New Farm supplying Primrose Farmstand

For those in the St. Charles area, we have great news! Starting Saturday, April 30th (9am – 3pm) and continuing through the growing season, Foxtrot Organic Farm, will begin hosting Primrose Farm farm stand with a variety of goodies. See this link for more details.

foxtrotFoxtrot Organic Farm is a new organic farm located just 30 miles west of Chicago in Wayne, IL. Foxtrot focuses on growing produce that is a world apart from what you’ll find in the grocery store. Each of the 115 varieties of heirloom and open-pollinated crops that they grow have been hand-selected for practicality in the kitchen, nutritional content, or an innovative quality that will put a new spin on time-tested recipes.

FarmersFoxtrot farmers Ellen and Jeff share a passion for their community and offer sustainability workshops and farm tours throughout the season. In addition to the Primrose Farm stand, their produce is available through their FoxBox subscription.

And to stay connected with Foxtrot, visit this link to join their mailing list.

We wish them a great season and how awesome to have the Primrose farm stand in operation again!!

Best, Kim and Rachel

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Stay Connected to Sweet Home Organics!

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Upcoming classes, including Seed Starting Basics & 2016 Tomato Line Up
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With love,
Kim and Rachel

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Pre-order your seedlings now for best selection!

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! We hope your holidays and reflections of a full, abundant 2015 leave you smiling from ear to ear.

It’s that time of year again — when our thoughts turn to growing food in the warmth of spring.

Online store now open!

We’re excited to announce that our online store is ready for seedling pre-orders. Choose from one of these pick-up locations:

  • Saturday, May 7th, 9 am–1 pm – SCARCE parking lot in Glen Ellyn
  • Saturday, May 14th, 10 am–4 pm – Gardenology event in Geneva
  • Saturday, May 21st, 10 am–1 pm – First Congregational UCC Church in Elmhurst
  • Date TBD – Villa Park (you may schedule a date between May 2nd and May 19th to pick up your seedlings at our home.)

Upcoming gardening classes

We have a wide range of gardening classes this spring:

Visit this link for more details.

Thank you so much for your continued support of us and our seedlings!
Kim and Rachel

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Free Class on Fall Gardening Tips – Aug. 12 in Wheaton

Pleae join Rachel on Wednesday, August 12th from 7 pm – 8:30 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church (515 S Wheaton Ave in Wheaton) where she’ll share some Fall Gardening Tips.

Broccoli loves fall's cooler weather

Broccoli loves fall’s cooler weather

Even if you’ve lost some of your gardening mojo during the summer, fall is the perfect time to renew your enthusiasm and grow many kinds of fresh, organic veggies. Many crops, including broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, kale and others, do well in cooler weather, and now is the time to start planting your fall garden. Rachel will discuss:

  • crops suitable for a fall garden and when to plant them
  • steps to prepare soil between crops
  • protecting plants from bugs and cold temps
  • cleaning up and feeding your garden beds when winter strikes

The class is hosted by our dear friends at The GardenWorks Project. Please visit this link to RSVP for this FREE class.

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As a reminder, Kim’s 8-week COD Organic Vegetable Production class begins August 24th. This is a great class to dive deeper into the world of organic veggie growing.

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What an amazing seedling season!

What a fantastic 2015 season, folks! As we recover from a full season of organic gardening classes, assembly of over 160 orders and popular sales events, we are humbled and grateful for everyone’s interest and enthusiasm for our organically grown veggie and herb seedlings!

To our loyal customers: We love seeing your shining faces and connecting with you – like family – year after year; thank you for your continued support. To our new customers: We appreciate you giving us a try and hope you are inspired to connect with us next season.

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Surplus plants ready for the trip to PRC

Some have asked what happens to our surplus stock at the end of our sales season. Each year we donate unsold plants to People’s Resource Center (PRC) and The GardenWorks Project. Both are local, grassroots organizations that do truly wonderful work and we’re happy to support them. Check them out; they welcome your donations and/or volunteering help.

We hope your gardens bring you endless enjoyment and satisfied taste buds and bellies! We look forward to seeing you all in 2016.

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Last chance for amazing seedlings at Gardenology in Geneva

We’d like to take a moment to thank all of our customers, whether you pre-ordered from us or came out to one of our sales events or both! We especially burst our buttons when we see our repeat seedlings customers come back year after year and tell us how well the plants did the previous year. Kim puts a whole lot of love and attention into the plants, and we’re thrilled and humbled hearing how they’ve helped feed you and your friends, neighbors and families. Rock on, gardeners!

We’ve got one more sales event at Gardenology in Geneva (Third Ave on east side of the courthouse) this Saturday, May 16th from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. We’ve got a great selection of seedlings, including:

  • Tomatoes (including heirlooms) 11140156_10153125657126877_6448618436013086684_o
  • Peppers (sweet and hot)
  • Eggplants
  • Cucumbers (slicing and pickling)
  • Summer squash and zucchini
  • Ground cherries
  • Kale – 3 varieties
  • Swiss chard
  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Herbs, including cilantro, garlic chives, parsley, thyme, and basil
  • Sunflowers and Zinnias!

Hope to see you out there!!

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Rain or Shine…we’ve got your Brandywine!

IMG_6499Tomorrow, Sat, May 9th from 9am – 1pm we’ll be in SCARCE‘s parking lot with our MANY varieties of ready-to-plant veggie and herb seedlings. All grown right in Villa Park with love, and organic care!

noplastic crops May 5 2015To check out the full list of options available for sale, visit our online store. (At the store, you’ll be able to read through and prepare your shopping list. We’re not accepting new orders.)

 

Our final seedling sales event (for this year’s season) is Sat, May 16th in Geneva as part of the Gardenology gardening fair. If you haven’t attended before, we highly recommend it. They have speakers lined up as well as MANY garden-themed vendors positioned around the streets of downtown Geneva. Our tents will be located on the east side of the courthouse (3rd street between James and Campbell St.).

See you all soon!!
Kim and Rachel

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