December 3rd 2014

The cold snap has hit us all pretty hard and although it has put a definitive end the growing season, it also initiates a time of rest… or perhaps just a changing of gears. The CSA wrapped up the last week of October with lots of greens. It was an absolutely wonderful year to be a veggie farmer in Kansas.LAST CSA If every year were like this year, everyone would want to be a farmer. Although there were plenty of struggles through the course of the year, there were more victories and that’s the goal. I am now in the throws of putting up two new hoop houses to extend our growing season next year. People don’t stop eating during the “off” months so I am trying to get together some strategies to keep things growing.

Just before Thanksgiving the guys finished a beautiful staircase they’d been working on for the past few weeks. I think their clients will hardly want to step on it! But I’m sure the feeling will pass and that staircase will usher many feet up and down its steps.GEORGE STAIRS

The mill is running full tilt the past few days… My window faces the driveway between the mill and the house so I know it is lunchtime when their Carhartt-clad, stocking-capped figures pass by… the only distinguishable feature between them being the few square inches of ruddy face nestled in layers of warm.

Doing what he does best…sawin' logs.
Doing what he does best…sawin’ logs.

We are enjoying the change of pace around the farm… a little more quiet than the growing months… but give us a few months and we’ll be begging the snow to melt and the warm southern wind to breath her warm breath across the plains!

First snow in November… a little surprising.
First snow in November… a little surprising.

I hope you are all able to slow down and enjoy this beautiful time of year. We’re already preparing for next year but gladly welcoming the rest of this season.

Stay warm,

Alexis Elder

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Fall Farm to Table Dinner Series is Open for Reservations

Pumpkin Pot De Creme from a fall 2013 dinner
Pumpkin Pot De Creme from a fall 2013 dinner

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to open again this fall for a Farm to Table Dinner Series.  The dinners will be held October 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th.  Click here to make a reservation!

We will be serving local cuisine made with farm fresh ingredients grown right here in our community. The menu will be dictated by what is growing well at the time of the event. Nestled here along the Chisolm Creek just north of Wichita we take joy in sharing our love of growing with those interested in unique local food and culture.  Dinner is $70 per person and showcases artisanal cheeses as well as paired wines with a multi-course dinner.

Upon making a reservation, you will not receive a physical ticket, rather, we will send you an email confirmation of your reservation within three business days.  See you soon!

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TOMATOES FOR SALE!

ripe and ready for the eating
ripe and ready for the eating

Though the blackberries have been few this year, and are almost finished bearing, there are treats to be had at Elderslie Farm.  We are in the heart of summer, and with the summer comes tomatoes, one of our favorite parts of the season.  These beauties are for sale from the farm, along with onions and potatoes, so come see us!

 

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