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

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The Story of the Year of Chicken, Our Friend

It’s been a very busy and full 12 years, since illustrating and creating the first “Year of Farm Bird” calendar. This time around, the “Chicken, Our Friend” song and story-line shifts into serious territory with a deeper focus of “It takes a flock…” as the calendar’s wisdom intention, and sincere message encouraging a new path for us all.

2017 Year of Chicken, Our Friend calendar cover

2017 Year of Chicken, Our Friend calendar cover

 

 

 

 

Rooster-Chicken-Phoenix-Bird is a universal symbol of transformation, rebirth and eternity. Bird year is a time of practical endeavors, conscientiousness, hard work and discipline. It is also a time of expressing inner warmth and insight, a time for quietness and privacy with our flock of friends and loved ones. Whether individually or in community, planning ahead for protection and nourishment will lend itself to taking inevitable but wise risks, facing failure honestly, and moving onward to the path of humbling, beautiful success. This year we will be strongly asked to confront and deal with any stress along the way–not ignore it—-requiring application of creativity, organization and perseverance.

Singing praise to Chicken, who like Dog is truly one of human’s best friends, we can take note of it’s remarkable physical structure—both muscular and skeletal—which allows for flight when necessary. Chickens are warm-blooded creatures, and have very strong hearts and efficient one-way breathing systems. Among other attributes, in the “permaculture world”, we feature the Chicken as a way in which to teach an important aspect of applying and understanding system design. By naming it’s intrinsic characteristics, products/needs…we begin the process of assessing a particular element, or thing, as in a chicken as one of our family friends, in a system, that together with other things, contributes to the whole. This is a good, simple, visual lesson in understanding relationship, how we are connected and what benefits or does not benefit the system and the role of the caretakers. Chicken graciously lends itself and takes a center stage role with a bit of righteous flamboyance and practical perseverance in this lesson.

The Permaculture Chicken

The Permaculture Chicken

In 2017, Hens and Roosters alike, will remind us of choosing the directions of up and out—or freedom and expansion is also about love and justice. This path is for us any of us choosing to become authentic, transparent, humble, and sometimes vulnerable. We individually focus our intention and choose to do the hard work to become better human beings and trustworthy in the eyes of those around us. We can personally maintain, improve ourselves by practicing yoga, exercising daily, creating healthy routines and habits—especially working at strengthening our lungs and hearts. Both security and freedom are attainable when we take on self-health, pride and well-being.

Frida/Diego September Chicken

Frida/Diego
September Chicken

Here’s a whopping paragraph of short sentence guidelines for flocks of all sorts in 2017 inspired by an excellent, essay by a permaculture practitioner and teacher Ben Weiss. This offering of words, for the smart, just and loving Chickens, suggest that collectively through structure, deepening and experience, we build our flocks/communities and deepen relationships with others by:

Being clear about our values. Understanding oppression and empathizing with the oppressed. Understanding privilege. Recognizing privilege is the responsibility of the privileged. Understand environmental justice–the crossroads of environmentalism and social justice. Let go of intellectual superiority. Prepare to be invited. Get first-hand experience/make mistakes and learn from them. Don’t impose solutions. Withhold value judgements. Recognize personal and professional relationships. Prioritize the issues of the community. Address oppression issues before environmental issues. Have realistic expectations. When in Rome…Take some personal risks. Give gifts carefully. Be an ally & an advocate. Leave decision-making to the community. Train leaders from within the community. Channel the fire of the youth. Small victories are big victories. Know when to fold ‘em. Phase yourself out.

The Fire-bird-Rooster-Chicken, instructs us to tend to our daily chores while following the guidelines and patterns of the conscious, community oriented flock. This Chicken year asks you to play it smart and safe, with thoughtful and protracted observation–a much, much, MUCH deeper, respectful understanding of your relationship with others. It is the flock, the community, that must ultimately lead.

“When Chicken, our friend, governs, the people are hardly aware that she exists. Next best is the Chicken who is loved. Next, one who is feared. The worst is one who is despised.
If you don’t trust the people, you make them untrustworthy.
The Chicken our friend, doesn’t talk, she acts. When her work is done, the people say “Amazing: we did it, all by ourselves!”
-Tao Te Chicken-Ching

Good Dog Marley and her Chicken friend, Pearl

Good Dog Marley and her Chicken friend, Pearl

Special Recognition and grateful thanks to the featured Chickens & Dog: Emmy Lou, Pearl, The Tree Sisters, Frida/Diego, Frodo, Merry, Pippin, Josaphina, Hazel Crow, Johnny Bingo(who got away), Half n’ Half, Bonnie & Clyde, and Marley the Good Dog–friend of Pearl.
Much Gratitude:

Ben Weiss’s essay “Pattern Language for the Privileged”
Justin Rhodes article: How Permaculture Chickens Could Revolutionize Your Entire Property

and Harvey Ussery, author of The Small Scale Poultry Flock

The 2017 Year of Chicken, Our Friend Calendar is illustrated, created and words gathered by ©`penny Krebiehl, 2005, 2016
Available locally in Traverse City, Michigan,

Contact: [email protected] Online ordering: www.pennyokart.com

Direct to online ordering of calendar with printed story HERE

Sales of this calendar will support the artist-farmer who teaches and practices permaculture and garden-farms in North West Michigan.

Thank you so much!

O’k CSA’s annual Solstice Crafty Fair, Sat. Dec. 19th!

What do we share in our annual artsy-crafty fair?

Original art, crafts and Special Wonders!!!  Healing salves from the gardens, Solstice Swags and wreaths, Knitted goods,  Aprons, Kootie-Buster Tea, Paintings/Drawings and Greeting Cards, Hand-dipped, Beeswax Candles 6 to10 inch pairs, from $6.00 to $9.00 per pair. Lovely Solstice Swags, Year of Monkey Yoga Calendar and cards, and lotsa, really beautiful hand-knit goods!

Come share a cup of tea and a slice of Lemon Poppyseed Solstice Cake!

O’k Art Studio’s Annual Solstice Crafty Fair is NEXT weekend:

Saturday, Dec. 19th, 10 am to 4 pm

Where: O’k Art Studio (Penny’s little home-place)
510 1/2 Second St., Traverse City, MI

Brought to you by a couple of O’k and Pretty-Good, artsy-craft sisters: Clarice Krebiehl Gallimore and Penny Krebiehl

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Solstice Swags

Beeswax Candles

 

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KALE, Yes! O’k CSA Recipes Week #2, July 2015

Red Russian at the Faraway Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KALE, Yes!

This week we shared our first bunches of “mixed” kale w. both Red Russian and Lacinato kale…Chef Ali Lopez will be giving us ideas all summer long with recipes to accompany some of our share items, this week she offered up what is becoming a very popular item on the Kale list of what to do with:  Kale Chips.  We’ve also included a simple and great recipe for Guac-Kale-Mole and finally, there is a plethora of Kale recipes join this wonderful Facebook group called National Kale Day (October 2, 2015)

ALSO, a little fyi from O’k CSA….there is a info/article being shared and circulated about the issues of possible toxicity of kale.  The article shared on the Integrative Nutrition blog starts out by saying:  “Here at IIN we absolutely love kale – in smoothies, juices, salads, and cooked. It’s been touted as the gold standard when it comes to green vegetables, full of vitamins, minerals, and countless cancer-fighting, health-supportive benefits. 

We’re always on the cutting edge of nutrition, and we acknowledge that it’s a fledgling science. So when we came across this article on the possible toxicity of kale, we were shocked, and we knew we had to share this with you ASAP. 

The latest studies show that kale and other cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and collard greens contain heavy metals, causing chronic fatigue, heart issues, neurological disorders, and even Lyme disease. 

Raw cruciferous vegetables are especially detrimental for thyroid health, since they contain goitrogens, which are naturally-occurring substances that suppress thyroid function by blocking iodine absorption. By cooking these vegetables you can remove the goitrogens.”

Here’s my quick response:  Any brassica grown in unhealthy soil can and likely will draw up the toxins in it. Intentionally planting brassicas, which Kale is, is in fact a permaculture–or organic farming practice to help remove toxins from soil. You don’t eat the plants afterwards, because they did a job for you—taking care of our human “dark-side” tendencies of pollution.  Further you could compost them with mushrooms who likewise remove our human made toxins from nature. When speaking to customers/growers or whomever, please stress the importance to have soil tests done in your gardens/farms and also know your farmer that you are buying from. Logan Labs in Ohio is a good source. Healthy soil makes healthy plants makes healthy eating.

Further information about the links between crop production and healthy plants/veggies that we consume can be found at http://bionutrient.org/. Learning what’s in your soil, and being passed to plants and then humans IS important news but isn’t shared in this article.  Let’s not start a wildfire fear that can cause undo damage to a perfectly wonderful plant and vegetable.

ANYWAYS, we still say: KALE YES! recipes below:

photo credit: Nellie Eve

photo credit: Nellie Eve

 

Baked Kale Chips

1 bunch kale

1 tablespoon olive oil


Sea salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 300°F. Rinse and dry the kale, then remove the stems and tough center ribs. Cut into large pieces, toss with olive oil in a bowl then sprinkle with salt. Arrange leaves in a single layer on a large baking sheet Bake for 20 minutes, or until crisp. Watch that they don’t burn! Place baking sheet on a rack to cool.

Kale Chips recipe shared by Chef Ali Lopez

Guac-Kale-Mole

Smashed avocado
Chopped kale

Chopped red onion
Diced jalapeno
Garlic
Lemon juice

Mix, share and be merry! Shared by Kate W.

Thanks for checking out these recipes! For more info about O’k CSA, join our Facebook page:

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KALE Yes!

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KALE YES! That’s the O’k way it is…Kale every week, forever. It grows good, and is good for you. So learn all about it, love it, and eat it up!

Week #2, Friday July 11th, 4-6 pm is our O’k CSA share pick-up, and brings us to and thru (almost) a wacky week of booming and blooming, the gardens are beginning to kick-in and amp up their growing cycle, despite some very cool nights.

The National Cherry Fest is nearing it’s end….and although there is gratitude for what it may bring in so far as economy to our home-place, it wears on our garden-farming nerves—in terms of getting around to our various garden sites!

Another request to check out our Hands-on garden-help calendar and sign up for a shift or two—especially in this HOT month that begins now—and runs thru mid-August. Developing a relationship by learning hands-on how we’ve planted the beds in our urban-neighborhood gardens and learning the technique of hand-watering the plants that are producing our good food, is a way to understand and appreciate what they offer even more. At least we think so, and would like to give you an opportunity as well.

O’k, this week we are sharing:

a bunch of beauteous Green Onions
Arugula, arugula, arugula!
Snow Peas
KALE Yes!
Salad greens
a sampling of Red Currants
a lovely Lavender Bundle
and a Flower and Herb Bouquet
SPECIAL this week will be a sample of delightful and yummy handmade/home-made popsicles. Get ready for an amazing new, experience!

Recipes to accompany this week’s share will be posted on our website, SOON.

Adios and see you real soon!

`penny Krebiehl

Flint Horton & Blase Masserant

231-922-2014

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