We are hiring a farm manager for 2017: please consider or pass along to skilled farmers you know!
We're preparing for another farm-to-table dinner, this time by chefs Mike (Food Field Ambassador) and Mark (Forks and Knives, Ltd.). It's October 15 with seatings at 6 PM and 8 PM, featuring lots of great stuff from the farm and locally raised meat in dishes like smoked pork belly, sweet potato fritters and pumpkin bisque along with craft cocktails. Get your tickets ($50) now!
Happy Spring! It's another year at Food Field and we're getting ready for more great harvests and events, new animals and crops, a more manageable garden and improved greenhouse space this season. Come on out and see what we've been up to.
Spring planting continues full speed ahead--we've got new raspberries, blackberries, elderberries and serviceberries planted, plenty of garlic, kale and greens in the ground, tomato and pepper transplants galore, and a new hedge and raised herb, flower & vegetable beds. Bees are enjoying the deadnettle groundcover and fruit trees in bloom, and we'll be getting more chickens and special chicken guards soon. We can use your help getting all the rest planted and keeping beds weeded, watered and fruitful--come out on a Wednesday (10 AM-5 PM) for open volunteer times or this Saturday 4/30 to enjoy some sunshine and get your hands dirty (and take home some fresh salad greens). You can also enjoy some of our fresh greens, leeks, parsnips or herbs on the menu at Selden Standard, Brooklyn Street Local, Trinosophes, Standby and other joints downtown this spring.
It's not too late to sign up for City Commons CSA--just go to citycommonscsa.com to register for your 2016 share before we fill up. This year's boxes will be even better with 3 new farms in the mix, plus more optional add-ons in the works like mushrooms and chicken. 20 weeks of produce begin June 14, just in time for garlic scapes and strawberries; the cost is $450 for full shares and $230 for half shares.
Please stay tuned for updates on dinners & events at the farm, market days, our new animals and the upcoming Detroit urban livestock ordinance! Let us know if you'd like to be included on our volunteer email list for more regular updates on work at the farm.
Our 2016 calendars are hot off the press! This year features Trees of Detroit with photos from all around the city plus a puzzle challenge worth $100 at Food Field. Order yours here or track us down in the field, at the house or at one of this season's many holiday gift fairs.
Happy Spring, foodies. Lots of updates this month:
Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 15) is Opening Day at Food Field. Come out if you can to kick off the season planting potatoes, pulling weeds, spreading compost and more (and take home some fresh greens and veggies). We'll have open volunteer days every Wednesday this year (weather permitting) if you're interested in getting involved.
Our farm stand will also reopen this week with hours Mondays and Wednesdays 10-6 and Saturdays 10-2. We currently have mixed braising and salad greens, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes and preserved items from last season. We're now able to accept multiple kinds of payment including credit/debit and SNAP benefits so bring your Bridge Card and stock up! We're still waiting to find out if we can accept Double Up Food Bucks for the season.
Last fall we received a New Economy Initiative grant to start regular farm-to-table meals served onsite, so get ready to join the Flatbread Society for Friday dinners at Food Field! We'll cook up tasty flatbread in our traditional tandoori clay oven each week along with farm-fresh garlic sauce, salads, soups, curries and more, with seating outdoors or on the new rooftop deck. We'll start the season with a special brunch on Sunday, April 26 with limited seating in the hoop house brick patio and featuring Food Field- and locally-grown ingredients. Starts at 11 AM; tickets are $20 and are available here or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Were you a City Commons CSA member in 2014? Don't forget to sign up before it's too late! Another member farm is losing much of their land this spring due to a land use dispute, so we will be capping membership early (and starting a waitlist). We still expect to have the same quality and variety from last year and more, however; signup information is at www.citycommonscsa.com.
Lastly, our new Food Field t-shirts are in so get yours today! Tees are in a variety of colors and are hand-printed with help from Toby Millman and Ocelot Print Shop. Shirts are $15 each here or pick one out at the farm stand (see hours above).
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:
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).
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...
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 email@example.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!
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?)...