This week we harvested our garlic. First we removed the ground fabric by lifting over the garlic plants. Then we dug around the plants to loosen the soil. We pulled out the plants, loaded them and got them indoors before the rain. After all the garlic was harvested we hung the garlic to dry under fans.
If you are a confirmed member, you should have already received an email from us detailing the start of the Share season for 2014. If you have not, please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can get the correct email in the system.
If you are still interested in joining – it is not too late! Call or email ASAP for more information. (845-548-6117)
This Saturday April 12, 2014 is our spring Farm Breakfast Fundraiser and Open House for CSA signups. Come visit us at the farm to find out about our CSA membership. There are still shares available. If you want, stay for our Pancake Breakfast, open to the public 8:30am to 11:30am.
Adults $10 (members $5)
Children under 12 $6 (members $3)
The farmers will be on hand to answer questions and give farm tours. Follow the directions to the farm and then follow the signs to the Nunemaker building once inside the camp. Hope to see you there.
So hard to believe it is spring. We still have snow and on warm days mixed with mud. The snow melt and the rain in the past few days has made it hard to prep the fields so work in the gardens will have to wait a bit longer. We have been working in the greenhouses where it is warm and on sunny days 85 degrees! All of our first plantings have sprouted and are growing nicely (with heaters and under extra protection on cold nights).
We spotted some Robins at the farm the other day and they seemed to be as confused as I was about why we still had so much snow and little signs of spring! But the season needs to start so we are digging out equipment from the snow and setting up a germination tent inside the greenhouse to ensure the cold temperatures at night don’t ruin the seedling progress. The days are getting longer and warmer (slightly) but the nights are still cold. Hang on spring will arrive eventually.
It is time to sign-up for CSA membership for the 2014 summer season. This year we are adding space for 20 additional shareholders. It is our sincere hope that you will help us search out and sign up new members for the summer season. The price increase we put in place this season ($50 increase to $650) can be rebated back to you if you bring a new member on board. Please be sure to put your name on the “Referral” line on any brochures you hand out to others or be sure they include you name on their application. (Note: if you need more brochures we have plenty, just ask or print from link below).
Previous shareholders will be receiving applications in the mail or you can download an application here:
Renew your membership by mailing in the application and check or completing the credit card information on the application. If you intend to renew but are now yet ready to pay, reserve your spot by sending an email to us: email@example.com
As in the past we are only officially offering full shares. Folks wishing to purchase a half share are welcome to work out those arrangements on their own. In order for that to work and not be a headache for the farm however we ask that you communicate closely with your other half partner in order to insure that the proper amount of produce is picked up. We have found that a good arrangement for half shares is for alternate weekly pickups. You get a full share on alternating weeks from your partner for 10 weeks. If that works for you, it works great for us.
This has been a tough winter for everyone. With all the snow this winter we had to take extra precautions and added posts inside our growing spaces to keep the greenhouses and hoop houses from collapsing. This picture was taken by one of our members on February 14. It is usually around that time that we are setting up the greenhouse for planting. Too cold this year!
As you may remember, we raised four piglets last season, three males and one female, all brothers and sister. The female (a ‘gilt’ or female who has not yet had a litter) was the largest of the bunch and when it came to market time this fall we decided to keep her around and to search for a male to breed with her. Finally we found a young male in Pennsylvania who fit the bill. He is a cross between a Chester White and a Berkshire and so we decided to name him appropriately; ‘Chester”. He arrived during a snowstorm so we had all we could do to make him comfortable and warm (sorry no picture of him yet) but I will post soon. Chester will be kept alone until he is used to us and we know he is healthy before we put him in the pen with our female.
In addition to our wonderful volunteer help from Trinity Pawling, we were lucky to also have help from their special visitors from St. Paul’s College in Hong Kong. Such a large group was able to assist us in completing some large projects (planting lettuce transplants and potatoes). Getting all the potatoes prepped and planted was a great accomplishment… Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers.