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Posted 5/16/2014 5:42pm by Jim Baughman.

Hi Folks,

Rain, rain go away save some of this for a hot summer day. Is it April or May? Well as I said last week rain was in the forecast, and oh rain we have gotten. Here at the farm we have had over 3” of rain in the past 7 days. The obvious is that we need rain in order for plants to grow properly but there is a point when enough is enough. All this rain has delayed field work and will for the next several days. It has also triggered a weed and grass explosion in all the growing beds. It will be tough at this point to get the weeding done in the large field plots as this requires a tractor and field cultivator and it is just too wet. However the wet days allowed Grant and Chip the opportunity to trellis the tomatoes and cucumbers that we have growing in the green houses. It also has made weeding easier in some of the smaller greens beds. Right know I can’t figure out which is growing faster all the salad greens or the weeds. Most of our greens this week are a little larger than the size I like to harvest. They are all still very tasty and fresh. A dry out period is in the forecast along with some really low temperature for this time of year let’s hope and pray we do not get a frost.

Speaking of greens, you may be starting to wonder what to do with all of them. Below I have some suggestions on some of the different uses. To keep your greens fresh try to keep them cool from the time you pick them until you can get them refrigerated. I have found that they store best by just folding a flap over on the bag of greens and placing them in the crisper of your refrigerator flap side down.

Spring Lettuce Mix. This mix is good for a standalone salad but you may think about making a large dinner salad adding items like eggs, meats, cheeses, and other vegetable. This can actually be a fairly quick throw together one plate dinner one night. Lettuce mix is also good on sandwiches and in wraps. It can also be used as an edible garnish for many fruit or vegetable side dishes.

Spinach. Spinach can be very versatile and it keeps for a long time. I have had it still be fresh for 2 weeks or longer. If it does become a little wilty, that is when I usually cook it. It’s great on a pizza, dropped into hot soup right before serving or stirred into your favorite pasta dish. There are also many spinach dip and creamed spinach recipes on the internet and of course spinach salad or mixed with other greens.

Asian Greens. Asian greens are actually my favorite salad mix. They are loaded with nutrition and flavor. Just like spinach they too can be sautéed or cooked. They are great added to a stir fry or pasta dish. They are great on sandwiches, no mustard needed. You can also braise them to your desired texture with some sautéed garlic, onion, and oil to make a great side.

See you at the market on Saturday!


Posted 4/9/2014 4:11pm by Jim Baughman.

Read about Freedom Valley Farm growing for all seasons in the April 2014 Farm Indiana magazine article by Shawndra Miller.


Posted 1/26/2014 12:28pm by Jim Baughman.

Are you interested in a CSA?  Bring your questions & meet with farmer Jim.

Posted 4/7/2013 12:50pm by Jim Baughman.

Beginning in April, visit our vendor booth at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market

each  Saturday  from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm.  For more information about the market click here.   

Posted 8/1/2012 6:35pm by Jim Baughman.

This weather is presenting numerous challenges for many local businesses.

How is Freedom Valley Farm tackling these challenging times?

Read Spencer Evening World article (July 16 2012) interviewing Jim as he is 'weathering this storm'....or lack there of.

Posted 5/18/2012 4:38am by Jim Baughman.

NEWS!! We’re now at both the Owen County Farmers Market in Spencer and the Bloomington Community Farmers Market. Both markets are pick-up locations for your weekly fresh produce on Saturdays beginning at 8:00 am.

Posted 4/22/2012 3:29pm by Jim Baughman.

Beginning May 19th, Look for Freedom Valley Farm as a vendor at the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market .

Posted 4/22/2012 3:02pm by Jim Baughman.

Starting  May 5th, look for Freedom Valley Farm as a vendor at the Owen County Farmers' Market

Posted 4/7/2012 9:59am by Jim Baughman.

Thank you for reviewing us on the Local Harvest. We appreciate your feedback!


Posted 3/24/2012 1:35pm by Jim Baughman.

See  Freedom Valley Farm in the article '5 minutes with  Vanessa Caruso' in 'Notable Edibles' section.

From the Fields of Freedom Valley Farm 8.16.17August 16th, 2017

Hi All,It seems the summer weather has returned the past 2 days. The heat and humidity have been up for sure. I was really getting used to those 80 degree days and really liking the 55 degree mornings

New recipe: Classic RatatouilleAugust 16th, 2017

Olive OilEggplant (1” cubes)Zucchini (1” cubes)Onions (1” cubes)Green Bell Peppers (1” squares)Tomatoes (peeled, seeded, and coarsely cubed) Garlic (peeled and finely chopped)W

New recipe: Grilled Jalapeno PoppersAugust 9th, 2017

Fresh Jalapeno PeppersCheese (cheddar, cream, cheese, or any type that melts well)Bacon (1-slice for each pepper)Toothpicks Cut the top or stem end off the pepper. With a small paring knife clean out

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