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My mistake ! Blueberries are available online


Hi again,

I failed to add blueberries to the site so they appeared to be sold out. If you already ordered and want some just place another order and they will be added to your first one.

Thanks,
Tim

U-PICK BLUEBERRIES!


Greetings,

We’re now open for u-pick blueberries Wed. – Sun. 8-5. The price is $2.55/lb. ($3.00/ lb. for non-members). Bring your own containers or we can provide.

Last week’s heat was brutal, needless to say. One casualty was the snap peas, as well as a lot of overripe Sakura cherry tomatoes and bolted basil in the greenhouse. And wilted farmers. I hope you found your produce to be all right, despite the heat.

PLEASE NOTE – There’s a one pint limit per order for blueberries. Blueberries take a long time to pick and there’s a lot of other veggies to harvest. COME PICK YOUR OWN! FRESH AIR, EXERCISE, AND CHEAPER PRICE!

There’s also a one pint limit for Sakuras. The Sakuras are popular so we want to spread them around. I planted more of them this year, but they’re not producing a lot more than last season.

For both of them, if you want more than one pint please ask in the comment section as usual and we’ll see what we can do.

No salad mix this week, a rare occurence. The heat plus a previous torrential rain that washed away a lot of seed are the reasons.

I hope you all survived the heat okay. Just think how cold we were in the winter!

Thanks as ever for your orders.

Tim

Peas and more.


Greetings,

You may not be tempted to think about eating, let alone cooking, in this heat, but it’s supposed to be in the 70s on Saturday so try to imagine cooler weather when you order this week.

This is challenging weather for plants as well as people, but the crops are hanging in there so far. Three more days to go! Here’s a partial update.

Peas – Shell peas are abundant and of great quality this year. I picked almost 2 bushels this morning. I’ll pick again for Friday.* If you want peas today or tomorrow just email (or call 878-2063) the amount you want and when you would pick them up (at the farm, no drop off at Union Mill mid-week)). Price is $4/lb. OR $3/lb. for 10 lbs. or more.

Snap peas – These are also doing well and we should have some for Friday as long as they hang in there through the heat.

Squash – This is not cranking out like you think it would in the heat (too hot?) so ask for it and we’ll probably be able to provide some.

Peppers – These are starting to ripen in the greenhouse and are slowly sizing up in the field.

Tomatoes – The greenhouse tomatoes are also beginning to ripen so we should have some of those this week.

Blueberries – The berries are beginning to turn and we’ll be open next Wednesday for u-pick. Hours will be Wed. to Sun. 8 – 5 for the season.

Eggplant – We should be able to begin offering these next week.

Lettuce – This is still recovering from the deer damage so the offering is limited, but we sow every ten days so more is on the way.

Garlic – This looks much better than last year when it grew in mud for much of the spring. Harvest is about a month away.

Onions – Will these be as big and abundant as last year? They look good so far.

Ginger – This is a very slow growing crop, but between the heat and frequent irrigation at least it may think it’s still in Hawaii where the seed plants came from.

I hope everyone is coping with the heat. This, too, shall pass!

Thank you for your orders.

Tim

Oh deer!


Greetings,

We got a good 1 1/2 inches of rain the other night, with more on the way on Thursday, so they say. All that will get us through the heat that’s on it’s way this weekend, so they say.

Beets are starting to size up so we can offer some of each kind. As always, if what you want is sold out you can ask for it in the comment section.

The squash has begun as well. Because it’s growth is so unpredictable we may have to mix and match varieties. For example, you can order 2 lbs. cousa, but one of those lbs. may be green or yellow zucchini. We can usually provide what you want, but can’t guarantee that. If you only want the kind you order please say so in the comments.

The other crops are coming along. The potato plants look especially nice so far (knock on wood, as always).

We were visited by a gang of deer the other night and they ate most of the chard and 50 plus heads of lettuce. Ouch. That was unusual for this time of year as they generally stay out of the field until the fall. I put up a quick deterrent fence and we’ll see how well that works.

Thank you for your orders and for the reusable bags.

Enjoy,
Tim

Cucumbers and rain


Greetings,

We got over an inch of rain yesterday which was desperately needed. We can stop irrigating for a week!

Meanwhile, the cucumbers in the hoop house are coming in well and the Sakura cherry tomatoes have begun, though in modest quantity so far. The basil *in the greenhouse is abundant and the first planting of *scallions have started to size up so we can offer those.

If you have a problem ordering or a question about the CSA don’t hesitate to call or email.

Wildlife are active these days. A while ago a fox grabbed one of our chickens. I yelled at it and the fox let her go. The hen was in shock for some time, but recovered. It was the second time it had happened to her! And one morning we watched a bobcat walk along the top of the stone wall that runs by our house.
Then there’s a flock of young turkeys and their mother hen often passing through the field. I give them wide birth, having seen what a hen will do to protect her chicks. It’s intimidating, as are the barn swallows who swoop down on us now to protect their young who are leaving the nest. They stand around on the barn floor looking kind of befuddled before they figure out how to fly.

In the past week we had a young deer appear on the farm, it’s budding antlers covered in velvet. One day it stood and watched me mow round and round on the tractor which was unusual. I waved hello. Then the night after we removed the posts strung with twine and mylar around some of the crops which is meant to deter deer the buck helped himself to a lot of chard and some lettuce. He reappeared in the chard the next day and was indifferent to Madeleine running towards him waving her arms until finally deciding to avoid the crazy person. The next time he was grazing on some weeds and I got within about 50 feet, explaining that he really needed to go somewhere else. I tossed a rock at his feet and he dutifully went into the woods. After appearing a couple of more times and being discouraged by us, he hasn’t been seen now for a few days. Maybe he got the point or maybe he was ill which was the cause of the curious behavior.

Thank you for your orders.

Enjoy,
Tim

LETTUCE BEGIN!


Greetings,

We have a few items to offer now to begin the season and get the first taste of fresh greens.

There’s basil, arugula, lettuces, salad mix, swiss chard, and two kinds of parsley.

Please note:

For those items I can’t actually count (which is most of the crops) I have to estimate how much is available. I try to underestimate to be safe so if something is sold out you can ask for it in the comment section and we might be able to provide.

A reminder:

Orders can be placed after you receive this weekly email on Tuesdays. Orders are due by 8 AM Thursday morning, after which time you’ll be unable to order for that week.

PICK-UP is Fridays from 4:30 to 7:30 at the farm and 5 to 8 at Union Mill.

A suggestion:

We encourage those picking up at the farm to begin using their own cloth bags/boxes/crates/laundry baskets or such to cut down on plastic bags. This means dropping off two (2) bags or whatnot, with your name written on them some Friday. We’ll use one to fill your next order and then you bring back the empty the following week and pick up your new order in the second bag. And so on through the season. If your order won’t all fit in your bag we’ll use our regular plastic ones as well.
This won’t work at Union Mill because I don’t want to clutter up their lobby with our stuff during the week. They’ve been very accommodating about using their space for pick up for over 10 years.

It’s been a lovely June, though very dry, so we’re irrigating a lot right now, as well as planting and hoeing and doing all the other many tasks needed to get the season up and going.

Thank you for your support and we’ll hope for a good season.

Tim

A FEW VEGGIES AND A FEW COMMENTS


Greetings,

We have a few veggies left. So few that I anticipate little interest and so PICK UP WILL BE AT THE FARM ONLY

The big freezes were too much for anything left in the field.

*PICK UP CAN BE TUESDAY 11/21 OR WEDNESDAY 11/22 FROM NOON ON.

PLEASE STATE WHICH DAY YOU WANT TO PICK UP IN THE COMMENT SECTION.*

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SEASON!

I’ll be in touch next month and again in early January with details about 2018.

FOR NOW, IF YOU KNOW THAT YOU WILL, OR WON’T, JOIN AGAIN FOR NEXT YEAR PLEASE LET ME KNOW. IT WOULD BE HELPFUL, BUT NOT YET REQUIRED. AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO LET ME KNOW ABOUT A SHARE AMOUNT. WE’LL GET TO THAT IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY.

Thanks again and have a good holiday season.

Tim

BULK ORDER THIS WEEK! Please read


Greetings,

Now is the time when we offer a number of crops at a reduced price.

Please read the description with each item for details.

Onions, potatoes, carrots, ginger, and leeks are all discounted.

As you’ll read, you should order the amount you want and we’ll adjust the price on your invoice according to the quantity you chose. For example, if you get 10 lbs. of carrots for $1.40/lb. the invoice will say $20.00, but we’ll correct that to $14.00. If you’re still drawing on your account we’ll apply any credit due.

This week is the official end of the season. We may do another order the week before Thanksgiving.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT THIS SEASON! I’ll be in touch about next year very soon.

Thanks,
Tim

BULK ORDER NEXT WEEK


Greetings,

Next week, NOVEMBER 3, will be the annual bulk order when carrots, onions, and potatoes are discounted when you order 10 pounds or more. These three crops can all be stored for many months with a little care. Details will be included next week.

Pick up will be at the usual time AND ALSO ON SATURDAY NOV. 4 AT THE FARM, if that’s more convenient.

Certain other crops may be discounted as well, depending on availability.

Meanwhile, for this week, we have some salad mix again, and a few cauliflower that survived the ravaging porcupines, as well as a few other items.

This much needed rain may bring on more broccoli and another frost should give more flavor to the brussels sprouts so we may have those next week as well.

The last of the garlic was used for planting. Hopefully, next year we’ll have a better crop.

If you have any questions or comments let me know.

Thanks,
Tim

Weblog Entry


Greetings,

We had a hard frost last night, but between much of what remains being hardy and other things under row cover or in the greenhouses, there was nothing lost. And now it looks like we’re going to warm up a bit again for awhile.

We have some spinach this week. If it’s sold out and you want some you can ask for it in the comment section and we might have more. I usually try to underestimate amounts.

I didn’t estimate how many green and purple peppers there are so please also ask for those in the comment section. We can probably provide.

At this point it looks like we’ll continue through at least early November. There’s more lettuce and salad mix in the hoophouse, some spinach and beets, and plenty of onions, potatoes, leeks, bok choy, carrots, chard, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and ginger. And maybe some more broccoli. So on we go.

Thanks as always for your orders.

Tim