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Lineage Farm News – 10 more days for Discount on Summer Shares!

Dear Members,

We are settling back in to the winter farm life after quite the holiday season. Jon, Sam and I took a train ride down to Virginia, where Sam got to spend time on the front porch swing talking with his 95 year old Great Grandmother. Sam loved the train, and I suspect it will provide good conversations with him for quite some time to come.

It was so good to see family and to take our minds off the daily minutiae of mounting to-do lists. Perspective and distance gives a chance to recoup and take a look at the bigger picture, and I gotta say – I like what I see! I am getting very excited about the coming season on "the Flats;" I think it's just what our vegetables and our crew need this year.

Applicants are coming in for the 2017 farm crew. We may have a returning crew member, Stas, who joined us part time right at the end and really helped us pull through the fall harvests. And we are ever so hopeful about the rest of this season's potential hire-ees as well.

Planning is in full swing; I am focusing on the financial and budgeting aspects, which tell us so much about our business and yet can feel like a bit of a drag when I'd rather be out with Sam and Jon feeding the animals or finishing up that cow shed! We had such a fun time New Years Day, shoveling the "poopy hay" into the tractor bucket and wagon to build this year's first compost pile. Sam is really growing into the farm chores these days – he can walk up and down the big hill helping feed out hay no problem, wields that shovel like a pro, and looks so grown up in his new snow pants I can't get over it.

We visited some friends yesterday, who are starting a large garden for their new homestead. They grilled us on all things vegetable garden planning – how many carrot seeds per row foot for fresh carrots? And storage carrots? If we eat X cucumbers a day, how many plants should we plant and when? How many potato plants would give us 500 lbs of potatoes for fresh eating and storage? And varieties! It was a lot of fun sharing our knowledge (and they shared a really tasty cheese and fruit snack), and I am always so impressed with Jon's encyclopedic recall. I still look up yields/foot or acre, but he has all that and more right in his mental pocket. It also amped up my excitement for the spring and summer vegetables to come. Jon has been focusing on the crop planning and variety selections. He already put in our Fedco order, a great little seed company up in Maine that has a fun and quirky seed catalog. Other companies we enjoy, aside from the big reliables of High Mowing, Seedway, and Johnny's Seeds, are Hudson Valley Seed Library, Uprising Seeds, Fruition Seeds, Turtle Tree Seeds, Wild Garden Seeds, and Adaptive Seeds. The smaller companies tend to have the super tasty, more rare varieties. I love reading through Uprising Seed's tomato selection. We are going for a number of cherry tomatoes, a couple promising paste tomatoes, and some different (and some repeat) slicer tomatoes, and bringing up the total number of tomato plants, due to your feedback. The survey is still up, if you haven't had a chance to fill it out yet we'd appreciate it.

Getting you super tasty sweet potatoes, and ramping up the late fall selection is also on our list – while I do enjoy a good rutabaga centered meal, I can certainly understand the desire for more options than purple top turnips, heirloom turnips, and turnip look-alikes! We have big plans for parsnips this year, and as always I look forward to the Celeriac. And the ever promising high tunnel full of late fall/winter spinach may yet come into fruition…

We will try some Kabocha squash again, though for some reason that variety seems like a cucumber beetle magnet. Last year, we had a section of it in our winter squash field, surrounded by 3/4 of an acre of butternuts, Long Island cheese pumpkins, delicatas and acorn squash, and the cucumber beetles zeroed in so heavily on the Kabochas that the poor plants had no chance. Meanwhile the other varieties were barely touched! Maybe in a separate section from other squash, or with different fertility and weed management, or better irrigation…and so we try again!

Reminder to sign up by January 15 for the last of the discounts for 2017 summer shares. The online code is discountdj, or just send in the paper form and payment (subtracting the appropriate amount) to po box 44, Copake NY 12516.

Through frosty mornings and snowy sunsets,
Your farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Sam

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Lineage Farm CSA
520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA
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Lineage Farm CSA – 12 hours left for the November-December discount !

Lineage Farm CSA – 12 hours left for the November-December discount !

Dear Members,
Many thanks to everyone for your support this season, and to those who have already joined us for next season – Thank you! Tonight, the second round of discounted shares comes to a close. To join online, use coupon code DiscountND. Tomorrow and until January 15, use DiscountDJ for a slightly reduced share price. Paper forms can also be downloaded and mailed with a check from our website.
We have stayed busy this month – the cow/sheep shed is nearly done, the chickens have a nice winter coop, and we have been catching up on various computer and office chores. We have enjoyed some glorious wintry days and look forward to many more while we cook up big plans for next season.
We hope you will join us for the next round!
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Sam
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520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA
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Lineage Farm News and Discount

Lineage Farm News and Discount

Dear Members,
We have had a beautiful snowy week, settling in to life between growing seasons. Focus is turning to the future, as we start planning out next year's crops and field layout, the budget and new hires. Next season we are sub-leasing 10 flat acres of vegetable soil across the road, in the "Copake Flats," and are very excited that a deer fence already surrounds the property, and that there is a high volume well with a pump already installed just adjacent to our field. We are leasing this land to adapt to conditions found over on our side (low fertility and lack of adequate irrigation) and hopefully to avoid such things as massive cutworm attacks.
The $20 discount continues for folks who purchase your 2017 CSA share between now and December 15. To attain said discount online please use coupon code discountND.
We are sending out a survey later today. Please take the time to fill it out – rating the long list of veggies may take a few or 10 minutes, and will be extremely useful in determining our crop plan for next season.
Newsletters may become even less frequent this winter, as we are expecting our second baby in late February. Please follow our adventures on Instagram @lineagefarm or on Facebook- there is a Lineage Farm CSA page but my phone posts our photos on my page, which I think is listed as Jennifer Carson. I may change it someday but can't say it's top on my list!
So, enjoy your holiday weekend and we hope to see you again next Season!
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and busy Sam
Lineage Farm CSA

Lineage Farm CSA
520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA
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Lineage Farm News – Wrapping up the Season

Lineage Farm News – Wrapping up the Season

Dear Members,
As we near the last deliveries, I hope that you have found satisfaction in your CSA shares, on your plates and in your bellies. Jon is concocting a survey to get your feedback on this season so that we may better plan next year's. Please keep an eye out for it!
I have updated our website – you may now join online for next season's veggies. We have decided to seriously limit the add ons offered in 2017, so as not to go too crazy during our second child's infancy! Join here: www.lineagefarmcsa.com/shop/
Sign up by November 15 for a chunky discount! Graduated discounts continue until January 15 2017. Poughkeepsie members must wait until your core group has convened in early November.
We did indeed get the first snow of the season yesterday. We were doing the same thing 5 years ago, on October 27 2011, digging CSA carrots in an unreasonably early snow. Thankful the carrots were there, but not quite ready to enjoy the beauty of the cold wet weather…

Unfortunately we are unable to offer a winter share, or even bulk order boxes this year. Between the drought and having to build up soil fertility from highly degraded soils, the production yields on our storage crops were nearly half what we had planned for. Despite lack of farm help retention, Jon was able to get quite a bit planted, so you will continue to receive carrots, greens (I'm excited for the Bok Choi and parsley), squash and such from our garden, we just don't have the storage crops we have grown used to. Fingers crossed, and planning/planting more for next year! Did I mention how awesome the garlic planting party was? Lots of garlic for next year!

Remember to join today to get the best membership discount! www.lineagefarmcsa.com/shop/

Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Big Sam
Stas

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Lineage Farm CSA
520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA
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Lineage Farm News (and about the eggs)

Lineage Farm News (and about the eggs)

Dear Members,
Fall is truly and finally here! The maple tree at the foot of the hill is heavy with golden orange leaves, the mountain range across the valley is blooming with color, and the pepper plants just barely missed a good frost Monday night. Our handful of dahlias are toast, and I am very glad to have all of our winter squash out of the field and safely stored.
Bad news for all you egg fans – we were just notified that last Thursday's eggs are the last that Dogwood Farm can provide this season, as her hens' production dropped precipitously and unexpectedly. I have made calls to other egg farmers in the area, and no one has any to spare. Everything has its season, even eggs. I can figure out refunds, or egg share members could also choose to donate the remainder to next season's Good Food for Hudson program.
It was a joy harvesting this latest batch of carrots this morning, our first weed free patch of the year. Many thanks to everyone who made that possible! And many thanks too to Brooklyn member Kara, who joined us through two harvest days a few weeks back, and dove through those weeds to resurface with bunches of beets and carrots.
So I hope you enjoy the butternuts, carrots, beets, onions, sweet peppers, arugula and more that we are bringing you this week, and for the next few weeks coming!
Also, we are looking forward to seeing many of you this weekend! Saturday night may be a bit chilly with a low of 39, but if you like cool weather camping come on up. Sunday night sounds better, only down to 50, if you have the flexibility. And the potluck lunch starts Sunday at 12:30, followed by garlic planting!
Our address is 1630 County Route 7a, Copake NY 12515. Google maps wants to take you around the corner to Empire Road at the last minute but don't let it! There is a big grassy front yard, a garage and two greenhouses, and a sign that reads "Copake Agricultural Center" and that is the driveway to enter.
See you soon!
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Big Sam
Stas

Lineage Farm CSA
520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA
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Lineage Farm News – Announcements!


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Dear Members,

It would appear to be high time for a few special announcements!

First, though, I want to again invite you all to our farm in Copake on the weekend of October 15-16th.  There will be a potluck at the grill Saturday night for anyone who wishes to camp, and a potluck lunch at 12:30pm on Sunday before garlic planting begins at 2pm.  My parents, and Sam, will be here to greet any Saturday arrivals, and the whole family will join you for dinner, lunch, and garlic!  Jon and whoever is available will be welcome to do some work on raising a hoop house Sunday morning at 10am.  RSVP to Jen and Jon at LineageFarm@riseup.net

Secondly, I thought you might like a little peak into our garden.  Transitions can be hard, as Sam repeatedly teaches me, but I always love the transition into a fall garden.  The weed pressure slacks off, the sun sits back a little allowing morning harvest to be a bit less pressed and greens less likely to wilt if we don't run them directly to the shady cold water wash station, and the deliciousness of greens spring back into our lives.  I am excited to try the new (to us) winter squash that we have grown this year – Long Island Cheese Pumpkin, though it might be a bit large for some of you!  Jon tells me that when he visited Italy many years ago, he would see similar winter squashes at the farmers markets, and people would simply buy a slice off the whole pumpkin, however much they planned to eat that day!  So one pumpkin or squash could end up feeding many families!  We also have grown some hulless seed pumpkins, so if you'd like to scoop out a few handfuls of delicious green pumpkin seeds (the flesh of the pumpkin's not so tasty, unfortunately.  To get the seeds ready, soak them in a salt brine overnight then roast or dehydrate in the oven the next morning, 200 or 300 degrees), just let us know to send one your way.  They do make decent short term lanterns, if you enjoy that sort of thing.  The small red Radishes and the white salad turnips have also returned with the fresh crispness, and the sweet peppers are finally bearing more plentifully.

We also have some exciting out-of-the-field news to share – another baby will be joining our family this winter!  Some of you in Poughkeepsie or Hudson or Copake may have wondered recently, and yes indeed I am pregnant with our second baby.  We are very happy, and so far everything has gone quite smoothly.  Sam talks on and on about the baby in my belly, which sometimes he will proclaim is now in my leg, or in his belly, or is crying, or is happy.  Or even once apparently the baby was outside playing with the chickens!

My other news is that I have started a teacher training course on Saturdays.  I have just had one class so far, and it was lovely.  While on the one hand I continue to immerse myself in the farm, and love learning more and more about faithful stewardship of this land, I am also thrilled to be opening this new door in my life, and look forward to someday in the next few years starting a small farm school or teaching at a local Waldorf school initiative.  Sam, and future baby, have had quite an impact on me, and I want to continue our co-learning throughout their childhoods.

Please RSVP for the Farm Visit weekend, letting us know which day/s you will be here!

Towards the sunset of this season, and the rise of the next,

Your Farmers,

Jen, Jon, and baby Sam

and Stass!

 

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Lineage Farm news and Farm Visit October 15-16!

Lineage Farm news and Farm Visit October 15-16!

Dear Members,

I love the slow seepage of fall colors into our surroundings in late August and into September. And while the tomatoes are not so enthusiastic, we also are enjoying the nights and early mornings in the 50s and 60s!

Fall is very nearly here, and we have just passed the halfway mark for all deliveries. Past seasons have always felt to me like a downhill sprint once we get past week 12, leaving us exhilarated and out of breath. We would love to get two more carrot beds weeded, but the great expanse of fall crops are coming into their own. Beets, radishes, Bok Choi, kales, arugula, turnips, rutabagas will all join the mix soon. Our winter squash patch is looking hefty, and we just enjoyed our first Acorn squash of the season for last night's dinner. I'm just gonna put it out there, it was the tastiest Acorn Squash I've ever eaten, hands down. It does help that Jon is an excellent fall squash chef, but he doesn't do anything fancy. Just roasted with butter, its dry, sweet, nutty squash flesh is so wonderfully delicious. Mmmmm.

In honor of fall and harvests and garlic planting, we would like to invite you all up to the farm in October! You are welcome to join us for the day, the morning, the afternoon, or even to come up Friday or Saturday to camp the weekend on our hilltop (or side)! We will definitely be planting garlic that Sunday with you, though we may also request your help finishing construction of our hoop house, to keep some greens growing through the colder months.

Garlic Planting October 16 2pm
Farm Camping October 14-16

In the slow warming sun,
Your farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Sammy

Lineage Farm CSA
520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA

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