Welcome to For Pete's Sake! A fun and quirky sustainable
farm. We cultivate harmony with nature through our produce!
Can you believe I turned 13 years old this year (that makes me 91 in people years!)? Well, don’t expect to see me hoofin around in a wagon, just because I’m getting older doesn’t mean I’ve lost my mojo. I’m actually feeling quite spiffy these days. A little pain pill every other day doesn’t hurt, either!
My only regret is now that I’m famous… (facebook -check, website -check, picture in Chevy Chaser-check, company logo -check….TMZ- not yet) … I’ve put on a few pounds. Goodbye skinny jeans. Hello photoshop.
Here is a pic of my new house Mike built for me before winter came. Even a gruffy guy like me gets cold once in a while. Thank goodness winter wasn’t too bad though. Because I can’t hear and darned if my eyes are kicking out on me, too – he built me a plexiglass house so I can have a lot of light in there and still stay warm. It rocks! Speakin of rocks. you know what they say…dogs who live in plexiglass houses shouldn’t throw bones!!!! Taaa-daaaaaaa!
Not only is my new house energy efficient, but I also have my very own rooftop garden. Not a Carloftis design but hey, a guys gotta start somewhere. Really, is there any other dog on the planet as cool as me??? Ok, maybe a few…Mom told me to say that anyway.
Besides the social media Pete-storm and the new house, everything else is same old, same old. The greenhouse is really crazy… plants everywhere, barely any room to stretch out for a good nap.
Hopefully you guys will come and buy them all so I can have my nice, cozy sunroom back again! Don’t forget the Plant Sale dates, starting next weekend:
Saturdays, May 5th, 12th, and 19th, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm (while supplies last).
You can check out our plants on my new web site, www.forpetessakefarm.com/products . We’re not printing brochures anymore but Mom says you can print the product pages if you’d like. Kermit was wrong…it is easy being green!!!
Also, Mom said to remind you about parking and paying: you can park along road side and gravel driveway and you can pay with cash or check (of course, I never turn down a Spalding’s doughnut or Starbucks coffee, hahaa).
And last but most importantly, I will be here for pics, pawgraphs, bellyrubs, headpats, ball-catching, back-scratching, forehead kisses, hand licks (only yours, not mine-gross!), doughnut frisbee, ear rubs, or maybe even a burping contest (heads up, I’m the heavyweight belt holder for this one).
Hope to see you there!
Editors note: Pete writes many letters, however we agree to publish a few pages throughout the year. He was dogged by the fact that many of you just met him and hadn’t read some of his earlier writings. So below are links to his letters from our previous year’s brochures. We hope you find them informative, funny, and furry, just like the beloved author himself!
Well, another year has passed and I’m still holding down the fort!! And let me tell you, that is not an easy job any- more, especially for an old guy like me.
First the bad news…they took a large tumor off my shoulder that turned out to be cancer. However, if there is a good kind to have that is what it was. So hopefully no reoccurrence. The good news is I lost 5 lbs just from the tumor, taadaaaaaa….you should see me now!! Skinny jeans here I come!!
Okay, so the really good news is that Mom also lost some weight, but at the same time the smelliest, furless pup you’ve ever seen showed up at our house. Must be the mange. And do I mean smelly, sheeesh, I wouldn’t even roll in that stuff! But other than that, I think we are go- ing to get along just fine. He shares food with me all the time, sometimes he even chews it first for me, what a pal.
Of course, CoCo is still around. Does nothing all day, just eats, sleeps and prances around. Whatever.
My friends next door are also suffering some health is- sues. Hank has lost his vision, and Maggie, his sister, has lost her hearing (now she knows how I feel ! ), and their real mom, Sarah doesn’t move as fast as she used to. But they have an- other new sister, Matilda, who is spry as a young chicken…that’s her , what a cutie. You can see all their pics on my facebook friends.
You’ll get to meet Matilda’s Mom at the plant sales. She worked for 27 years as administrator of an oral surgeon’s office before she decided to take a doggie break. She is now living life at a slower pace and making cool creations with sustain- able, natural elements. Check out her design pics on the next pages.
My other friends that you will meet at the sales are Traveler and Pupparoni’s Mom, Janet Banks. They have lots of chickens and lots of eggs!! Everyone raves about them because they have golden yolks, sometimes double, and taste so much better than that poor stuff from chicken prisons (sorry, Gals).
Okay, so that is all for now, I’ve never been a dog of that many words anyway. However, age has brought a little nostalgia on, as well as gray hair and stiffness, so sometimes I ramble on….Annie always let me know when it was time to be quiet, boy do I still miss her. I think she would’ve really liked this new pup “Josh” a lot. When he gets older I’ll tell him lots of stories about her and all of our adventures together.
Okay, so see you at the plant sales. I’ll look forward to sniffing everyone. Just so you know, I am on a restrictive diet now due to the cancer, so no treats, and Mom says especially no Spaldings dougnnuts :(
Ps. I can still catch pretty good from even 20 yards, so IF a doughnut came flying through the yard……I’m just sayin’…
We have an exciting opportunity to share with you. This year we are expanding our farm and have a limited number of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares available. We want to offer you, our loyal customers, the first opportunity to participate in this program.
What is a CSA share?
It is simply a commitment to share in the harvest of a local farm – basically a subscription for fresh, local food. You purchase shares in the spring and receive seasonal vegetables weekly from mid-May to mid-September. It is a way to guarantee your supply of the freshest, organically grown produce.
How will this work?
The produce will be harvested each week and can be picked up at our farm on Thursdays from 3 – 6:30pm. We also will have a drop-off location at Temple Adath Israel, 124 North Ashland Avenue that might be more convenient for some of you (times to be determined later). You simply sign the weekly pick-up sheet, take your box of glorious vegetables and fruit and leave – it’s that simple!
What are my options?
At this time we are only offering one size share, which will be 10-15 lbs of freshly harvested produce and feed approximately 2-4 adults for one week. You might want to consider splitting a share with a neighbor or friend if this is more than you would need.
For those wanting more, we will also offer to you first choice of purchasing bulk amounts of vegetables in addition to your weekly share.Just not into eggplant? Then we will have an exchange box for you to trade items, while quantities last.
Another exciting option that you can add to your share is large, farm fresh eggs from our neighbor Jan Banks free range chickens. See our CSA contract for details.
A share costs $450. You will receive a variety of seasonal vegetables. Early spring will include a variety of greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, radishes, peas, and scallions. Early summer will include squash, zucchini, cucumber, okra, green beans, beets, and herbs. Late summer will include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumber, melons, butternut squash, acorn squash, melons, potatoes, raspberries and herbs.
To sign up, please reply before April 1st, 2012. Availability is limited and will be given on a first response basis. We look forward to hearing from you!
No shirt, no open-toed shoes..and no more plants!! It’s getting hot in here, so we are clearing out the greenhouse! This Saturday is our final day of plant sales. We still have plants waiting to go into good gardens. We also have some clearance items available. Saturday only from 8:30 to 2:30.
We will also have freshly picked strawberries from Black Diamond Farms for sale, $5 per quart and Jan Banks farm fresh eggs for $4.50 per dozen. They all sold out quickly last weekend so come early if you are trying to snag those!
We have yet another exciting opportunity for you to participate in! Another Fayette County farm, Black Diamond Farm, is making available for purchase their strawberries and blackberries in For Pete’s Sake Farm CSA share.
Black Diamond Farm’s mission is to provide the sweetest, healthiest berries to their local community. They are a family operation and have been growing berries for the past five years, with 1 acre of berries currently in production and expanding to over 3 acres of berries this year.
Please see our updated CSA contract below for details about the “Berry” share. For those who have already mailed in contracts and would like to add the “Berry” share to your CSA package, please complete the updated contract and mail to us by April 1st, 2012.
With vegetables and herbs from For Pete’s Sake Farm, Jan Banks’ farm fresh eggs, and berries from Black Diamond Farm, you will be participating in one of the closest community supported agricultures (CSA) available. We are all neighbors and live within a 1 mile radius of each other off of Old Richmond Road in southestern Fayette County. That leaves a very small carbon footprint and gives you the freshest choice of produce available.
We look forward to serving you this 2012 season!