From the Farmer
Some days, I’m not sure why I have animals on the farm. I guess it has to do with my childhood. When I was born, my parents were renting an apartment from a dairy farmer in Schenectady, NY. Back in the day, most household only had one car. So when Dad went off to work at GE, Mom and my brother and I were at the farm all day, everyday. Or so it seemed. We didn’t have any neighbors, let alone kids to play with, so animals became our big source of entertainment. I particularly have a lot of memories of beagles. My parents raised them for hunting so we always seemed to have a litter.
Some of my earliest memories are of sitting inside the dog house with the mom and puppies. I would pick up the puppies and put them outside. The mom would then get up, walk outside, pick the puppies up by the scruff of the neck, and then put them inside. She was unbelievably patient, and I was so easily amused.
Nowadays, it isn’t as easy to have dogs. There are always visitors to the farm, which we love, and we know dogs aren’t for everyone. So I switched to goats, chickens and pigs. Last Tuesday, after the horrendous rainstorm blew through, I got a call from one of crew saying “The pigs are on Spring Street”. Not words I want to hear ever!
I quickly began to pray that they wouldn’t root up my neighbors lawns; I am happy to say that they didn’t. They are happy pigs so once they saw me, they chased after me as I ran back to their pen that had been breeched by the rain storm. We had to stop along the way since those little short legs aren’t really built for running! But, all is good!
Later in the evening I went out feed the chickens and goats. I think I told you about Sassy’s little chick. When I got down to the pen, Sassy was already roosting on top of one of the poles for the night. And Sassy’s chicken was giving her the what-where-for. She/he was desperately trying to stay with her mom, and her mom wasn’t making it easy. Her first attempt to roost was a complete failure but she figured out she needed to go to higher ground if she was going to be successful. She made it up to the wire fence and teetered back and forth. I’m sure she was thinking to herself, “I can’t do this all night. I’ll never get any sleep.” So this smart, little creature hopped on to her mother’s back for the night! Animals are amazing.
That’s why I have animals!
Have a good week! Look for sweet potatoes in the share hopefully next week!
So you’re hooked on that fresh local, tasty, organically produced vegetables all summer long. Why not join our WINTER CSA?
The winter share is a very generous share and will keep you out of the produce section of your grocery store all winter long. You should expect to receive approximately 35lbs. of produce every other week.
Pick your own greens are popular part of the share. They include spinach, arugula, broccoli rabe, Asian greens, escarole, bok choy and napa cabbage. Many of the items you will receive are already in the ground, growing quite happily. Items like butternut squash, sweet potatoes, onion and potatoes will grow all season before being harvested and brought into our cold storage. Others will be finding their spots in the fields during the summer or staying as seedlings in the greenhouse until the middle of October.
Using row covers, a rolling greenhouse and our cold storage, we are able to offer a wide variety of produce throughout most of the winter. The full list of items includes: Acorn squash, Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Spouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Herbs, Japanese Turnips, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce Mix, Mixed Asian Greens, Parsnips, Potatoes, Onions, Radishes, Rutabaga, Sweet Potatoes,Swiss Chard, Spinach,Turnips and Watermelon Radishes.
Winter pick-ups are at the farm every other Saturday morning from, 10 AM – 1 PM for the months of November and December. If you can’t make it every Saturday we set up a distribution area in one of our cold storage units so that you can pick up the following Sunday or Monday. The cost is just $285 and includes u-pick greens.
The Logistics for Deep Winter
Our Deep Winter share is held every other week starting in early January through mid March. The Deep Winter Share is a self-service share and you are able to pick up on Saturday, Sunday,Monday or Tuesday of the pick-up week. Most shares include 25 lbs of organic produce plus, u-pick greens from the greenhouse. The cost of this share is $250.
The cost if you sign-up for both Winter and Deep Winter(Combo Share) it’s just $495. Head over to the website to sign up now for great produce all winter long!