News From the Farm
Well we have worked and eaten our way through a growing season in Wisconsin. Each growing year is completely unique and new. There are so many variables that impact our crops and ultimately the food we eat. This was one of the most difficult growing seasons we have experienced in the 16 years we have been growing. And looking at the yields and quality of many of our storage crops it will certainly be a lean winter for us. We know that the last couple of boxes have been heavy on potatoes, kale and squash, but that is the bounty that this season has brought us. If we hadn't had 6 weeks of waterlogged soils, we would have had more fall spinach, broccoli, lettuce and other greens. While this season was a constant fight with disease and hail we are very happy to have gotten the yields we did get considering how close we were to loosing everything had the weather cleared.
Our initial take on the season is that we may have given too many cucumbers, tomatoes and possibly potatoes, but that assessment is just a gut instinct as we have not calculated the final totals of what was given. We will be sending out a survey that we hope you will complete as it really helps us in planning. It is a challenge to please everyone as for some crops there as many who love it as those who loath it. But the responses help us find a balance and to tip the scales one way or another when deciding what to grow and what to put in the box. So please PLEASE when we send you the link to the survey please PLEASE click on it and complete it.
With November days approaching we are looking forward to a change of pace. This season was not easy and we will need the coming months for some deep reflection. We look forward to a restful rejuvenating winter- more play less work,and mostly getting to reintroduce ourselves to our boys again. In reality we don't really take any time off as there are roots to wash, data to input and gather, financials to prepare, and then it all starts over with seeds to order.
Anyway we truly appreciate all of you. Your support is humbling and we hope that that you continue to chose us to feed yourselves and your families.
Cate & Mat