(4 pm start in Poughkeepsie this week)
Saturday June 7th
Greenpoint Reformed Church
136 Milton Street, Greenpoint NY
White Plains Presbyterian Church
39 N. Broadway
Tuesdays 6/17, 7/1, 7/15, 7/29, 8/12, and 8/26
Hitchcock Presbyterian Church,
6 Greenacres Avenue,
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Jewish Community Center
4:30 to 5:30pm
Sam Sutty's and Son
713 Warren St
Hudson, NY 12534
This Week's Harvest:
Leeks!, Tomatoes!, Eggplants, Peppers, Lettuce Heads, Carrots, Beets, Summer Squash, Cucumbers, Dill, and more!
Maple Syrup Orders have arrived.
Dear Friends, Neighbors, CSA Members
Summer nights are coming in chilly this year. Sam's been wearing long sleeves and pants all week, and today I even closed our bedroom window for the chill. Is it climate change, is it just an odd year, or even maybe it's both? Seems like every year has been a bit "odd" since I started farming, and paying more attention than back when I was in a climate controlled office job. So what is "normal" weather these days, anyone?
Late Tuesday evening, on the way back from Scarsdale, somebody side-swiped our van. Luckily, no one was hurt, but our feelings (and pocketbooks) sure were when the guy drove off without exchanging any ID or insurance information. That's twice in two years this van has been the victim of a hit and run!
On the up-side, if not also the odd-side, we just ate the first of our vine ripened winter squashes. I've decided the better name for these earlier, smaller varieties would be autumn squash, especially with how autumnal the weather has been feeling these past days. Just as the summer squashes are winding down and out, the delicatas and other smaller squashes come to bear. I believe the varietal name of the one we ate is "hooligan," though it seemed no trickster or delinquent to me. Quite tasty, actually. We'll be harvesting those next week, and starting to send them your way soon after. Still keeping the potatoes on the back burners, waiting for the tops to die back before we start digging. Those tubers'll keep growing so long as there's green above ground, so hopefully that means we'll be unearthing some big beauties this year.
You may have noticed, in the photos from last week, that we bought a new tractor. No longer does it take two days, sore knees and a roughed up back to ready a couple acres. The other day, it only took Jon two hours! It drives like a dream, and has enough power not only to handle the tasks we need it to now, but should be able to handle the tasks we will be growing into in the years to come!
We have more transitioning news – and it's a big one. We've been given one more year on the land we currently lease. Jon's cousins are simply itching to be farming there themselves, again (they make hay). We've got our eye on a lovely property right outside of Hudson, replete with barns (room for an indoor wash station/packing shed, electricity and plumbing!!!), a carriage house in poor/fairish condition, and machine shed, a pond, and some lovely vegetable soil. We're busy working out how to pay for it – applying for a mortgage, a bridging grant, and to sell the development rights for a conservation easement. Keep your fingers crossed for us, this could be a dream come true.
Wishing upon a star,
Jen, Jon, and Baby Sam