A Letter from our Farmer Ted
Puddles were covered in a thin layer of ice this morning, and once again we’ve pulled out the woolies and flannel. Last week’s rain and wind have blown many of the brightest leaves off the trees here, but there are still lovely splashes of yellow and orange on the hillsides. I spent yesterday with friends (and fellow CSA farmers) on a mountain lake in southern Vermont where all of the leaves have dropped, giving us a taste of what the next five months will look like. We talked about how pleasant it was to be nearing the end of the farming season. Our talk of farming was interrupted by a young moose that we watched swim across the lake, chased perhaps by coyotes. Farmers have been wrapping up their harvests throughout the region. Vegetable farmers are bringing in their storage crops. We’re still plugging away on our carrots and leeks. The apple crop, I’m told, has been disappointing to fruit growers. Quality and flavor are fine, but yields have been low because of the cold winter. Grass farmers have enjoyed the mild fall, and their pastures, which are a beautiful kelly green, have begun to stand out in the landscape now that leaves are disappearing from field borders. Dairy farmers have begun to harvest the corn crops that will feed their cows through the winter, and the open fields have made deer, foxes and turkeys more visible.
For most sites, this is the last fruit week, although for sites that didn’t get fruit when the truck broke down in August, your final delivery will be next week. Next week, we’ll send leeks and Delicata squashes and red onions. We’ll send more greens and carrots. And, if all goes well, we’ll send sweet potatoes from our friend Tim at Laughing Child Farm.
It’s time to sign up for your winter share! Details are below. A link to the signup form will be available soon. Our annual survey, with which we ask you to tell us what you’ve liked and what you’d like to see improved about the CSA, will be coming next week.
Winter share. Our summer season will come to an end in a couple of weeks. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop getting some of your vegetables or local fruits and eggs from us. Once a month on four Saturdays during the fall and early winter, we assemble a one-bushel box that consists of greens, storage vegetables and fruits and some kind, along with a little treat. Each year we get a little better - we’ve been growing hardy winter greens in our unheated winter greenhouses for more than ten years, and we’ve built a new vegetable storage and packing building this year to help maintain crop quality (and to give the staff a warmer place to work!). Each month you’ll get approximately 2 lb. of our organically grown hardy greens, including arugula, tatsoi, spinach, kale and Swiss chard. You’ll also get 8-10 lb. of our storage vegetables, including carrots, red and yellow onions, potatoes, beets, leeks, sweet potatoes and more, plus 4-6 lb. of fruits, usually from the Borden Farm. And, depending on the month, you’ll get one of the following: maple syrup, honey, apple cider, our own frozen strawberries or preserves from neighboring producers. We’ll also reach out to friends and neighbors in our organic farming community to fill in odds and ends, including black beans from John Sats and celeriac from the new farm belonging to a member of our staff. An optional egg share from neighbors raising free-range hens is also available. We’ll send a signup link very soon.
Have a great week, Ted