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Vol 3 Issue 2 - February 2007

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Organic Certification

Sunrise picture at the farm copyright rfaux

Important Dates
Want/Need Some Seed?
Signup 2007
Variety is the Spice of Life
High on the Hog
Oat Bran
Tammy Recommends
Anatevka or Tripoli?
Variety of the Month

Organic Certification

One of our core beliefs as farmers is that we want to work with nature to provide food for ourselves and for others. Organic growing practices are just a part of the picture, but it is an important part. We have done preliminary research regarding certification and have decided that we will do the preliminary paperwork for certification through IDALS. This will, at the least, pave the way for us if we decide to take the next step in the process.

We have found that most certification processes are geared toward much larger operations with a smaller crop variety. The paperwork, in many cases, becomes prohibitive with 30 different crops and 120 different seed/plant varieties. Nonetheless, we will begin the process and see where it leads us. We don't consider it so much an opportunity to expand our market and make money as we feel it is a social obligation to support organic processes by allowing an external auditor to review what we do at the Genuine Faux Farm.

There are other ways we work to put our ideals into action. We thought it might help you understand some of our decision making processes if we shared some of those ideals with you.

  • Reduce non-renewable energy consumption
  • Put more reliance on natural processes to provide for our crops
  • Grow plants that could reproduce the variety true from seed
  • Educate and provide a connection to the land for those who buy our produce
  • Create a financially sustainable operation

We address these ideals by committing to selling locally, limiting irrigation and plastic mulch use, growing heirloom and open-pollinated seed varities and by working to build a community through our CSA (among other things). And, it is possible for us to reach for these goals only as long as we run a financially stable farm. We are up to these challenges and look forward to the 2007 growing season. Bring on the veg!

Important Dates

  • Mar 1- Early payment deadline for CSA membership
  • Apr 15- Last day to hold spot with a deposit for CSA
  • Apr 24 - Tom Sawyer Day I (bad weather date Apr 25)
  • May 20- Forfeiture of deposit deadline, full payment due
  • May 28 - IRIS Fest 2007 (GFF Gathering - rain date June 2)
  • June 1- late signup deadline (if spots open)
  • July 21 - SUMMER Fest 2007 (GFF Gathering - rain July 28)
  • Sep 15 - Fall Bonfire and Tomato Lauch (rain Sep 22)

Want/Need Some Seed?

We place orders with Seed Savers, Johnny's, Territorial and Totally Tomatoes among others. If you have need of a couple of packets of seed from any of these companies and you would like to save a little on shipping, tell us what you want. But, you must do so QUICKLY! We will be placing orders in the next couple of weeks.

Email us at with your requests ASAP.

Vol 3 Issue 2 - February 2007

Signup 2007

Response to our mailing has been excellent. We already have 12 members for the 2007 season as of Feb 9. Our goal is to reach 40 members, nearly double last year's membership.

If you know of anyone who should receive a mailing from us with a SASE to encourage response, please let us know!

Variety is the Spice of Life

We have made most of our decisions for vegetable varieties during the upcoming growing season. We are including a list in this month's newsletter. If you feel there is something missing, from your perspective, let us know.

  • Romaine Lettuce - Forellenschus, Red Leprechaun, Crispmint
  • Butterhead Lettuce - Bunte Forellenschus, Grandpa Admires
  • LooseLeaf Lettuce - Gold Rush, Red Salad Bowl, Slowbolt, Australian Yellow Leaf
  • Crisphead Lettuce - Reine des Glaces
  • Spinach - America, Bloomsdale, Monnora
  • Chard - Five Color Silverbeet
  • Beet - Chioggia, Detroit Dark Red, Bull's Blood, Golden
  • Radish - Early Scarlet Globe
  • Pea - Maestro Shell, Dakota Shell, Sugar Snap, Oregon Sugar Pod II, Amish Snap
  • Cucumber - True Lemon, Marketmore 97, Green Slam, Longfellow, Cool Breeze, Japanese Climbing, Early Fortune
  • Summer Squash - Papaya Pear, Yellow Straight Neck, Sunburst Patty Pan, Multipik
  • Zucchini - Raven, Sungreen, Black Beauty, Cashflow
  • Pumpkin - Amish Pie, Long Island Cheese, Australian Butter, Musquee de Provence, Kikuza, Cornfield, Howden

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  • Green Bean - Jade, Benchmark, Provider
  • Dry Bean - Arikara Yellow, Calypso, Ireland Creek Annies, Jacob's Cattle Gasless, Lina Cisco's Bird Egg, Trail of Tears
  • Lima Bean - Christmas, Henderson, Fordhook 242
  • Potato - Kennebec, Yukon, All Blue, All Red
  • Okra - Star of David, Clemson Spineless
  • Melon - Amish, Canoe Creek Colossal, Hearts of Gold, Prescott Fond Blanc, Pride of Wisconsin, Emerald Gem, Eden's Gem
  • Watermelon - Mountain Sweet Yellow, Cris Cross, Orangeglo, Sweet Siberian, Moon & Stars (Van Doran)
  • Onion - Ailsa Craig, Copra, Mercury, Yellow of Parma
  • Leek - King Richard, Prizetaker, Giant Musselburgh
  • Kohlrabi - Kolibri, Winner, Superschmeltz
  • Winter Squash - Sibley, Thelma Sanders, Waltham Butternut, Burgess Buttercup, Spaghetti, Boston Marrow, Marina di Chioggia, Galeux d'Eysines
  • Snack Tomato - Wapsipinicon Peach, Beam's Yellow Pear, Tommy Toe, Reisentraube
  • Paste Tomato - Amish Paste, Speckled Roman, Polish Linguisa, Purple Russian
  • Tomato - Silvery Fir Tree, Italian Heirloom, German Pink, Gold Medal, Hungarian Heart, Dr. Wyche's Yellow, Cherokee Purple, Rutgers, Wisconsin 55, Hillbilly Potatoleaf, Golden Sunray, Trophy, Nebraska Wedding, Nyagous, Stupice
  • Sweet Peppers - King of the North, Buran, Napolean Sweet, Quadraot Asti Giallo, Orange Bell, Purple Beauty, Garden Sunshine, Jimmy Nardello's Frying, Marconi Red, Golden Treasure, Tolli Sweet, Ace, Red Knight, Lantern, Labrador, Jupiter, Sunray
  • Hot Peppers - Beaver Dam, Hot Portugal, Joe's Long Cayenne, Ancho Gigantea, Senorita Jalepeno, Anaheim College 64, Conchos
  • Spice Peppers - Alma Papricka, Feher Ozon Papricka
  • Eggplant - Rosa Bianca, Florida Highbush, Dusky, Listada de Gandia
  • Brocolli, Cauliflower, Carrot, Sweet Potato - TBA.
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Would you like to have an organically raised turkey this coming fall?

We will raise the traditional bronze turkeys again this year. They are smarter birds, leaner and more adaptable to pasture raising.

Contact us and 'reserve' a bird for this fall. No money down. Your reservation now helps us to determine how many chicks we need to order and how much feed we need to acquire. Chick order goes in March 20 - please decide and contact us prior to that time.


  • YOU! As a 2007 CSA member.
  • Picking/Display Crates
  • Chicken/Turkey crates
  • Fence Poles (metal, fiberglass or plastic)
  • Fencing
  • Recipes

High on the Hog

Persons participating in the current hog buy will be happy to hear that the hogs are now at the Spillville locker. Processing will be completed by February 17. We will contact participants to arrange the transfer of pork.

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Oat Bran

We have, on our possession, a fifty pound bag of certified organic oat bran. Clearly, we can't manage to use all of that oat bran ourselves.

We will happily sell some of this oat bran to interested parties, please contact us if you have interest. We will sell in 5 pound increments for $3 per increment.

Tammy Recommends

Herbs & Edible Flowers: Gardening for the Kitchen by Lois Hole

We've been fans of Lois Hole ever since we purchased her book that focuses on perennials. Her books are perused frequently during the planning season and periodically through the growing season. In general, we find her books to be excellent references.

This book focuses entirely on herbs and, like her other books, provides excellent information on particular types and varieties of plants, both annual and perennial. The interesting addition that one doesn't find in her other works are recipes that encourage the use of the spices.

Books by Lois Hole can be purchased through Seed Savers or through many commercial greenhouses.


Vol 3 Issue 2 - February 2007

Anatevka or Tripoli?

Neither of us is entirely sure how it happened. But, we find ourselves participating for rehersals as part of the pit orchestra for Wartburg's production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Both Tammy and Rob play cello and will do their best to play the correct notes at the correct time. Performances will be Feb 15-17. Please feel free to come join us and enjoy the show. You may heckle the cello players AFTER the show only. We understand that heckling during the show may not be endorsed by Emily Post manners.

Genuine Faux Farm
PO Box 121
Tripoli, IA 50676

319 882 3345


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Variety of the Month

Grandpa Admires Lettuce

This is probably one of the prettiest lettuce plants we have ever grown. There is actually some temptation to put it into some of our flower gardens for the foliage. The taste is mild and somewhat on the sweeter side. We have not noticed this variety getting a bitter taste that many varieties acquire as the weather heats up. Grandpa Admires is a buttercrunch variety, so it is not a head lettuce. However, plants and leaves are quite large for buttercrunch variety.

Grandpa Admires is an heirloom variety from Seed Savers. Germination rates for this variety are typically much lower than normal, so heavy sowing is usually required to get a typical stand for production.

Grandpa Admires lettuce copyright Seed Savers