Spring: A time of patience
Thank you for joining us this season! 

It's been a cold, wet spring with small windows of dry weather to work our soil and do field work.  A spring like this necessitates farmer patience.

April came and went with more days waiting for a break in the weather than days spent doing field work. We took the time to keep our seasoned crew busy with greenhouse work, mechanical repairs, truck maintenance, packing shed organization, planting trees, pruning the orchard, and scrubbing the winter dust off all our harvest totes and tools. 

May has still been chilly and despite more rain, we've gotten lots of seeds and plants into the ground.  With seasoned patience and preparedness, the little breaks in the weather are fun, fantastic and often frantic!   

This season we're trying a few new crops like melons, sweet potatoes (we started our own slips this season in the greenhouse but wonder if we shouldn't have just purchased them), and celery; also some new herbs like lemon balm, lavender and rosemary (the later two may take a few years before we're able to supply any).  New things are fun to try for us and you! 

Also fun this season are the many events planned!  We hope you'll be able to join us and see where/how your food is grown.  (See the listing below.)

We look forward to sharing more stories about your food and our farm!

Your thankful farmers,
Cate and Mat
CSA Farm Events - mark your calendars!

June:  Strawberry U-picking
Dates to be announced based on bloom time. Come pick berries and walk the farm. 

Sunday June 24: Bike or Bus the Barns Driftless
Sign up to ride (a bike or the bus) by registering here: 
http://www.csacoalition.org/events/bike-the-barns-driftless/
We are a stop this season and are looking for volunteers to help us on the day of the ride. Contact us if interested: csa@ridgelandharvest.com

Sunday August 27: Picnic on the Farm
A time to see the farm during peak season on our popular u-pick wagon tour! 
Bring your own picnic food, beverages, utensils and meet other CSA members. 

Sunday October 22: Fabulous Fall on the Farm!
See the countryside in glorious fall colors, tour the farm, and bring home a pumpkin!  Other activities planned.
 
Our high tunnel full of transplants ready to be planted!  We use half of our high tunnel in the spring for plants.  A high tunnel is an unheated space where we harden off plants so they get used to outdoor temperature fluctuations, wind, and a bit less water.
Cucumbers are growing in the other half of our high tunnel.  Derek, Craig and Evan trellised them just this morning!
Here we are seeding the winter squash and pumpkins.  We seeded 20 different varieties!  We like to plant into FertiPots, an organically approved peat pot, because cucurbitas (squash, pumpkins, melons, cucumbers) don't like their roots to be disturbed.  It will take a few weeks and then we'll simply plant the entire pot.  This helps keep the plants as stress-free as possible.  Isn't it a grand life for a plant!?
A view from the garlic field.  We grow 6 different varieties of garlic.  Each one has a slightly different color of green leaf - can you see the subtle color differences?
These beautiful happy lettuce plants are being planted right now! 
Joy, oh Joy!  Happy Friday everyone ~ Cate & Mat
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