Kickin off the 2020 Season!
Hello Friends & Members,
Wow it's been a busy winter season and we welcome the beginning of our Spring Season CSA with our first delivery on Thursday, March 5th, 3-6 PM. I have done my best to notify CSA Members, especially Half Share Members which is to be their first delivery. If in doubt feel free to call or email to contact me!
We're happy that we've already received quite a few online orders this week and most all of last year's CSA Members have signed up for another season or more for this year. We did lose two Members due to them moving out of the area but they have been replaced by new Members.
We've been busy with last minute preparations and continuation of spring garden work. Doing clean up outdoors and starting new plants as well as transplants in to the green houses. Soon we'll be seeding into the hoop houses. Most outdoor planting doesn't start till May-June but some outdoor perennial plants are showing new growth already. Last year we planted a large new garden of asparagus. Had some production last year and hoping for more this spring! SO decided to propagate some sweet potatoes for the first time. Unlike regular potatoes they take about three times as much time to grow and need warmer weather. She's trying to grow them in our hoop houses.
Been busy doing more improvements and repairs on the farm structures. That big wind storm a few weeks ago did a lot of damage to our greenhouses and hoop house covers. My wife SO turned into a GORILLA TAPE FANATIC hastily making major repairs in an effort to save the produce. We have been continuing on more permanent repairs while also waiting for new fabric. My oldest grandson had some vacation time and has volunteered to help. Even brought my oldest great grandson along with him! He's been working on helping SO with pruning and thinning the raspberry vines. Their a mess from giant snow drifts piling up and mashing them down last winter.
Still working on the doors and other work on the Big Red Barn. One of the large 6 x 12 ft doors kept sticking and hanging up when opening. A good friend helped me take it off to make adjustments several times and nothing helped. My amazing wife saw all our troubles over numerous times doing this over multiple days. She suggested we oil the door track and rollers with a spray oil can. We decided to humor her and try it with little hope after all the adjustments we had already tried were fruitless. Well, you probably guessed it! It worked and now the door works GREAT!! So good to have a genius wife!!! Actually this kind of scenario has occurred many times over the years - heh heh!
Still busy working with the cows and watching over new calves. Have 12 calves so far and at least 4 more coming soon. Just had two born about a week ago. With this overall mild winter and our good hay the cattle have been doing great and are in super good condition very early this year. With the current weather favoring us it looks like I'll be able to start planting a new pasture for them soon.
Let's take a look at what's in store for the CSA deliveries this week:
Produce Cooler of the Best - Micro Greens Mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Kale, Napa Cabbage Greens, Collard Greens, Daikon Radish Greens, Leeks, Green Salad Onions, Herb - Sage, Potatoes, Carrots, Winter Squash, Beets and Fresh Eggs.
Variety of Meats - Ground Beef, Chicken, Beef Steak, Stew Meat, Pork Chops, Bacon, Smoked Sausage and a surprise item.
Looking forward to seeing you all again soon!
Gary and So Angell