Tuesday, December 2

Our 2015 calendars are at the printer! Keep track of your life with this handy planner featuring 52 weeks of hand-drawn illustrations and nutrition information plus calendar dates and astronomical events you don't want to miss. Order now to ensure plenty of time for shipping (if needed) before the holidays:

 

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Friday, October 31

It all happened so fast--this week finishes our season at Eastern Market and the City Commons CSA. Thanks to all our members and customers for a great season and we hope to see you again next year--you can sign up already on our newly improved site: citycommonscsa.com/shop

Food Field is pleased to announce we are one of 30 winners in the New Economy Initiative's NEIdeas grant challenge! We'll receive funding toward licensing, materials and equipment to open a weekly farm-to-table cafe setup onsite next season. Read about the grant and some of the other Detroit businesses that won featured in last Sunday's Free Press. We're also lucky enough to reveive further funding from the Charter One Growing Communities grant program, which will pay for a wood-burning water heater to keep our catfish and hoop house greens alive through the coldest winter nature may throw at us.

While the season is wrapping up, we'll continue to have some fresh produce for sale plus eggs, honey, pickles and preserved items. You can still stop by on Saturdays or anytime we're at work in the field (call or text ahead to 313.312.7235).

baby kale
cayenne peppers
daikon radish
farm stand
city commons flowers
ginger
honeydrops and habaneros
maple leaf
watermelons
tiny egg
pumpkins
red peppers
sweet potatoes

Tuesday, August 12

Happy...Back to School season? Where has the year gone? We've been so busy keeping up with the weeds, filling orders, planting and replanting that we haven't had time to post. While the gardens receive some needed rain today, here are a few updates.

Our produce cooler is finally up and running, thanks in part to Srinergy for their help finishing our solar array. Now you can pick up all the vegetables you need right here, plus eggs, pickles and other products! The farm stand will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10AM-6PM and Saturdays 9-1. You can pay by cash or check and we hope to soon accept SNAP benefits as soon as we have internet access.

This week we'll also start Friday morning yoga classes on the farm taught by Andy Maggetti. Class starts at 9AM and is open to beginners and seasoned yogis alike! Come prepared with comfortable clothes and a yoga mat (recommended); donations will be accepted on a sliding scale or you can contribute an hour's work on the farm after practice.

We can also use volunteer help on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays if you are interested in lending a hand to pick tomatoes, pull weeds, plant seeds or play with the dog! Work starts most days by 9 AM so come anytime after, or text ahead to let us know you're coming. We can also use volunteers to watch the farm stand if you are so inclined.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) we'll be back at Eastern Market with a full spread of tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, lettuce, carrots, beets, basil, peppers and more so stop by Shed 2 between 9-3. We also sell by the pound if you have an upcoming canning, pickling or baking project. Hope to see you there...

beets
carrots
green cukes
purple beans
red tomatoes
salad mix
yellow cukes

Monday, May 12

It's another busy spring at Food Field: we've been harvesting all the leeks and sunchokes that survived the winter plus mega braising greens, salad mix and arugula. Onions and peas are off to a good start, as are tomatoes, carrots, spinach, turnips, beets, potatoes, swiss chard and other greens; our new bees are getting settled in their hive and hens are beginning to brood. We've got much yet to plant and new ground to prepare over the next month. This week we'll put in more fruit trees including some Fuji apples, Asian pears, and our first peach trees. And of course, the bindweed war resumes...

If you happen to find yourself in Seoul, South Korea at the end of May you can hear Alex speak about Food Field and the urban farming movement in Detroit at the 2nd Seoul International Urban Agriculture Conference! Thanks to the Seoul Green Trust and Hanyang University for this invitation. If you happen to find yourself in Detroit at that time, stop by to help Noah plant some sweet potatoes or pull some weeds. (Big thanks as well to many who've volunteered their time this spring including Lauren, Annie, Shelbie, Andy, Evan, Marion, Leslie, Baptiste, Dolly & Sara, Terry & Ellen, Hannah, Erica, Amanda, Andrew, Dylan, Valerie and others.)

We're happy to be working with Srinergy to finish our solar energy system this month and move forward with lots of plans for the year, including a cooler to keep fresh produce and eggs on hand, a farm stand open to the public, regular dining events and weekly outdoor yoga classes! We'll also be able to finally reward some of you who donated toward our aquaponics fundraising campaign last year. Stay tuned for details on these exciting developments.

Now that we're in the busiest time of year (April-December?), Food Field is again looking for regular help: we have one apprentice position open to work 2-3 days a week through the 2014 growing season. A monthly stipend is available; some farming experience strongly preferred. Email peckproduce@gmail.com for more information and to request an application.

Lastly, don't forget to sign up for your City Commons CSA share for 2014 now that June is in sight. If you can't make it to a weekly pickup, consider Detroit Full Cycle--they'll deliver your box each week by bike and also take away your compost for reuse on the farm!

arugula
tomato transplants

Sunday, March 23

It's official (if not apparent): spring is here! Time for a check-in on the farm...

All our chickens and ducks (minus one who flew the coop) made it through a grueling winter while still supplying us daily with plenty of eggs. They've now sped up further, producing 4 dozen a day, so stop by to pick up a dozen or drop off your kitchen scraps for them to snack on (call Noah to coordinate until our farm stand opens up later this spring: 313.312.7235). Our fish have been hibernating through the winter so we hope to see them resurface soon as the pond temperature rises. On a sadder note, our hoop house greens, composting worms, and likely honeybees bit the dust under extreme temperatures. We've got much work to do this spring getting everything restarted! Many fruit trees also suffered from hungry critters helped by high snow levels so orchard renewal is also on the agenda (along with establishing perennial bee forage beds among our trees).

You can get some fresh air and lend a hand starting this Wednesday (March 26) between 10AM and 5PM (and subsequent Wednesdays, weather permitting). Please RSVP and be prepared for mud with a good pair of boots if you plan to help out.

We are still accepting members for the City Commons CSA! You can enjoy 20 weeks of fresh vegetables and fruit from Food Field and other participating farms and take advantage of multiple pickup and payment options, great recipes and extras like weekly flowers and fall storage crops. Distribution begins in mid-June but sign up now before we fill up--go to citycommonscsa.com for the details and signup form.

Lastly, big thanks to Big Boy Restaurants for supporting Food Field and funding our remaining solar energy needs and cooler space! We can't wait to finally turn on the lights and have handy cold storage for all our greens and vegetables during the coming hot months (coming soon, please?)...

Monday, January 27

Greetings from Food Field! Here’s a brief update on the farm while we wait out another Polar Vortex.  Unfortunately it hasn't been a winter for growing greens, even with hoop houses to bring some daytime thaws.  Fish surfaced in the pond last week to come out of hibernation for a brief bite to eat—-we hope they’ll be harvest-size sometime later this year.  Chickens and ducks have been troopers and continue laying eggs daily.  And the Ark is finally move-in-ready now that solar panels are wired and construction is complete!

Do you want to try out homesteading for a few weeks and enjoy the serenity of a quiet cabin and a cozy fire-—without leaving the big city?  We are looking for someone to take care of the farm from mid-February to early March while Noah is away; duties include feeding the chickens, ducks, and wood-burner, collecting & delivering eggs, and possible snow shoveling.  Email us if this sounds like the stay-cation of your dreams!

Several of you have asked about this year’s CSA.  For 2014 we will be joining with City Commons, a cooperative of Detroit farmers, to offer more shares and more variety—you’ll get plenty of vegetables from Food Field along with produce from Singing Tree Garden, Vinewood Knoll and other urban farms.  The CSA will run 20 weeks starting mid-June with many of the same options you’re familiar with-—full and half shares, Tuesday and Saturday pickups, season extension—-plus optional flower shares and several pickup locations.  You can check out the details and sign up here or wait for updates soon including pickup times at Food Field and payment options with EBT.

Until then, you can taste Food Field eggs at Supino pizzeria, or stop by Traffic Jam & Snug for some garlicky goodness ... and this spring we'll open a farm stand here on Lawrence for all the fresh greens we can make available. Thanks and stay warm out there... 

Sunday, December 8

The Weeds of Detroit 2014 calendar from Food Field is now available! Keep track of your life in this handy planner and enjoy 52 weeks of hand-drawn illustrations and information. Never worry about low batteries or lost service--all you need's right here on paper. Calendars are $15. You can buy yours here, from our friends at Detroit Farm & Garden, or email peckproduce@gmail.com to pick one up at the farm.

 

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Monday, October 21

 

It was a great weekend at Ford Field Food Field!  Thanks to Jeff McCabe’s Nifty Hoops (and some great volunteers) for building a new 156-foot movable hoop house, soon to be full of spinach, arugula and spicy greens for the winter.  This was made possible by a USDA grant to boost season extension in Wayne County—keep your eyes out for more hoops in Hamtramck, the North End and elsewhere, and get ready for a food sovereign Detroit in our future.

Next door, our other hoop house is also planted for winter and the fish pond is ready to go; 600 catfish and blue gill are arriving next Monday the 28th!  They’ll get to share the pond with our ducks once we move them in to warmer quarters soon.  Chickens continue pumping out eggs, turkeys are putting on weight, and our bees are donating some honey to the larder.  This week we’ll be taking advantage of this year’s bumper crop of apples and pressing cider.  The garlic’s been sorted, beans have been shelled, and we could really use that root cellar right about now…

Help take some of this bounty off our hands and sign up for Food Field’s Holiday CSA Share.  It will run for 5 weeks starting November 19; cost is $150 and pickup is at the farm (or $20 more for delivery in the area).  You’ll get such items as sweet potatoes, squash, garlic, onions, salad greens, carrots and other vegetables plus preserved tomatoes, pickles, salsa & other goodies.  Don’t follow the crowds to the supermarket for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah & Christmas—we’ve got everything you need!  Download the signup form here or email peckproduce@gmail.com with any questions.

We’re still at Eastern Market for a couple more weeks so come out and see us there in Shed 3 tomorrow and next Tuesday (9AM-3PM).  Big thanks to regular volunteers Mike and Klara for help running the table, and also to Aaron, Annie, Lizzy, Zephyr and others back on the farm.  And congrats to Brooke Webber and Jonathan Patty on their new gig running the Lilli Pilli Health Bar!  They put on a wonderful farm-to-table dinner here last month, of which there will be more to come next year.  (If you have photos from the dinner, we’d love to see them!)

Monday, September 2

Happy Labor Day! Of course farmers don't get this day off, especially with a busy Tuesday market to prepare for (come see us in Shed 2 in our new stall next to MSU Extension).

You're invited to a special farm-to-table dinner at Food Field on September 21 & 22 (Saturday & Sunday), with multiple courses featuring our own produce and farm products. Dinner starts at 6:30 PM both days with a tour of the farm at 5:30. We'll have the farm all cleaned up and many fall crops coming in, with outdoor seating under the maples, special lighting and live music.  Tickets are available now on a sliding scale from $40-100.  You can register here and be sure to include your information and which day you'll be dining!

 

 

Thursday, July 18

If you follow our Facebook page then you know that unfortunately the farm was burgled last Sunday night.  The thieves cut through steel locks on our storage unit and took most of our equipment and tools including a generator, mower, power tool set, chainsaws, batteries, grinder, propane torch, farm cart and many other items.  It's a sad fact that this is the risk for anyone living or doing business in our city, and until now we had been lucky to suffer minimal losses thanks to watchful neighbors and police.  While we don't know yet if insurance will cover any of our losses, we know there is a long list of things needing replacement (some more immediately than others).  I've added these to our Wish List for the farm--please take a look over it and consider donating any surplus or unused items you might have available.  We're also in need of someone with welding skills and equipment to fashion a new door locking mechanism.

Thanks very much to Melinda, Jenelle, Carrie, Ashley, Maribeth and many others who've already offered support!

broken locks

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