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Posted 4/19/2018 10:31am by David Zemelsky.

 

No, I don't mean you! Mostly, a mantra to myself. "Stop Complaining"!  This came to me yesterday while transplanting beets outside.  This, by the way was one of the first outside plantings of the season.  Anyway, I was uncomfortably stooped over the tray of little plants, and a bit grumbly because the plugs weren't coming out easily. It was a bit on the cold side, too.  And then I realized that all of this was far better than the scorching heat of Summer.  Hence, the "stop complaining" thought entered my head.  There's almost always a situation that makes the present one seem like a piece of cake.  Anyway, I'll spare you all the usual "Spring is here!" stuff.  Just know that working outside when its cool is far better than mid-July!

Our tomatoes continue to recover.  They all survived, which is a testament to the resilience of plants.  Think back to when they were frosted about 5 weeks ago.  A terrible morning and a reason to complain.  What ever damage that happened was limited to the existing leaves and buds.  The "to be" buds were safely locked inside the main stem of the plant and not yet developed.  Over the next several weeks, they emerged from the dead foliage and now are flourishing. Here is my weekly picture to help illustrate:

Pretty cool, right?  You can still see some of the damaged leaves.  In a few more weeks, you won't even be able to see where the damage happened.  To help speed things along, we sprayed the plant with a kelp/fish mixture.  It is important to not overdue this, too.  Too much encouragement of leaf growth and the plant turns into a factory that only produces leaves, not fruit-which we obviously don't want.  Still, over all, we're set back a few weeks because of the event. So I say, "Stop complaining."

We're close enough to outdoor planting season to start talking about available plants that we'll be selling.  As a promotion for you, we're offering the following.  Buy and pay for a plant right now and we'll take great care of it for you till you want it and you can get another plant for free.  A two for one sale!  We've got a lot of amazing plants. There's tomato, pepper, eggplant, basil,parsley, rosemary, chives,thyme, cilantro, baby sunflowers, kale, summer savory, majoram.

If you want to see my catalogue click here.  

The store this week:  Please send me all orders by 8AM tomorrow (Friday) Your order will be ready after 2pm Friday.  Self service at our shed. Bring the correct amount of money, as there may not be enough change in the payment jar.  If you come after dark, bring a light.

Spinach- lots of glorious spinach on sale.  Single bag $6 or double bag for $10.(actually, we'll put tons in.  More than twice the weight.  Its worth it. )

Salad Greens- with lettuce, claytonia,kale $6/bag

Arugula- $6/bag.  A really fine crop, too

Claytonia- now with edible white flowers.  The claytonia is of high quality and I can now see that the end will be coming in 3 weeks or less.  If you haven't ever tried claytonia, its season is NOW.  Not to be missed.

Hakeuri Turnips-  this week, the experience is more about the greens than the actual turnip.  They are the best mustard type greens ever.  Bright color and taste.  $4/bunch

Pak Choi- $3/for two.

And don't forget the plant sale.  This is a good opportunity to get great organic plants for a good price.  I'll be running this sale this and next week, only.

Have a great week.

 

 

 

 

Posted 4/10/2018 10:26pm by David Zemelsky.

 

Dear Friends,

As you already know, Ty died this last February.  My family and I almost immediately came up with the idea of creating a show of her works, so that many other people could see the beauty and passion of the visual world that she created.  Please take the announcement  above as an invitation to join me and my family on May 19 at the farm.

Many farmers that I know have already started working outside.  At Star Light, we've had both spinach and carrots growing since late last fall.  Carrots, if you time it properly can get a start growing before Winter sets in and then when warm weather begins, start growing again.  By doing this, we'll probably have carrots by Memorial Day. If you start them too early in the Fall, then they don't form carrots, but rather just make a big bush of carrot tops that goes to seed.  Not what you want! The best time to plant is 12 weeks before a 10 hour day. 

This picture shows the size of the carrot plants right now.  These carrots were grown outside covered with short hoops and plastic (that is held down by sand bags)Just get ready for the sweet taste of fresh carrots.

Tomato report.  Every one of them are still alive and the tops are regenerating, as I promised they would.  I'm more than optimistic. Fact:even so, they have been set back a few weeks.  Here's what the same plant looks like this week.  Compare to last week.  Lots of growth.

 

CSA remains our best bet to get all the right food at the best price.  C.S.A.-Community Supported Agriculture, in case no one ever told you.  Our brand of CSA enables you to pick out the produce that you want, not what the farmer want you to have. Its a good system.  We tried it last year and it worked like a charm.  If interested, you can find a sign up on the home page of the website.

This week, please consider the following items to take home.  Just email me back by 8AM on Friday and your order will be waiting in the shed at 54 Fowler Ave. after 2pm on that same Friday.  Checks ok.  Bring a flashlight if you come after dark.

Salad Greens : with red lettuce, claytonia, spinach and kale $6/bag

Kale, Claytonia or Spinach $6/bag.  AND, for spinach, if you buy a double bag, the cost is $10.  We'll really stuff those bags and make them more than double!  A word about claytonia-now we're getting little white flower.  They taste good , too.  It also is a signal that we can expect the claytonia to start go out in about 3 weeks.  In the meantime, its awesome.  If you haven't tried it, this would be a great time.

Arugula-first cut and very tender, beautiful, aromatic and so tasty. $6/bag

Pea Tendrils- $6/bag

Pak Choi-some of the first of the season. Its young and tender. Either in salads or stir fries  $3/bunch

Radishes and Hakeuri Turnips are coming soon.

 

Posted 4/5/2018 9:07am by David Zemelsky.

There is a tendency for people in my position to paint a rosy picture about how everything is going so well on the farm that one just can't believe it.  In my humble opinion, as I start my 20th year of farming, if someone is trying to convince you of that-be skeptical.  The truth is, that things do sometimes go well and likewise maybe not so good.  We had a setback this year in our growing process, but we're past it now.  It bears no resemblance in magnitude to when the greenhouses caved in.(How did we ever get past that one?).  This one has to do with tomatoes (and a few peppers).

We started our first group of tomatoes on January 9th, in our basement under grow lights.  They did a great job of germinating and an even better job of growing.  After 8 days, we take them off their heat mats (the heat mats warm the soil and help the seeds germinate so much faster) and let them enjoy the artificial light.  When they got too big for the shelves, I was faced with a problem to solve.  Normally, we'll take them outside to  the nursery and let them enjoy natural light until late March, when they'll get planted directly in the one hoop house that has a furnace in it.  However, the little furnace that we use in the nursery had failed to measure up.  Because of end of winter budget restraints, a new furnace was not in the cards.  I then hit on the idea of asking a nearby fellow farmer if I could "borrow" some space from them.  This farmer was very agreeable, especially when I told him that I'd babysit his nursery while he went  away for a week.  So far, so good.  This particular nursery has a temperature sensor that will telephone the farmer on his cell phone, no matter where he is.  In this case, that would be California.  So, around 1:30AM, the vacationing farmer called me up and said that the sensor has phoned him-low temperature.  Ok, an adventure- I can do this.  I got dressed, got my flashlight and drove over to troubleshoot the problem.  I won't bore you with the details of what we collectively tried to do to fix the problem.  Whatever we tried, it didn't help.  So Plan B was to fire up his auxiliary heater. Problem solved temporarily.  During the day, the furnace repair man came over and gave the furnace a clean bill of health after looking at it.  That night-same scenario.  Low temperature reading.  MayDay! So over I went.  Etc. Etc.  And gave the auxiliary heater another go.  Problem solved again.  In the morning, more stuff was tried and another bill of good furnace health was issued.  I went to bed that night with trepidation.  However, no phone calls.  In the morning, as I approached the greenhouse, there was something erie going on-too quiet, especially considering how cold it felt on that day (March 10).  My feelings proved correct because when I opened the greenhouse door, I could tell that it was too cold.  My glorious plants had been frosted.  I swore, but that apparently did no good.  But here's where the story gets interesting (in case, it wasn't so far)- I decided that there was still hope for these plants.  True, many leaves and the top growth was done in.  But from past tomato plant frostings (yes, there've been others), I observed that new growth can happen.  The actual stem probably didn't freeze, just the leaves.  I continued to care for the vacationing farmer's plants and mine as well.  By the time he returned, I told him to keep watering them, that things would work out.

I've been over there several times since then, and saw after about 4 days-new growth.  The plants have lost most of its lower leaves, but there is now new growth.  They live!  Probably, this mishap has set the plants back by 2-3 weeks, but still-who cares?  I'm just glad for life.

Where you see lush, healthy looking growth at the top of the plant-that's all new growth.  This picture saids to me that this tomato plant will be ok. The damage is clearly visible, too.  Where it look brown and withered- that's where the frost nailed it.

To finish this story, I'll need to thank Joel, who got it in his head for some reason that these tomatoes had to be planted all today. And they now are!

Still room and time to sign up for the CSA.  This is probably the most cost effective way to get great food at a substantial savings.

Shed News: Order by 8AM Friday and pick up in shed at 54 Fowler Ave. after 2pm.  Checks ok.  Bring a light if you come after dark. Self service.

Special on Spinach!  A regular bag is $6.  For $3 more, we'll give you at least twice as much, maybe more.  This would be a real stuffed bag.  These are really happy plants, making tasty, sweet spinach for soups, salad and stir fries.(The three "s")

Salad Greens- with spinach,shocking red lettuce, kale, claytonia $6/bag

Claytonia-its still the height of the season.  I've already seen signs that there is an end, but not yet.  My current estimate is that we'll make it through the end of the month.  After that-we'll see.  $6/bag. Unique taste, look and texture.  You might want to try this one.

French Fingerling Potatoes- white, tender flesh.  Great for hash browns, soup, or roasted $4/lb

From Farmer Peter:

Famous Northfordy Tomato Sauce $10/jar

Sun-dried tomatoes $5/package

Bay Leaves $4/package

Red Raspberry low sugar Jam- $8/jar.  This is something to consider seriously

 

 

 

Posted 3/26/2018 12:02pm by David Zemelsky.

 

There's never any place where it all seems like heaven.  Take right now.  There are probably not many places as wonderful as a farm at this time of year.  Especially, I'm thinking would be the hoop houses.  They're warmer than your woodstove armchair.  The smell is fertile with great smells .  Visually, the greens are growing faster now and there's always something new to look at there, even if you just visited yesterday.  And for that reason it pays to keep your eyes sharp.  Things can change on a dime.  Its like New England weather-changeable while you blink your  eyes.  Which gets me to aphids.  

Aphids are not nearly as disgusting as slugs.  There's nothing objectionable about picking one up.(If you can-they're kind of small).  Aphids show up on arugula, kale and other plants as soon as we see a bit of warmth.  Not sure if they come out of the soil, but they like to hide on the underside of leaves.  One method of taking control of aphids is to spray them with a highly dense soap called "safer soap".  It tends to coat and smother the aphids.  Works well,but depends on the spray making contact with the little guys.  This spray is totally harmless to us and approved by the organic certification agency.  The other method, which I like better is just to spray them with water.  The aphids fall off and often drown while doing so.  Both are simple solutions.  But they only work if one keeps up on it.  An aphid infestation can be ponderous, so react upon your first spotting the little critters.  For a picture, go here:

https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef103

On a totally different note, I want to mention that my family and I are going forward with our Studio Show for Ty.  This will take place on May 19th from 1pm to 5pm.  There are several things that we'd like to be able to do that day. First, we'd love for as many people as possible to see what an amazing artist Ty was.  Check out her website:  Tyzemelsky.com  Second, any works of hers that are purchased, the proceeds will become part of the Ty Zemelsky Raising Star Scholarship.  This fund will provide a scholarship to a soon to be graduating senior at the local high school who is pursuing further studies in the visual arts.  It is our sincere hope that lots of you can attend this event to help us all remember what an amazing talent we have lost

 

This week we have more and more choices for you at our store.  Also, this week, please remember to send your orders directly to Joel at:smithbissett@yahoo.com  before 8AM on Friday.  Your order will be ready in the shed at 54 Fowler Ave. after 2pm on Friday.

Salad Greens $6/bag. Now includes claytonia,kale, spinach, tokyo bekana,red choi

Arugula- $6/bag

Spinach- $6/bag

Claytonia- $6/bag

Northfordy Famous Tomato Sauce- $10jar

Baby Red Russian Kale- $6/bag

Pea Tendrils- $6/bag

Red French Fingerling Potatoes, direct from heaven or someplace like that $4/lb

Baby Red Choi- $6/bag

Hope you find something of interest.  If any of you would like to talk to us about CSA and its great value in getting amazing food for a better price, please write back and Joel or I will contact you -pronto.

Have  a great week.

David

Posted 3/2/2018 5:52am by David Zemelsky.

Due to popular demand we at Starlight Gardens have decided to bring back our spring/summer CSA for the 2018 season.  That’s right folks we can’t help but respond to the calls for flavor justice.  Some of you may remember our CSAs of the past and others among you may be asking what is this CSA.    

         Now this year we will be doing things a little different then in the past.  After a successful test run during the fall of 2017, we are rolling out the YOU HAVE A SAY CSA.  Now you will have more flexibility to choose the contents of your share from what is available that week. In addition to that there’s two options for pickup at the farm or at the market.

         So let’s get down to the brass tacks.  18 weeks of produce starting in June for 600.  Each week you’ll receive 40 dollars’ worth of produce for less than 34 dollars a week, a 16% savings. Perhaps a full share is just too much?  We are also offering a smaller size share representing 30 dollars’ worth of produce for 18 weeks at 450 dollars.   At the time of sign up a 200$ down payment is required.  As a little extra something from the time you pay for your subscription to week one of the CSA, you’ll get 10% off any of our potted plants.  These will include savory herbs such as Basil, Thyme, Parsley and Rosemary to name a few.   We’ll have plants for your favorite Heirloom Tomato varieties, Eggplant and Pepper’s too. Is there a particular item we grow that you’re interested in trying at home?  Let us know early and we’ll due our best to accommodate.  

       This year’s CSA will include many of the items you’ve come to love us for including, an array of delicious and notorious greens, carrots, radishes, beets, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, onions, garlic, potatoes and leeks just to name a few.  We’re starting off small and stretching our CSA legs so there are a limited number of shares available and an even less small sized shares.  So sign up quickly to guarantee your place in the Great return of Starlight Garden’s CSA.  Visit our website or email us directly to sign up. 

  We look forward to sharing in the bounty of the coming season with you

sincerely

the Starlight Gardens crew

Posted 3/1/2018 10:13am by David Zemelsky.

It would be impossible not to notice how much lighter it is in the afternoon.  Think about it, we are now over 2 months past the Winter Solstice.  That's at least an hour of extra daylight.  For those of us who find the dark in the early/late afternoon a reason to dispair-this should be a time to rejoice.  I certainly will.  I've also mentioned the fact that not much photosynethesis  goes on when the daylight is less than 10 hours.  With today being the first of March, it is wonderful to report that everything is growing incredibly fast.

Of particular note is the claytonia.  Some of you are already familiar with this fantastic green and its fabled story as the saving grace for gold miners back in the day foraging for it it near where they were prospectiing.  Claytonia is so exquisite to look at and taste that most people will just have to sit down(out of breath) when they try it.  Not to be confused with our carrots, which will make you stand up and jump because they are so sweet.  Claytonia has a sweet/succulant taste.  Use it whenever you want a salad to impress everyone that you serve it to.  We're going to offer this to you for a special price to encourage everyone to try it.  ($6 for a double bag, 8oz.)

Meanwhile, we're reaping the benefit of long  tedious weeding of our spinach by Joel.  Like everything else that manages to survive cold weather, our spinach is sweet/crunchy and totally satisfying.

Its a busy time at Star Light.  For one thing, we're about to roll out information about our new CSA.  There's been CSA at Star Light in the past, and so many people have requested that we do it again.  Watch for the announcement coming out either today or tomorrow. CSA(Community Sustained Agriculture) is an excellent way to keep getting a great supply of some of our best food at an affordable/reasonable price.

Last week, we received our order of turmeric and ginger from Hawaii.  Our organic source sends us the most amazing ryzomes of each kind.  Its amazing to look at them and realize that a few days ago, they were existing 8000 miles away.  The first thing that we do with ginger or turmeric is prime it.  That would mean that we bury the pieces in peat moss and place them in trays on heat mats at 72 degrees.  They will remain that way for at least two months.  At the end of that time, we should be seeing shoots popping up for each piece.  The primed ginger/turmeric will then be planted in long rows with a drip tape to make sure that they have plenty of water.  We also feed them lots of blood meal (a good source of nitrogen) and organic fertilizer.  Both varieties are hungry for food, so we must indulge them if we hope to get a good crop.

 

Store Info for this week.  Like always, send in your order by 8AM Friday (March 2).  Your order will be ready in our shed at 54 Fowler Ave after 2pm on Friday.  Self service, so bring the correct change, or a check.  If you come after dark, bring a light. 

Here's what we have

Winter Hearty Salad-with red russian kale, spinach, claytonia $6/bag

Claytonia- SPECiAL!  $6/ for a 6oz bag.  $8 for 12 oz

French Fingerling Potatoes- $5/lb.  These two will make you jump

YAYA's- Carrots that are also guaranteed jumpers $5/lb

Two different kinds of Spinach( please specify) Red Kitten with a nice red stem and a smooth taste and Gazelle,which is green.  One very big bag $6

From Farmer Peter we will offer;

Famous Northfordy Tomato Sauce-$10/jar

Low Sugar Raspberry Jam- $8/jar

Winter Squash- Butternut $4 for large $2small

                        Delicata $2 for large $1small

English Cheese Pumpkin- $5

CT Field Pumpkin-$5

OK. That's it.  Look for CSA note today or tomorrow. And get your order in by 8am tomorrow.

best to you all,

David

Posted 2/22/2018 5:41am by David Zemelsky.

Dear seekers of good food,

Joel Here

How about the weather to start the week.  I was personally soaking in the sun and wearing shorts.  Yes, it was a view of what's to come and a bit of a tease as well.  Now I find myself looking at a wet cold day and trying to remember to wear enough layers.  Oh how a day can change things.

However, there are plenty happenings down on the farm to brighten up your day.  Last week I directed seeded our first crops for the 2018 season and they are beginning to sprout already.  Some Kale, Arugula, radishes, turnips and a few specialty Asian greens.  We'll even be planting some of the kale and choy that we started in January.  We'll be tucking them into the side of the high tunnels, setting them up with some row cover to stay warm and maybe even singing them a little song.

 

We'll be offering the following items this week.  Here they are:

Spinach: Two kinds, so let me know which one.  Gazelle,a smooth leaf that is totally packed with sweetness.  Green in color and rich in taste.  Red Kitten has a red stem.  Also, incredibly sweet. Either bag is $6/bag

Salad- with some of the above spinach, kale, claytonia, pak choi.  It is so satisfying to eat fresh salad.  And as an added boost, try getting Lino's special balsamic vinegar that he keeps in a big stainless steel container.  $6/bag

Baby Kale- Sweet as the winter is cold, Now I know I said last week that I wouldn't have anymore this week but I should be able to accommodate any orders. $6/bag

Claytonia- aka miner's lettuce. Gained it's notoriety as the source of winter time vitamin C to the Miner's during the Gold Rush   David calls it his winter warrior by far an epic and unique winter green. $6/bag

Red French Fingerling Potatoes- I'd either roast these with olive oil and salt or boil in water.  Either way, you're going to understand why the potato is the number one vegetable going. $5/lb

Carrots- direct from the Carrot Scientist own special field.  We're beginning to run to the end of our supply so mostly just purple.  It's possible that the supply will run out so it's a first come first serve.  However, fear not as the wonderful bounty of spring is not far off. 5$/lb

Northfordy's Famous Tomato Sauce $10/jar

Come to the shed after 2pm tomorrow.  Its going to be cold later, so make sure to pick up your order before it gets too cold.

Please get your order in by 8am Friday.

Thanks and Take Care

 

PS stay tuned for an announcement on the 2018 CSA

Posted 2/8/2018 11:13pm by David Zemelsky.

 

I'm going to play the grandparent card.  And I'm not ashamed, either.  On Monday, my daughter Rye and her wife Lauren had their second child.  She's a girl, like the first one, Frida.  Everyone is doing great.  And, as a result here it is late on Thursday night and suddenly realized no letter yet.  I'm hoping that those of you who would like something from us- that you'll be checking your mail first thing in the AM.  If so, and you want something, please write back immediately.  My apologies for thinking that grandchildren are the living end of wonderfulness.

To get you all into the reality that Spring is really coming, I'm offering the following picture:

Those two green things that you are looking at are baby carrot plants that are growing outside under low tunnels.  Low tunnels are just a smaller version of high tunnels, (which we have 4 of).  If you were to look out upon our fields now, you'd saw numerous rows of these low tunnels.  4 long rows are devoted  to baby carrots and the rest are full of spinach.  These carrot plants were planted in mid November and we should be seeing fresh early carrots by May sometime.  All done under the direction of the Carrot Scientist.

We'll be offering the following items this week.  Here they are:

Spinach: Two kinds, so let me know which one.  Gazelle,a smooth leaf that is totally packed with sweetness.  Green in color and rich in taste.  Red Kitten has a red stem.  Also, incredibly sweet. Either bag is $6/bag

Salad- with some of the above spinach, kale, claytonia, pak choi.  It is so satisfying to eat fresh salad.  And as an added boost, try getting Lino's special balsamic vinegar that he keeps in a big stainless steel container.  $6/bag

Red French Fingerling Potatoes- I'd either roast these with olive oil and salt or boil in water.  Either way, you're going to understand why the potato is the number one vegetable going. $5/lb

Carrots- direct from the Carrot Scientist own special field.  Purple and orange mix.  You'll fall under the Carrot Scientist guarantee.  If you don't jump up in the air after trying these, with delight, we'll refund your money.  To date, there's been no complainers.  I expect nothing less from you.  $5/lb

Northfordy's Famous Tomato Sauce $10/jar

Come to the shed after 2pm tomorrow.  Its going to be cold later, so make sure to pick up your order before it gets too cold.

Please let me know by 10AM tomorrow if you'd like something.  See? A two hour grace period!  Again, sorry for the late notice.

 

Posted 1/31/2018 9:12am by David Zemelsky.

 

Last week, I mentioned that once we reached 10 hours of daylight, that our crops would again start to grow at a steady pace.  That benchmark happened yesterday.  The length of the day today (Wednesday) will be 10 hrs 2minutes! In my mind, it is already Spring.  In fact, if you were to look in our basement and see the small kale, tomato, parsley and thyme plants, it is easy to realize that the next season is already here.  But lets try to stay in the moment.  After all, life is what is in front of us.  For that reason, I am enjoying watching what is (small healthy plants) and at the same time what will be (food!)  Its a difficult trick and I haven't learned it all, yet.

These are Juliet Tomato plants.  Juliet is the amazing tomato, small and firm, no water to speak of. Great to eat either raw or cooked.  Makes great dried tomato, too.  We're growing these big, so that if you wanted one, they'll be enormous by mid-May.

Red Russian Kale- these are going to be wonderful for making salad or just cooking in a pan.

Having said all this, we must look to the future.  The immediate future.  Its going to be of moderate temperature today and tomorrow.  Not so, for Friday.  Therefore, it is only going to work to harvest on the first two days.  Also, anything that stays in the shed for too long-it will freeze.  If you'd like some of our offerings this week, we're going to go with a Thursday 8AM cutoff and come get it Thursday after 2pm in the shed.   For those of you who can't make it here on Thursday, let me know and I'll put your order out on Friday(just give me a time).

Here's what we can offer for you this week:

Famous carrots (well, they are to me). Last week, I offered anyone a refund if they didn't jump up in the air with delight upon trying them.  Not one taker did I have. $6/bag

Salad- a hearty Wintery mix, with spinach, kale, claytonia $6/bag

Spinach- extremely sweet (extremely) $6/bag

French Fingerling Potatoes- $5/bag(lb) This little gems will please you.

Northfordy Tomato Sauce- one of the best, we've ever tried.  Made by our neighbor, Farmer Peter.  I'm just selling them for him as a neighborly gesture. $10/jar

Watch this list grow as the Spring comes on.  Its a beautiful sight.

One moment to brag.  Our son, Aaron Torrison (founder of Torrison Stone and Garden) put in a breathtaking step of front steps for us.  Please check them out whenever you drive by.  He, and his school boy friend of many years, Aaron Kestenbaum are partners in the landscape/painting business. (Actually, they do a wide range of things, too  numerous to list here.  If you need something done at your house, they are ready to do it.) Reasonably priced, too.   Contact info:  860 388 7774  or THESTONESCAPECOMPANY.COM 

 

 

Posted 12/20/2017 6:56am by David Zemelsky.

Well what can one say about this year

It's certainly been epic, full of ups and downs both on and off the farm.  There have been challenges, some we've asked for and some which we will gladly face despite they're taking us by surprise.  With the holiday season upon us and Winter only a day away I suppose it is important to remember life's strange balance.  The good and the bad, the light and the dark, the Winter and the Summer. 

As this my fourth season on the farm winds down despite any hardships I know I'm very fortunate to be where I am.  Starlight Gardens and yes all of you great people who have supported us now and in the past have been a big part of that.  As I watch the sunrise on this the last day of fall for 2017 I want to personally say Thank You all and wish happiness and prosperity to you and yours.

At Starlight we're trying to tie up loose ends around the farm.  A little cleaning and organization here, some last minute planting and weeding there.  All the while I can't ignore that feeling of excitement in my stomach.  Much like a child anticipates all the wonder and joys of the Holidays.  I know soon enough I'll be trouncing around in the March mud, starting our first seedlings indoors and broad forking in the high tunnels for the season's first tomatoes.  I hope you're all looking forward to 2018 and Starlight Gardens being a part of it, we are certainly hoping to make it a great season.

We are offering some more great deals this week before we close up shop for a little.  We know it can be busy this time of year so you can specify Thursday or Friday pickup.  However, we still need all orders by 8am Thursday

We're continuing the 25% off Turmeric at 1.50 an oz.  However 50% 1lb or more, freeze some and have it for the cold months ahead.

Beets 2$/lb while supplies last.

Potatoes 3$/lb

David's very own desert island tomato(Juliets) dried to flavor concentrated perfection.

Usually $5/oz  now $10 for 3oz

Sweet Baby Kale,6$/per bag double bag for 8$

Even sweeter carrots

Buy 1lb for $5 get 1.5lb

Also available

Salad Greens $6/bag

Arugula $6/bag

Braising Greens $6/bag

Baby Spinach $6/bag.

Tokyo Bekana- a good green for stir fries $6/bag

We also have tremendous Thyme and sage 3$/bunch

From Farmer Peter we have the following:

Bay HERB $4

Pickled Beets- $9/qt

Raspberry Jam, low sugar $8/jar

Winter squash: $4 each Butternut

Tomato Sauce-the very best.  $10/jar

Thanks and Enjoy

Joel