News From the Farm
As we close our 15th CSA season, we pause to assess the path we have taken. We try to peek around the next bend to see what will come. One thing we know for certain is we are at a cross roads. CSA is one of the pillars in the local food movement. We have seen this pillar show some signs of stress. It is no secret, CSA farms across the region have been struggling to maintain memberships, and our farm is no different. We often wonder when planning for what goes in the box, if by trying to please everyone's tastes we end up pleasing none. We find comfort when we look through our site lists and see the names of people that have been with us since the beginning- so we know that we are at least pleasing many. But we do nervously await what will come around the next corner.
As we look back on the season we had all weather types- long periods of hot dry, long peiods of wet, floods, winds, storms. But mostly it was never long enough or severe enough to have significant impact on the crops. Yes the weather had an impact on the crops, but it was all in all a well balanced season. We have been jotting down notes to the like of...more of this, less of that, different variety of these, and better post harvest handling of those...but that is what we do, always adjusting, observing, tweaking what we do. That is why we love farming, it allows many opportunities to experiment, learn, and grow our minds.
We hope, when you look back to the season, or look into your freezer, that you will feel nourished by our work. We hope you can see and taste the love in the produce that we have grown and packed for you this season. Each and everyone of our CSA customers is vital to our success as a farm. We know you all had other farms to choose from and you chose us and continue to chose us-that fact is tremendously humbling. Thank you.
Eat well and happy cooking everyone,
Mat & Cate