July 4th Plans

June 26th, 2012

So this Fourth of July happens to land on one of our Wednesday delivery days.  I can’t believe I didn’t notice that earlier but several of you have point this out to me and so here is the plan.  Instead of delivering on July 4th we will be moving our pick up day to July 5th.  I will be contacting everyone who has a pick up that day to make sure we all know the deal.  Pick up times will remain the same just the day will change.  The following week we will be back to the same schedule of Wednesday deliveries.  If you have any questions send me an email or give me a phone call and we will work things out.

Landscaping

June 26th, 2012

Lately I’ve been driving around the country side enjoying the sights and observing those farms located close enough to the road to get a drive by glimpse into their yards.  Sometimes I wonder if a person’s yard or landscaping gives us a look into their personality.  You have those places overrun with weeds or equipment, with buildings falling down and lawn unattended.  Then there are the places in-between, maybe they have mowed the lawn but haven’t trimmed up the edges or there are a few piece of equipment stashed in the tall grass.  And then there are the places with not a piece out of place, neat as can be.  Truth be told those are the places I imagine my farm should or could look like, but alas I’m not there yet.  Unlike my sister who absolutely loves mowing the lawn, I don’t find it to be the best best online casino use of my time or resources.  Of course it could be that I feel this way because all I have is a little push mower to mow my extensive country lawn.  Or maybe it’s because I dream about the completed lawn and how it would look but just can’t stomach the around and around for hours on end enough to actually get there.  Unfortunately I cannot deny how beautiful it looks on those occasions when I do complete my lawn work, and so that spurs me forward and someday soon, maybe not quite this year, but soon I will join my fellow country kin who have that perfectly kept homestead.

Landscaping is more than just lawn though, in fact as the years continue to build up I see a lawn that is replaced by flowering prairie plants or bushes and trees.  This spring I have come to realize I need more flowering plants.  Spring is filled with Lilac, crab apple blossoms, tulips, daffodils and other flowering bulbs that lead into the Peonies and Tiger Lilies but then I have a lull in flowers that needs fixing.  Last year I planted Zinnias along my driveway in July and was blessed with a colorful bed of flowers along Haucke Lane for at least a month.  I will do that again this season and build on that season after season until I find myself and old man and can say as J Sterling Morton stated in closing his Washington Arbor Day address of 1894 said “So every man, woman, and child who plants trees shall be able to say on coming as I come, toward the evening of life, in all sincerity and truth, ‘If you seek my monument, look around you!’”

Work Day on the Farm

June 19th, 2012

What a typical day of work looks like at Keewaydin is in some ways the same as all the other farms out there and unique to this farm as well.  No I do not get up every day at 4 am to slop the hogs, I do not wear bib overall pants and carry around a pitch fork, yes I do at time stick a piece of grass in my mouth and chew on it.  Yes I do at time wear a straw hat J.  So how is that for a visual?  The younger generation (I’m still slightly in that category) is not your olden day’s farmers.  We are sometimes college grads, we are tech savvy, and don’t mind coming to visit our city friends and customers.  So whatever does that have to do with a work day on the farm I’m not exactly sure it’s just my attempt to dispel some of the images one might have as we go through our work day.  Plus if farmers are anything we are people who are happy to go off online casino australia on tangents.  My day in the summer typically starts around 6 am , a nice hearty breakfast and some good coffee to get the motor running.  As I’m sitting at the table I am looking at a map of my farm and thinking about what we would like to accomplish for the day.  With plan in hand, I step outside and do a walk around to finalize my plans.  Around 8 am the crew shows up and the work day begins.  On Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s the work day consists of planting, weeding, greenhouse work or cleaning and construction.  On Tuesday’s and Friday’s our day is spent harvesting for markets and CSA.  Typically the crew is done around 4 pm though sometimes we will go later if we need to finish a project.  For instance last week we planted several thousand feet of asparagus and needed to complete that planting and so we finished a little after five.  At this point it’s time to collect some veggies from the field and make a nice meal.  Evenings are spent enjoying the fresh country air, a cool breeze or on occasion returning to the field to plant more stuff.  Repeat until the snow flies, then hibernate!

Roots

June 19th, 2012

Roots are what anchors plants in the ground.  They provide nourishment for that part of the plant we see and they hold the earth together.  When I think about my farm I love to think about the roots I have set down on this land.  There is a deep sense of connection I get then thinking about this place that I have spent so many years of my life at.  When I was younger I would look across the ridge and dream about what might be over that ridge.  In my late teens early twenties I explored some of those places, finding beauty and friendship but not roots.  It wasn’t until my mid-twenties when those roots started to take hold, grabbing at me every time I came back for a short visit until one of those visits changed my thoughts from maybe I should stay to I’m staying.  It wasn’t quite that immediate but the wheels where turning, plans began taking shape and like all good dreams (at least for me) it began with something sweet.  In February of 2004 about a week before maple syrup season started I arrived back home so beginning my second life on my farm.  I am no longer the kid growing up on the farm, responsible for the chores my parents have laid out for me to take care now Im the adult laying out the chores list for my children or employees.  There has been many changes on my farm, trees have grown taller, buildings have gone up or been taken down, gardens have been moved and still many things stay the same, the games the children play, the view, the peace and quiet.  I hope some of you get a chance to experience what it’s like to have roots, that deep sense of place and connection.  The chance to stay in one spot and watch as time and place evolve around you.  It is through this connection that we develop our culture, our family our community.

Meet Your Farmers

June 12th, 2012

Keewaydin Farms is owned and operated by me (Rufus Haucke).  I grew up on this beautiful farm at the end of Haucke Ln in the middle of nowhere.  It’s a farm filled with strong Keewaydin breezes, silent winters, followed by waves of colorful and pleasantly noisy little birds, killer views, yipping Coyotes, and the pace and flow of seasons.  Although I am as they say the face of my farm it takes a crew of people to fill your boxes as well as boxes that go to groceries and restaurants from Minneapolis to Milwaukee and places in between.  I’m a luck man in that I have had the same crew working with me for a couple years now.  We have a good relationship (I hope) and I look forward to seeing them each year after the winter has passed and gardening begins again.  Adolfo and Alejandra, a husband and wife team, have been working on my farm for four years now, they are the backbone and Keewaydin Farm two full time employees.  Laura Burnham grew up on a farm just down the road from me and as a kid from a dairy farm in quite familiar with what it takes to spend the day working in the fields.  Jackie Kalinko is an educator by trade but a garden and food lover in the summer.  Margarita Michel Gomez is a student from Mexico spending the season studying organic agriculture on our farm.  Aurora and Karma are my daughters and they have their hands in the dirt now that school is out.  They also get to taste test all the goodies we put in your box.  That’s the crew in a nut shell.  I will get some pictures out there sometime soon so you can put a face to the names.

A Word from the Farm

June 12th, 2012

Dry!  There’s your word.  I have to say I have a bit of a different perspective on the hot and dry summer days than the average American.  I’m not saying I don’t enjoy my fair share of them and all the water related activities that go with those types of days.  When I lived in the mountains of Colorado the summer and winter was filled with cloudless days so we had that part of the equation but it was never really what you could describe as hot.  Not like Wisconsin sticky humid hot and that was something I actually missed.  I knew it was time to head home for me after overhearing someone online casino complain about the heat and humidity on one of those balmy 60 degree mountain days after a light dusting of snow the night before in the middle of June.  Okay so what was my point, oh yes, turn on the radio and every DJ on the planet when giving the weather report poo poos a rainy day and celebrates a sunny hot day.  With my farmer hat on I say bring me both the rain and the sun.  The rain is what makes Wisconsin such a beautiful place to live.  We are unique here with our abundance of fresh water and some of the most fertile soil on the planet.  So please mister or miss DJ predict some rain for me because it’s getting dry out here.

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June 5th, 2012

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Pick Up times and EOW Produce and Egg Share Reminder

June 5th, 2012

Our first box of the season is coming together as I type.  It’s nice to have the full crew back on the farm and what a pleasant day to be out in the gardens.  I have received a few emails wondering about pick up time so I just wanted to let everyone know that your boxes will be available after 3 pm at all the sites.  Please come get your box before 7 pm at the latest.

Also as a reminder, EOW Produce and Egg share members who pick up your box at the Waunakee, Lowell, Viroqua and LaCrosse sites, your first box and/or dozen eggs will not be available for pick up until next Wednesday online casino June 13th.

Finally as just one more reminder, if you don’t see your name on the box Please, Please don’t take someone else’s box.  Call me on my Cell phone at 608-606-0666 so I can figure out what has happened and come to some sort of solution.  Sorry for the constant reminder but it has been a problem in the past and it’s a hard one to fix from an hour and a half away.

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