Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Year In Review

I wanted to briefly talk about some of our successes and failures for 2008. Organic farming has its challenges and we met them head on. Our Fremont property started out with tremendous growth and potential due to its well drained soil and ample rainfall. Most prized in these early plantings were our potatoes and carrots. Also, the sand soil grew some tremendous lettuces and mustards when it did rain. Sandy soil provides ample tilth but can turn to a sandbox quickly with a week of warm dry weather. This became the trend after the second week of June and continued throughout the entire summer. We were adaptable to the weather though. One portion of the Fremont property has a heavier soil type known as "muck ground". It takes a long time to dry out after spring rains but is tremendously fertile. We chose this ground for many of the late plantings like Swiss Chard, carrots and beets. The excellent moisture retention provided good germination rates and crops thrived despite near drought conditions. I would consider these plantings to be the most professional crops we've ever grown due to uniformity, rate of growth, and disease resistance. Many of you had your fill of Swiss Chard I'm sure...however this crop provided a drought alternative when we couldn't grow lettuces.

The Marysville property was pretty much a wash this year. April and May rains really didn't allow us to work up the clay based soil for a good spring crop. We have committed a lot of time and compost to this piece of ground and have seen very uneven results. Our fall root vegetable and green crops have been excellent the past two years though.

Our critical mistake of 2008 was the "attempt" at growing heirloom tomatoes at Marysville. I have found in many cases that heirlooms taste the best when grown in low hummus but minerally rich soil. We produced tremendous heirlooms in 2006 and 2007 this way. We kind of abuse our heirlooms a bit -lots of calcium, greensand, lime and rock phosphate, but minimal water. Generally, once fruit sets are heavy, I tend to stop watering the plants. Fruits tend to ripen quicker and have a much deeper, more pronounced flavor. Nonetheless, our heavy rains in May and early June created a serious disease problem. We had a terminal case of early blight. We gave the plants a nice top dressing but they didn't recover. So, 2008 was a crop failure for heirloom tomatoes, all 107 varieties.

Disappointment is part of market farming. 2009 will renew our plans for tomato excellence and I have a feeling our customers will be ready. We did save our own seed stock for some of our more rare varieties like Nelson's Golden Giant, Morning Sun and Berkley Tied-Dyed Pink.

Our biggest success this year was the potato crop. We achieved record yields, some that were 100 percent higher than standard performance. Notable varieties included Huckleberry, Red Thumb and Island Sunshine. Red Thumb is a red fingerling that we didn't offer for sale. That's because the seed is rare and expensive. We decided to save all of our Red Thumb for seed stock. In 2009, we will plant all 700 pounds of Red Thumb with an expected yield of 7,000 to 14,000 pounds. This beautiful fingerling has uniform A and B size, and has a tender waxy texture. Ohioans love their red potatoes.

2008 was a difficult year to say the least. In 2009 we are aggressively growing in size and scope. Our tractor fleet will grow from two to five. Acreage will expand from approximately fifteen acres to perhaps forty. We've charted over 160 different products that we would like to grow with an emphasis on onions and root vegetables. In addition we are working the CSA programs so that vegetables are rotated more frequently. We look forward to growing for your family next season, please contact us anytime.


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Meet and Greet
Get to Know Your Farmers
Join us on Thursday, December 18th from 4-7pm at Tehku Tea Company in downtown Dublin. Enjoy a cup of tea on us and the fruits of our labor including Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkin Scones and Austrian Crescent Potato Soup. We'll discuss CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, and other local opportunities for fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy. Farms planning to attend include 2Silos and VanScoy Farms, among others.

All new commitments for the 2009 CSA will receive a small gift as a token of our appreciation. Whether you're a localvore, a supporter of CSA, or in need of a gift, we have CSA options for

For more information email us at See you there!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Harvest Dinner with Wayward Seed Farm

Come to La Tavola!
Havest Dinner with Wayward Seed Farm
Trattoria LaTavola
6125 Riverside Drive, Dublin
Sunday, October 26, 6:00 p.m.

Please come join us and meet Rick Lopez, a longtime supporter of local farmers and chef/owner of the award-winning Trattoria LaTavola in Dublin. Rick, Adam and I will team up to produce a seven-course harvest dinner featuring the bounty from Wayward Seed’s harvest, paired with appropriate wines. The dinner will feature a variety of heirloom vegetables, including some that have been included in Slow Food’s flagship biodiversity program, the Ark of Taste. Some of the proceeds from the dinner will go to Wayward Seed to allow us to continue and expand our unique programs.

For more information or to review the menu, please visit the Slow Food website, or you may contact LaTavola directly at 614.760.8700 to make reservations.

We hope to see you there!

Friday, October 17, 2008

An Ohio Farm Fresh Thanksgiving

The time of year is upon us once again to think about cooler weather, fall vegetables and Thanksgiving.

This year, with some assistance from Toad Hill Farm, The Wayward Seed Farm will offer an "Ohio Farm Fresh Thanksgiving" CSA. Included in the CSA:

-One 16-20lb. Free Range Pasture Turkey or One Hubbard Squash
-Green Mountain Potatoes
-Beauregard Sweet Potatoes
-King Richard Leeks
-Rainbow Carrots
-Shunkyo and/or Watermelon Radishes
-Early Wonder Tall Top and/or Chioggia Beets
-Hakurei and/or Scarlett Queen Red Stem Turnips
-Swiss Chard
-Braising Greens
-Salad Greens
-Pate Brisee Pie Crust
-Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkin
-Butternut or Buttercup Squash
-Gold Rush Apples
-Gourds and Indian Corn

Along with your farm fresh fixings, you will receive a 2008 Thanksgiving tote, designed by and hand printed by Michelle Maguire, recipe ideas and a complete list of ingredients.

The cost is $160 for Turkey and $125 for Hubbard Squash. Payment is due at the time of reservation. Your CSA can be picked up on Saturday, November 22nd between 8am-12pm at the North Market.

For more information or to reserve an "Ohio Farm Fresh Thanksgiving" CSA, please visit us Saturday mornings at the North Market, by phone or email.

Friday, August 29, 2008

August 30th Market

I realize it's been a month since we last posted anything. I can assure you, we've been very busy. Planting for the fall, putting up a walk in cooler, working the WIC markets, planning 2009 CSA...lots of stuff happening these days. The dry weather and late July and August have slowed our fall plantings but over the last two weeks, we've been able to catch up. We're harvesting lots of ground cherries, tons (literally) of fingerling potatoes and also baby leeks. The leeks are really nice, having up to 12 inches of blanching on the shank. Sorry to all you devotees of our salad and lettuce mix, the dry weather is just not helping. We expect to have greens again in the next week or two.

In our most recent harvest trip to Fremont I took some pictures for you. These are the beautiful, and delicious Austrian Crescent Fingerling Potatoes. Remember this, the next time you buy fingerling potatoes from The Wayward Seed Farm, they are fresh. Dug from the ground less than 24 hours before market!

So finally, a market report of what you might find at the market this weekend...

Aunt Molly's Ground Cherries
King Richard Leeks
Collard Greens
Purple de Milpa Tomatillos
Sweet Peppers (an assortment)
Heirloom Tomatoes
Sweet Corn
Chioggia Beets (maybe)
Green Mountain Potatoes
Red Thumb Fingerling Potatoes
Ruby Crescent Fingerling Potatoes
Aphrodite Cantaloupe
Crimson Sweet Watermelon
Eggplant (Fairy Tale, Japanese)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Things are finally drying out but now it's giving us a bit of trouble in getting planted for the fall. Melons will all be here soon!

We have a good start to the day and so our guess for the market...

Lettuce Mix
Shunkyo Radish
Hakurei Turnips
King Richard Leeks
Fingerling Potatoes
Huckleberry Red Potatoes
Baby Eggplant
Summer Squash
Green Beans
Wax Beans
Baby Florence Fennel

A reminder to our CSA folks - don't forget your boxes! It should be a beautiful day tomorrow, see you at the market!


Friday, July 18, 2008

July 19th Market

A quick note for CSA members - if you have boxes at home, bring them back! We're in need of your boxes!

A good guess for the market tomorrow...

-Baby Eggplant
-Green Beans
-Wax Beans
-Mesclun Mix
-Lettuce Mix
-Baby Fennel
-Arrowhead Cabbage
-Summer Squash

See you all tomorrow!

Friday, July 11, 2008

July 12th Market

At the market tomorrow, we are hoping to have...

-Arrowhead Cabbage
-Green Beans
-Wax Beans
-Pac Choi
-Napa Cabbage
-Summer Squash
-Lettuce Mix
-Mesclun Mix
-Baby Eggplant
-Hakurei Turnips
-Baby Fennel

You should eat well this week! We'll see you at the market!


Friday, July 4, 2008

Peak Season CSA

It's official...we are offering a "Peak Season" vegetable CSA beginning August 2nd and continuing through October 25th. Sign up forms will be available at each market tomorrow and shares will be limited.

August 2 - October 25

One Person = $140
Two Person = $260
Four Person = $500


Pick up locations include Clintonville, Worthington, North Market and Whole Foods Dublin.

For more information or to sign up, contact us at

Thursday, July 3, 2008

July 5th Market

Rain has definitely hindered our efforts this month. The ground is beyond saturated and hasn't dried out in weeks. This is excellent for water hungry crops like leeks, celery root and carrots. However, if you can't till, you can't plant. Frankly, you can't even walk back there right now without waders.

In spite of, here's our best guess for the weekend markets:

- Hakurei Turnips
- Scarlett Queen Red Stem Turnips
- Collard Greens
- Tatsoi
- Baby Carrots (Sweet!!)
- Pac Choi
- Baby Fennel (really fantastic, let me tell you)
- Micro Greens
- Arugula
- Broccoli Raab
- Mesclun Mix

In the next few weeks, we are expecting potatoes, sweet corn, summer squash, kohlrabi, beets and green beans. And again, not to "beat a dead horse" here but the rain is slowing things up a bit.

For our CSA members, our conclusion based on your response was to request ID. Please email the name(s) of the person(s) picking up your share, should you be doing so. We will request to see the ID of the person(s). Thanks in advance for your understanding.

See you at the market!

Jaime & Adam

Monday, June 30, 2008


Shame on you, you seemingly honest woman who STOLE a fruit share from Clintonville Market this week. It is apparent you can't go anywhere without dishonest, conniving people taking what doesn't belong to them. Try and steal a share again, you might not be so lucky!

For our members, who support our farm and enjoy our products every week, we will be instituting a new procedure for pick ups. Obviously, we do our best to get to know you and hope that by now, we do. But if we don't, accept our apology, we are working on it.

Members of the fruit and vegetable CSA, please check your email for new procedure regarding pick up. I'm sorry to inconvenience you or your friend or family member that has so nicely offered to pick up for you, but we have no choice. I will not allow for thieves to steal your shares. I'm sure you understand.

Thanks to those of you who support our farm honestly! We appreciate your business and hope that you'll continue to grow with us!

Jaime & Adam

Friday, June 27, 2008

June 28th Market

Rain, rain and more rain. What more can we say? I sure hope this isn't the summer of rainy days and wet fields.

At the market this week, look for:

- Napa Cabbage (and lots of it!)
- Scarlett Queen Red Stem Turnips
- Lettuce Mix
- English Peas (LAST WEEK!)
- French Breakfast Radish
- Chioggia Beets (maybe)
- Micro Greens
- Baby Carrots (maybe)

We hope to see you at the market!


Friday, June 20, 2008

June 21st Market

We're in full swing now, hence the short message today! Tomorrow, you might find (we're never sure until the moment we start cutting)...

- English Peas
- Scarlett Queen Red Stem Turnips
- Lettuce Mix
- Collards
- Napa Cabbage
- French Breakfast Radish
- Helios Radish
- Plum Purple Radish
- Hakurei Turnips
- Micro Greens

See you at the market!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

June 14th Market

Will it be rain or shine this Saturday? That is the question. Rain always makes the market day seem long and well, boring. Only the dedicated come out and even then, they don't want to be there. Somehow they know, that if they don't, they will have punished themselves with bad food all week long!

Well, rain or shine, we're planning to have:

- English Peas
- Hakurei Turnips
- French Breakfast, Plum Purple and Helios Radishes
- Arugula
- Mini Head Lettuce (Red Oak and Romaine)
- Mesclun Mix
- Braising Mix
- Lettuce Mix
- Broccoli Raab
- Green Lance Broccolini
- Swiss Chard (maybe?)

For those of you interested in CSA and what it's all about, here's a picture of a two person share that went out last Saturday. Right now, members expect greens, and lots of them. Obviously, it gets more colorful as the season goes on.

We look forward to seeing you at the market this week...rain or shine!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

June 7th Market

It's been a little wet this week, to say the least. While the rain does good for new seedlings, it's not fun to work in. Our first Wednesday market at Whole Foods was quiet considering the weather.

In addition to North Market, it will be our first week at Clintonville and Worthington. This week look for:

- Baby Pac Choi
- Braising Mix
- Mesclun Mix
- Tatsoi
- Arugula
- Curly Cress
- Micro Greens
- Shunkyo Radish
- French Breakfast Radish
- Plum Purple Radish
- Helios Radish
- Hakurei Turnips
- Broccoli Raab

You'll find us in the Graeter's parking lot if you're traveling to Worthington Market.

This is also the first week for fruit and vegetable CSA pick ups. Be sure to check your first pick up date (for those members on a bi-weekly) and your pick up location. Here's hoping I have everything right!


Monday, June 2, 2008

A New Year

Ahhhh, the season has begun here at Wayward Seed. Cool wet weather has given way to excellent growing conditions. Weekly rain with increased temperatures really made things jump. Beautiful greens and baby root vegetables will be harvested this week. We have some of the finest arugula and mesclun mix the farm has ever produced. You should see baby turnips, radishes, and some broccoli raab this week. Spring peas are approximately a week away, they will be sweet like candy. There is a ton of work to do this week in addition to the farmers markets. Transplants like huckleberries and ground cherries will go in on Sunday. Oh, the weeds are not going away either. We purchased a new wheel hoe to eliminate lambsquarters, pigweed and our archenemy THE CANADIAN THISTLE. Yes, the worst Canadian import ever...Wish us luck in the battle to keep Wayward Seed weed free. See you at the market!!!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Hello from Emmy!

Hello everyone, I'm Emmy, the dog who helps run things around Wayward Seed Farm. I love living in such a great place, with fresh fruits and veggies every day.

I can't wait to tell you more about Wayward Seed. When we get new crops in, I'll be sure to review them and let you know about all the tasty treats that are available.

Thanks for reading!