Week #21 – 2014 CSA Season

What’s in the Box: Yellow potatoes, red storage onions, shallots, salad mix, red spinach, daikon radish, and red russian kale.

What’s going on at the farm:  This week concludes our 2014 growing season! Thanks to everyone who was with us for being a part of the season weather it was your first or seventh season with us!  Your support and participation are appreciated and I hope you enjoyed all the veggies and fruits!  It was a pleasure growing for everyone this year and there were a lot of great crops to enjoy throughout the season, on our plates, and in the fields.  Hopefully we will see you all back for another season next year.   We will be taking sign ups for next season from returning members as soon as this season is over but generally this begins in December and January and you will be sure to receive a few e-mail reminders on the progress of sign ups and our preparations as we move through the cold winter months.  Our website will be updated soon and we will be sure to let everyone know as well when electronic sign up is open.  Generally early sign ups are encouraged to start up again buying seeds, fertilizer, soil, equipment, etc… which happens very early in January through March. In fact by March we will be planting like crazy in the greenhouse again growing thousands and thousands of transplants and spreading tons of plant based compost over the semi frozen fields.  Before spring there will be much to do as well.  We will be planting several types of garlic over the next week.  It was a fantastic garlic year this year as you may have heard me mention earlier.  We are planting nearly twice as much as last year and the cloves bulbs we had for seed are huge which should make for some great garlic next season!   Our seedling/potting soil is shipped in early November right after garlic is planted and we will be bringing in 2 1/2 tons of it in preparation for spring, it will all be trucked in, in the form of three huge bags and then bagged by hand with shovels and sacks, and stacked neatly in the greenhouse where it will wait for spring until we start onions and many other crops again in March.  Hopefully it is the goal to begin obtaining some larger equipment this next year to make our work more effective energy wise meaning less on the body and more on machinery.  All our crops have been produced for the last eight years without the use of a tractor or large implements that most farms possess so I am excited to begin this process and see what we can accomplish with some larger tools in the next few years.  Many other less exciting organizational projects await this winter as well, getting to everything that the season did not allow time is important to do before things get crazy busy again including greenhouse repairs, home repairs, and plenty of paperwork and numbers to crunch.  Of course also looking forward to getting some rest for the aching body, family time, and some rest and relaxation over the cold holiday months as we prepare for another season. Enjoy the last share of the season everyone and hopefully we will see you all again for another season in 2015!   It was a challenging and beautiful journey as always and I think I speak for everyone at the farm when I say we enjoyed growing for you!  Thank you!

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