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Farm News for Saturday, April 22, 2017

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Hello all,

Our mint in the greenhouse is really going to town; looks great. Hope we still have some left next time for your Derby Day Juleps!

On the farm

We're pretty well into Spring here -- just came in from gin & tonics on the porch. Our apple and cherry trees are in full bloom (pics at the bottom of this message), as is our Red Bud tree. I particularly noted the Red Buds in DC 10 days ago when I was down. We're at that point in the bloom now, making us about that many days behind you on the way to summer this year. But I assume next year will be completely different, so never mind!

Out early this morning doing chores and listening to the wild turkeys all a'gobblin' up in the woods. We don't see them too much, but it's pretty common to hear them. Also saw a bald eagle fly over me last week while walking out our lane to get the mail. Pretty cool.

60,000 orders!
That's a big number. Surprised me when I sat back and thought about it. I almost missed it, but caught the implications later. Implications being? We've been at this a long time! A number of you were with us 13 years ago -- in early 2004 -- when Eric Ellsworth (son of current CSA member Gretchen!) helped us build our first online store. We started with 25 or thirty folks ordering that first Winter. Now our member list is close to 500. Change often happens so slow that you don't realize how far you've gone until you come to some milestone that makes you look back. I guess I'm there. Thanks for making this possible!

Schedule Reminder

  • Every-other-week until the beginning of June.
  • Every week from June to Thanksgiving.

Market plans

  • Starting in June, we will no longer set up our market stand down in the plaza, but will instead set up a table at the truck where I will sell to passers-by and CSA members wanting to add to their orders.

I warned you all last time that we were near a tipping point, and I definitely think we hit it this week. If you look at the green/red (coming/going) items below, you'll see more than the usual amount of change, and it's pretty close to even between the two. The storage crops (crops that were harvested last Fall sometime and held in the cooler -- stored -- until now) are disappearing fast, and new outdoor items are quickly showing up. Whew, glad for that! Hope that you can handle fewer potatoes and rutabagas in exchange for fresh radishes, ramps & rhubarb. Oh yeah, and asparagus, too!

This week's line-up (new, end)

  • SHF "kits:"
    • parsnip and apple soup,
    • turnip soup
    • roasted roots pack.
  • Greens: Arugula, cabbage (2), rainbow chard, cress, dandelion (incl. wild), Lacinato kale, micros (microgreens mix, pea & sunflower shoots), spinach (incl. XL bags), stir fry mix. Plus green bibb lettuce.
  • Veggies: Asparagus(!), dry beans (Appaloosa, Calypso, Cannelini & Jacob's Cattle), beets, carrots, celeriac, garlic (bulbs & bunches), horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, parsnips, Cayenne peppers, fresh red radishes, winter radishes (2 kinds), ramps(!), rhubarb, scallions, sweet potatoes & turnips. LATE ADDITION: just hear from the Martins (at 6:45) that their greenhouse tomatoes are ready!
  • Mushrooms: Criminis & Blue Oyster
  • Herbs: Basil, chives, cilantro, fennel leaf, Greek oregano, Italian parsley, peppermint, sage, French sorrel, thyme & our small herb sampler.
  • Apples: Gold Rush, Pink Lady, and seconds.
  • Poultry: Frozen stewing hens & eggs, and eggs... Oh, did I mention that we have lots of eggs?
  • Cheese: 10 cow cheeses; 3 goat cheeses; Trickling Springs butter (cow & goat)
  • Preserves: A lot, both sweet & savory.
  • Apple cider: Yup! But this is the last time, so get your fill now. We won't have cider again until around Labor Day.
  • Firewood: 40-lb. boxes of logs. One box left.

Thanks to those of you who took your time to do a review of your/our CSA. You were most kind and we really appreciate it!

[photo] The garlic cloves that I planted three months ago -- while complaining that they were going soft early -- are now coming on strong and looking good. Now you have to choose whether you prefer last season's garlic bulbs or this season's fresh green garlic!

Hoping to see you Saturday,
Randy, Chris & Sam
your Star Hollow Farmers

[photo] Our Gala apple tree is at full bloom...

[photo] as is the cherry tree in our yard. So far it looks like the orchards got off better than last year, but it's still early to tell. Fingers crossed.....


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