We are planning a small first harvest of spring crops this week. It is very short notice, we know, but some of our spring greens crops did not appreciate the hot weather we had for a few days this past week, and have started shooting flower stalks very suddenly. Most of these flowers are edible right along with the greens, but they will be the most tender and flavorful if used before they have been on the plants for too long. These crops will never be better than they are right now, so we want everyone to be able to enjoy some as soon as possible. This first harvest will feature primarily delicate young greens for salads, sandwiches and stir-fries.
If you have selected Saturday as your pick-up day, please plan to pick up your share between 12 noon and 2 pm tomorrow, Saturday, June 17. If you are unable to pick up between those hours, please contact Caroline by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (860-803-1172 or 860-684-3460) to make alternate arrangements. If you have selected Wednesdays, your first pickup will be Wednesday, June 21, between 4 and 6 pm (contact Veronica at <email@example.com>). There will be a folder with a list of names so you can check off that you have picked up, and a whiteboard sign listing the items and quantities that you may take for your share. For best quality and freshness, we do recommend everyone try to pick up as soon as possible.
One more thing: if you still owe money on your share, please do come for this first pickup anyway. Since harvests will continue each week from now on, we would ask that you pay any balance due before next week’s harvest, or make other arrangements with our treasurer, Charlotte (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thanks so much, and we hope to see everyone at the farm on Saturday or Wednesday.
There is a Crop Mob scheduled for Sunday June 25, 2017, the third this season.
Time: 10:00 AM till 2:00 PM with a break for a pot luck lunch at 12:00 noon please bring a pot luck dish to share.
Non working members are encouraged to attend, at least for lunch. It’s a great opportunity to see what’s going on at the farm and talk with other members and staff.
Workshare members, remember, you are asked to participate in two or more crop mobs during the season. Please email Kristin email@example.com if you plan to attend (not required, walk in’s always welcome). This helps staff to plan workgroups and if the crop mob should be canceled for weather, you’ll get credit for attending.
A lot was accomplished at Saturday’s crop mob. The leeks were planted, a tedious job planting all the small seedlings. Cabbage seedlings were also planted. Several other crops were seeded directly in the soil, some by hand and others with the Planet Junior seeder. Four of the beds for tomatoes were prepared; tilling, making trenches, and laying drip lines and plastic mulch. There are several more still to be done.
Lunch was wonderful with the dishes everyone provided.
Remember, everyone is asked to participate in at least two crop mobs during the season. The next crop mob is scheduled for Sunday June 25th.
Caroline has a new way to get around the farm, a nice new cart.
It’s electric and very quiet. It has wide knobby tires and a dump body in the back to carry flats of seedlings, tools, seeds and such. It even has several cup holders for coffee, water, etc. As quiet as it is, it does have a very attention getting horn.
It should make Caroline’s frequent hikes around the farm easier. She is always checking up on the progress of plants, pests, work accomplished, work groups and tasks to add to the weeks “to do” list.
Construction of the high tunnel is proceeding well. Peter has been very busy working on it. The high tunnel is mounted on rollers which ride on two rails. This makes it moveable so it can alternate between two growing areas. Peter engineered an enhancement from the manufacturer’s design, to mount the rails on concrete piers rather than placing them directly on the ground. This will keep the rails very stable and above the soil, enabling it to be moved more easily. Peter designed and fabricated a number of additional parts for this change. This is in addition to the Huge number of parts that came with the tunnel, bags and bags of parts and hardware. Intense study of the manual is required to insure they all go in the correct place.
The high tunnel will add at least another month in the spring to our growing season, and another month in the fall.