Notes from the Field
Welcome to the latest riff on the theme of “Notes from the Field!” The latest batch of apprentices are being put through their paces learning how to get all these delicious crops out of the ground, and into the hands of eager CSA customers. It’s so wonderful to get to chat with some of our CSA shareholders and hear how much you all look forward to the beginning of the season. Berries have been (as ever) incredibly popular, and seem to be particularly appreciated by some of the “mini-CSA’ers” that accompany their parents on share pick-up day. I hope at least some of the berries make it home for adult consumption!
Harvest season continues apace, with some crops taking their first tentative steps into the limelight (chioggia beets – gorgeous, stripey and delicious), while others are reaching their peak performance (the beautiful blueberries) and will begin retiring from the stage in a few weeks for a well-earned rest.
We are incredibly excited about our flower CSA which starts on June 28. A few shares are still available, so sign up soon if you would like to receive flowers as this addition to our CSA program has proved very popular!
We have been carefully tending to some of the gorgeous blooms that are due to grace the first bouquets of the season. The stock looks and smells amazing, while the zinnias are getting ready to dazzle us with a great display of color. So much so in fact that we have had to pinch off some of the nascent flower buds to make sure that we don’t have an early crop with nowhere to go! Flowers are of course a wonderful, in fact essential, addition to any productive farm or garden. They provide a banquet for our vulnerable and much loved pollinators, who in turn help to pollinate the tasty fruit and veggies that frequent your veg and fruit CSA boxes. The CSA flower blocks at the farm are a fantastic bee habitat and are buzzing with life. It’s a complete joy to watch them at work. We are also proud to be supporting the growing “slow flower movement" (http://modernfarmer.com/2016/03/slow-flowers/). In contrast to many of the flowers sold in the US all the flowers in our CSA are seasonally appropriate, organically grown and of course local, produced right here on the farm! So If you think you would like to add a little extra color to your life in 2016, then sign up for one of our flower shares and we will gladly provide you with a dose of floral happiness every week.
We hope you enjoy your produce as much as we enjoy producing it!
– Laura Vollset