Is Tomorrow the Day?

We’re hoping tomorrow is the big day when we finally get our “blessed forklift” back on the job!  It decided to go on strike sometime in Dec and we have been fiddling with it ever since [thankfully, not non-stop]. I have to admit we had additional names for it during all the frustrating hours spent working on it. It’s clearly a “vintage” piece of machinery but enough for our needs if it would only be reliable  We need it functioning to acess all the wonderful pallet shelving that we’ve installed in the barn so as to maximize  storage capabilities. It’s amazing how much stuff is utilized in our farming operation! Sometimes things are only needed for a month or two out of the year and then we’d like to move them up onto the shelving to make room for the next project. In the background of this photo are some of the various pieces of the new cooler we’re constructing. The forklift would be mighty handy with this project! Let’s see if new ignition parts gets it purring again.

Reason to celebrate!

IMG_20130215_121121_278(1)We like to save the big Summer Rambo apple trees till last. After two months of pruning it’s good to celebrate when the last tree is pruned. We’ll take a bit of a break from pruning to do some other chores and then it’s to the peach orchard sometime in March.

It’s CSA sign-up time!

It’s time to sign up for the 2013 CSA season! We look forward to welcoming returning members and greeting and meeting new members too this year. We’re always experimenting with new things and working to improve on others.Winter time on the farm is a time for reflection, planing for the future and working on projects in the now. Needless to say – we’ve been busy. We’re all about good food and community! Good healthy food and communities drive us in our daily lives. We’re passionate about healthy food and enjoy sharing what this wonderful slice of earth produces for us( with a little help from our friends). We encourage people to check out the frequently asked questions section of our website to find out more about our growing practices and to read about some of the new things we’re doing this year. Feel free to email us if you have questions. To sign up for either a weekly or bi-weekly share please go to vollmeckeorchards.csasignup.com

Preparations for 2013 CSA

We’ve been busy since the beginning of the year pouring over seed catalogs and placing orders for needed growing supplies for the upcoming growing year. A  thank you goes out to members who completed the end of year csa survey.Everyone’s input is much appreciated! We’ve been discussing the comments and suggestions received and finding ways we can weave some of the winners into this up-coming season.
CSA sign up time is coming up very shortly!  We”ll send out a invitation/announcement to former members within days of this csa post. So, please stay tuned.

Farmer Karen

Preparing for next season

We’ve been busy for the last couple of weeks making some improvements to our barn area. We’re playing musical sheds. We moved the shed that we have been using for csa distribution around back to be repurposed as a garden tool shed. We are looking forward to the arrival of two new sheds.One will become the new csa distribution spot. It will allow us to be out of the weather and will give us greater elbow room at pick up time. The other shed will be utilized for mechanical repairs. All of this moving will buy us some added space in the barn to set up a new to us [but used] walk-in cooler. Lot’s of work between now and then so we’re keeping our eyes on the end goal. It would be helpful if the weather wouldn’t turn cold real soon- we have many, many hours of work ahead of us.
Farmer Karen