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Farm News for Saturday, April 8, 2017

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Hello all,

[photo] Here are some of the herbs in our greenhouse headed for the new Herb Sampler this week.

On the farm

We continue to keep busy, trying to get as many of our non-farm tasks taken care of in these off weeks as we can, so that once the garden dries sufficiently for plowing and we hit our weekly schedule we'll be able to focus almost solely on production. Taxes are all behind us now, vehicle service appointments taken care of, doctors appointments taken care of, and we're just about ready to commit fully to the season.

That said, I do still plan on sneaking in another few days off at the end of this month, rejoining my C&O Canal bicycle ride from last year from Cumberland to Hagerstown and completing the ride on down to Georgetown. There Chris will meet me, we'll go see a play at Ford's with Anna, and make our way back home to the grind of another season. Ahh, the farmer's work is never done...

Here's 3/4 of our gang in the Packing Shed last order day. Chris and Sam are on the right, and that's Marsha on the left. She's been with us about two years, and packs a good many of your orders each week.

Our upcoming schedule and market plans

Writing up above about our schedule made me remember that it's time to remind you of when things change.


  • 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.

We still have a nice selection of fresh greens and storage crops (apples, roots, onions, etc.), but things will change quickly. Greens will get stronger, while storage crops will disappear quickly. I think this is it for potatoes, onions, most cabbage and carrots and many other staples.

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

  • SHF "kits:"
    • roasted carrots and potatoes, (probably)
    • parsnip and apple soup,
    • Banh Mi slaw, (probably)
    • sorrel and turnip soups, and the
    • roasted roots pack.
  • Greens: Arugula, cabbage (2), cress, Italian dandelion, Lacinato kale, micros (microgreens mix & pea shoots), stir fry mix, rainbow chard and spinach. Plus green bibb lettuce.
  • Veggies: Dry beans (Calypso, Jacob's Cattle & Tiger Eye), beets (just red), carrots (3 kinds), celeriac, garlic (bulbs & bunches), horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes, onions (2 kinds), parsnips, dried Cayenne peppers, potatoes (2 kinds), winter radishes (2 kinds), rutabagas, shallots, sweet potatoes(3 kinds) and turnips.
  • Mushrooms: Criminis & Royal Trumpet
  • Herbs: Chives, cilantro, fennel leaf, Greek oregano, Italian parsley, peppermint, French sorrel, thyme & our small herb sampler.
  • Apples: Our variety pack, Cameo, Empire, Fuji, Gold Rush, Pink Lady, and seconds.
  • Poultry: Frozen stewing hens & eggs... lots of eggs!
  • Cheese: 10 cow cheeses (incl. smoked colby & Vermeer); 4 goat cheeses (incl. ash logs & demi-sec); Trickling Springs butter (cow & goat)
  • Preserves: A lot, both sweet & savory.
  • Apple cider: Yup!
  • Firewood: 40-lb. boxes of logs. One of your last chances.

You may not know it, but the number of people participating in CSAs (and farmers markets) has been dropping steadily for a number of years. We've struggled with whether and where to advertise for new members. Word-of-mouth by our members has been our default. This year we're trying something new: Yelp! We have adopted our site there, updated the info, and hope to find more members through it. We have several very nice reviews there, but the most recent is from 2014, and refers to a number of things about our CSA that have since changed. If you are a Yelper! and like what we do, would you consider plugging us there? Thanks :)

[photo] The pea shoots are looking especially nice this week.

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


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