2019 Mid-Winter Farm Update
Notes From The Field
Happy Mid-Winter Everyone!
by Farmers Dana and Derek

A beautiful paper birch note received upon our return - thanks Kati!
Happy Mid-Winter Everyone!
We hope this brief note finds you well and happily steeped in the solitude and solace of wintertime. The farm has been in full shutdown mode the past month or so after the conclusion of the Late Fall CSA and our mini Flash Greens Sale in early January. Your farmers need a rest and recovery period every winter in order to re-energize bodies and spirits. January is a perfect time to take a break from the farm and this year we made sure we took that opportunity (it's been many years since we had a true getaway). Being fortunate to have family and friends in good places to venture during our Bucks County winter we visited the Bay Area of California, Kauai Hawaii, and Washington State. It was exactly what we needed. We went on a lot of hikes and bike rides and played on the beach, in the ocean, and at many a playground. We saw friends and family we haven't seen in a long time and enjoyed many a good meal. We're thankful for the opportunity to have taken this trip.

Hiking in Waimea Canyon State Park on Kauai.

Hiking in Koke'e State Park.

Kekaha Beach Park surf trials.
And back to the farm: Now that daylight has surpassed the 10-hour mark and speeds towards the Equinox we'll follow suit and ramp up farm work and get fully ready to start the 2019 growing season in our greenhouse at the end of the month. Between now and the beginning of April it will be a slow and steady increase in the quantity and pace of outdoor work. Each week we'll sow thousands of seeds into flats in the greenhouse and embark on some general farm maintenance and clean up. Starting in early April we'll begin planting those thousands of plants outside and from then until mid-May our workload will increase exponentially until we suddenly begin harvesting and distributing your produce to you. In late April or early May workshifts should begin and you can start helping us on the farm in lovely spring weather.
For now, though, make sure you sign up soon for the 2019 Main Season! We are putting the finishing touches on our crop plan which is purely based around the total number of CSA members we have each year. Having members sign up and at least put in the $200 deposit helps us feel confident we'll once again reach our membership goal. Since we're still in the planning phase for the upcoming season please feel free to reach out with any hopes or suggestions. The 2018 growing season was a challenge for sure but we're feeling positively good that 2019 will be a great one!
Introducing Farm Staff
by Farmer Dana
We're happy to report that we have a great farm crew to assist in growing your produce this year! Pat and Craig return for their 3rd and 2nd seasons, respectively, while we welcome newcomers Haley Diener and Jacob Zuklic. Jacob and Haley come with experience, enthusiasm, and a passion for growing organic healthy food and will help Anchor Run succeed this year. We'll introduce you to Haley below and will introduce Jacob soon and follow up with a hello from Pat and Craig. You can always check out your farmers' brief biographies here.

Haley Diener with an awesome cucumber.
Haley Diener is excited to join the Anchor Run Farm team after two years of garden management experience at Garden Meadow Farm in Lebanon, PA, and a year of volunteer service with AmeriCorps.
Having grown up on a dairy farm in Lancaster County, PA, Haley fostered an appreciation for good food and the hard work of growing it from a young age. After graduating from Elizabethtown College with a degree in Psychology in 2015, Haley knew it was time to leave the world of academia for greener pastures. She soon found an opportunity with AmeriCorps, living and working with adult with disabilities at Community Homestead, an organic farm in Osceola, Wisconsin. This year of service combined her passions for helping others and maintaining a sustainable lifestyle.
Post AmeriCorps, Haley joined Garden Meadow Farm to co-manage an innovative Community Supported Agriculture project at a local food pantry, which sold fresh, affordable produce to local families in need. Haley soon took over all aspects of marketing and sales to local restaurants for the farm's market-style produce garden with her partner, Jacob.
Haley is thrilled to return to the Community Supported Agriculture model with a group of passionate, like-minded individuals here at Anchor Run Farm. When she isn't farming, Haley spends her time devouring books, playing board games, experimenting with sourdough, discovering new ways to preserve food, enjoying nature, and traveling.
Upcoming Wild For Salmon Buying Club
by Farmer Dana

Bristol Bay, Alaska
We're planning to host another Wild For Salmon buying club with potential delivery scheduled for Wednesday, March 20 (the equinox and a full moon). Sometime in the next couple of weeks we'll send to you the ordering details and pick up information.