CSA Week 26: Last But Not Least
Notes From The Field
The Final One
by Farmers Dana and Derek
Sun setting on the 2018 Main Season.
Thank you, CSA members, for all of your support and continued collection of your harvest shares during this most difficult of growing seasons! While our growing and harvesting plans haven't always worked out exactly as planned this year somehow some way there will be knowledge and experiences gained that will hopefully prove practical and valuable in the future. It's easy for us to recall all of the crops that failed or under-performed, especially during late summer and through the fall, but we'll be able to do that later, when the ground is frozen or snow blankets the earth. What takes up most of our time right now is focusing on what has survived or thrived and trying our best to fulfill our commitment to you: filling your shares with enough quality produce to enrich your culinary endeavors at home.
At some point later this fall or early winter we'll have ample time to truly reflect on this season and build on these experiences to develop and implement what could make harvests more predictable and foolproof in the future. Ultimately this may require us to invest money and resources in more earth moving and infrastructure development to help temper weather extremes. These challenges are part of why we love our job and are thankful to spend our time doing it. And it goes without saying, that without you, our members, none of this would be possible.
We hope we've come close to satisfying your expectations during this growing season and would love to hear back from you if you have any thoughts, opinions, or comments to share with us. There probably won't be an official survey this year since (we're hoping) this year is an outlier, an anomaly, and not one we should let dictate all of our growing plans for the future. We'll have to mix it with the prior five seasons as we adjust the crop plan.
As the main growing season of 2018 comes to an end we remain truly grateful for our shared journey through it and for your support. We hope this winter proves to be restful, joyous, and healthful for you and your families. When Spring rolls around again we hope to see you back on the farm for another growing season adventure!
Main Season Finale
by Farmer Dana
Hoop tunnel greens will be harvested at some point this week!
Harvest #26 (Week B) should include sweet potatoes, carrots, daikon radishes, hakurei turnips, celeriac, garlic, chives, lettuce mix, greens mix, arugula, napa greens, Napa cabbage, green cabbage, and rosemary. Some items will be a choice and may not be available during all pick up times.
Another CSA Sign Up Method
by Farmer Dana
We love our CSA members!
Over these final two weeks we're going to prompt members to check off a box on your sign-in sheet in the barn to automatically renew your share (i.e. sign up for 2019 Main Season). This will give your farmers a better sense of what to plan for next season by having current members commit sooner rather than later. This will be helpful information to have earlier in the winter months when we do most of our planning and purchasing. Please consider checking off that box when you pick up your share this week or next. We'll then renew your share for the 2019 Main Season. Share prices remain the same and a $200 deposit will hold your spot. Balances are due by May 1st, 2019. Thank you for your support and we hope you have a great winter!
Late Fall CSA
by Farmer Derek
Rutabagas take 3-4 months to mature and are now almost there. They also love frosty freezing temperatures as they respond sweetly.
The Late Fall CSA begins in one week during the week of November 19th. We're almost full but you can still sign in here to sign up!
Organic Pastured Turkeys!
by Farmer Derek
Three sources of organically raised pastured turkeys for Thanksgiving:
Follow link for more information and to order!