THIS IS YOUR LAST CSA DELIVERY FOR THE 2011 SEASON.
In your share:
- Salad Mix
- Beets - sorry, they still need to be washed*
- Yukon Gold Potatoes
- Tomoatoes, allow the green tomatoes to ripen on your counter top
- Peppers - whats left of them (Hugarian Wax and/or Bell)
- Italian Parsley, also needs to be washed*
*So some items in your share are dirty and you will need to wash them yourself. On the positive side, the beets and onions store better when dirty. SORRY, it was either some unwashed food items this week, or less food. We washed the salad as usual, because it was the priority. This meant less time to wash everything else. Plus it's darn cold here on harvest mornings and sticking our hands in cold water for several hours is not healthy. :)
This week's share is brought to you by our wonderful friends and farm helpers Joyce & Vern, with the assistance of our regular crew of amazing workshares. I've been unable to do farm work for a little over a week now and these people have really gone the extra mile to continue harvesting a bounty of food for you. (I'm fine, just pushed myself too hard trying to be SuperFarmerGirl.) I am deeply grateful for people who are willing to step in and cover my responsibilities.
I would also like to thank those who have come on a regular basis these past 6 months to help on the farm. THANK YOU to Nan, Julie, Kathy, Terri, Mary, Bob & Alice, Andy, Bree & Barry, Greg, Derek, and Beth & Steve. This CSA could not operate without the work and efforts of these good people. Thank you also to Doreen who drives a load of produce up to Jackson for us every week. Many times t's been a bugger to get all that food into as few coolers as possible to fit into her vehicle, but we did it. I know how hard it's been for her to unload all those coolers because I had to load them there to begin with. We also appreciate Sharolyn and Brigette for being our pick-up site hosts. I'm very glad to say we had very few problems with pick ups this year and I know it's because these ladies are taking care of their end so it's smoother for me on my end. And lastly, we thank YOU for supporting us and being members of EverGreen Farm's CSA. We've worked very hard for you and feel like this has been our best CSA season in the many years we've been farming.
This past week we finished up the garlic planting by covering the rows with straw. Shain says there are over 7,000 garlic cloves planted in rows. It feels so good the have this large project behind us and I am already looking forward to seeing the garlic's tiny green shoots coming out of the soil in the Spring.
The weather has been very favorable for accomplishing a lot of our end of the year goals. This past Saturday was a perfect day to get the greenhouses recovered. Here is greenhouse 1 with it's new plastic covering.
This is greenhouse 2 waiting for it's new cover that will go on this coming Saturday. These two greenhouses will be the first to be planted with early season, cool weather crops in the Spring of 2012, usually while there are still several feet of snow on the ground.
As the season draws to a close, we find ourselves looking back and evaluating what went well, what didn't work, what needs to change and many other variables that go into our farm (which has a huge impact on our family). I will be honest, 2011 has been a difficult year for us. We've dealt with many challenges, one big one after another. (Yeah, another reason my body is in open rebellion right now.) And despite the hard times, we look back and are very pleased with the overall outcome. We worked hard, pulled through, accomplished alot, and did an amazing job! We really WANT to keep the farm plan the same as it was this year; however, Shain and I have realized and firmly decided it has been too much for us. We can not set ourselves up to repeat this pattern of struggle over and over again. Somethings need to change. Which means there will be changes with EverGreen Farm. We will still farm the way we do, still grow great tasting, organic produce but we will do this by honoring our personal limitations and finding balance within more reasonable expectations. We are cutting back somewhere, somehow so we personally are not bearing the majority of the time and physical labor it takes to run a farm this size. Many ideas have been presented and several options are on the table. We aren't making any big decisions right now. We need some time and distance from the farm season to find wisdom and not react from emotion. I will keep this blog updated with our plans for the future.
Thank you for a great year. It was a GREAT year! We are very happy with the way our efforts have been able to reach out and bless the lives of so many people.
Tara (& Farmer Shain)