Hit again this season, and Friday’s storm was a big one. Heavy rain, hail for some (not on the Farm though), damaging winds, widespread power outages, phone, internet and cable services compromised, trees down, lines down. We got through Saturday, worn out, but we got through it! On the Farm, we relied on a generator all day and into the night. Not as easy as it sounds but my husband and father-in-law worked through the challenges to get the system running. Without the generator, we would have lost our entire harvest in the walk in cooler, the meats and pies in the freezers and our fall crops in the greenhouse. With our focus on getting the refrigeration secure, we almost overlooked the greenhouse which is on the other side of the Farm! We had no water or a fan to keep the crops cool so they had to be quickly rescued from the near 140 degree heat! With Art’s help, we ran back and forth with trays of broccoli, cauliflower and others from the intense heat of the greenhouse to the safety of the trailers outdoors – where it was much cooler! We then transported the crops over to the generator and hooked up to a water source. I think we lost only 1 tray of lettuce, the other 99% looks much happier now. Thanks to everyone who helped out the CSA over the weekend. The weather was hot, still and humid but we got it done.
Without advanced warning of the storm, and the timing of it occurring in the middle of the night, Farm Shop was open on Saturday morning and members did pickup shares. Along with everyone else, we realized the impact of this storm mid-morning on Saturday and the day continued to unravel. If you missed Farm Shop, we certainly understand, but we were unable to have an additional pickup for members who could not make it out to the Farm Saturday. We did lose some greens in the cooler and were not able to hold them aside as the power was out for some time before the generator was up and running. We will harvest greens again this week for the shares. If you were unable to pick up last week’s share as a result of the circumstances then you may take a little extra in Week 4. Please take what you need.
On the Farm, the crew is working hard to ensure the crops are in good condition and weeds and diseases are kept to a minimum. We continue to harvest and plant crops along with other daily chores. The fields are drying out and we have the tractors operating. All things considered, we look good out here. We got peppers and eggplant coming on and tomatoes continue to fill in the trellis. Melons are ripening, we got greens, and beets are gorgeous – nicest beets I ever grew! Oh, check out the garlic harvest hanging in the Farm Shop. We will allow the garlic to cure for a few weeks and begin distribution soon after. The CSA is resilient and we move forward.
The Farm wishes our members and neighbors well and for a quick return to business as usual. As of this update, I know areas are still without power and other comforts, hang in there! We will see you on the Farm with veggies and positive vibes.
As always, thank you for supporting the CSA,
WEEK 1 VEGGIES: Lettuce, Spinach, Kale, Cooking greens/Asian mix (Tatsoi), Radish, Garlic Scapes, Cucumbers, Squash, Herbs (Basil, Parsley, Dill) and Flowers.
How does it work? Please bring a bag/basket to pack your share. Also bring a plastic bag or the like for packing your greens. Please read the signs on the display bins, it will be noted what amounts you can fill up with. Oh, and don't take the containers! Just use to measure and dump the greens in your bag. Thanks!
For the Small shares, please note you will have to choose from certain items. For example, smalls choose 1 bunch of kale OR 1 measured quart of greens. You don't get both. Large shares generally get all the options on the table. If during the season you find a small is just not enough and you would like to upgrade to a large share, let us know.
Other items in Farm Shop include Griggstown Farm products - chicken sausages ($6.50 ea) and gourmet hand pockets ($7.00 ea). http://www.griggstownquailfarm.com/
B&B Farms Blueberries open! Pick-Your-Own $1.40/lb. HOURS 8-4, 7 days a week, weather permitting.
Any questions, staff will be in Farm Shop to assist. Like, what is a garlic scape and what do I do with it? In the Farm Shop, connect with the farmers who grow your food, see where your food is grown and how it is handled and meet your neighbors. We look forward to meeting you!
FARM SHOP HOURS:
THURSDAY 3-6 OR SATURDAY 9-12
If you miss a pick up or arrive late, we can not hold your share. The Farm Shop opens and closes on time. Please pick up your share BEFORE closing, give yourself a few minutes prior to closing. Thanks!
2012 SIGN UP FULL.
PLEASE CONTACT US TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST. IF A SLOT BECOMES AVAILABLE, WE WILL LET YOU KNOW. MEMBERSHIPS ARE FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. THEREFORE IF SOMEONE HAS SIGNED UP AND DOES NOT PAY BY DUE DATES, THEN A SLOT WILL BECOME AVAILABLE.
THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE FARM!
PAYMENT OPTIONS: CASH, CHECK OR MONEY ORDER (VIA MAIL, ALONG WITH CSA AGREEMENT FORM). WE DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS
PAYMENT INSTALLMENTS: DEPOSIT DUE TO SECURE A SHARE ($100), 2ND PAYMENT DUE MARCH 1, FINAL PAYMENT DUE MAY 1. CLICK HERE FOR PAYMENT FORMS.
For sign up AFTER MARCH 1, deposit and 2nd payment are due. Payment in full due May 1.
A receipt will be sent via email. Also, a payment reminder of next scheduled payment and balance due will be sent via email.
Sign-up for the 2012 CSA Season is now open. Click below for details: