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9/15/16 Newsletter

posted Sep 16, 2016, 7:23 AM by Trogg's Hollow

It may be the third week of September, but the vegetables are keeping us pretty busy. The kids and I spent the better part of today picking tomatoes and it feels like we hardly made a dent! Plus the cucumbers are finally cucumbering! FINALLY. Welcome to the party guys. So yeah, we’re not bored.

We’re also getting the field ready for fall planting - tilling beds and prepping the new high tunnel, as well as mentally readying ourselves for the task of covering beds.

8/18/16 newsletter and last call for 2016 peaches and nectarines

posted Aug 18, 2016, 5:58 PM by Trogg's Hollow

Farmer Trogg sprained something in his back (while he was sleeping, because evidently that is harder on him than weeding, planting, mowing, lifting, harvesting, and fixing heavy machinery). He’s seen a doctor and has some lovely muscle relaxants, but it has thrown our week into some much-needed chaos, Because things are way too quiet and controlled in the middle of august.

we’re going this weekend to get our second load of southern Illinois peaches and nectarines! Anyone who ordered, we’ll be back on TUesday, so remember where and when you’re supposed to pick up.

8/11/16 Newsletter and 2nd Peach Trip

posted Aug 12, 2016, 8:31 AM by Trogg's Hollow

In the world of announcements and non-stop summer action, we’re going for peaches again NEXT WEEKEND. Here is a Link to sign up. Like last time, pecks are $26, half Bushels are $48. We will pick up on Monday the 22, and they will be available for you from Tuesday the 23rd. You have a week - until Thursday the 18th, to sign up, so get busy!!


Also, August Farm event time is coming! Saturday August 27 we will have our Tomato Festival, starting at 5PM. Bring food for a potluck if you want to stay for dinner (usually around 6). We’re planning some food and beer related demos - hopefully brewing, apple pressing, and cooking - and we’ll be grooving to the tunes of the trogg’s Hollow record collection. Come on out. It’s always a good time!


8/4/16 Newsletter

posted Aug 4, 2016, 1:33 PM by Trogg's Hollow

last Thursday we had the honor of attending the Angelic Organics Learning Center Farm Dinner, in recognition of our Frontera Foundation Grant. The food was great, but even better was the chance to meet and personally thank Chef Rick Bayless and his wife Deanne for their continued support of small farms. Hopefully we can do their foundation proud with what we do around here.


Our farm stand continues to be open, with Walberg Sweet corn, Joe’s Blueberries, Peaches, and Nectarines, summer squash, cucumbers, and carrots. Tell your friends!

7/28/16 Newsletter - last chance to order peaches

posted Jul 28, 2016, 12:57 PM by Trogg's Hollow   [ updated Jul 28, 2016, 12:57 PM ]

Well here we are at the end of July already - but the beginning of so many things around here! Peppers and tomatoes are just starting their season, and of course, things are always changing around here. So keep coming to those Farmer’s markets and the farm stand and watching your email to find out what’s happening next!

7/14/16 Newsletter

posted Jul 14, 2016, 11:38 AM by Trogg's Hollow

HI all! Well, here we are, already in the middle of July. Summer passes by so quickly - just when you feel like you’re catching up, it changes again. Or at least, that’s how I feel. I used to think there was a sweet spot somewhere in the middle of summer, when everything was blooming and fruiting and time just kind of stopped. Farming has definitely changed my attitude about that. Nothing ever stops. There’s no sweet spot. There’s just a constant change, sometimes it’s more subtle, but things are always moving.


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7/7/16 Newsletter

posted Jul 7, 2016, 1:31 PM by Trogg's Hollow

July, July, July

It never seemed so strange


This is the story of the road that goes to my house

And what ghosts there do remain

And all the troughs that run the length and breadth of my house

And the chickens how they rattle chicken chains  

The Decemberists, July July


Happy July! She rolled in nice and cool, but man has she made up for that fast! Hot and humid and stormy. Oh, we NEEDED that rain! For anyone wondering, we’re in a drought. I don’t know how “official” it is, but it’s not great. We’ve certainly noticed around here. We’ve made the difficult decision to start regular watering of the fields in an effort to keep our plants healthy and productive. I know it sounds weird to say that decision was “difficult”, but we really do strive for true sustainability and very little intervention. Using water is using a valuable resource, and we don’t take that lightly. Hopefully more rain will come and this will only be a temporary thing, but some of the plants - NOT THE TOMATOES - are really suffering and we’re seeing reduced production. Which is not good. On the other hand, our lettuce has been producing like crazy so, you know, whatever lettuce - you keep doing your thing.


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6/30/16 Newsletter

posted Jun 30, 2016, 11:26 AM by Trogg's Hollow

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”

Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

Well here we are - the end of June! Summer rolls by so very quickly, even when we’re working our hardest, and it always amazes me when a new month starts. As a farmer, I’m learning that summer really doesn’t start until the solstice, but my grade-school mind set still tells me that the 4th of July is the middle of summer. Whichever way you choose to experience it, summer is upon us. And as far as garden produce, the best is yet to come!

6/23/16 Newsletter - Session 4 Shares begin!

posted Jun 23, 2016, 2:07 PM by Trogg's Hollow

Summer has set in with its usual severity. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Yes, yes it has. It’s been hot. And today is supposed to bring some of those exciting strong summer storms (fingers crossed they’re not TOO strong, for us or any of you). But yeah, summer is here, and this is just the beginning. The weather does look to be cooling down slightly for the next few weeks, which will be nice for us and the plants - the heat’s been a little rough. But we carry on!


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6/1/16 Newsletter

posted Jun 1, 2016, 7:30 PM by Trogg's Hollow

Hey everyone!  News from the field.  


So, look at the video.  I'm doing fine.  Even the bruises are going away.  I can even walk straight now.  J/K  Really I’m fine.


Out in the field, last week’s rain, and lightning(!), have really stimulated growth in the field.  Things are exploding.  The transplants from last week are double in size already.  Things are beautiful.  


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