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  • Farm Angels | Green Gate Farms
    Farm Angels They alight with smiles gathering shares and sprinkling us with encouragement They do the hard work of extending the reach of our farm In turn we are forever grateful that they help do the marketing that keeps our farm in business They also fill the gaps the farmer sometimes doesn t have time to handle Like answering Why does my bouquet look like last weeks share Repeated flooding has made it difficult to plant new varieties Why was my bouquet small at the start of the season Members receive abundance as the farm produces Your flower shares grow larger with the season and should more than make up for the start of the season Why does my bouquet arrive in a tin can Because we are certified organic we do not add chemical extenders to water And because Farmer Erin is persnickety about plastic we don t use plastic sleeves So in an effort to keep your stems hydrated we recycle cans that should fit into your car s cupholder and if you have several bouquets in the recycled soda trays Kinda convoluted we know but you see the method to our madness Feel free to donate used cans As we head into our final six weeks of the season our attention is shifting to Fall The great news is that we have constructed a hoop house so our range of petals is about to increase significantly We re dreaming of peonies What would you like us to grow Now s the time to let us know Or tell your lovely Community Organizer About Green Gate Farms View all posts by Green Gate Farms CSA Newsletter Week 13B CSA Newsletter Week 14A No comments yet Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Comment Name required Email will

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  • Flowers | Green Gate Farms
    By Green Gate Farms on May 28 2015 in CSA Farm News Flowers On Saturday I gathered stems for Kerstin s weekly portrait of your upcoming share I was tickled to see the scarlet celosia filling out and bright rudebekia beginning to pop As you can see from this image a colorful bouquet was coming your way But the rain came first And wouldn t stop Eight inches of water Continue Reading 0 Flower CSA Fragrant Pastels By Green Gate Farms on May 19 2015 in Blog CSA Flowers What an odd spring So many surprises So much rain This week I ve channeled my inability to plant frustrations into gathering wildflowers for you In this gorgeous thank you Kerstin photo you ll see a pastel bundle featuring pinkish leek scapes pale green horsemint creamy yarrow spiky blue salvia with some Johnson grass for bounce Be sure to Continue Reading 0 Week 6 Flower CSA Cultivated color By Green Gate Farms on May 12 2015 in Blog CSA Flowers Despite the constant rain we ve been harvesting the first of our cultivated colors this week Those of you who prefer familiar flowers marigolds sunflowers celosia etc should be pleased The sunflowers we forced in the greenhouse have paid off given that the plants in our soggy fields won t be blooming any time soon Continue Reading 0 Week 5 Flower CSA Firewheels and Mexican Hats By Green Gate Farms on May 12 2015 in CSA Farm News Flowers Gaillardia pulchella Sounds like an Italian actress but is in fact what we Central Texans call Indian blanket or firewheel When I see these I know the shift from spring to summer has begun Your share this week will likely feature these beauties as well as a few Ratibida columnifera or Mexican

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  • First Flowers of the Season: Winter Veggies and Wildflowers | Green Gate Farms
    on April 13 2014 in Farm News Flowers When I was a girl nothing thrilled me more than spying on the weddings my father performed As a preacher s kid I lived next to the church so I was an uninvited guest to many a special event Maybe that s why I am so tickled whenever I get to create a bouquet for a bride March wedding bouquet for Christa and her groom Who can resist a bluebonnet bay and rosemary for remembrance on a lapel The gift of this cold blustery hail filled spring has been a sweep of wildflowers Bluebonnets Indian Paintbrush Flax Spiderwort are claiming every inch that isn t cultivated at our River Farm And speaking of cultivating I m way behind Zinnias sunflowers Ammi Celosia yes they are coming but not as quickly as they have in the past That s why our early Flower CSA members received wildflower bundles this week Be sure to reserve your bouquet Current members add a Flower CSA to your current subscription by logging into your online account or send us an email at admin greengatefarms net There s no telling what will come your way About Green Gate Farms View all posts by Green Gate Farms Spring Summer CSA Newsletter Week 4A of 20 Recipe Share with Workshare Emily Week 5 No comments yet Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Comment Name required Email will not be published required Website Make A Donation Fundraising Websites Crowdrise Become A Farm Supporter First Name Last Name Email Address Photos on flick r Helpful Links Join the Meat CSA Manage Your Meat CSA Account Join the 2016 Spring Summer CSA Manage Your Vegetable CSA Send Your Kid To Camp Attend A Workshop Calendar Directions Contact Us About Green Gate

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  • Flowers | Green Gate Farms
    Reading 0 Camp Flowers By Green Gate Farms on June 26 2014 in CSA Farm Based Education Farm News Flowers Vegetables This week s Flower Share is bright and happy from the rain this week Perky zinnias marigolds pyrethrum Mexican hats plus the scents of fennel Mexican mint marigold and Thai Basil I ve been meaning to provide a photo with each stem labeled to clarify each flower but as you can see Farm Camp season is upon Continue Reading 0 Last of the wildflowers By Green Gate Farms on June 11 2014 in Blog Farm News Flowers Can you believe wildflowers are still bobbing their heads at the front of our farm along Decker Lane Fields of firewheels coreopsis and bee balm are still bright as we head into mid June Amazing This gift from the Rain gods made this week s share bright and fragrant Blue salvia blooming oregano tangy fennel Continue Reading 0 Local Flower Share Ingredients By Green Gate Farms on May 14 2014 in Farm News Flowers Recently a florist joined me for a walk around our farm While she advised me about the colors and types of flowers her customers require I collected what was blooming Since I tend to be drawn to edible scents and color I reached for the fennel and its dreamy licorice flavor Added some pyrethrum which Continue Reading 0 Edible Spring Flower Bouquets By Green Gate Farms on May 7 2014 in Blog Flowers Eat your view Your edible bouquets have featured one of our favorites lately chamomile This aromatic daisy like flower makes a tea that relieves anxiety reduces indigestion and improves sleep That s why Farmer Skip and I end our long days with a cup before bed This calming ritual is becoming a necessity as we

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  • CSA Newsletter Week 10A | Green Gate Farms
    com Indian Hills Organic Smithville Karen Kendall indianhillsorganics gmail com Volunteers needed for weeding repairing fences washed away from orchard Bernhardts Farm Elgin Donna and Alex 512 791 8404 Severe flooding TWICE wiped out fences orchard summer harvest All hands needed ASAP or donate to http www gofundme com bernhardt If you know of other farmers in need please refer them to former farmer Sue Beckwith who is facilitating financial assistance from Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association emergency funds tel 512 496 1244 To find your nearest farmer see www localharvest org NOTES FROM THE FIELD Howdy The sun is out Finally Summer is on the way So it looks like we re going to get a break from the rains for a minute fingers crossed and we ll be able to get back on schedule These few days of dry weather have helped us resume our planting and weeding schedule which will keep us on track for having great veggies for the next ten weeks Since the rains have stopped we ve been able to get more summer squash planted and we ve gotten nearly all of the potatoes out of the ground The tomatoes are ripening incredibly fast with all the sunshine It ll be a challenge to keep up with them You re welcome to come help harvest There are giant peppers on the plants and hopefully they ll ripen quickly too As we begin the first of our summer shares you should anticipate the last of the greens beets and other root veggies as we shift to potatoes tomatoes cukes green beans basil Enjoy the remaining couple weeks of spring crops before we settle into solidly summer veggies Hope you enjoy this weeks haul and thanks again for supporting our farm Jason RECIPE SHARE WITH CASSIE OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR This recipe came to me the day after I dropped out of college very briefly I was a little sad and at that time prone to watching the Food Network The Barefoot Contessa made this on her show and it looked so good to me that I became obsessed with it I ve made this recipe so often I could practically do it with my eyes closed I couldn t find her exact recipe for Roasted Rosemary Potatoes Green Beans but this one is pretty close I love rosemary and whenever I make this recipe for a potluck people just oooh and awww over it LOVE VEGGIES Farm Stand open Tuesdays 3 6pm and Fridays Saturdays 10 2pm ON SALE THIS WEEK Green Beans Potatoes Purple Viking Yukon Red Beets Cucumbers Suyo Long Market Pickling Tomatoes Red Slicers Purple Cherokee Cherry Shallots You ll find all of the veggies from our CSA share plus more eggs meat and honey SNAP WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program thank you for organizing this Sustainable Food Center accepted as are all other forms of payment See you at the Big Red Barn HOOP HOUSE CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP Want to extend your growing

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  • Blog | Green Gate Farms
    2015 in Blog CSA Newsletter Notes From the Field Recipes Vegetables NOTES FROM THE FIELD Well it s true folks It can rain for weeks at a time in Texas As farmers we tend to talk about the weather a lot But I think this rain has got everyone talking As the rain continues our priorities have had to shift a little We re now racing to get Continue Reading 0 Flower CSA Fragrant Pastels By Green Gate Farms on May 19 2015 in Blog CSA Flowers What an odd spring So many surprises So much rain This week I ve channeled my inability to plant frustrations into gathering wildflowers for you In this gorgeous thank you Kerstin photo you ll see a pastel bundle featuring pinkish leek scapes pale green horsemint creamy yarrow spiky blue salvia with some Johnson grass for bounce Be sure to Continue Reading 0 Week 6 Flower CSA Cultivated color By Green Gate Farms on May 12 2015 in Blog CSA Flowers Despite the constant rain we ve been harvesting the first of our cultivated colors this week Those of you who prefer familiar flowers marigolds sunflowers celosia etc should be pleased The sunflowers we forced in the greenhouse have paid off given that the plants in our soggy fields won t be blooming any time soon Continue Reading 0 Flower Field Update Scrounging in May By Green Gate Farms on May 3 2015 in Blog CSA Flowers The good news is it s May Birds are chirping blue skies billow with fat clouds rain is still in the forecast However rain has been part of our problem this season Though these lovely daisies pyrethrum are finally beginning to pop the other blooms are stalled Celosia and marigold are on the cusp The dozens Continue

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  • A Woods Dies. A Pasture is Born | Green Gate Farms
    feels sharper and meaner as if it s brought along an angry Paul Bunyan to knock the stuffing out of this place Even hackberries along the river have succumbed to drought Crack snap and thud This is how a forest disappears One tree at a time How unnatural this thing they all succession It feels more like surrender and I the owner feel like nature tricked me This woods hasn t simply retreated it s disappeared in two short years Any woods in Texas is a bonus and this one was lush and wild when we purchased it in 2009 Its trees thrived in the rich silty loam growing 50 feet or more Some of the hackberries were so big their gray trunks were as smooth as beech They offered shade and windbreak and food for wildlife If I d had the water and time I would have tried saving each of them after all a farmer s natural impulse is to nurse the farm s weak and withering But these are not natural times at least from my limited perspective of 56 years And so I decided to do a very unnatural thing I decided to assist the Master Pruner by pushing the trees over with the tractor It s a slightly dangerous yet oddly pleasant job I feel part bully part casket bearer as I drive up to them raise the front loader and size up their weakness My tractor is not big so I have to ram with force and speed As in any fight a half hearted attempt is ruinous The tree will either let go and topple or spring back and wobble if the latter the tractor rears up like a horse its front wheels spinning a foot or two above the ground As I

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  • Blog | Green Gate Farms
    Gate Farms on March 19 2014 in Blog Farm News FARM MANAGER JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title Farm Manager Green Gate Farms Urban Farm Organization Green Gate Farms 8310 Canoga Avenue Austin TX 78724 512 484 2746 www greengatefarms net Organization Overview Green Gate Farms is an award winning certified organic family farm begun in 2006 by Skip Connett and Erin Flynn In the past nine years we ve grown from a Continue Reading 0 RecipeShare with Workshare Emily By Green Gate Farms on March 19 2014 in Blog CSA Farm News Recipes 2014 Spring Share Week 1B Welcome to the opening week of our spring season It s exciting to finally be seeing some warmer temperatures and to return to full shares of fresh produce from the land You ll be getting lots of nutritious greens in your CSA bags this week so here are Continue Reading Newsletter March 12th 2014 By Green Gate Farms on March 13 2014 in Blog CSA Farm News Newsletter To help you make the most of your CSA share visit RecipeShare with WorkShare Emily NOTES FROM THE FIELD with Farmer Jamie Dear Members Figures that the final week of our Winter CSA season coincides with 35 mph winds and the prediction of yet another freeze Continue Reading 0 RecipeShare with WorkShare Emily By Green Gate Farms on February 12 2014 in Blog CSA Recipes Welcome to another edition of recipes to help you make the most of your CSA share This week brings the arrival of cauliflower a cruciferous vegetable that is particularly high in vitamins C and K We re still harvesting broccoli florets too which pairs well with cauliflower in many dishes You can always just slightly steam Continue Reading 0 Previous 1 8 9 10 Next Make A Donation Fundraising Websites

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