Tuesday, June 12, 2012

CSA Begins June 26th & 27th!

Hello friends and members,

We've decided to start our CSA two weeks from today which will give us enough time to transplant the many seedlings that are still in the greenhouse.  When the warm weather hits and everything needs to be transplanted, it's a mad rush for us but of course, our planting all depends on the weather.

Since the last update, we've planted potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash and pie pumpkins.  That is in addition to the regular plantings of lettuce, carrots and beets.  Hopefully, the broccoli and cauliflower will be ready for our first CSA pickup!  We will definitely have garlic scapes, as they have already started to shoot out.  The rain has been great for us!  Now we need a few more days of sun in order to finish planting the zucchinis, patty pans, cucumbers, melons, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and beans.  This is what Jonny & Joséphine looked like after spending many hours transplanting in the brutal heat yesterday:
Hot, tired and still happy.
 The Orléans market hasn't been too busy yet. We're hoping business will pick up because we have some beautiful greens for sale every week.  Next Saturday, we begin selling at the Cumberland Farmers' Market as well.  That makes for a very busy week!
Jo setting up for last Friday's market.

 The CSA will be receiving lots of greens in the beginning, like this Swiss chard, since these are cool weather crops. Start looking up recipes!
 Our spinach has been a hit at the market!
 Thanks for your help on potato planting day, Gideon Näf!
This is my favourite job on the farm but since I got to plant all of the potatoes last year, I let Jo & Gid plant them this year.  Jonny even got to take a turn!
 You have to throw potatoes down the shoot into the furrow created by the planter.  For the potatoes to be properly spaced, you need to move quickly.    
 It sort of feels like you're in a video game!
  The next post will be on Monday, June 25th when I list the vegetables that the CSA will be receiving that Tuesday and Wednesday.  We will always have a box of veggies that can be traded for items you don't like.  We understand that everyone has certain veggies they can't eat so don't feel obliged to take something that will just end up in your compost!

See you in two weeks!

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