Summer begins this week with our first CSA pickup. What a year so far. I’m thinking we’re getting payback from the horror of last summer, but I don’t want to jinx it. Never have we had peas in flower and strawberries in full flush the first week of June.
We’ve added extended pick up hours, scheduled field walks with the farmers, regular volunteer days, scheduled cooking demos with local chefs, a pre-pay system for for-sale farm products, a local business board, and community supported fishery shares.
While we farmers work long hard hours, the farm would not be possible without you. Thank you to all of our members who have been with us since our first year in 2004; thank you to all of you new members, taking a new adventure, and to all of you in between…we are excited to be feeding you this summer.
Come to the farm on Tuesday or Friday from 2 until 7 pm for our first harvest of the season. Here’s a list of what to expect in your share this week:
Lettuce Baby Bok Choi
Asian Greens Strawberries
Please bring bags with you to the farm for your produce, both “produce style” and larger handle bags are helpful. If you forget, we have bags, but the fewer of these we can use the better it is for all of us.
If you have questions about your balance, payments, etc. you can talk to Maura or Seth at pickup or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re expecting a great summer this year and have another top-notch group of farm apprentices. Adrian, Emily, Jacinda and Bethany (back for and encore performance) are amazing people and we hope you will get a chance to chat with them this summer. They’ve been working unbelievably hard preparing and planting the past couple months and the fields look great. Hopefully you have noticed our new high tunnel greenhouses down in the fields. These are to ensure that we have tomatoes for you this year and so far the plants in them look great.
Want to get dirty?
Volunteer weeding days for the months of June and July. Show up at the farmstead Wednesday mornings at 8:30 am and work with the farmers weeding in the fields. Many hands make light work…the work is heavy for our few hands right now!
Field walks with the farmers
The third Tuesday of the month at 4:30 pm we will have field walks for CSA members who would like to see what we’re doing in the fields up close. This is a great time to see what kohlrabi looks like in it’s native habitat and ask all those questions about unknown bugs in your home gardens.
Local business networking
The local economy is thriving here with so many local business owners being a part of this farm. If you own a local business bring your card or brochure to pickup and add it to our local business board and webpage. Our hope is that everyone who supports this farm will also support each other.
Crystal Spring Farm Camp & Junior Counselors!
We still have a few spaces available for 6-11 year olds for the week of August 9th. We could also use a few more junior counselor volunteers throughout the summer. 12-15 year olds who are interested in gaining experience with farm work and young children can contact email@example.com.
Local Farm Products at Pickup
Look for outstanding products from other local farms at pickup this and every week. Milk, cheese, maple syrup, tempeh, sauerkraut and more items to come soon! Please let us know if you would like us to carry anything that your family really likes.
CSA shares still available
Please spread the word to friends, neighbors and co-workers. If you would like brochures let us know and we’ll mail them out to you. You can also direct prospective members to our website www.crystalspringcsa.com