Hey, thanks to everyone who came out to the open farm!
It was lovely having so many people in the garden, asking questions, and feeding the ducks. The crab cakes, ruled, right? Because it was so fun, I’m planning on opening the place up again next week: Wednesday, July 14 from 5-7pm. We’ll have tested the pizza oven by then, so it’s possible (if it works) there might be pizzas being sold, hot from the oven. I also harvested from my beehive this weekend, and got 17 quarts of the most gorgeous golden honey. I’ll be selling a little bit of that, plus preserved lemons, t-shirts, and greens. I could be persuaded to bring the goats out for a pat or two. Stop by after work or whatever and get some veggies. Hope to see you!
Wednesday July 14
665 28th street, oaklandia
Howdy y’all. Just wanted to make it more official: there will be an open farm day July 5, 10am-1pm. The address is 665 28th street, at MLK. If you can, please ride your bike or BART/walk. If you can’t, park on Martin Luther King, not 28th Street (it’s a short street). Note that this won’t be a full-on tour. That is, I won’t be leading tours into the backyard where the animals are, but I will bring the goats out on the hour (10am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1pm). I’ll set up a duck pen in the garden so people can see them, likewise with the rabbits. The bees will be buzzing and I plan to have signage so people can do a self-guided tour around the garden. There will not be a bathroom, so plan accordingly. It’s important to note that this is my home, so I’m trying to set up some boundaries–please don’t just drop by my house/farm except on tour days like this one.
I’ll be selling books, greens, and the t-shirts/western shirts with the new design. Yay!
Also: today, Wednesday, I’ll be at the Pop-up General Store selling GT salad greens, arugula, and preserved lemons. It’s in that big red building–Grace Street Catering, 49th and MLK, 5pm-7pm.
Rain or shine!
Lord, the Fire Marshall came to the farm early this week. They’re doing an assessment of all the “vacant” lots in Oakland, looking for fire hazards. I saw them idling their truck at the gate, looking curiously in, so I walked up to ask if I could help them. He asked if I had the land zoned for agricultural use. Um, er…I didn’t even know that was an option. Long story short, I impressed him with my stripped car that is serving as a greenhouse, and told him I would clear away brush and other fire hazards. Before he left he said, “And no parties or events here. What if someone has a cigarette?” So there you go. I think I will NOT be building a cob oven out there this Saturday.
Still, I will be popping up, and have the Pop-Up Farm stand on Sunday from 10-12 (note time change). I don’t want to risk getting busted, so it’ll just go for two hours. I’ll be selling pet food yogurt/cheese, favas, beets, leeks, tee-shirts, and books. See you there, and remember don’t park on 28th Street, park on MLK. Note: Unlike last time, I will not be doing tours. This is just a farm stand. You’re welcome to look around the garden but I’ll be focused on sitting behind the table and talking to people. As that one lady demanded last open farm: “I was told there would be animals!” There will not be animals, gotta wait until the next Open Farm day, which will be in July. 665 28th street, at Martin Luther King Way in Oakland.
If you can’t make Sunday, I will be part of the Pop-up General Store at Grace Street Catering Tuesday 5-7. It’s a really fun food event, with lots of yummy goodies to be had. Plus, Samin is so rad. 4629 MLK at 47th Street.
See you out there! And remember: no cigarettes.
Hey everyone. Just a reminder about tomorrow’s tour, 10am-2pm, in the garden next to 665 28th street (pink house). Park on MLK or ride your bike. It’ll be sunny and there’s not much shade, so wear a hat. There will be no official tours, just little signs and things. At 15 mins past the hour, on the hour, I will give a little talk about the place and how it all works. To protect the privacy of my neighbors, I won’t be letting people in the backyard where the animals are kept, but will bring the goats and rabbits out into the garden.
I will be selling the following items:
-Farm City books $25
-Tee shirts $20
-Goat yogurt, $5/pint
-Goat milk, $5/quart
-Goat cheese, $5/disc
All things are in limited quantities, first come, first served.
See y’all manana!
We’re doing it again: the open farm tour, this Sunday, March 28 from 10am to 2pm.
I’m not going to do tours like last time, there will be signs and stuff for a self-guided tour. That way I can have fun and talk to people!
Might have a few items for sale like books (i can sign ‘em) and t-shirts (only a few left). I’ll also have a clipboard and will be surveying people about what they’d like to buy at the pop-up farm stand, what days work for them, etc. If you want to get your hands dirty, bring a pair of gloves and you can help pull up some dreaded bermuda grass.
See you Sunday!
665 28th street, at Martin Luther King Way in Oakland. Bikes get extra credit, and if you do drive, park on MLK, not 28th Street. Thanks.
Due to popular demand, I’m going to have another farm tour!
When: Sunday, December 20, 11am-2pm
What: Signed copies of Farm City, Goat Town t-shirts, fried green tomatoes, and hot chocolate made with goat milk for sale. Goat snuggling and tours free.
Where: Ghosttown Farm, 665 28th Street, at Martin Luther King
How: Don’t park on 28th Street!! Park on MLK, and walk over. Please. I’ll give you the stink-eye if you drive down 28th Street, which is a dead-end street where my neighbors enjoy parking their cars.
My garden looks like hell, especially in December, so arrive with low expectations.
See you there!