Friday, October 14, 2011

October news

Greetings CSA compatriots

We made it to the last week. Today's pickup is the last of the season and as we look back, here are a few things that come to mind.

Occupy Wall Street

A couple of weeks ago we had an epic farm trip down to wall street where we schlepped a van load of produce collected from other likeminded Vermont organic farmers. We brought many loaves of bread and about 500 lbs of veggies right to the protest and were given the rock star treatment (well almost… al sharpton and kanye west came the next day and the paparazzi seemed somewhat more interested in them).  Folks there were incredibly psyched to have our food and support. And we were genuinely moved by the spirit of the place.  I think it is the Woodstock of our times. A unified resistance giving voice to a host of injustices, having fun, and stirring up a little ruckus… but not too much.

Learning to bake (and farm)

As our CSA family you have seen us evolve, by now you must be familiar with our quirks- our piles of junk, our erratic newsletters, our ragamuffin wwoofers (often shirtless), our inability to figure out our sign in system after six years. Over the last 2 years many of you have watched our bread baking evolve. This year's major accomplishment has been building the oven and bakery, and there is still much to be done before winter (like 3 out of 4 walls- but it does look good from the front!)

It is with a hint of sadness that I realize I have stepped back from doing much of the farm work in order to really take on the baking. Hopefully next year I will be able to balance my time better between these two aspects of our business. I'd like to think that once the building is done and the kinks are worked out of the recipes etc... the bread will be a bit less demanding and I can do a better job building our soils, growing your food, and maybe even cleaning up some of the junk. By the way did you notice the pile of safes in the driveway? They were given to us by the friendly men dismantling the vault at the old factory point bank. I am thinking of arranging them in a circle to create a Stonehenge sundial, thoughts? Bonnie is not impressed.

Last pickup of 2011

As a farewell treat we are giving everyone extra quantities of late season veggies this week. But please scrounge up any egg cartons or pint/quart containers you may have accumulated at home and bring them by the farm. 

If you've got a hankering for our bread, eggs, cold hardy winter greens, and the rest of our prepared foods after this week, come to the market on Sundays from 10-2 at jk adams.  All the way through February! 

(or stop by the farm or email or call us, me miss you already)

Again, thanks so much for your continued support.  We look forward to feeding you in the future. 

ps.  just snapped the following pictures of the greenhouses this afternoon. 
just to show what we've been up to... greens through the winter!

did you know each of our greenhouses are named after our favorite tomato varieties... now you do!

kale and arugula in the Green Zebra
chard, turnips, tat soi and parsley in Cherokee Purple

radishes and spinach in Sungold

BrandyWine ready to plant

new greenhouse just completed (tentatively named Juliet)

bull's blood beet greens, cold hardy lettuces, tatsoi and spinach to plant into the BrandyWine

oliver's new junk... or stonehenge art or something