Tuesday, November 14, 2017
In the Share: Week 16
SWEET POTATOES Bonita variety are creamy yellow
2ND LETTUCE OR ARUGULA
BEETS OR TURNIPS AND RADISHES
GARLIC OR CILANTRO
The year has flown by and here we are already at the last week of the CSA season. We hope you all enjoyed our offerings from the fields. We sure have enjoyed growing them for you.
Some may recall that a year ago we announced that 2017 was to be a sabbatical year. After 14 years of building the farm up, we wanted a year to allow us to experiment and take a breath. Overall, we are happy with what we accomplished. We reduced our growing area by more than half and managed to improve the productivity of our fields. Certain crops were dropped altogether (beans and peas), others were grown on a much smaller scale (tomatoes, zucchini). The CSA was shifted to an every-other week, one share size system. Tom had time to make lots of yummy ferments and market them to area grocery stores and farmers markets. Luckily, we had pretty decent weather - not too hot and dry in the summer, and at least in our little area, no massive rain events. It is hard to extrapolate the successes of one season to future seasons, but at this point, we would like to use 2017 as the starting point for 2018.
We really would like to know how this experimental year was for you. Look for an invitation from the farm in the coming weeks for a survey of the membership. We would love to hear from everyone who participated in the CSA this year and learn your thoughts and any suggestions for improvement.
Thank you for your support of our family farm during the sabbatical. We were unsure of what would come of it and it meant alot to us that so many of you stuck with us.