we can keep you eating well, late into the year.

There’s dirt on my sweet potatoes!

Of all the things I’ve been looking forward to harvesting this fall, sweet potatoes take the cake. I’vesweet potatoes never had much success growing these aggressive, slightly pernicious tubers, and my early failures didn’t encourage me to try very hard. This past winter I attended a workshop at the organic farming conference in my hometown of Lacrosse, and learned a good deal about how to successfully cultivate this southern delicacy in our decidedly northern locale. With some early results in, we have met the expected yield goal of a little over 1# per foot!

Sweet potatoes are a very involved crop to grow. They are grown from slips; small shoots that form out of the eyes of a mature tuber. While some people grow their own slips in a greenhouse, other have them shipped in from down South when the weather has sufficiently warmed. The slips are planted into plastic mulch, and thoroughly irrigated for several weeks, to help the new plants establish. 100-120 days later, tubers have adequately formed, and we are ready for harvest.

We harvest sweet potatoes using an undercutter. This is a tractor-mounted blade that nose-dives itself as deep as 10” into the soil, and effectively cuts a line underneath the tubers. Harvest with this machine is quite simple, just pick up the plant, remove the tubers, scour through the soil for any loose ones, and done. Sounds really simple right? Well, that’s only the beginning of the process.

To effectively sweeten a sweet potato, 8 weeks of curing must occur immediately after harvest. Stage one of this process is to bring dirty sweet potatoes up to 80 degrees with 90% humidity for 7-10 days. We accomplish this by hanging a tarp in our greenhouse to shorten the square footage needing propane heat, and watering the ground around the crates. This early part of the curing process allows for any wounds, cuts, nicks, or slight bruises on the tuber to heal, so in storage the sweet potatoes do not rot.

Once sufficiently healed up, the potatoes are moved to our 2nd walk-in cooler, where a temperature of 55 degrees must be maintained for 6 weeks. This cool storage is the difference between a sweet potato that is rich, sweet, and complex in flavor, versus one that is not. I’m not sure if it is some complex transformation of starches and complex carbohydrates into sugary deliciousness, or if sweet potato fairies don’t like to wave their wands in temperatures other than 55.7 degrees. Exactly what happens is beyond me, but what’s plain is that the curing process turns somewhat inedible sweet potatoes, into a thing of beauty, and we all know that a thing of beauty is a joy forever!

Based on the curing process then, we should be able to inundate you with very delicious sweet potatoes in time for your Thanksgiving feasts. We also expect to continue to have these curious, challenging, and utterly enjoyable gifts of the south included in the season extender “Bridge” shares.  We hope everyone is enjoys them as much as we do.