The fertility cycle is a cycle entirely of living creatures passing again and again through birth, growth, maturity, death, and decay. ~Wendell Berry
We’re all planned out and ready to share our designs for 2017! There's a lot of information here, so please go grab a cup of tea and settle in for a walk through out thinking and planning.
Thanks to everyone who signed up for the winter share and the first 10 weeks of the regular season! Your investment helps us purchase seeds and supplies without over-reliance on credit or our dwindling savings account. If you’d like to sign up for a 10-week share running from May-July, contact Lorrie.
To ensure we can handle what Mother Nature throws at us this year, we are committing to half the number of shares as in 2017. If we see that conditions are impacting the quantity or quality of the shares, we will pause for a week to address those issues.
All farm share include eggs unless requested to not include them.
Monthly events are being planned for the year. The hotlinks below are to those event pages on Facebook. You can also find the full event list in our Meetup Group. Please join virtually and in reality!
Before I jump right into production and harvest plans, I wanted to see if any of you have the following items to donate to the farm. I’m really determined to limit my environmental footprint this year, and the less time spent shopping the better! These are mostly things you might find cluttering up your closets and other storage spaces, and we can put them to good use. Here’s the list (just email me and I’ll make arrangements with you for pick-up or drop off):
· Ball/Mason jars, all sizes (ring and new lids, too!)
· Garden hoses
· Shopping bags
· Garden tools or baskets
· Pots, planters, window boxes
Late winter and early spring are shockingly busy here. We are a four-season farm and so while production slows, it never stops. We paused the winter share for the first 2 weeks on January to allow time for the deepest winter darkness to pass while we built this very plan. Last week and the remaining weeks of January offer shares full of salad greens, microgreens, a few cooking greens, and eggs.
EVENT: Cordial Making Workshop, January 28th from 1-4pm
The only time of year that stresses me out more than August, with its dry heat, is the next 30 days and the seasonal tradition of blizzards. It’s a funny thing, but the cold temperatures are not as harmful to the off-season production as lack of sunshine. It was cold but bright through most of December and so all our crops survived the darkest weeks of winter. Now, we’re watching for the kind of snow that can collapse our caterpillar tunnels. If the mildness continues, February shares can expect more cooking greens (kale, collards, swiss chard). If things remain on the gray side, you can expect more generous portions of the salad greens, baby carrots, harukei turnips, and scallions. Egg production is at 20 eggs/day. As the days get longer we’ll see that grow to 30!
EVENT: CSA Day Open House, February 25th from 1-3pm
By March we’ll add mache (a winter hardy salad green), arugula and mustards, and radishes to your shares of salad and cooking greens.
EVENT: Planting Potatoes in Your Garden or Containers, March 25th from 1-3pm
April will see an end to the last of the winter shares and the addition of a few of the regular season share members. By this time, shares will include: lettuces, spinach, herbs (cilantro, lovage, chives, thyme), microgreens and shoots/sprouts, swiss chard, kale, collards, radishes, scallions, beets, carrots, mustards.
EVENT: Open House and Plant Sale, April 29th from 1-4pm
Perhaps everyone’s favorite month for fresh produce, May with all the flavors we have been craving for months! All of our farm share members will be receiving boxes of intense flavor and freshness. In addition to everything listed above, we’ll have strawberries, rhubarb, peas, broccoli, and cabbage.
EVENT: Boonsboro Greenfest, May 13th from 10am to 5pm
June: lettuce, spinach, mustards, herbs (sage, oregano, basil, parsley), peas, broccoli, cabbage, strawberries, swiss chard, kale, onions, carrots, beets, string beans, celery, fennel, cucumbers.
EVENT: To be Decided
July: TOMATOES, squash, romaine, eggplant, onions, garlic, potatoes, string beans, leeks, sweet and hot peppers, swiss chard, herbs, cucumbers.
EVENT: To Be Decided
We’ll cut back in August and plan the shares to accommodate our fall planting and vacation schedules. Those members receiving shares in August can expect a continuation of July’s produce with the addition of raspberries and more tomato varieties.
EVENT: To Be Decided
September kicks off the 10-week fall share program with the arrival of the winter squashes and a slow return of the cool weather cooking greens, see June’s list. Sweet potatoes and a second potato harvest will round out the shares.
EVENT: Fall Open House, September 30th from 1-4pm
October: spinach, lettuce, scallions, winter squash, herbs, winter radishes, turnips, carrots, beets, microgreens.
November and December: spinach, lettuce, microgreens, scallions.