A Letter from our Farmer Ted
On this Sunday, the day before we commence the final week of harvests and deliveries for the year, we awoke to a cold wind and a power outage. We were pleased to find it had not snowed, contrary to the weather forecast, because it is unpleasant to harvest in snow. But the plastic cover had been blown off the large greenhouse containing our winter spinach. The crop is fine, but the plastic is ruined, and will have to be replaced. It used to cause me a good deal of grief to replace our plastic, but now, because we have found a recycler, the plastic will be compressed into a bale and shipped, not to a landfill, but to a clothing manufacturer for its new life as sports wear.
This was a productive year for infrastructure development at Windflower Farm: we built a new packing shed, a new cooler, a small workshop and a new equipment barn. Now that we are wrapping up the delivery season, we have a few weeks of relatively mild weather during which we’ll be able to finish the small details related to these projects, and then we’ll turn our attention to equipment maintenance and to repairing various broken implements - all part of the cycle of life on a small vegetable farm. February 20th, when we start seeds for next year’s CSA harvest, will be here before we know it!
The crew is headed off to the four corners: Aidan to Telluride and then Hawaii, Andrea to Sicily, Naomi to Nepal, I think, and Martin and Monica back to Laguna Prieta, in Mexico. I’ll be happy if I can haul my catamaran to the Florida Panhandle for a week, but, for the most part, Jan and I plan to stay close to home. We have winter shares to harvest and assemble, family to visit, boys to send off to college, books to read.
This week’s vegetable share is the last of the season. Before I itemize its contents, I’d like to extend some thanks, direct you to our end-of-season survey, and let you know that, because we started late, we’ve extended the winter share signup period for another week. A link to the winter share signup page is here: https://windflowerfarm.wufoo.com/forms/windflower-farms-20142015-winter-share/
I’d like to extend a heart-felt thanks to the CSA organizers in every neighborhood and community where we deliver. The CSA movement depends on people like you. The success of our farm depends on you. And increasing the number of small, local and economically viable organic farms depends on more people like you. Thank you for all the work you do, from securing a location that can host us (and store our many harvest totes) every week, to recruiting your neighbors to join our CSA community, to working with our farm so that what we offer every week is what you want. Consider getting involved with your CSA’s core group, they are committed volunteers from your neighborhood who are making a very real difference.
Our end-of-year survey can be found here: https://windflowerfarm.wufoo.com/forms/windflower-farm-csa-survey/ Your responses will provide us with information that will guide our crop planning for next year. Thank you in advance for your time and thoughtful responses.
Thank you from all of us at Windflower Farm, Ted