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Posted 9/30/2014 7:18pm by Jenna Untiedt.
September 30, 2014
A Weekly Update from Farmer Jerry: 
 
As I write this short note Tuesday morning, the weather change is in the air. Brisk winds have moved to the SE, signaling rain, and the temperatures have fallen away from those of our summer like weekend. The coming winter continues to battle the end of summer with fall like conditions. We all know just how this battle will end, just as it has for eons of time. Soft green carpets of grass give way to soft white blankets of sparkling white sow. Our challenge is to enjoy all of these conditions- the great weather transition from summer to winter.
 
On the farm, we are still harvesting remnants of summer in the form of beans, zucchinis, and chub cucumbers. In our spare moments we excavate our raised beds of soil which hold some of our summers late treasures in the form of sweet potatoes. Often times, I am amazed at our abilities to bring forth yields of crops so foreign to Minnesota soils. You'll all have a chance to sample these "nutritionally perfect" treasures in this and next weeks share. We also continue our harvests of many squash varieties, beets, and carrots. Pumpkins will be the next and last before the Great Fall Cleanup begins. All of this harvest is being thankfully received after enduring the most challenging season of 2014. We as a group are so thankful for all of your support.  
The shares this week include:
Lettuce Mix:
Salanova lettuce with Romaine lettuce offers a nice change with sweetness returning to the leaves. 

 

Beans:
Again, a sampling of yellow wax beans. Steamed, creamed, or boiled we all enjoy them. 
 
Leeks:
Just in time for those fall soups, which leeks lend themselves to. In fact, last evening I immensely enjoy fresh leek and potato soup courtesy of my daughter Jenna. I have to say it was just plain wonderful!
 
Onions:
Epicurean again and still as sweet or sweeter than when we harvested and began the curing process. Keep in a cool dry place to save for later use. 
 
Zucchini:
A strange harvest indeed when we have the pleasure of 'cutting' summer squashes in the fall. Please enjoy them. 
 
Chub Cukes:
A few for you all to garnish those salads and just for a small snack. They really detest cool weather so this may be the end for 2014. 
 
Sweet Potatoes:
It isn't every season that we can successfully grow this crop on our farm. For some reason, this year they look and taste wonderful and we'll try to send them again next week!
 
Salsa Mix:
A little "heat" might be in the recipe for our fall salsa mix. Caution is advised as the pepper, either Habanero or Ghost, are very spicy- so be careful as you might only need 1/4 of a pepper. Let the San Marzano Roma tomatoes ripen a day or two on your counter before using. 
 
Carnival Squash:
A sweeter and certainly prettier variety of acorn squash. Bake them in the oven and serve with butter, salt and pepper or perhaps a little brown cane sugar. 
 
Buttercup Squash:
Mild, sweet, moist and tender this variety is one of the favorites. Just like pumpkins, the seeds can be saved and roasted. 
Hopefully, the share for this week will provide you all with a source of hearty and healthy sustenance for the coming week. 

As you all know, next week is scheduled to be the last week of the CSA season from Untiedt's. After scouting the remaining crops on the farm and sharing the disappointment of losing most of the apple season due to a hailstorm, we would like to add one more week, Tuesday, October 14 to your share dates. We so much enjoy your support in the form of emails, letters, visits, and calls that we feel this is the least we can do for our SUPERB shareholders. Please accept and enjoy a week #18 at no charge on us.  

So many things to be thankful for-  

Farmer Jerry and Crew
Seasonal Recipes
Seasonal Salsa Recipe
Use all ingredients from the salsa mix bag
Use Caution as the pepper is EXTREMELY HOT!
 
Ingredients:
  • Tomatillos, husked and quartered

  • Onions

  • Hot Pepper (Caution: EXTREMELY HOT!)

  • 3-4 Roma Tomatoes

  • Minced Garlic Optional

  • Dash of Salt

Directions:
 
Boil or roast tomatillos, onions, tomatoes and pepper.
 
Once soft, place everything in the blender with a dash of water. Blend together.
Posted 7/29/2014 10:19am by Jenna Untiedt.

 

July 29, 2014
A Weekly Update from Farmer Jerry: 
 
It's almost August 1st and it feels like early June. This is the most wonderful weather for people, but a little hard on plants. Normally, we'd be experiencing an August heat wave, but tis season its been cool and much wetter than normal. These conditions seem more like the Maritime Climate of England than the Midwest of the USA. Consequently, a crop maturation is lagging, tomatoes ripening slowly and our raspberries have gone on stroke refusing to ripen at a normal pace. The sweet corn is almost 3 weeks later than normal as are many other of our crops. Thankfully our tunnels are providing some additional "passive solar" heat to keep some crops moving along and our shares remain full. 
 
On behalf of our team, I would like to thank all of you who took time from your busy lifestyles to visit us during our tour season. It was so inspiring to listen to you, to learn from you, to share farm experiences with your children, and present to you our farming operation. Many, many thanks to you all. 
The shares this week include:
Sweet Corn:
Yes, we got it done. It's ripe, sweet, and our favorite variety-a sweet yellow old fashioned corn that offers wonders to your palate. Please enjoy. 

 

Raspberries:
Our plan was to use the cool weather to offer a high quality harvest for your share. Unfortunately, Mother Nature intervened and the berries stayed unripe, causing a shortage which we have filled with grape tomatoes. Great flavor in either case- just not our plan. Some shares will have raspberries, which the others will have grape tomatoes, please understand. 
 
Onions:
Yes, the Epicureans continue- flavor, texture, sweetness and memories. Yes, memories of you all on the tour pulling and harvesting these tasty treats from the tunnels. 
 
Beans:
Freshly harvested Green Beans are again here for your liking. They are young, tender, and the peak of the seasons harvest. 
 
Tomatillos:
Green salsa here we come. Offered to open new consumption horizons, these are young, sweet, and ready to experiment with. Truly, give them a try and enjoy!
 
Chub Cukes:
Your response has been overwhelmingly favorable with these baby cukes. Enjoy them raw as our plants are getting tired and the new crop is 40 days away. 
 
Tomatoes:
Slicers are included again. They are a little orange colored due to 50 degree nights. Place them on your counter for a couple of days until they are deep, dark red.  
 
Jalapeno Peppers:
Just a few for that green salsa or to spice up your eating lives a bit. The first of the season with the ability to add a little heat to a cool season. 
 
Green Bell Pepper:
Mild, sweet, crispy and crunchy- everything that store bought peppers are not. Eat them raw, place them in salads or cook with them. 
 
Zucchini:
Our most versatile vegetable is still here. In two colors it offers so many consumption options. 
 
Cabbage:
Tierra is the variety. Really a spring cabbage, but who knows, maybe it's still spring. Remove the outer leaves, wash the sand and grit off and use in slaws, sandwiches, or shred for burgers. 
 
Eggplant:
Japanese eggplant, a different but delightful entree. We'll be into regular teardrop shaped eggplant in a week or two, but this variety will get you going. 
 
Hopefully the above summarizes adequately the share breakdown for the week. It really fills the box and was so satisfying for us to produce. We hope you do enjoy this share and we will strive to continue "growing for you."

Best Regards, 
Farmers Jerry and Crew
Seasonal Recipes
Tomatillo Salsa Verde
 
Ingredients:
1 pound tomatillos, husked
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tbsp chopped oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
salt to taste
2 cups water
 
Directions: 
  1. Place tomatillos, onion, garlic, and jalapeno into a saucepan. Season with cilantro, oregano, cumin, and salt; pour in water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the tomatillos are soft, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Using a blender, carefully puree the tomatillos and water in batches until smooth.
Posted 7/29/2014 10:18am by Jenna Untiedt.
July 22, 2014
A Weekly Update from Farmer Jerry: 
 
For a day for two perhaps summer has arrived. Monday we managed to squeak out a 92 degree reading which really helped the crops move along. We will need many more of these days if we hope to salvage the growing season on the Untiedt Farm. 
 
The CSA Share Box this week contains 11 different items to fill your plates and challenge your meal prep skills. The shares breakdown as follows:
The shares this week include:
Raspberries:
Yes, they are included but to be honest, its too hot to send them. Blame me and no one else for sending them and realize there will be more weeks with cooler days to deliver them later on this season. Should they look a little weak, remember they will be just fine for a yogurt topping, a cereal compliment or with a little half and half or on ice cream. They were ripe and ready and I just can't waste them. 
 
Onions:
Yes, another Epicurean- top those burgers, sate them into eggs, or put them into salads. 
 
Peas:
We have included a mixture of sugar snap and snow peas. The snow peas are the flat pod and are excellent in stir-fries or in salads. The sugar snaps actually have the peas within the pods- pull the string off and shell, put in stir fry, steam, boil, or eat raw! 
 
Beans:
Another mixture with a few yellow wax beans and more green beans. The first offering of beans for the season will hopefully be followed with many more, but these first ones always have the best flavor. 
 
Zucchini:
Perfect for the grill and perfect for our diet in this heat. Low calories and plenty of vitamins. 
 
Chub Cukes:
Perfect for hot weather eating in salads, sliced in vinegar, juiced, or served just about anyway!
 
Tomatoes:
Red and ripe, our plants have been struggling to ripen their fruit with this cool summer. Hopefully today we have an extra or two in the share box. 
 
Kale:
We have lost so much of our kale crop to the high water, but have managed to salvage a little. Fall looks better as we have much more kale coming in our replanted fields.  
 
Herb of the week: Chives:
The herb of the week is chives. Don't be afraid to clip off what you need to add to your potatoes or salads this week. It grows very rapidly and is a perennial should you desire to overwinter these plants in your garden. 
 
Potatoes:
Freshly dug yesterday, these "spuds" are sweet and tasty- not so starchy like those winter storage potatoes. Baked, boiled or grilled, they offer many possibilities. 
 
Turnips:
These roots along with their green tops are very enjoyable. The latter part of this week again looks cooler and should provide some wonderful kitchen time for turnips and turnip greens. 
 
This summarizes the share for this week. We hope you enjoy the contents and the variety. Looking forwards, the Day Neutral Strawberries will soon be back, the cantaloupe and honeydews continue to size up, and watermelon will happen even with this cool summer. The apple crop looks favorable with no hail in the orchard so far this season. We will keep growing for you and sincerely appreciate your support. 

Best Regards, 

Farmer Jerry and Crew
Seasonal Recipes
Jenna's Favorite Green Beans with Thai Peanut Sauce
 
Ingredients:
1 bunch of fresh beans
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
1 tablespoon coconut oil, sesame oil, or olive oil
2 tablespoons Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos
 
Directions: 
Saute beans in pan with your choice of oil and garlic, topped with a little salt. I enjoy my beans a bit on the crunchy side, so I saute them for about 5-7 minutes before adding the mixture of nut butter and soy sauce or aminos. Mix in the liquids, cook for another 2-3 minutes and serve hot with a dash of salt. Enjoy!
Posted 7/15/2014 8:26am by Jenna Untiedt.

July 15, 2014
A Weekly Update from Farmer Jerry: 
 
A good day to you all as we are preparing share #5 for delivery this morning. As I write, the breeze or wind,  is straight out of the North with a temperature of 56 degrees. It feels like the end of September, but as long as it stays on the dry side we should be ok. I should mention, that we did receive another 3-4 inches of rain this past weekend adding to the wetness issues we are facing on the farm this season. 
 
Before I move on to the share description, I must add a sincere thank you to all of you who attended our tours this past week. It was a so heartwarming to visit with you, receive your support, and most of all share our farm experience with you and your families. 

The shares this week include:

Baby Red Potatoes:
Freshly dug yesterday morning and ready for the grill, the oven or boiled- there is just nothing like these potatoes for a healthy addition to your meals. 
 
Lettuce:
Please wash and rinse carefully as the driving rain storms of the past weekend drove some sand into the leaves adding undesirable crunch if we are not careful. 

 

Chub Cucumbers:
These are ready and waiting to be included in the cuke salad recipe Jenna is including today. So many of you on the tour this weekend ask for this we just had to do it. Do enjoy!
 
Slicing Tomatoes:
Red and nearly ready to eat, these prizes of our garden are included for your enjoyment. Let them set on your counter for a couple of days to become fully ripe before serving.  
 
Turnips:
Just in time for a cold spell. I hope you'll enjoy these first of the season root veggies served like mashed potatoes they should harmonize with our cool weather. 
 
Grape Tomatoes:
Included again and almost ready to snack on or include in your salads. Please give them a couple of days on your counter to fully ripen. I must add that this cooler weather has slowed ripening in our tomato crop to a near "standstill"- but this will change as summer advances. 
 
Zucchini:
The special extra fancy size lends itself to just about all styles of cooking. from salads to broiling to frying to steaming- the healthy eating is endless. 
 
Slicing Cuke:
We've added a slicing cuke from our trellised cruke crop. They are long and dark in color and have never touched the ground. Great for salads, sliced in vinegar, or whatever a recipe demands. 
 
Onions:
The first of the season from our "Epicurean Delight" onion selection. These onions are selected for their texture and flavor, and are in my opinion one of the best fresh onions available in Minnesota. These a re just the first of what we believe will be a fine onion harvest. 
 
Sugar Snap Peas:
These sweet sugar snaps are meant to be eaten shell and all. Just remove the stem and string along the shell and then stir-fry, steam, or boil and enjoy!

Please enjoy the share this week, already number 5. There is lots more to come in the way of share contents and we only need some nice weather to make them happen. Your continued support is so much appreciated and many thanks for letting us grow for you. 

Good growing and great eating,

Farmer Jerry and Crew
Posted 5/9/2014 2:29pm by Jenna Untiedt.

Rain, rain go away! Spring is here, which also means spring showers! While we have had lots of rain these past two weeks, we have managed to get into the fields a little bit. Tomatoes are being planted, sweet corn is in the ground, and more crops are being sewn each day. Some sunshine and warm days would be of great assistance in these coming days and weeks. 

In the meantime, all of our Garden Centers are OPEN! Buffalo, Knollwood, Maple Grove, and Minnetonka are all open. They are full of beautiful bedding plants, perennials, hanging baskets and patio pots. We are also at the Minneapolis Farmers Market seven days a week, weather dependent! Make sure to stop by this weekend and pick up something for Mom! With so many great options to choose from, you will have a hard time deciding on the perfect plants!

The first of the asparagus is being cut tomorrow morning! There won't be a lot, but what we have available will be for sale at the Minneapolis Farmers Market! Make sure to get there early to grab your first batch of locally grown asparagus. So yummy on the grill or sauteed on the stove...so many options! 

Make sure to get outside and enjoy the little bit of dry weather we are supposed to have Saturday morning! Pick up your plants, dig in the dirt and welcome spring to your home with beautiful, bright flowers!

 

Posted 4/25/2014 2:31pm by Jenna Untiedt.

Tomorrow, April 26th, marks our first weekend at the Minneapolis Farmers Market! It is always an exciting time of year. The time of year when we get to connect with our customers on a regular basis once again, as well as our part time seasonal employees! Our employees are the greatest, putting in long hours every weekend for the duration of the season. We truly appreciate our customers as well as our employees! We always hope this time of year that Mother Nature decides to shower us with sunshine, but even when that doesn't happen, we venture to market and do our best to set up in the rain. This weekend marks the first of 27 weekends at the Minneapolis Farmers Market and the Minneapolis Farmers Market Annex. 

We begin the season with beautiful bedding plants. Pansies, petunias, geraniums and so much more! The colors are so vibrant, and after the LONG winter, we all need some bright colors in our life again! All of our staff is eager to help you pick out the right plants for your yards! We have gorgeous patio pots that are perfect for the front step! Hanging baskets galore to add color anywhere!

As the season progresses, we will add locally grown fruits and vegetables. Visiting the market on a regular basis gives our visitors the opportunity to eat their way through what Minnesota has to offer! So many great fruits and vegetables to choose from throughout the season. Asparagus to sweet corn, and apples to zucchini, so many choices!

In addition to the local produce and flowers, Untiedt's runs the concession as well. Stop on by for a hot cup of coffee and warm cinnamon roll as you begin your stroll through the market, or finish your day with a brat and fresh squeezed lemonade. Other food offerings include: roasted sweet corn, mini donuts, fish tacos, fresh squeezed orange juice, espresso drinks, pastries, brats, polish sausages, footlong hot dogs, italian sausages, corn dogs, and french fries. You are sure to find something for everyone! 

We hope you all have a chance to stop by and visit us this season! No matter what the weekend, there is always fun to be had at the Minneapolis Farmers Market! 

Posted 4/11/2014 2:43pm by Jenna Untiedt.

  Untiedt's has joined the world of DIY-ers by creating an info packed Pinterest page. Unlike social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, Pinterest strives to spread ideas and inspiration to the masses. There are so many aspects of gardening- from flower selection to recipes, so we've created boards for every step of your gardening adventure. We also update our page on a daily basis to keep up with new gardening trends. 
       Variety can be overwhelming when it comes to plant shopping, the combination possibilities are endless. Check out our boards "Sun Loving flowers" or "Shade Loving Flowers" for suggestions on plants and ideas for ways to display them in containers or in garden beds. New this year are our succulents! Check out our "Succulent" board for care tips and planting ideas. Our board "Fancy Flower Holders" or "DYI planters" can help create a completely unique way to show off your plants that are easy and can make use of otherwise recycled items.
      Vegetable gardening is both fun and rewarding. We created boards that can help the experienced and inexperienced Gardner alike.  Thinking you don't have room for a garden? Have bad soil? Check out our boards "Container gardening", "Pallet/Vertical Gardening" and "Straw Bale Gardening". Once your veggies plants have produced then move onto our recipe boards. Wanna see how it's done at the farm? Check out "The Untiedt's Farm" board. Every step along the way, our Pinterest page can be there to help and inspire you! Follow us on Pinterest today!

Posted 3/11/2014 2:56pm by Jenna Untiedt.

Spring is coming! And with that the opportunity to work with Untiedt’s is here! We are now hiring for our greenhouses and vegetable stands around Wright County and the Metro Area. If you love working outdoors, rain or shine, planting and caring for flowers and creating wonderful dishes with fresh, local food, this could be the job for you.

Job Duties:
• Maintenance and care of bedding plants, patio pots, and baskets
• Create displays of plant materials, vegetables (during the summer months), and fall decorative items
• Unloading of plants, produce, and fall items from trucks
• Assist customers with questions about plants, pests, and growing tips
• The maintenance and general cleanliness of our location

Qualifications:
• Must be able to work days, evenings and weekends. Special attention will be given to those willing to work weekends and holidays
• Able to lift 20lbs frequently and 50lbs occasionally
• Must be available from late April-Oct 31
• Must be able to work independently and with a team
• Must have good work ethics, and be able to take initiative when projects need to be completed
• Must be able to stand, walk, bend, and lift for entire work schedule
• Some customer service experience preferred, but not necessary. Positive attitude towards customers is essential

Applications are available online at www.UntiedtsWeGrowForYou.com/employment

Posted 3/7/2014 3:56pm by Jenna Untiedt.

 

Today has been a day filled with snow and ice sliding off of our office building at the farm. Every once in a while I will hear big thuds out the window as clumps slide off the roof and crash to the ground. It is a true sign of spring! It may not have been as sunny today as Wednesday, but temperatures are beginning to get warmer, and snow is beginning to melt a little bit at a time. Tis the season for puddles, and those puddles are a welcome sight right about now. 

Not only has the weather increased our spirits around the farm, but we have exciting news to share as well! Read on to learn about our newest partnership with Kowalski's Market! We are truly grateful and excited for this coming season! Bring on the sun and warmer temps!

Read on to learn about our newest partnership!

Family-Based Businesses Kowalski’s Markets and Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm, Inc. Partner Together to Offer CSAs to Customers   Even with the snow and cold outside, plans are in full swing for an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables this summer.

Kowalski’s Markets and Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm have been working together for over 10 years, offering customers fresh and local produce during the Minnesota growing season. This year the partnership is going one step further. The two family-based businesses are partnering once again to offer customers the opportunity to be part of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, with pickup options at each of the nine Kowalski’s Markets.  

Since starting the CSA in 2010, Untiedt’s has seen phenomenal growth as the demand for fresh and local produce continues to grow. Partnering with Kowalski’s to offer convenient pickup locations throughout the metro will make this CSA accessible for more consumers.  

The CSA will run for 17 weeks, beginning mid-June. Each week members will get a minimum of seven different types of vegetables as well as one type of fruit. There is an option for a half share, which feeds a family of 2-3, or a full share, which feeds a family of 4-6. Buying into a CSA allows members to have a connection with a farm and understand where and how their produce is grown. Untiedt’s grows over 50 different crops that are included in the CSA throughout the season.  

On a daily basis, Untiedt's Vegetable Farm, Inc., of Waverly, MN, perseveres in achieving its goal of family, employee and agricultural harmony. Minnesota grown, hand-harvested, locally and sustainably produced, and stewardly decision-making all describe just what Untiedt's Vegetable Farm attempts to achieve in relationship to this good earth.  

For additional information or to sign up for the CSA, please visit www.untiedtswegrowforyou.com. Availability is limited, so sign up early!

With that, have a WONDERFUL weekend! Get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air, and don't forget to set the clocks back on Saturday night!

 

Posted 2/18/2014 9:18am by Jenna Untiedt.

With the sun shining outside, and temperatures predicted to hit 40 degrees, there is a glimmer of hope that spring will arrive in the near future. Even as Minnesotans, we have been tested this year with long streaks of cold weather, an abundance of snow, and a just plain long winter. As the days get longer, temperatures begin to climb, and the sun begins to shine more, we begin to think about the growing season in front of us.  

Greenhouses are up and running, bedding plants are being planted each day, and seeding of things such as onions has begun. Although I am completely over winter, and longing for some fabulous spring days, this is one of my favorite times of the year. This time each year, I get to go out and talk about our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at a variety of businesses.   Are you reading this and wondering what a CSA is? Well, you’re in luck! I’m going to share a bit about our CSA program, and I have also compiled a list of benefits from current and past CSA members.

First off, it is important to know that all CSA programs are a little bit different. Each farm has the ability to set up a CSA program that works best with their own farm operations. Overall, becoming a CSA member is making a commitment to support a farmer through the ups and downs, becoming a shareholder of the farm itself.  

Untiedt’s CSA program is a 17-week program, which begins in mid-June. Each week, shareholders receive a box of fresh produce, which contains a minimum of 7-8 types of vegetables, and we do our best to include 1 type of fruit as well! The produce is freshly harvested, and members receive the best of what is in season.  

So, why should you consider signing up for a CSA? There are countless benefits to joining a CSA, and I am just going to name a few for you to consider:

1.     Get to know a farmer

2.     Understand where your food comes from

3.     Support local economy

4.     Eat more vegetables

5.     Vegetables in a CSA are fresher than what’s in a grocery store

6.     Eat seasonally without even thinking about it

7.     It’s a fun challenge to incorporate new foods

8.     Ecological stewardship

9.     Fresh vegetables means more flavor and more vitamin benefits

10. You have the ability to visit the farm

11. Be part of a larger community

12. Cook More    

There are countless more reasons to consider a CSA. As many members say, “It’s like Christmas every week when we pick up our shares.” So, check out Untiedt’s CSA, and sign up today! Do you have questions about our CSA? Check out this page. Have specific questions….Send me an email!