Welcome 2015 CSA Members!
We are happy to have the CSA season underway. We appreciate your support and look forward to bringing you many weeks of great food.
In your share this week:
- Salad Mix
I wish our kick-off were a little more impressive. It's not for lack of effort, instead, a lack of sunshine and warmer temperatures. First, let's focus on the great things we've accomplished so far this spring. Our earliest projects each year are centered around the greenhouses - getting each one cleaned out, weeded, and ready to plant. I'm happy to report that 6 of our 7 greenhouses are filled to capacity with rows and rows of veggies and herbs, including: Chinese cabbage, pac choi, Romaine salad, kale, Swiss chard, Japanese turnips, radishes, carrots, arugula, salad mix, collard greens, onions, leeks, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, peppers, and basil. In the past two months, Shain has started well over 10,000 plants for transplanting, many of which are already in the ground. When the space is available, we will also transplant broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, and more tomatoes, basil, and peppers. In addition, Shain has seeded hundreds of row feet of crops that have all germinated well and will be protected inside the greenhouses all season. This is a huge accomplishment!
Our delays and frustrations are mostly weather related. These cold, dark days are slowing plant growth. But once it warms up and the sun comes out, we expect to see some significant improvement. The other factor we can't avoid is the rain. We start growing in the greenhouses first, but eventually we need to start planting outside (actually, this should have started last week!) for a continued summer harvest. Unfortunately, there hasn't been a break in the rain long enough for Shain to be able to work the fields. His walking tractor is parked out in the mud waiting for the soil to dry out just enough so he can start at it again. I know this is weighing on his mind. But to look for a bright side (always look for a bright side!), all this rain is giving us time to weed greenhouses. :)
So while we are busy with farm work, waiting for the food to kick in, watching the weather forecast, and dreaming of tomato sandwiches (yes, please!) we hold in our hearts and minds the many reasons we return to the dirt each year. One of which is the following:
Both Shain and I firmly believe this. We enjoy what we are doing. We work with great people. We feed families. Our efforts help people be healthy and live well. There is a lot to look forward to this season.
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Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!