|Food: Growing organic produce is a way of life for the Tuckeys
By Mary Ann Doyle, Associate Editor Star Journal
April 4, 2013
any gardener knows, planting a plot takes a lot of forethought. But how
much planning goes into a garden that encompasses five acres?
friends Brendan and Jenny Tuckey know. They run EverGood Farm and
despite the snow and cold we have been experiencing lately, they are
preparing for the days when planting can begin.
In fact, right
now the couple, along with their little boy Emmett, is busy planting
seeds in containers that will germinate into a variety of vegetable
plants and give this industrious pair a jump start on their community
supported agriculture (CSA) farm located just north of Rhinelander.
first met this family last summer. It was a hot and sticky day when I
made my way to their farm to find out what a CSA was. Little did I know
how committed Brendan and Jenny are to providing nourishing and
wholesome vegetables to their CSA members who they consider family.
I found out, a CSA is a way for people to obtain fresh, organically
grown produce without actually having to do any of the labor. Brendan
and Jenny do that and it’s a perfect arrangement for people who lack
the land, time or stamina to grow a garden. The couple sells
memberships to their CSA, and in return, those members receive
vegetables throughout the summer months.
This year, they
expanded the options people can choose from. For instance, a person
opting for the full share would receive a box (3/4 of a bushel) of
vegetables for 16 weeks starting June 17 through Sept. 30. There are
half shares offered too, in addition to summer shares for those who are
snow birds or just visiting the area throughout the summer months.
EverGood Farm CSA members also have the option of going directly to the
farm to pick vegetables. “We really want to share our farm with our CSA
families,” said Jenny. “It’s important to us to show people, especially
kids, how their food is grown. We want them to have a connection with
us, the farm and what we grow.”
This is the third year for the
Tuckey’s EverGood Farm CSA. They bought 10 acres of hard scrabble land
in 2010, cleared it of brush and trees, plowed it and then erected
endless lengths of fencing around the garden. It wasn’t long before the
couple could look out their kitchen window and see long rows of
vegetables growing strong and healthy. Every year since then, they have
been expanding their vegetable offerings and this year is no different.
fact, right now hundreds of little seedlings are sprouting under
lights. So far, they have planted 2,592 peat containers with everything
from broccoli to cabbage to Brussels sprouts. Once night time
temperatures remain above 40, they will move these tiny plants to their
greenhouse and then when full garden weather sets in, they will be
planting close to 50 different varieties of veggies.
And in addition
to growing food for their CSA members, Brendan and Jenny will also be
taking their produce to two area farmer markets this summer in Eagle
River and Minocqua. This is another way they like connecting with their
There’s no doubt the Tuckeys are getting antsy to get
into their garden. The work ahead is a challenge they are looking
forward to though, because to them, their CSA is a way of life.
really do enjoy this,” said Brendan. “We want people to have a
connection with their food and we really enjoy the people who are part
of our CSA family.”
To find out more about the Tuckey’s CSA,
call them at (715) 272-1041 or email them at email@example.com.
Visit their website here.
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