2017 Community Supported Agriculture

We had a great time talking with community members about our CSA on Friday, February 24th at the Rowan County Arts Center. It was a pleasure to share our passion about food with everyone. A huge thank you to all who attended and made that evening possible. We love our community.

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If you would like more information, please check out our CSA tab above (CSA 2017) and email us or message us on facebook with any questions. We would be happy to talk with you more about our farm and our CSA.

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Happenings in 2016

First of all, thanks to each and every one of you for your support. This year is off to an awesome busy start under our new farm name. We are currently in the rush of sugaring season, boiling our sap down into maple syrup:

Keeping up with the wood demand for the boiling process:

Looking at seed catalogs during the snows and dreaming about planting season:

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Planning out a few talks and events….And, we are preparing for our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) this year. You may have noticed the new tab ^up there (https://forgottenfoodsfarm.com/csa/).

We are thrilled to move into this year and so excited to provide the CSA option for our customers. Please take a minute to check out the CSA page, and if you have any questions, please contact us through facebook (https://www.facebook.com/forgottenfoodsfarm/) or email (richardsonfamilyfarm@gmail.com) and we would be happy to answer them.

 

Richardson Family Farm to Forgotten Foods Farm

Why change our name? When we started the farm nearly a year ago, it was almost on a whim. Although it was something we had both dreamed about and often talked about, we hadn’t actually planned to do it until the day we started it. We chose Richardson Family Farm because it made sense. Our family does all of the labor, and we are doing it for our family. However, a year down the road we have decided to keep at it, keep working harder, and try to make our little dream grow even bigger. In doing so, we filed to become an LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) and discovered that there was already a Richardson Family Farm, LLC within the state of Kentucky. So, we needed a new name. After weeks of debate and heartfelt thought, we came up with Forgotten Foods Farm, LLC because we like to grow amazing heirlooms that most people have forgotten (or never known) about, and many of the things that we do fall into the category of old, nearly forgotten traditions. Thank you to everyone who has shown an interest in our journey and supported our farm through our first years’ journey as Richardson Family Farm. We hope you will continue to follow us as we carry on as Forgotten Foods Farm, LLC. May the coming years be as exciting as the first!

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“Locally and Lovingly Made”

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Photo by Shayla Menville

The Morehead News published an article about our farm today, and we couldn’t be more proud. We were featured in a series about local small businesses called, “Locally and Lovingly Made.” What an accurate title. It sums up so much of what we strive for. Everything we sell is 100% grown and produced by us with lots of hope for the future and love for our local community behind all of the hard work. We strive for a sustainable future with a rich variety of local produce grown in environmentally-friendly ways and handmade products that provide alternatives to things that would otherwise be thrown away. It is such a pleasure to be a part of this community. We appreciate all of the support. Our dreams would never take off without it. Please take time to read the feature and share it with your friends! We hope to see you at the Rowan County Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11am to sell out. (And if you need anything on days the market is not open, please contact us and we would be happy to sell to you off of our farm.)

Here is a link to the article: The Morehead News Article

Busy as Our Bees!

Since the weather has been nice, we have been hard at work. Plowing, planting, weeding, picking, processing, selling, repeat over and over.

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We planted our fields once the rains slowed down, and they certainly grew! We have waist high corn and green tomatoes galore. It is so fun to see everything we’ve planted taking off and growing like crazy.

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We spend a lot of time out in the gardens, so the kids do too. They love getting in the dirt and learning about the plants we grow.

Channing and the kids checking for veggies to pick and pulling up weeds:

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Lettuce, tomatoes, basil, yummy! Just some pictures of our gardens growing.

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Lots of delicious fresh produce already (cabbage is almost ready, lettuce both leafy green and red oak, kale, onions, and summer squash):

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Our bees are doing awesome as well. We got them in April and by June they had filled up two deeps. We split one hive and made a nuc in an attempt to create a third hive, and the other hive has honey supers on it, so hopefully, we’ll be getting some honey at the end of July.

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Not only have we been growing vegetables, but we also have had some fun with fruits. In May and early June, we had so many strawberries that we couldn’t seem to pick them all.

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Then…black raspberries:

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And now, the gooseberries are starting to get ripe, which is very exciting because we can make some gooseberry jelly.

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And, we’re waiting for the apples:

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Although, we do have a handful of June apples that the kids are really loving:

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We are working hard and having fun as our plants begin to really start producing. We look forward to watching everything continue to grow, and to picking it so we can share it with our community.

You may have seen us at the Rowan County Farmers’ Market here in Morehead on Wednesdays and Saturdays 11:00am to sell out. If not, come on out. We would love to see you there, and we have been growing a lot of tasty treats.

Look for more detailed updates on what’s happening on our farm soon! (And, of course, you can always “like” our facebook page, which is updated frequently.)

Kentucky Proud AND Appalachia Proud!

As most of you may know, we received Kentucky Proud and Appalachia Proud status for our farm. We are very excited to be a part of this program. If you haven’t heard of it, Kentucky Proud is a program that promotes locally grown and locally produced products from right here in the Bluegrass state. As stated on the Kentucky Proud website:

“Kentucky Proud stands for foods, nursery items, crafts, agritourism sites, farmers’ markets, state parks, and many other products and destinations with roots in Kentucky soil. Kentucky Proud foods are raised, grown, or processed in Kentucky by Kentuckians. You can serve Kentucky Proud foods to your family with the confidence that they came from your friends and neighbors just down the road — not from thousands of miles away.”

Appalachia Proud is a regional brand that falls within the Kentucky Proud program. It means that we live, farm, and produce everything we sell in one of Kentucky’s 54 Appalachian counties. In our case, two counties (Rowan and Carter), both of which are listed as Appalachian. It is the hopes of this program that Appalachia will be recognized for all of the potential that this beautiful region holds:

“Appalachia is a special place with untapped potential, particularly in the areas of agriculture, food production, and agritourism. When you marry untapped resources with a workforce that has an unbreakable spirit, the possibilities are endless. Most people don’t know that Eastern Kentucky is already home to one of the largest tomato producers in the Commonwealth, one of the few heifer development operations located on a strip mine, and some of the most beautiful orchards in the world. Our hope is that, through the launch of “Appalachia Proud,” now they will.” (Appalachia Proud Plan available on the Appalachia Proud website.)

Not only are we fortunate enough to be a part of such amazing programs, but we also got to participate in a Kentucky Proud Expo in Morehead this past weekend. It was hosted by The Morehead Tourism Commission at the Morehead Conference Center.

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It was the first time we had ever set up our booth, and the support of the community was overwhelming. We are amazed by all of our wonderful customers and all of the locally owned businesses here. We definitely feel the love of our Appalachian people. Thanks to all of you. What an amazing first experience for our new venture.

Here are some products we had available at the expo:

Maple syrup. We tap the trees, collect the sap, and boil it down ourselves. We have about 20 acres of sugar maples on our farm.

Maple syrup. We tap the trees, collect the sap, and boil it down ourselves. We have about 20 acres of sugar maples on our farm.

Strawberry jam and gooseberry jelly (the gooseberry bush that we have is about 35 years old!).

Strawberry jam and gooseberry jelly (the gooseberry bush that we have is about 35 years old!).

Channing's wooden bowls (turned on a wood lathe) and some of my homemade reusable household products.

Channing’s wooden bowls (turned on a wood lathe) and some of my homemade reusable household products.

We also had a gift basket of our products that we sold raffle tickets for and gave away at the end of the expo.

We also had a gift basket of our products that we sold raffle tickets for and gave away at the end of the expo.

We look forward to setting up at the Earth Day Festival on April 22nd at the Don Greenhill City Park, and at the Rowan County Farmers’ Market this summer. We hope to see lots of familiar faces and new ones as well!

Mushroom Logs and Weather

Recently, we spent many days inoculating logs to grow shiitake and oyster mushrooms.

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It was a lot of hard work, especially for Channing who had to harvest the logs from the woods on our farm. For the shiitake mushrooms, he primarily cut sugar maple and white oak logs, and for the oyster tulip poplar logs. Once the logs were cut, we could begin the inoculation process. Thanks to the help of a friend visiting from Oklahoma, the process went much faster and we finished many more logs than we would have without her help.

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To begin, Channing drilled holes in the logs with a special drill bit that made them just the right size.

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Then, we inoculated them with mushroom spawn. This part involved filling a special inoculator with the sawdust mushroom spawn and injecting into the holes.

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Once all of the holes were filled, they had to be sealed with wax to seal in the spawn and keep in the moisture as well. We had to be sure to wax coat any scrapes or other places on the logs where moisture might escape as well.

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We tagged all of the logs with a number and recorded them into our log book that allows us to reference which type of wood that log is and which strain of mushroom spawn it contains. Once the logs were inoculated and tagged, we carried them into out mushroom yard near the creek where they were stacked until it is time to soak them for fruiting. We should be able to harvest shiitakes in 6-18 months and oysters in 3-12 months. Over the span of several days, we inoculated around 400 logs.

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Unfortunately, about a week after we finished the labor intensive inoculation process, our little part of the world was hit with a flood that swept many of our logs down the creek. Some of them actually ended up creating their own log jams.

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Thanks to the help of a friend, many of them were recovered and re-stacked a little further from the creek in our mushroom yard. This was the first time in several decades the flood waters reached as far as they did, but such is life on the farm. We are grateful for the help of neighbors and friends in cleaning up and recovering what we could, and we look forward to having mushrooms in the coming months.

Here is a preview from a bag of shiitake spawn we allowed to fruit due to time constraints:

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(The kids think they’re wonderful, and so do we!)