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Grand Island Acres is Supporting Project Hunger

April 9, 2022 at the Conestoga Mall in Grand Island Project Hunger will be auctioning off Easter Baskets. This is a fundraiser to help them support local food banks and kitchens. We donated a basket with a short season share in our basket.

You can bid online on our basket or any of them by following the directions below. Check out all of the baskets available here.

Thanks to everyone that donated to support this great organization!

Grand Island Acres is Supporting Project Hunger

April 9, 2022 at the Conestoga Mall in Grand Island Project Hunger will be auctioning off Easter Baskets. This is a fundraiser to help them support local food banks and kitchens. We donated a basket with a short season share in our basket. You can bid online on our basket or any of them by following the directions below. Check out all of the baskets available here. Thanks to everyone that donated to support this great organization!

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Plants Ordered for the Season

We delivered seeds and the list of plants that we are having Barb start for us this year. She is starting more than 1200 plants for us and a tray of both shallots and leeks (288 plugs in each tray). Barb Quandt, of Barb’s Greenhouse has started our plants for the last 5 years and we are truly grateful. If you need plants she opens to the public in April you can find her on Facebook @barbgreenhouse. The variety and quality of plants she has is absolutely incredible. In other news we have ordered 425 trees from Central Platte NRD.

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West India Burr Gherkins (Maxixe)

So you got these in your share tonight and you are thinking what do I do with them? They are a cucumber so you can eat them raw. They are prickly so that might not be the best idea unless you peel them. And how do you say Maxixe anyway (Mashishi) Here are a couple of resources to help you decided what to do with them. They can be eaten raw, pickled or cooked like zucchini. Evidently they are used in Brazilian cuisine and some of these links will give you some recipes. https://seekingsustenance.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/maxixe/ or check this one out https://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/growing-burr-gherkins-zmaz08djzgoe

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Spring Foods and Garden Pics

The first strawberries of the year. Kathy got to eat the ripe one. We planted about 80 more this year. The goose berries are set on and so are the choke cherries. We have been eating mushrooms from the Winecap bed. We have had several salads and will have lettuce and radishes for the first CSA pickup on June 7th.

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  • About GI Acres CSA

    GI Acres is located on the western edge of Grand Island, Nebraska. The garden takes up about half of an acre. We also have chickens, rabbits and bees

    Our farm is not USDA Certified Organic and we do not anticipate applying for such status. We strive to produce healthy vegetables using natural methods of fertilizing, building soil, and controlling pests such as insects and weeds. Those healthy vegetables will begin in June with herbs, rhubarb and strawberries. During the season you can expect a variety of greens, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn and potatoes along with tips about how to cook and preserve your weekly share. The season will conclude in late September or early October. We aim for a 16 week full season.

    We also offer a short season option (6 weeks) beginning in mid-July and ending in mid-September.

    We did not grow up on farms but we did grow up in families with large gardens, eating a variety of fresh produce and canning/freezing the excess. We have maintained the tradition of growing and preserving food for our family for the past 20+ years. GI Acres is our attempt to share that passion for good food with our community. We started this in the Spring of 2015 and have been offering shares since.

  • 2022 Member Agreement

    GI Acres CSA Member Agreement 2022 with fillable fields.

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