First CSA Pickup!

At long last, the 2014 CSA season has begun! As I sit here typing this, work share members are already at the farm–harvesting greens for tomorrow’s shares. Last night’s brief showers have hydrated all the lettuces and greens beautifully! They will be harvested, and packed into the cooler, and on your table tomorrow night. I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait! Read on to learn about a few things that will hopefully make your CSA experience a more enjoyable one!

Each week, you will receive an email reminder from us the night before your pickup. We will give you an idea of what to expect in your share, plus any other updates you may need to know for that week.

We have added a few links to our website to help you get the most out of your shares. First, we have Storage Tips. This is a work in progress, and will be added to as we progress through the season. If you are still in doubt about something, please just ask. We want to make sure you get the most out of your shares. We also have a guide for pickup day. This can be confusing, especially if you are new. Even if you aren’t new, we have a listing of all the pickup days. And, though this is just a rough guide, we have a guide showing the crops you can expect this season, and when they should be ready to harvest.

Our main goal this year, other than growing delicious produce, is to help you use and enjoy your share. Seasonal eating can be a challenge if you aren’t used to it. We will be posting recipes here on our blog and adding interesting finds to our Pinterest board.

There is also a new service that you may be interested in, which is designed to help you get the most from your shares. Patricia Mulvey, the Fair Share CSA Coalition chef, and co-writer of Asparagus to Zucchini, is the creator of Localthyme.com, a CSA menu planning service. She is working to end “veggie guilt” one share box at a time by providing CSA members with a range of tools to put veggies on their plate, not in the compost. Membership includes:

  • the largest online searchable database of seasonal vegetable-centric recipes
  • a beautiful vegetable ID section
  • tips and tricks
  • support from the chefs
  • menu plan and shopping list generators or menus planned by Local Thyme chef

Membership starts as low as $20 a month. Here is a link to a free 1-month trial. Vollmecke Orchards is not currently a member, but this is something we are looking into as well. If anyone joins, we would love to hear your feedback!

Welcome to the 2013 CSA Season!

Pea Tendrils

Delicious, tender pea tendrils!

Sorry to have gone dormant and not updated the blog for such a long period of time. We have been crazy busy with millions (or so it seems) of farm activities.  A farmer’s day can easily be 12 to 14 hours at this time of year. Somehow, I find that this schedule does not lend itself to creative blogging. Remember that phrase “Make hay when the sun shines?” Well, it is never more appropriate than Spring…we have taken advantage of every single sunny day, only instead of “making hay,” we are growing produce. When you’re a farmer, Spring is all out time for farming!

The weather so far this year has been a roller coaster ride. It was certainly slow to warm up, and as a result we delayed some plantings. Which is a good thing since we experienced a heavy frost the second week of  May. The frost was then closely followed by four days in the 90’s. This kind of weather is challenging for people who aren’t used it as well as for all of our newly planted seedlings. We had some plants nipped by the frost, but no major losses. We  also had to replant a bunch of tomatoes that didn’t like the 90 degree windy days (thank goodness for extra plants in reserve!). Everything is growing very rapidly now, and it is very rewarding to look out over the fields and see the fruits of our labor!

We have the first week of CSA under our belt and as a result, are slowly shifting our energies from spending our time planting and tending, to harvesting and waiting on members and customers.

It is wonderful to see so many new members this year, as well as the many returning members after the long winter’s hiatus. A community has truly formed around this farm property! Good food and good people—what could be better!