Onion update

While the onions are inside looking like this: We went outside with the kids for some of this:

Time to seed some onions!

Today, for us, the 2014 growing season has officially begun!  We seeded 1400 Redwing onions today, in multi plant soil blocks.  First, we mix up the potting mix and get our soil blocker out: We use the soil blocker to fill up 1020 trays with soil blocks (yes, that is most certainly snow on the…

2014 Saltzgiver Family Farm CSA

We are starting a small CSA for the 2014 growing season.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest. Once harvesting begins, you will receive a weekly share of vegetables and fruit. Please download and read the following…

When we start our seeds

It’s getting very close to seed starting time here in USDA zone 5.  We use May 25 for the start of the frost-free date for this part of North Central Ohio.  With that date in mind, here is our seed starting schedule for crops that are common transplants: Crop When to Start Seed Age At Transplant…

The seeds are here!

The 2014 seeds from Fedco and Johnny’s have arrived: The really large packets are green beans and peas.  The other large packets are sweet corn, radishes, spinach, and beets.  We’ll be starting our first seeds (onions) in February! Also, in the mail today, was our new Saltzgiver Family Farm market banner: -Bruce

Viewing stats from the website

We intended this blog to be informational and handy for local customers and growers, but after looking at the website stats provided by wordpress, we’ve also managed to pick up some international followers as well!  In addition to views from within the United States, we’ve also had viewers from Canada, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Egypt, and…

2014 seed order

After carefully reviewing the following seed catalogs, the 2014 seed order has been placed: Here’s what will we be growing this season, in no particular order: Green beans, sweet corn, snap peas, cucumber, kale, turnips,  zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, lettuce,  beets, radishes, leeks, onions (green, yellow, red), spinach, arugula, swiss chard, parsley, mizuna, pac choi,…

Supplies for small farmers

Small farmers need equipment and supplies just like large scale growers, but finding the items in the quantities they need at a price that is reasonable can sometimes be difficult.  I thought it might be helpful to share the websites of companies we use here for things such as seeds, berry tills, bags, rubber bands, twist…

The age and disappearance of the American Farmer

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for every one farmer under the age of 25, there are 5 farmers who are 75 or older.  We are losing farmers faster than we can replace them.  It is a rate that is not sustainable.  It is very difficult for a young person or family to enter…