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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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Lineage Farm News – Syrup delivery this week!

Lineage Farm News – Syrup delivery this week!

DearMembers,
Maple Syrup is ready for pick up! If you missed the order deadline, do not despair! Maple Leaf Farm has plenty of Organic certified Maple Syrup – and Maple Cream! – for a fall delivery. Greenpoint and White Plains, I promise to make sure your honey gets on the truck too this week!
The farm keeps on trucking. Anyone up for a few hours of carrot weeding? With the break in the heat, it's a wonderfully pleasant job, but there is a good amount to do and not too many hands to do it at the moment.
Mostly just harvesting and weeding carrots these days…other crops that somehow managed to get weeded this no-crew summer are looking great – it looks like we will indeed have Brussels Sprouts this fall, though only half as many as planned. And some parsnips too! The potatoes continue to look good, the squash and cucumbers are putting in a sprint of high production in the last leg of their journey, and the winter squash are fruiting nicely. And you'd never know how weedy the Bok Choi beds are from how lovely the bunches are!
Here's to keeping our heads above water!
Your farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Sammy

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

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Lineage Farm News

Lineage Farm News

Dear Members,

Another welcome drizzly day! We got a few beds of fall beets transplanted last night, and I am sure they (as well as the more established plants) are enjoying soaking up the rain drops this morning.

We have just been joined by Alexandra aka SannSann, hopefully for the rest of the season, to help with all things farming! Hooray for garden help!

The leeks are sizing up nicely, and will be joining your farm shares this week. The tomatoes are ripening at a steady pace, and the eggplants are hanging in there. The green beans will be joining us in force in September, and it looks like Jon's experiment with fall snap peas has germinated well. We will have lettuce intermittently again, but I do hope you will try some of these delicious Asian greens – komatsuna, bekana, carlton Bok Choi, and mixes of mustards, for your salads as well as your stir fries.

Sam likes to tell us he is "working hard," and it's true! He often joins in on pulling weeds, harvesting, transplanting, and weighing vegetables at the Farmstand. I've procrastinated this long in finding a pre-school for this fall, I just can't quite imagine not having him around all the time!

With the rain coming a bit harder, we are back to finishing today's harvest.

Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Sammy
SannSann

Lineage Farm CSA

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

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Lineage Farm CSA News

Lineage Farm CSA News

Dear friends, members, supporters

Berry shares this week! Order Maple Syrup today! www.lineagefarmcsa.com/product/maple-syrup/

Somehow, in the midst of crazy bug pressure and loss of crew, instead of keeling over from stress and workload we find ourselves enjoying our work more than ever. Many things are falling by the wayside – we could use some help getting the fall transplants in the ground, and we are learning to live with and work among extremely tall weeds, but so far the harvest is going better than expected. I just had a blast at tonight's Good Food for Hudson distribution, sharing veggies, bread and eggs with Hudson families who otherwise don't see this freshest of fresh. Seeing kids sitting on the back of our van like it's a stoop they've known their whole lives, chow down on our just-dug carrots just sends me to high heaven. And then they asked for more!

Several of you have offered help in these rough and tumble times, and not only are we extremely grateful for your support, but we would love to take you up on it! The next couple Mondays we could use an able and willing transplanter, and help knocking back a few weeds is always welcome. We are still tackling our deer fence construction in bits and chunks, and generally speaking Mondays and Tuesdays are easiest for us to host volunteers, and Saturday mornings may shortly become feasible. Call or email so we know to expect you.

Perhaps part of my burgeoning optimism for getting through this season has to do with eating our first tomato this week. As soon as the trickle turns into a tide, we will be sharing loads of this particularly juicy type of optimism with you. Okra is also trickling in, and we are expecting our first small harvest tomorrow, with enough for one site. Okra is very dear to my heart, and I truly hope we can keep up with harvesting it this season! For the most part, this week's harvest will include familiar items such as lettuce, chard, kale, garlic, cucumbers, summer squash and Zucchini. Komatsuna is a lovely mild cooking green from Japan, and the Collards are young and therefore quite tender (compared to full grown collard greens). We hope to get you all some basil before it bolts, and if we get some rain the eggplants will be prolific next week.

Many happy returns on a CSA starting in the middle of Summer!

It is way past bedtime for this farmer!

Your Farmers
Jen, Jon, and Sammy

Lineage Farm CSA

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

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Lineage Farm CSA Newsletter

Lineage Farm CSA Newsletter

Dear Members,
The basil in the back of the delivery van smells delicious, and I hope Jon harvested some for us to eat with dinner. Fingers crossed that you are not so sick of summer squash and zucchini as I am. Seems they are the only crops of unending bounty right now, so we end up eating them morning noon and night! Squash mature so quickly we must harvest the entire planting every other day to keep them from becoming gourds, so they are always on hand. Tomatoes, coming in two or three weeks, are on a similar harvest schedule, but somehow I never seem to tire of them so much!
Also in this week's harvest, you may find (and it will vary with each site's harvest) mustard greens and Red Russian kale, Swiss Chard and Bok Choi, salad turnips (so sweet and crisp!), big ol' beets, cucumbers, and more.

The anise hyssop and other flowers we snuck in the garden are blooming and enlivening the fields with their color and scent. Unfortunately we lost most of our crew over the last few weeks – you may have noticed the absence of certain names at the end of the last couple newsletters. One to personal/mental health issues, one to another job with easier hours, I suppose farm work just isn't for the faint of heart!
We will muddle through without them – and keep an eye out for new hires of course – and as I hope you can see from this week's harvest we will bring our best game to a rough and tumble season.

Swimming through the weeds and loving the rains,
Your farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Sammy

Lineage Farm

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

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Lineage Farm CSA Newsletter June 11

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Dear Members, Neighbors, Farm Fans and Family,

What a chilly rainy day!  It seems we hit August last week, and now it's already October.  After a few hours at the Farm Stand in Copake, I am writing you with toes still not quite warm.  Our gardens have not been minding the temperature swings as much as I have (and Sammy takes it all in stride), and we are happily able to stock the Farm Stand on Saturdays with a few of the survivors from last month's cut worm demolition derby.  If you are in Copake, be sure to stop by on a Saturday morning, by Town Hall, for Lettuce, Spinach, Scallions, Chard, and Radishes!

See some photos here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BGZUegDl1eH/?taken-by=goodfoodforhudson

As soon as we have more of a selection to offer, we will be starting up our regular season CSA.  At the moment, that looks to be the first week of July.  While I wish it were sooner, some things just take time.  The summer squash are just starting to develop.  The winter squash plants germinated beautifully, and we look forward to sharing butternuts, Kabochas, and Long Island Cheese Pumpkin with you a few months hence.  Greens are taking off, and we will have carrots and beets to you before you know it!  Copake members – as you are right outside our door, and there are not so many of you, we believe we will be starting your pick ups earlier.  Keep an eye out for the start date announcement!

Since my last missive, we have been hard at work helping this land regain its healthful balance.  Aside from a couple hits of the Spinosad we used to knock back the cut worms (an OMRI approved bacteria which colonizes the worm's gut lining to dire consequences for the worm, and no effects on humans), we have been focusing on sprays that increase plant immune response and/or build and support soil web health.  Pure Neem oil works through its fatty acids, Vitamin E, and secondary plant metabolites to "induce leaf production of those same terpenoids and isoflavonoid compounds used by all plants to [avoid] infection."  It also acts as both an insect repellent and inhibitor.  Fish oil feeds the soil and the plants, providing much-needed nutrients and minerals to soil, soil microbes, and plants through foliar feeding.  The nitrogen and other nutrients are taken in quickly, increasing plant and soil health in the here and now.  Seaweed contains all major and minor plant nutrients, and all trace elements; alginic acid; vitamins; auxins; at least two gibberellins; and antibiotics. It helps with soil crumb structure and water holding abilities.  We added a Fertrell Organic Fertilizer manure based mix containing peanut meal, aragonite, and kelp to further help balance the nutrients in the soil that feed the plants that feed us.  And furthermore, we have seeded a knock out cover crop mix to target soil health building activity in the heaviest of the cutwormed areas, including sorghum sudan grass, buckwheat, phacelia, oats, and clover for biomass, weed suppression, nitrogen fixation, and more.

Look at more lovely photos here:

https://www.instagram.com/lineage_farm_csa/

All this to say, we think we think we are on the right track. 

Thank you for hanging in here with us!

Your Farmers,

Jen, Jon, and Sammy

Lindsey and Big Sam

and the Dogs, Andy, Schlomo, and Piglet.

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


Lineage Farm CSA News and Start Date

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Dear, dear, what can the matter be?

Oh Dear, what can the matter be,

Daddy's so long at the Farm…

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Dear CSA Members, Friends, and Family,

It is always my hope that these newsletter reach you with news of the farm's beauty, growth, and grace under pressure.  Last week certainly tested our faith and resilience in our calling as organic farmers, and it is my great responsibility to share with you, dear members, the lows as well as the highs.  I sincerely hope that this letter reaches your hearts, as well as your inboxes, and that you understand this as a temporary setback from which, with your support, we will shortly rebound.  Poughkeepsie, our member meeting last Tuesday evening fills my heart with courage – Thank You sincerely for your warm encouragement, support, and "chin up" advice.  There is, I am glad to report, light at the other end of this dark tunnel

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Stewardship and regeneration of land that has been abused with conventional farming methods, bombardment of chemical cocktails and genetically modified organisms for decades will of course come with various unforeseen hiccups and bumps in the road.  The last two properties where we farmed had their own difficulties, and we thought we were prepared for such things.  Last week, however, we were hit harder than ever before.  Cut worms, a common nuisance in gardens and farms, crawled out of our garden beds and ate our crops in unprecedented numbers.  No farmers we have spoken with have experienced their presence at such a rate as we just lived through.  These small brown caterpillars, which hide beneath the soil in the day and creep out to decimate plants in the dark of night, outright decimated 2 acres of June's harvests-to-never-be.  Perhaps it was the mild winter, perhaps it was part of population boom due to growing resistance to aforementioned chemical cocktails, perhaps it will never be known why this particular May brought such numbers of cut worms to our garden; in any case, it has distinctly affected our garden and harvest plan, and we must adjust accordingly.

In case you are wondering, you can deal with these garden pests with physical controls on a small scale – placing collars or toothpicks around the stems of your young plants, or setting out traps of beer or grape juice.  We were finding 5-7 cutworms around each afflicted plant over a 2 acre area, and so physical controls became untenable.  For the first time in our farming career, we resorted to organic pesticide controls, starting with a Bt product called Dipel, and switching to a Spinosad product called Entrust when Dipel failed to slow the tide.  Both products are listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic production, although that does not mean that we use them lightly.  For instance, Entrust will readily kill honeybees if we failed to use it responsibly, and we must take care not to spray in ways that would negatively effect the ecosystem we are dedicated to helping find its balance.  I'm also not terribly thrilled to be supporting Dow Chemical Company, manufacturer of Entrust as well as Agent Orange and GM crops.  Hence our prior refusal to resort to such sprays, even when OMRI approved for organic production, when flea beetles would eat millions of holes in our brassicas or Colorado potato beetles and leaf hoppers took down our potatoes before full maturity.  We also wholeheartedly trust and believe, from prior short term observation as well as anecdotal evidence from more experienced organic farmer-mentors who have weathered such storms 20 years ago as they transitioned their land to organic production, that this land will recover, and gain in health and strength and prosperity, readily and quickly when treated right.

And so, resorting to sprays was indeed an emergency response, and not our long term solution.

All of this to say, I am sorry to report that we will not be able to start this season's CSA shares on our normal early June delivery date.  I am thrilled to report that July's cucumbers, carrots, squash, peppers and eggplants were untouched, and our latest plantings of lettuce and other fast growing greens and roots are doing well.  We have just finished transplanting our tomatoes, and our seed potatoes are in the ground ready to sprout.  More cabbages, kale, lettuce heads, broccoli, greens, and even kohlrabi have been seeded to replace the lost crops.  Our trial crop of Brussels Sprouts are readying themselves for transplant, and the winter squashes and pumpkins are on the verge of germination.

We estimate at this time that our first deliveries will be the last week of June or the first week of July.  We will, of course, extend the season on the other end, into November as needed to complete the number of weeks of harvest promised.  Copake, we may share our one surviving June crop of spinach, and a few other odds and ends, and of course if any of you would like to travel up to visit us you would be welcome to some spinach as well.  This will also effect the contents of the Berry Share, as strawberries are only available in June, and we will work to replace them with fruit such as peaches, wild Maine blueberries, or raspberries as available.

Thank you for hanging in there with us through this difficult time.

Your Farmers,

Jen, Jon, and Sammy

Lindsey and Big Sam and their farm dogs Andy, Schlomo, and Piglet

 

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Thanks for joining our CSA for the 2015 season!

Our mailing address is:

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Hudson, Ny 12534