Happy Spring! On Monday morning we still had snow across most of our fields. Today, we had our first thunderstorm, then the strong winds blew in several rounds of hail. But the snow has melted and the ground is softening. Spring is coming! Each season has it's own rhythm and we maintain our calm by keeping ourselves occupied with many other tasks.
See the photos below to see what we've been up to and continue to busy ourselves with. Soon the weather will change and all the action that spring brings will be here. We'll be ready!
Your Farmers ~ Mat and Cate
The March 1 Early Bird Discount flooded our mailbox with order forms!
Thanks for renewing your CSA commitment!!
Can I still get a CSA Share? Yes!!
Community Supported Agriculture is a symbiotic relationship between the farmers and the eaters. You'll know Cate and Mat are your farmers!!
Your early financial commitment helps us pay for spring inputs like potting soil, fertilizer and soil amendments, taxes, insurance and labor. In return, we carefully pack your share with a variety of clean produce and fruit directly from our farm, write an informative newsletter each CSA week, and welcome you to the farm at anytime and for CSA events. CSA continues to be the backbone of our farm economy.
CSA is an excellent way to feel good - you'll eat better and feel better knowing your food is grown on certified organic land by a family who really cares. Our 18th farming season has begun and we hope you'll join us!
Download the order form for payment by check OR
Sign-up online using a credit card. All information can be found here: www.ridgelandharvest.com
Our new hoop house construction continues. Next week we'll pull the plastic on and set up the back-up heater, then plants can be brought over from the greenhouse where they are started. The hoop house will harden off the plants and get them ready for the real world of outdoor living.
Mat's shop is busy this time of the year to service all our vehicles and tractors with basic spring tune-up's, changing fluids, etc. But this Super C is being completely overhauled.
Maple Syrup is a big part of our late February and March. You can see the rough terrain that we walk, because maple trees aren't on flat ground around here! The blue bags seen glistening in the sun, hang off the taps and collect the sap. We had 60 taps out this season. And like livestock, were checked twice a day.
Paul and John (our boys) standing beside a full sap bag....at the very bottom of the hill of course!
Buckets are used to carry the sap up the hills. Each bucket weighed 40 pounds!
A pair of grippers was essential and amounted to an excellent spring training workout!
Sap is cooked over a wood fire in the large pan, then further cooked into finished syrup in the smaller pan seen in the back of the photo. It takes about 2 days of cooking, filtering and bottling. This season we made over 20 gallons of syrup!
Greenhouse work started in mid-February. Here Cate is seeding the first broccoli planting, using our homemade vacuum seeder.
An early March photo - the greenhouse begins to fill up.
Planning, planning, planning....crop rotation is a top priority and important as organic farmers because it helps us prevent disease and pest cycles. Each bed in every field is tracked, so we know where things are going this season while knowing the history of that field going back 18 years!