2018 Week 21, Winter CSA Pickup 13 of 13
Good rainy-week on the farm, everybody,
It was quite a scramble to beat the coming rain, but the farm looks okay for the week-long delay it gives us. The 20 varieties of dry beans are up, the tomatoes are flowering, the peas are peaing, the no-till mulch is ready to roll, and the potatoes keep asking me to hill them. Before the rain, I managed to transplant 6000'ish plants of all kinds, including watermelons and hot peppers, two of my favorite crops on the farm. I also picked 50 lbs of we-got-rain-and-so-aren't-quite-as-sweet strawberries, which I will freeze for winter. Monday I will go through again, and though many of those might get tossed or frozen, we will have a lot of something -- sweet, rain-full, or frozen -- come Wednesday. :)
'Iteration' has been on my mind lately, as I note how much time I spend working on the 2019 plan ... when 2018 has hardly begun. It takes a year to enact sometimes even the tiniest detail, and it seems the farm, at high magnification, is nothing but deeper and deeper levels of detail. Which I love! But the great ideas -- like seeding summer lettuce in the off-rows under corn, for shade, for instance -- excite me much more than you right now, because the farm is a puzzle, and it takes a year to get the new pieces. Which is all to say, I'm really excited for the farm this year and in the future, but I don't know if this particular excitement translates. :) If you ever want to see the plan, though, just say, and I'll show.
This is our last pick-up of the Winter CSA! A long, long bow to all you wonderful members who endured -- might I say it? -- the alpha version of this Virginia farm. See above for the fact that I have been working on making it better. Frozen fruit, way more greens, polenta / grits, and fingers-crossed for healthier roots. Please let me know what else I can do to improve. I have a proposal in mind to have our excess summer produce pickled/fermented, but am still wondering at ways to reduce that cost.
The Summer CSA starts Wednesday, June 6th, 3-7pm. We shall all find out what's growing after this long cold'ish spring. I had contemplated putting it on a 2-week hold, but as everyone gets what they paid for in the end, even if it means going longer, we will all just start on time.
There are still spots available! Remember that you get 10% of every dollar you refer into the CSA. If we sell all our shares this summer, I can almost certainly finish installing the orchard -- peaches, figs, pomegrantes, hazelnuts, and blueberries remain to buy and plant. I'm hopeful!
I hope you all are well,
enjoy some warm tea or ashwangdha,
and don't forget about those great Indian simmer sauces that go so well with our winter roots,
See you on the farm,
PS: Fireflies on your end of the world? Whenever I worry about a thing at this time of the year, I find that I don't ... when I also find myself standing in the fields at night with the fireflies turning on and off all around me. A seasonal gift maybe even better than the tomatoes.
- Carolina Crowder
- Kenearly Yellow Eye
- Midnight Black Turtle
- Quincy Pinto
Popcorn - Cherokee Long
- Long Island Cheese
Burdock / Gobo
Chives, Garlic / Chinese
Thai Sweet Basil / Horapa
Tulsi / Holy Basil