I haven’t been out to the farm yet this morning but Matt let me know that some of the streets are flooded and that the rain will continue all day.
It’s late notice for changing anything, so we will have a pick up in the back of the barn, unless things get really scary. But don’t feel like you need to come out and put yourself in danger!
If you don’t want to come out, send me a message. I will bag up shares that you can pick up at the farm tomorrow.
Next week marks the mid-point of the CSA and pick ups will be normal except for one thing: I won’t be there! Matt and I are going up to Maine to hang out with my family and the mountains and the trees. We will come back refreshed. Adam Ferbert will be running the pick up on tuesday in Providence. Anders Newkirk will be at the farm on wednesday. Don’t forget to check your name off on the sheet! That way I will know for sure if you got your share.
If you are a member, I hope you already got an email from me with the details!
Pick up days and times are the same as last year:
Tuesday 5:30 to 7:00 at 75 Marshall St. in Providence or
Wednesday 4:00 to 5:30 at 544 Greenville Ave. in Johnston
Providence pick ups are at our house. Johnston pick ups are at the farm, out in back of the barn. The driveway on Greenville Ave. takes you to the parking lot next to the cemetery. Please respect the privacy of the family who owns the property, and stay on the farm side, away from the house and their yard. We use the back of the barn only, and the land to the right of the driveway as you come in.
Someone (most likely me) will be at the pick up to answer any questions.
We will have lettuce mix, radishes (and some other roots) a variety of herbs and cooking greens. Some things will be in bunches, other things will be loose in bins and you will weigh out your share. Bags will be provided but we encourage you to bring your own and reuse them. Full shares and small shares will be written on the chalkboard. And please remember to check off your name on the check in sheet!
March 19th, that’s a wednesday, from 4 to 7. Of course, if the time frame is tough get in touch with me and we’ll make arrangements.
And PLEASE don’t let it go down into the single digits this week. We really need that snow to melt!
First pick up will be small, but they’ll get bigger, I promise. We will have salad greens and arugula and something else (we’ll see) and EGGS.
Normally, pick ups will be in the front hall at 75 Marshall St. I encourage you to bring your own bags and to recycle your egg cartons with me. Most often you will weigh out your share yourself, from the directions on the chalkboard; but if I have time I will do it for you. There will be a check in sheet, so remember to check your name off. If the weather is nice I will set up the table in the driveway.
I took this photo yesterday. And it’s snowing again! Most likely, the Early Spring CSA will be starting a little bit later than last year. I will post the exact start date next week.
If you need fresh eggs, stop by our house on Monday afternoons. There will be a cooler by our side door. $5 per dozen. Or just send me a message any day and we can make arrangements.
And if you’d like to join our main season CSA I’d love to hear from you as soon as possible!
The big new thing we’re trying this year is sweet potatoes. We’ve never grown them before, and honestly I never really cared for eating them, but then I saw these:
All purple sweet potatoes!!! They need a long hot summer as much as I do! Don’t we deserve it after this incredible winter? And don’t worry, we are going to grow some regular orangey sweet potatoes too.
This frigid month is coming to a close, and the days are getting longer.
If you want to take 10% off the cost of your Early Spring Mini CSA, get in touch with me now!
We are also offering a credit for 10 dozen eggs to folks who purchase their main season share before the end of the January! Egg credit can be used at your own pace. Just sign up and mail in the contract that you’ll find here: csa pamphlet 2014.
I hope you’re enjoying the snow as much as Lucy does!
We’ve been getting a good number of folks signing up for early spring shares, so if you are interested, please get in touch! For more info, click on the page above titled “Early Spring Mini CSA”
In the meantime, we have been planting in the hoophouse. Salad greens sown a couple weeks ago just peeked up. Although we’ve been growing through the winter for years, I still am in awe of these rugged little plants, and how the cold makes them so tender and sweet.
Besides that, we are taking care of the hens, and still getting around 2 dozen eggs per day. So let me know if you want to use your egg credit before the CSA starts. They’ve had the luxury of hanging out in the smaller hoophouse, out of the harshest cold. Soon we’ll need to move them closer to the barn so that we can get it planted for the early spring.
And we are really hoping that we can get at least 5 Early Bird payments for the Main Season CSA before mid-January. For more about why Early Bird payments are so important this year, scroll down and read my post from December 18. For more details about this CSA, go to “CSA 2014, Main Season”
I want this year to be the best ever. Getting the tractor fixed and hiring some help will make the farm run more smoothly, and we will be able to work at a more healthy pace. And of course, the weather will cooperate.