Rain, Rain & Rainbows!
Hello Friends & Members,
DELIVERY SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENT:
- June 4th is the first delivery of the summer quarter for many, but not all, Members so please read this announcement carefully!
- All full share CSA members will start on Thursday, June 4th.
- All current half share members will remain on the same schedule. This means, if you got a delivery on May 28 your next delivery isn't until June 11th.
- All new half share members will be notified when they can come for their first delivery.
We’ve had many new members join the CSA program so there'll likely be some confusion at first. Be sure to contact us if you have any questions.
The week break didn't allow any time for a mini vacation this year. The continuing heavy rainfalls delayed a lot of our work but will be a great benefit to crop and pasture growth. Hopefully it will also help keep wild fires away this summer. As many of you surely noticed we had a major thunderstorm and drenching rainfall over the weekend. Here the rain was equal to the rainfall of the entire previous week. The heavy winds were also destructive. However the high winds also help dry the surface so planting can continue. This has been the heaviest spring rainfall we have ever experienced since we started at the farm since in 1983.
I was finally able to squeeze in enough time to finish the spring field work. In the last week I spent about 60 hours on the tractor seat doing seed bed preparation and finally drilling the seed. Also SO is continuing to start and transplant seedlings to help catch up with the needs for the new Members. It’ll probably be another 4-6 weeks before harvest will be up to normal levels for this time of year. The late frosts and recent heavy rains have slowed things outside a bit. Good thing she grows a lot in the hoop and green houses.
I’ve continued moving the cattle around to maximize the pasture forage for them. We’re very happy to enjoy the arrival of six more calves! Took more beef to the processor and picked up some of the earlier group for freezer inventory. Also did the same for pork. We’re about caught up on beef and have orders for 12 hogs we hope to have processed around the middle of June. It takes about three weeks to do the processing from initial drop-off to finished for pick up. I’ve had to outsource some beef and hogs from other local farms to meet the increased demand this Spring. They all spend some time on pasture and healthy feed while maturing before we harvest them for processing.
As mentioned we now have three times as many CSA Members in both the Produce and Meat Programs. We have reached the maximum level feasible for us this year. We’ll be working our hardest to ensure a fair amount of valuable products is available to you all for the summer season. Produce Members will find the amount and variety increasing substantially as the season and warmer weather progresses. We're starting the season for the Variety of Meats CSA Program fully stocked again. I’m scheduling enough additional processing to continue to supply Farm Store customers but, as always, supplies for the CSA Program Members take priority.
With the many new CSA Members and Special Orders we’ll be towing our Market Trailer again to make room for all the coolers and extra meat sales. We had to buy 15 more coolers and quite a few more were returned. We’ll still be parked in the same spot.
Let's take a look at what we plan for the first CSA Delivery on June 4th. Very Similar is planned for the next week as well.
Cooler of the Best Produce:
Micro Greens Mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Kale, Swiss Chard, Napa Cabbage Greens, Daikon Greens, Salad Onions, Leeks, Dry Onion, Sugar Peas, Rhubarb, Garlic Chives, Herb-Lemon, Carrots, Potatoes and Fresh Eggs.
Variety of Meats -
Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Steaks, Boneless Stew Meet, Pork Roast, Bacon, Ground Pork Sausage.
Thank you all for joining with us in another local food adventure!
Gary & So Angell