Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois | CSA Newsletters
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CSA News Week 5

We took a road trip to secure some delicious fruits from our dear friends & fellow family farmers over at High Hill Orchard this week. They had quite the blackberry crop this year so we braved the rain yesterday and picked lots of blackberries for you. We also snagged some still firm and highly coveted early peaches (they are really known for their peaches!).   Did you know the winter frosts are to blame for midwest fruit crop losses this year? Here on the farm we work for, Tanglefoot Ranch, there is a peach orchard but the majority of the peach buds on the trees froze after beginning their growth and as a result their will be little to no peaches. High Hill Orchard also had frost loss in their orchard so...

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CSA News Week 4

Greetings CSA families!   The green beans, collard greens & swiss chard are coming along slowly still. I promise we planted more than what you have been getting.  I'm personally feeling impatient about the garden progress. I usually have loads of beans and squash (my favorites) by this time and I go out each day to weed and check on things and I'm all "Come on beans! Why are you taking so darn long?" and my kids just look at me silly for talking to the plants.   We are kind of curious & excited about all the winter squash that have sprung fourth in various places around the homestead. We have squash and pumpkins specifically planted for the CSA but we are loving finding and watching all the volunteer plants around the property....

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CSA News Week 2

This week has been full of progress in our CSA garden! The garden is finally dried out a bit after the brutal rains and flooding we just had. Luckily everything has survived. I know many folks have lost crops due to the rain and floods, we were worried but lucky. The main issue we had was all our bean trellising and various other supports blew/ fell over but the plants we unharmed.   I told you last week about the ducks that are helping in the garden (we just acquired 5 more ducklings!) and now we've added rabbits to the farm because their manure is AMAZING for the garden. Back before we relocated to Illinois we had two pet rabbits that contributed to our very lush backyard garden. Rabbit manure is so...

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2015 CSA News- Week 1

Isn't this weather beautiful?! I was just out pulling weeds in the garden and the mild temperatures were so nice to enjoy. The weather sure has our plants confused though. To us it feels like it has been a very slow growing spring here. I don't know if it is because I'm impatient and overly excited about the CSA or what. Since moving here we have been working hard to rebuild the soils for the garden. Some of you may already know we moved to Southern Illinois about a year ago. We are working on Tanglefoot Ranch, a roughly 1000 acre working cattle, sheep, commodity crop and soon to be a farm dinner serving farm. We moved here to work on an established farm, to learn the ins and outs; to...

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