Is this what lies in store for us ALL winter?
I aplogize for neglecting my "End of the Season" summary. Family life kicked in full gear more quickly than anticipated this year. And then there's been all that SNOW! Wow! I've lost count of how many times we've had to plow and shovel out our greenhouses already. And it's only December.
I am happy to report that we got two very produtive weeks of farm clean up done before winter set in for good. We clearned greenhouses and fields of dead plants, row covers, hoopes, etc.; spread compost in greenhouses and around the fields; weeded; cleaned and organized sheds and outbuildings; and layed a thick layer of straw over our new garlic patch. Thank you to all our farm helpers and volunteers who helped us even in the bad weather.
Shain has spent the last few weeks pouring over his farm notes and seed catalogs putting together a plan and schedule for 2011. We've learned from experience that seed orders need to be made before the new year or we risk not getting the seeds we want because they've sold out. Unfortunately, he's also noticed an increase in the price of seeds this year, up nearly 10% accross the board. Still, we are committed to buying only the highest quality seed varities available, buying organic whenever possible, and never purchasing from suppliers who sell seeds that are genetically modified or not grown naturally.
We will begin putting all the details together for our 2011 CSA season just after the new year. I hope to start selling farm shares after the first week of January. A notice will be put on this website when CSA shares are being sold. I will also be sending out emails to previous members and those on a contact list. We do not anticipate any major changes to how we've operated our CSA season in 2010, except to make it better. As mentioned in previous newsletters, we've added a new greenhouse this year which will enable us to plant more crops earlier in the spring, regardless of the weather. Our plan is to have several vegetable "favorites" to our CSA members a few weeks earlier than when grown outside. Shain has big plans and high hopes. We get a little better each year. We can't promise miracles, but we'll sure try. :)
We welcome any comments which would be helpful as we are in our planning stage. How can we improve? Did you notice any problems (communication, packaging, delivery, organization, etc.)