Here we are, at the end of our CSA season! Congratulations. You have eaten your way through hundreds of vegetables in 22 weeks. If you’re new to this, you probably ate healthier, cooked at home more, and did more creative meal planning. Even for our veteran members, this year had more vegetables and more variety. In some ways being a CSA member is convenient; in other ways, it’s a lot of work. We’re glad you’ve made the decision to seek health for yourself and for our community by getting produce from us. Every year gets a little better.
We are very tired by now and the end of the CSA season is bittersweet (mostly sweet, I cannot tell a lie). It has been the hottest and driest season in recorded weather history and we have had to work extra hard, irrigate a lot more, and deal with a lot more pest and weed pressure. This brought on a fair bit of mental anguish and a fear of direct sunlight. But with only a handful more weeks of wholesale and farmers market left we are looking forward to hibernating and working on farm projects for the winter.
This winter we will be preparing for the birth of our first child, expected in March. By the time we start up our CSA again in June, we’ll have a three month old. So far I’ve had a healthy pregnancy, but it sure was rough braving the summer heat and pregnancy nausea at the same time! Staying active on the farm really helped me pull through it, though, and I’m thankful to be in my second trimester. I feel great, have been enjoying lots of food, and have been able to feel the baby moving around a lot more for the last few days. Now I’m looking forward to slowing down and stocking up on sleep before sleep becomes a thing of the past!
Our minds gravitate toward next year as we plant the first crop for 2016: garlic. We have been taking notes all year about what vegetable varieties did well, what our CSA members like to eat, how much we should grow of each crop and when it should be started or transplanted. Already our crop plan for next year is taking shape. The feedback we have received through our online CSA questionnaire has been very valuable. Among several changes for next season will be our new Fall/Winter CSA offering. Stay tuned for more details on that.
We will be taking CSA sign-ups for the 2016 Main Season starting in January. Mark you calendars!
For those of you who have vacation credit we will be mailing vouchers that you can use at our market stand, or toward a CSA share next season.
In your final boxes of the season: Pie Pumpkins, Carrots, Leeks, Cabbage, Broccoli, Escarole, Mini Lettuce Heads, Greens, and Red Onions.
Thanks so much for being with us this season. We couldn’t do this without your support.
Ashli and Jeremy