Thursday, February 26, 2015

Backtracking Forward

Here's to is the time to join
Before it's too late.  I think we're very close.  To the cliff.    I just watched a very entertaining and sincere documentary...180 degrees South:  Conquerors of the Useless.  My father once said he was a fountain of useless information.  He wasn't. And neither am I.  Though it often feels that way. It feels trivial.  This growing of vegetables. I would much rather be scaling the walls of Yosemite. Or surfing the waves of Sunset Beach.  Or maybe spending a second honeymoon in The River of No Return.

But maybe it's all the same.  Maybe, just maybe, this is important. Too. Growing vegetables. (And eating vegetables. And fermenting vegetablesAnd joining a CSA!). I've been spending these cold winter days cooped up inside waiting for spring and watching all these shows (documentaries) wishing I was out there.  It all looks so glorious "out there." Doesn't it?  But maybe it's all right here. Here.

"They always say, "You can't go back"," he said in 180 degrees South. "But what if we just turned around and took one step?" Where would we be?  If we just turned a 180 degrees and took that first step?  We would be here.  Here Backtracking forward. 

I like to think that we (us and the CSA members) are backtracking forward. We need to take the best of the best.  From the past and into the future. 

It's all going to be okay.  I believe it.



P.S. The 2015 form is on the website.

P.P.S. Keep up with us on Facebook.  Our farm is really your farm. We want you to know that...and experience that.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

It's Time to Join Us for the Season!

"If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me." ~ William Shakespeare  

News from the Farm: The Seeds of Time...time for seeds

The first seeds for the "Pick-Your-Own" have arrived. Yeah!  It's hard to read the packages in the above photo but it includes a bag of popcorn seed 5#, sugar snap peas 5# and fava beans 5# (that's 15 pounds total in case you missed a 3th grade math class)  vs. the little tiny bag of seeds which are "Kalettes" (Brassica oleracea -- developed through traditional breeding methods crossing kale and Brussels sprouts -- maybe 1/2 ounce?) and costs more than the other 15 pounds!  Hmmm, 1/2 ounce vs. 15 pounds These Kalettes are my vegetable indulgence for this season.  It's fun to try new things.  Some girls like diamonds. I like Brassicas.  And I'm willing to pay a lot for them.

These Kalettes, we plan to have then seeded in the greenhouse and then transplant the seedlings after the last frost (approximately May 15).  We ordered 1000 seeds (1/2 ounce) which have a germination rate of 92%, so if all goes well, that means we will have enough for two to three weeks worth for the CSA.

But, you just never know what the year will bring.  Bill (Shakespeare -- the above quote) was right.  If I have learned nothing else from farming for the past 8 years (yikes! it's gone by quickly), I've learned to not be attached to the fruit & vegetables of my labors.  Somehow, it all works out.  Perfectly. 

We hope you all join us for a "perfect" season!



P.S. The 2015 form is on the website.

P.P.S. We plan to have a more set schedule for the "Pick-Your-Own" this year.  And we hope to have more members visit the farm!

P.P.P.S.  I'm doing a better job with posting on Facebook.