Inventory

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The greenhouse in all its snowy glory.

March is the time when all good CSA farmers are called to post the obligatory early seeding photos. “Look!”, we say, “We are already busy at work to ensure an abundance of good food this year. See the flats of soil, full of seeds waiting to germinate and show their little cotyledons to the world. See how diligently we water them. Every day! Or as needed. See the snow on the ground. We are not afraid! Spring is around the corner, it is here, and here is proof.”

Well, we’re not ones to disappoint. Now, these pictures may look a lot like others from years past. This year, however, they are special. What makes them different from pictures of the greenhouse from all other years? Did we take the pictures while reclining? Are they unleavened? Dipped in salt water? Sorry, couldn’t resist a little Passover humor there.

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Seeding onions is a tedious and never-ending job.

These pictures are different because they show our greenhouse on the new farm. A greenhouse that Nick built over the past week, using, by and large, a collection of materials that were just laying around. Materials that might have been seen by some of us as having little value – materials that some of us may have even encouraged others of us to discard at some point in the last five years. Materials that a wise man once described, not as junk, but rather, “inventory”.

Obviously, I’m proud of Nick and his ability to build useful things, sometimes seemingly out of thin air. But what really gets me is his ability to look at a pile of lumber, an old barn, a fallow field, and see what they will look like when the tables are built, the pigs come home, and the crops are growing. This is what keeps our business growing and evolving, and it’s another great reason to keep him around.

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My seeding nook on the front porch!

soil! 002I spy with my little eye something that starts with an “s”! Freshly delivered and ready to rock some seeds in the greenhouse. Thanks to the masterful coordination of Trogg’s Hollow (our neighbors down the road at the new Harvard farm) we were able to go in on a bulk shipment. Chris even helped Nick go get the totes, which were delivered to Alden Organic Farms, another nice neighbor. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty.

The Sunny Side – Week of 10/26/14

The Sunny Side – Week of 10/26/14

In Thursday’s box you will find:

  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Tatsoi (a bunched green like bok choi)
  • Spinach
  • Leeks
  • Carrots
  • Rutabaga
  • Celeriac
  • Celery

In Sunday’s box you will find:

  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Collards
  • Tokyo Bekana (lime-colored frilly green)
  • A mixture of Storage Onions
  • Beets
  • Bok Choi
  • Celeriac
  • Baby Lettuce Heads

In the Field

Well, folks, this is it! You received your last CSA box on Sunday or Thursday. It has been a pleasure to grow vegetables for all of you this year. You have our sincere thanks for supporting the farm through your CSA membership. We truly could not do it without you. Thank you for being a part of our 2014 farming season and for your support of local agriculture.

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