Updated: Jan 12
With last week’s 90° weather, our field has officially transitioned to summer mode. Tomato & pepper season is finally here, and I spotted the first full-sized eggplant Saturday morning. This time of summer is always a bit frenzied as I have to harvest fast-growing summer crops every other day, while also maintaining weeds, pruning and trellising tomatoes, turning over beds, and planting out fall crops. This upcoming Saturday will be my second full day away from the farm since March!
I want to address a topic that has come up with many share members over past last two months--our shares have been significantly larger than expected. In the traditional CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model, members share in the cost & risk of each season with their farmers. This means that in good growing seasons, by providing farmers with the capital for seeds, equipment, and labor, they reap the rewards of the abundant harvest, typically receiving more produce than is paid for in the upfront cost of the CSA. It follows that during seasons with challenging weather & pests, members help shoulder the burden and receive farm shares that more closely match the price paid at the start of the season.
Winter Squash has taken over!
We currently grow produce on one half acre, and have 31 share members at Heart and Spade Farms with an average share value of $38, far greater than expected! Next season, I hope to grow similarly abundant yields but to feed about 50 members.
Farming on any land, especially new land, is always unpredictable. I thank you all for your support and trust in me in our pilot season. I hope to, in turn, support you all with our bountiful shares!
This week’s share contents:
Zucchini Noodles W/ Sun-dried Tomato Pesto & Mushroom-Chickpea Bites (uses Chickpea Flour!)
Roasted Potatoes With Fava Beans, Mint, and Lemon (shared with us by member, NIcole Santucci, and recommended by us farmers!)