Tomato Plant Sale! O’k CSA Cooperative

EXTENDED!!! It’s a fruit day!!! So it’s also a Sunday Tomato Plant Sale day! 12:05 until 5:05 pm. 510 Second Street, Traverse City. If I’m not here, it’s the Honor System and serve yourself! We can’t let our little tomato babies sit much longer in these little plastic incubators! They want you….

For your Health and Wellness —-Grow your own Heirloom, Organic Tomatoes!

Flint and I have grown over 35 different varieties of indeterminate(climbing/vining) and determinate(bush) tomato plants. Add a few more tomatoes to your gardens! Come and get em!

These tomato plants, all organic and many are grown from saved seeds from previous years in our O’k Gardens. Beginning in March they have been tended w. much love and we are doing our best to make sure you know what varieties we have for you to choose from.

$1.50 – $3.00 per plant —-depending on size and heirloom-variety

Here’s a partial list of tomato types we have for you to consider growing at your home-place:

Heinz 2653 Paste (D) 68 days – Early Red Plum
Hogheart Paste (I) 86 days – Heart shaped and meaty
Opalka Paste (I) 82 days – Massive solid fruit, bull-horn shape
Orange Banana Paste (I) 85 days – Attractive orange cylindrical 3-4″
Blue Beech Paste (I) 83 days – Roma type, mild flavor, great sauce
Garden Peach (I) 71 days – Yellow fruits blush pink when ripe and have thin fuzzy skins somewhat like peaches, soft-skinned, juicy and very sweet.
Glacier Tomato (D) 56 days – Originally from Sweden, rich tomato flavor
Goldie Yellow — Gold Nepal (I) Heirloom, originated around 1875–Yellow beefsteak–SO Beautiful and delicious!
Black Prince (I) Heirloom–72 days- Originally from Siberia, small red slightly pear-shaped
Black Cherry (I) 65-75 days Dusky purple-black clusters of fruit
Cosmonaut Volkov (I) 68 days Deep red, w. green shoulders– sweet and rich
Grandma’s (I) 75-80 days Large, squat, pleated fruit–averaging 3 1/2 inches wide–High lycopene content
Yellow Platfoot– (I) Heirloom, Lovely Orange Brandywine–Large beefsteak shape
Super Sweet 100 (I) 70 days – Cherry type. Extra prolific in yield
Mortage Lifter (I) 80 days. Heirloom Beefsteak type up to 2.5 lbs in size
Matts Wild (I) 55 days. A wild type of cherry tomato that can be grown in hanging pots or I think we could throw around compost piles and let nature take its course. They need little attention
Bush Steak (D) 65 days. Big 8-12 oz meaty fruit. This is the tomato we should plant in buckets so we may not have these to sell.
Cherokee Purple (I) 72 days. Heirloom. Large Beefsteak 12-16 oz. organic.
Burpee’s Supersteak Hybrid (I) 80 days. Beefsteak 1-2 lbs.
Peacevine Cherry (I) 78 days. High yield 18 tomatoes per cluster. This is a CRACK resistant type.
Pruden’s Purple (I) 72 days. Large beefsteak heirloom. organic.
Brandy Wine (I) 88 days. Heirloom.
Orange Slice (I) 75 days. High yield. 16 oz.
Burpee’s Jubilee (I) 72 days. Heavy yield. 3″ fruit. Heirloom.
Gilbertie Paste (I) 85 days. Great canning. Heirloom. Organic
Rose de Berne (I) 75 days. CRACK resistant. organic
Roma (D) 76 days. Paste type. Can be grown in containers.
Yellow Pear (I) 70 days. Yellow pear type. organic
Moskvich (semi determinate) (?) 60 days. Heirloom slicer. Little staking needed.
Gold Nugget (D) (?) 60 days. Yellow cherry type. Resistant to cracking.
Husk tomato. 80 days. Ground cherry type. Can be grown in compost pile and left unattended.
Tomatillo Purple 80 days.Ground cherry type. Can be grown in compost pile and left unattended.

How about all that?

Want me to set aside a special selection for you?  Send me a text w. your order and I’ll do that too.

Sharing the tomato love,

`penny

[email protected]

231-922-2014

Join us for a 4-week Spring Garden-Farming & Permaculture Class

We are STILL announcing and inviting folks to register for the class: “Making your Bountiful Garden a Perennial Polyculture”, which officially begins next Wednesday, March 29th(soft opening this week) and will highlight 3 of our O’k CSA garden-farm sites in Traverse City: DIGs garden (510 Second St.), the Peace Patch garden (501 Seventh) and Realeyes Homestead (9775 Cherry Bend Rd.)

We are super proud of our on-going efforts to grow more garden-farms and garden-farmers within the city limits of Traverse City—our version of a local/local/local urban farming project!

I’m including and especially honoring our Peace Patch garden-farm at the corner of 7th and Oak, as our first neighborhood and community growing site, which has hosted our Friday market and many local/foodie/farming & permaculture gatherings for the past 5+ years.

Please help us share this opportunity. Gracias.

Check out our little green growing sprouts and Learn how the Peace Patch neighborhood garden came to be! Join us and learn the how-to’s of kickstarting a neighborhood garden-farm cooperative!

Making your Bountiful Garden a Plant Polyculture is a Spring Class, 4 weeks in length March 29th – April 19th, of hands-on learning; demonstrations and sharing tips on how to make your garden, over time, grow an abundance of annual and perennial food.

We’ve created a collective of garden-farm sites in many neighborhoods, focusing on improving the soil, planting a diversity of annual and perennial veg, fruit and herbs—and all with a focus on educating and bringing neighbors and community together in many ways! This has especially been true of our very first garden-farm site, our beloved Peace Patch garden!

With a little permaculture planning and design you can create a series of polyculture “patch” gardens that together create an incredible garden-farm that is brimming with resilience, diversity, and saving you time watering, weeding, and dealing with pests.

Much information and many examples will be shared: Annual and perennial food plants, perennial support plants, minimal competition and maximum cooperation, and how each plant/shrub/tree species are adapted to it’s little patch/niche.

Please read the following downloadable PDF titled “The Essence of Permaculture” before the class begins, attached below and also here: https://permacultureprinciples.com/resources/free-downloads/

Consider adding these books to your personal library:

  • Rosemary Morrow, Earth Users Guide to Permaculture
  • Toby Hemenway, Gaia’s Garden and/or The Permaculture City
  • Mary Reynolds, The Garden Awakening
  • Any questions, please feel free to contact me!

    Class size limited,
    4 Wednesdays March 29-April 19th, 6-8 pm

    Register in Advance–email [email protected]

    Class Location: 510 1/2 Second St., Traverse City, Michigan

    With hands-on at our Peace Patch garden and at Realeyes Homestead garden!

    Fee: $100.00 or
    $50/and a Gift Exchange/Barter

    Presented by permaculture educator and O’k CSA garden-farmer
    penny Krebiehl

    Co-hosted by Little Artshram and O’k CSA

    To register contact:
    [email protected]


    Class info also on Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1316649545096574/

    The Monkey in the Garden and our 2016 O’k CSA Cooperative

    The monkey in me, likes to begin the growing season w. fond memories of the fun-fun-fun of the work-work-work of planting and tending a garden and growing food for myself and others!  While I may not be quite this flexible in 2016 as I was back in 2000, we still do our daily yoga in the gardens–once the snow takes leave!

    A GREAT way to join in on the fun-work is to support and/or join our Very O’k CSA Cooperative—a community supported group of garden-farms right in the Traverse City–city limits!

    And because of all of this monkey-bizness—the first five folks/families that sign up or renew their membership will also receive a “Year of Monkey” calendar that is coming hot of the press this week!

    Here’s this year’s CSA Share info for you to consider: http://www.pennyokart.com/
    And our on-line sign-up is here: http://www.pennyokart.com/product-category/2016-csa/

    Questions? You may contact me via email to set up a chat via phone: [email protected]

    Below, Chinese brush-sketch of Downward Monkey-Dog, © `penny Krebiehl 2016

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    These two wanna feed You! Farmer & Chef Dinner Wednesday, Oct. 14th in TC

    The Farmer & The Chef Dinner, No. 2

    Hosted By The Blk\Mrkt Coffee & Eatery
    144 Hall St., Traverse City, MI 49684

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, 6:00 pm

    A special evening of fresh, local food, grown by O’k CSA Cooperative, and prepared by a local Chef!

    • Limited to 25 guests
    • Family style service
    • BYOD & T (Drink and Tableservice)
    • $35.00 per person

    Advance Reservations, by calling:  248-565-6494

    With grateful thanks to our hosts, the Farmer and Chef Dinners are brought to you by,

    Chef Ali Lopez, ali-lopez.com

    and, Art-Farmer, Penny Krebiehl, pennyokart.com

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    Ode to Growing Squash, Part One

    Whew! Just completed our first O’k CSA newsletter of the season and thought we’d share “An Image and An Ode” reflecting upon the up and coming wonderfulness that is mixed in w. a whole lot of garden-farming sweat…along w. a little blurb from the O’k CSA Summer calendar:

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    Ode To Growing Squash
    Part One

    The lovely Lady Godiva
    Reveals embryonic first leaves,
    Unfurling plump, oblong cotyledons
    With strong presence and tender heart
    She brings a full figure of potential
    Alongside of green spiked shoots
    Taking the wonder-filled breath of the
    Gardener to a place of
    Vine-borer-less
    Squash dreams.

    ~ ~ ~`p. o’K

    Opportunities abound for interested and friendly folks to join us in the O’k CSA Cooperative gardens:

    We’re inviting members and friends to lend their hands and choose 2-shifts (or more)per month. What do you get for this great gift of time and labor? You can take home first hand garden-farm knowledge and fresh, organic food! Your name(s) will be added to the calendar and contact info w. the O’k CSA crew will be shared. PLEASE, SIGN-up via email message in advance (we’d like to have the JULY calendar complete by next week) to find out the weekly/daily tasks and what garden location you’re needed at: [email protected]

    Sunday-Thursday(skip Friday/Saturday), we have two, 2-hour shifts,
    9-11 am,
    and 7-9 pm to water/tend gardens w. an O’k CSA crew member in TC

    Friday Pick-up days, we have three, 3-hour volunteer shifts available:
    1. Harvest, 8-11 am (LUNCH-BREAK—11-12 noon)
    Cleaning/Packing, 12 noon-3 pm,
    Set-up/Distribute/Clean-up, 3-6 pm

    Saturday is a rest day for humans, plants and soil.

    Our garden-farm sites & addresses, in the lovely Traverse City and NW Michigan area:
    Cedar Lake East & North Garden-Farms, 12408 West Bay, TC (Beginning to design/layout, prep beds, amend soil)
    DIGs, 510 Second St., TC (Our home-base for plants, seedlings and small mostly cold crop beds)
    Far Away Garden, @ Baker’s in Marion (BIG space to hopefully grow lotsa’ corn, viney, and root crops)
    Frida’s Folly, 1120 W. Front St., TC (Mainly onion/garlic and lettuce growing garden-farm)
    Little Artshram Teaching Garden & Cordia Plot, 875 Red Dr. TC (Longtime, wonderful sunny growing space, with perennial herbs and some fruit)
    Peace Patch, Seventh St., TC (This is our “host” on share-day, and full of brassicas and a variety of veg.)
    Sunshine Farm, 501 Seventh St.,TC (A new garden hosting potatoes, tomatoes and peppers and more.)

     

    To volunteer in our O’k gardens or for more information:

    [email protected]
    www.pennyokart.com

    Spring Open House & O’k CSA Cooperative 2015 Summer Share

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    You’re invited to join a great group of Veg, Fruit and Folks at our Spring Open-House and learn more about our 2015  Summer O’k CSA Cooperative!

    JOIN US at our Spring Open-House and 2015 Summer CSA kick-off and potluck:

    Friday, May 29th, 6 to 8 pm, at our DIGs garden-farm site,

    510 Second St., Traverse City, Michigan

    Bring a dish to share and your own tableware, we’ll be dining picnic style in our backyard around a campfire, if weather permits!

    O’k CSA believes that food is art and art is food.

    In 2005, our idea of “sharing” what we grow began in the winter months by sharing artwork, with
    a series of drawings, paintings and an annual “Year of…” calendar, featuring a Mid-Western version of the Chinese New Year calendar.

    It’s now 10 years later and our unique Traverse City based, urban CSA continues to share local and regional Michigan artworks, alongside of good, healthy, pesticide & chemical-free produce. Each of our gardens are designed with permanent growing beds, and reflect a beautiful nature inspired, organizational structure following permaculture design practices.

    As the summer season approaches, with just a few shifts and twists and turns, the O’k CSA Studio and garden-farm sites are gearing up for another great season, and we invite you to join this great, little, local community gathering of folks who care about the food they eat and act on the urge to be supportive of the arts!

    SIGN-UP for a Summer Season of great company, good food and art. Check out info on our website where you can sign up online here:

    http://www.pennyokart.com/?page_id=1147

    MORE INFO:
    [email protected]
    www.pennyokart.com
    231-922-2014
    Above illustration: 
    “Veg and Fruit Marathon”
    by © `penny Krebiehl 2012
    Below:

    “Veggie Fist” from the Garden Hands for Diego Series,
    by © `penny Krebiehl 2014

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