Greetings Neighbors, Friends and Family,
Thank you SO MUCH for joining us for a new farmshare season - we are so excited to share what we're growing with you!
Pick-up / Delivery:
The harvest officially begins with member pick-up or delivery this coming Sunday June 6th, Wednesday June 9th (Nine Pin Only) and Friday June 11th for full-share members and half-share members in group 1. Group 2 will start getting their food the following week.
You should have received an email from Diana with instructions for how to select your day and time - if you haven't been able to complete this, or haven't gotten an email confirmation of your time, please call or email ASAP so we can set you up.
For Wednesdays at Nine Pin, your food will be available for pick-up at the cidery at any time during their regular business hours... make sure you grab some tasty beverages while you're there to pair with your delicious home cooked meals!
Each time you pick up, you can expect to receive a mix of vegetables, greens and herbs. We aim to have something like 5-10 different varieties each time, with enough items to be highlighted in several meals throughout your week. Your share will be made up of whatever is coming out of the gardens at that time, and depending on crop growth, weather and luck, the shares will change from week to week - maybe even from Wednesday to Friday. Some of the things we've planted and hope to share with you are: Swiss Chard, Kale, Radishes, Arugula, Turnips, Carrots, Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions, Garlic, Potatoes, Beans, Tomatillos, Ground Cherries, Lettuce, and Asian Greens.
Also, you will get a package of pork or poultry with each pick-up, for example, one week will yield a whole chicken, another week you might get sausage, or pork chops. To our longstanding CSA members, we'll have some interesting new offerings this year, including bratwurst, chicken sausage and even chicken pieces rather than always a whole bird... we think you will like the variety!
This Spring has been particularly challenging, with drastic weather changes and patterns of cold/wet before weeks of hot/dry. These were tough conditions to get seedlings established outdoors, and so we got a slower start than we hoped, then fought to keep tender transplants from wilting under unseasonable sun.
But we would not be deterred! Although later than intended, this year's gardens are larger and more intensively planted than years prior. We've made some serious progress on soil building and improving our raised bed system, we installed a new 100' hoop house to kick the heat-loving crops into high gear, and Diana has been engineering some seriously kick-ass irrigation systems.
All this to say: you can expect this year's farmshare to begin with mainly cool-season greens and herbs, followed by a steady increase of variety as the season progresses and ramps up to include tomatoes, potatoes, garlic and others summer favorites. If this is your first year with us, it may seem like a slow start, but we think you will like it the whole way through.
Thank you, thank you and thank you for your incredible support, encouragement and love. Growing food is hard work, but it's work we are grateful to have, and we couldn't do it without you.
See you soon!
Mark, Diana, Eva and Noah