CSA Guild - Open House - 2018Shopping for a CSA share for the 2018 season? Stop by the CSA Open House this Sunday, 2-5 pm at Clyde Iron Works to gather information and talk to us farmers firsthand. Whether you have burning questions or you aren’t sure where to start, we’ll be happy to chat with you!


Today is CSA Day

Facebook_logoIf you haven’t signed up for a 2018 CSA share yet, today is a great day to do so! Join folks across the country who are supporting their local farmers on CSA Day.

Also, please “like” this farm’s new Facebook page (I know, it’s about time).

CSA Sign-Up Time!

It’s here: the 2018 CSA sign-up form. The seeds are (almost all) here, too. So, you fill out the form, I’ll turn the seeds into veggies, and the chickens will turn the veggies into eggs and fertilizer. The cat does nothing.

20170809_Week8ShareIf you’re looking to sign up for a CSA share for 2018, please check back here soon, or contact me at stonesthrowmn at gmail.com and I’ll let you know when we’re open for business. Thanks for your patience!


We chose our team name in honor of Pokemon, which my nephews enjoy. Seen here with my dad and our first harvest of potatoes this season.

The Carlton County Farmers Market in Cloquet, that is. I’m planning to be there most Saturdays from 9 am – noon, if the weather’s decent. We set up in the parking lot near Premiere Theatres, which is off of Highway 33, so you can’t miss us. This week I’m bringing broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, a little spinach, some beet greens, salad turnips, radishes, kale, head lettuce, and scallions. Come early for the best selection, but don’t hesitate to stop by later, either!

The other vendors have a lot of goodies I can’t resist, like homemade bread, cookies, jam, and fresh eggs, plus meat if you don’t already have a freezer full like I do. This Saturday there’s some sort of kids’ activity planned during market hours, and kids can always hunt for the Market Mouse (a great idea if I ever heard one!). Next Saturday, July 15th, stop by for a delicious demonstration in memory of Emma Olson, The Bread Lady. It’ll feature Emma’s Finnish cardamom bread as well as bread from bakers Elizabeth Naglak and Terry Sharkey, plus jams and jellies made by farmers market members. Hope to see you there!


Flying by

Time is flying, as usual during our short summer. Also flying the last few days were thousands of dragonflies. Elden (my resident expert on dragons) caught and released a few and identified them as Common Baskettails, which he said must be migrating (yup, dragonflies do that). Look up: dragonflies everywhere. Look down: dragonfly shadows everywhere. I rescued a few that flew into the hoophouse and couldn’t find their way out, also a giant bumblebee (I just rolled up the side of the greenhouse a bit so it could be on its way).

The veggies are growing and so are the chicks! They seem to be enjoying their movable outside pen (chicken tractor). I started them out on the grass between the greenhouse and house so I could keep an eye on them. Eventually I’ll probably get them into a vegetable field somewhere so they can fertilize for us.

The dandelions are about done blooming and other wildflowers just getting started, or about to start blooming. The first batch of tomatoes in the hoophouse are blooming and tomatoes starting to form here and there. Lots of promise!