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

December Already?

We’re heading into our 4th week now since our CSA program wrapped up. It was a bit of hubbub at the last pick up time due to hurricane Sandy. We needed to change some of the pick up dates due to the storm but overall got off with light damage. A 40 foot blue spruce tree fell very narrowly missing the farm house. It pulled down our phone/cable connection but thankfully not the elect.line. We did loose electric service for about 12 hours but that was due to a general outage in the area. Our row crop covers were badly torn[as I had expected] but the good news was the chicken house didn’t dump over. We tried to position it strategically so it would have minimal damage and definitely had the stabilizing/support riggers in place with the knowledge that we might get pummeled by high winds. It’s weather conditions like this that make you take stock of all the many things that can go airborne on a farm. We often save up the scrap metal and what some people would call “Spring cleaning”until our busy season is over.
It’s that time! We’ve been doing some cleaning and clearing. First of all a big thank you goes out to workshare member Jason Sylvester  and Cassie Shoup who have been incredible with tree removal. How fortunate we are to have a “tree guy” as a workshare member!  Workshare member Jon Kasitz also wields a mean chain saw! We have removed that one fallen tree as well as a bunch of evergreens that all succumbed to early death due to an insect infestation. When we moved here close to 30 years ago there were many evergreens around the houses that all were about 10 feet tall. We have taken down a few over the years and the ones that remain are now 40 to 50 feet tall . Some of them are not as healthy as they used to be. So, the landscape and skyline is changing a bit around here. The plan is to plant some smaller flowering trees in the Spring.
We’re keeping up our strength by eating lots of our delicious root crops and greens!
Farmer Karen

CSA Pickup Date Changed

Because of the impending storm we decided to postpone Tuesday Oct.30th CSA share pick up time until Friday Nov.2nd. Pick up time for members picking up at the farm will be from 3:30 until 7pm. For the satellite groups,{as always] the pick up representative can arrive earlier to pick up for their groups.
We hope that everyone remains safe!
See you Friday.
Farmer Karen