Thursday, May 14, 2020

Available from GFF May 14

We will be putting our available items up on the web the day of a delivery each week on the blog in addition to our email newsletter list.  The email list goes out the day prior to the blog posting, so if you wish to get in on the earlier version (and avoid having things sell out) then contact us at our email address.

Available This Week:
  • Eggs - $3.50/dozen (sold out)
  • Carrots - $2.50/pound
  • Asparagus - $5.00/pound 
  • Spinach - $4.00/bag  (sold out)
Carrots are from Grinnell Heritage Farm and they are Certified Organic.  This is our last group of carrots form them until our own carrots get going later in the season.

The asparagus is from three sources.  Our own farm.  Jeff Sage's gardens and Grinnell Heritage Farm.  The cool weather has slowed asparagus asparagus production, so we combined efforts to gather enough for demand.

The spinach patch is just starting, we hope it will peak next week.  And, the ever popular eggs are consistent, but it will still be a few months before the young hens start laying to increase our production numbers.

Pick Up Locations Today

  1. 5:00-5:15PM  Cedar Falls - Jorgensen Plaza  west parking lot
  2. 5:30-5:45PM  Cedar Falls - Hansen's Dairy Outlet back parking lot
Drive by delivery.  Drive up/park, open your trunk or tailgate, stand aside and we'll put your order in your vehicle.  Do not approach us, even though we would love to see you. 
If you are biking/walking, we will place your order where you can get it after we step back.

We will NOT take payment at delivery, please see below for how payments will work.

Thank you so much for tolerating this process to help keep everyone safe and healthy.  We will modify the process as the season progresses and available product dictates the need to do so.

How Do I Order?
For the time being, we are taking orders via email.  We are asking those who wish to place orders to participate in our Pre-Paid Farm Credit Program.  The program is simple and easy to join.  You get better prices and you will help us to limit transactions (and remove the process of passing money back and forth during deliveries).

How Can I Participate?
2020 Pre-Paid Farm Credit Program
We will run the system in $50 increments.  In other words, you can purchase a minimum of $50 of farm credit at a time.  We will cap the maximum amount of credit at $200 and you can refill your farm credits at any point.
Like the CSA program, this gives you the advantage of not having to pull out money at each delivery.  Instead, we will have a ledger with tracking for your current credit balance. Farm credits can be used for ANY farm product the Genuine Faux Farm offers.  If you buy farm credits, you can apply them to purchasing meat chickens, vegetables, eggs or any other thing we offer this year.
If you want to send us a check via mail - email us for our farm address.
Want to use Paypal?
You may send cash to
We are accepting purchases of credits now and throughout the season.

Upcoming Schedule
  • (Thus) May 14 - Cedar Falls, Jorgensen Plaza and Hansen's Outlet
  • (Wed) May 20 - Waverly, St Andrew's Church & Yogi Life
  • (Thus) May 28 - Cedar Falls, Jorgensen Plaza and Hansen's Outlet
Tammy and Rob's Weekly Challenge
Inspector, the cat, loves to converse with us.  We challenge all of you to come up with questions for Inspector!  We'll ask him and post his answers on the blog!  

Crop and Poultry Report
The temperature on the farm got down to 25 degrees Fahrenheit, which is never without consequences.  We missed pulling in a couple trays of marigolds, so they are not quite crispy.  Even a few cold hardy crops showed a little damage, even while inside Casa Verde.  We did manage to get 200 row feet of potatoes in (more to come).  The addition of a 'middle buster' implement for the tractor made the whole process go the fastest it has ever gone.  We rented an excavator and used to to make two swales (shallow ditches) on the farm.  The process took an entire day to dig about 700 feet of swale.  The little birds are just about ready to move out of the brooder room.  We want to get past the recent cold snap and the upcoming rain before we put them in pasture.

Rob's New Job 
Rob is already making his presence known with PAN.  His first blog for their twice a month GroundTruth blog is here.

Being Kind Challenge - Pay Someone for No Services Received
We are leaving this idea in the email because we realize the expenses do not stop even though the income may well have for many people in our communities.  It's a new month and Tammy and I agreed to write checks again and send them to people who have provided us with services in the past, but are unable to do so given the pandemic situation.  These checks are meant to pay them as if they had provided us with these services that we had budgeted for anyway.  We will make it clear we expected no compensation as far as future services were concerned.  And, we intend to return to them for service one things are clear to do so once again.

We challenge you - if you are able - to do the same.

Farm Credit Balances
Almost there!  There is just always too much to do and less time to do it all in.

The plan is to create a Google sheet with balances to be updated weekly.  Each person with credits will be given a unique ID so you can reference the table and view your balance.  We will protect your information by not housing any of your personal information there.  It will simply be a code and information about your farm credits balance.

Do You Need Help?
Perhaps we can help in some small way.  If you are stuck at home and you need something we can pick up for you as a part of our delivery process, let us know.  We could swing by Meyer Pharmacy or Fareway in Waverly if you need it.  We can pick up some milk and cheese at Hansen's.  It's a small thing we might be able to do to help. 

Feel free to share information with others
Since we are not doing a CSA this year, there isn't really a cap to the number of people who can join our program.  We certainly have the capacity to deliver more produce and poultry than will likely be taken over the course of the year with the current group of people on our list.  Feel free to send people our way to join our farm share program.  And, if you still receive these emails and wonder if you missed the deadline - there IS NO DEADLINE.  Join us when you are ready or when the things you really want are in season.

Starter Plants
We will have some starter plants available to those that want them.  Once again, we won't know for sure how many or what types until we put a bunch into the ground over the next ten to fourteen days. Please watch our announcements to see when we have them available for you.  You WILL be able to use farm credits for these plants, just as with anything else we offer.

Be well!
   Rob and Tammy

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