Honey orders for August delivery due this week!

Honey orders for August delivery due this week!

Honey orders for August delivery due this week!

Order your local Raw Honey now!

From Ian Slocum's honey bees just outside Hudson NY.

Delivered to your Lineage Farm CSA site in the next few weeks.

He is harvesting and bottling this week! So reply to this newsletter and let us know now if you want some!

1 pound jars are $9 each.

Your farmers,
Jen and Jon and Sammy
Alex and Andrea

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


Lineage Farm CSA newsletter last of July!


Lineage Farm CSA newsletter last of July!

Lineage Farm CSA newsletter last of July!

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." – Louisa May Alcott

Dear Members,
Often enough, I am thinking about the weather forecast as I sit down to write this newsletter. The sky is full of billowy puffballs, called August Clouds by at least one local, and I suppose that is appropriate timing despite a few days left in July.
Last week felt like fall, with cool mornings and pleasantly warm days. This week, it is hot. Good thing too, for the tasks at hand demand warmth and dryness. Jon and Andrea ventured over to our old stomping ground to search out our garlic patch this morning. After some searching, they were able to bring home 3.5 of the 5 beds we planted last fall. An abandoned garden is a sad thing, and a difficult place to harvest from – the garlic plants were hidden among the waist tall weeds, and the bulbs are a bit smaller than our usual harvest. But we are fortunate to have made a land move and still get enough garlic for seed when we plant again come October. And we even have a few to share with you!
The tomatoes are ripening readily in the high tunnel. We stuck with an reliable standby, "Big Beef," for three of the five high tunnel beds, and filled the other two beds with varieties new to us for experimental purposes. Big Beef is a standard red slicer, productive and healthy plants. And make no mistake, it is plenty tasty. But oh you lucky few who will get a taste of the yellow tomato above – "Margold" is a descendant of the French heirloom Marmande, with the thin skin and incredible flavor characteristic of heirloom tomatoes. Here's hoping it starts throwing us more than a couple tomatoes per harvest!
Farming towards our highest aspirations,
Your farmers,
Jen, Jon and little Sammy
Alex and Andrea

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


Lineage Farm CSA DELIVERS on July 4th!

Yes we are delivering this Saturday!

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JULY 1st

Harvest Selection (subject to the whims of Mother Nature):

Kales, Chard, Lettuce, Spinach, Summer Squash and Zucchini (if the sun comes out at all), potentially Broccoli (this week or next), Beets, Parsley and more…

 

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,

 

The rain stopped, at least for the moment.  Chance of storms this afternoon, but keep your fingers crossed.  I may or may not have a chance to write an actual newsletter, but just in case I don't I'm grabbing this opportunity to let you know, YES, WE ARE DELIVERING THIS SATURDAY, JULY 4th.  I hope you can make it, and that you enjoy a long, sunny, dry, and hot weekend (for the vegetables sake).  Here's a few mud bath photos for your perusal:

the above was taken on a dry day this week.

 

the road flooded, but at least we make raised beds for our veggies, or they would have flooded too, and not just the wheel tracks!

super soggy,

Your Farmers,

Jen and Jon, and little Sammy

Andrea, Alex, and Claire

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Bounty of the Valley CSA Newsletter Week 3

Rain rain go away

Come again some other day

Little Sammy wants to play

Rain rain go away!

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Every Thursday

4-6:30pm

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Super Soggy Season!

JULY 1st

Harvest Selection (subject to the whims of Mother Nature):

Purple Kohlrabi, Head Lettuce, various Kales, Chard, Baby Bok Choy, Scallions, Sweet Salad Turnips, Arugula, Mustard Greens, Parsley, and more…

 

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,

 

It has been one rainy week.  Or rather, three rainy weeks, by now.  Last week, 5 inches of rain fell from the sky.  Long downpour after long downpour soaked us and the fields.  No cultivation occurred, no tractors went out to the field for bed shaping or transplanting.  It has let us focus on harvesting and fence raising, and we've caught up with greenhouse seeding, all good things. 

But we could do with a little dry spell!  So far, the only crop negatively effected (aside from the bountiful and unchecked weed growth) has been one bed or head lettuce, too wet to hold up to harvest.  Which is fine, we planted quite a bit of lettuce and it has not held us back from sharing quite a bit with you.  We are learning the intricacies and quirks of our new field, which spots are particularly wet, which ones dry quicker, which ones hold thistle and which ones are more prone to sedge grass carpets.  All spots seem to love vegetables, which you can see in the lush growth laid before you at harvest time.  Beets and Napa Cabbage are coming next week, and probably even summer squash and zucchini.  If only the sun would come out! 

But 15 inches in 3 weeks, oh my.  Over an acre, one inch of rainfall equals 27,154 gallons.  Colloquially, at least to farmers, one hopes for one inch of rainfall per week for good crop growth.  Of course, this depends on your soil's water holding ability – at our last landbase, we hoped for an inch more often than once a week, as it was excessively well drained.  Here, an inch would hold us in good stead.  Over the last week and a half, our soil has gathered over 150,000 gallons in an acre.  Over our ten acres?  Yep, that's a crazy amount of water.  And a fair share of it still sits on top, slowly sifting through the silt and sand and clay in our field.  Very different experience from our previous acreage!

Fortunately, the vegetables still look, and taste, great.  So, we try to let the stress of so much water roll off our shoulders like the rain drops they were.

This is the very last minute that you can order Maple Syrup!!!!  Email me now, and check out the pricing and sizes on our add-on sheet at www.lineagefarmcsa.com/signup.

A bit soggy,

Your Farmers,

Jen and Jon, and little Sammy

Andrea, Alex, and Claire

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Lineage Farm CSA Newsletter – Week 2

Still time to support

Good Food for Hudson,

bringing good food to those

who don't have access to it.

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Season Booming!

JUNE 19th

Harvest Selection (subject to the whims of Mother Nature):

Frisee Endive, Purple Kohlrabi, Red Head Lettuce, Green Head Lettuce, various Kales, Chard, greensBok Choy, Scallions, Sweet Salad Turnips, Salad Radishes, Spinach, and more…

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,

 

The sky is a glorious shade of orange with a blue purple background behind it.  I don't generally get to see the sunset these days, Sammy's bed time takes priority.  Funny to feel nostalgic about how we used to work until the daylight left us, driving home to the moon rise.  I feel so fortunate to have so many sunsets in my life, though there were quite a few nights I did begrudge the after dark dinner time.  Now, I miss the sunsets, the evenings in the field, and, of course, the freedom to do such things.  We make a trade off, and despite the nostalgia, I'd say it's been highly worthwhile, trading these sunsets for time with Sammy.

The harvest was again bountiful, with a lovely wide selection.  If anyone knows how to create a web portal where members can post recipes, do let us know.  Alternatively, you can like our Lineage Farm CSA page on Facebook, and share recipes there!  I think there's even a members page somewhere, perhaps Ann in Brooklyn knows about it (Ann?).  We are still working on the deer fence, and the thistle forest.  Hand weeders welcome!

As much as I love writing these missives, I am finding it difficult to find enough time to devote my full energies here.  You'll notice I'm missing a recipe section and a poetry section.  And again, I have run into trade-offs.  Someday, Sam will be more grown, more independent.  Someday, I will have  sunsets, and poetry (and regular office hours) again, and they will be all the richer for the time I am currently devoting to our child.  I hope you will hang in there with us, through the irregularly scheduled newsletters, the typos, the missing recipe and poetry sections, and enjoy the harvests knowing that I am thinking of you, and farming for you, even when I don't get the newsletter out on time.

Through the long (and yet, so very short) hours of toddler parenthood,

 Your Farmers,

Jen and Jon, and little Sammy

Andrea, Alex, and Claire

 

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Hudson, Ny 12534

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Lineage Farm CSA Newsletter, week 1!

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Season Starts!

JUNE 13th (catching up)

 wHarvest Selection:

Purple Kohlrabi, Red Head Lettuce, Green Head Lettuce, Red Russian Kale, Green Curly Kale, Chard, Bok Choy, Scallions, Sweet Salad Turnips, and Garlic Scapes…

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,

 

The first harvest!  And what a beauty it was…hard work and good soil have paid off, and will continue to help the coming vegetables prosper this summer.  While the forests of spiny, deep rooted thistle and rhizomatous grasses have at times been daunting, Alex and Claire and Andrea’s help hand weeding has kept us in high spirits.  And everyone’s happy to see the beauties we brought in to wash this morning!

 

If you’re new to the whole CSA concept, there may be a few new vegetables amongst the recognizable standbys of lettuce heads and scallions.  The purple spaceship with leaves is called kohlrabi, an enlarged stem of the brassica family.  It has a mild flavor somewhat reminiscent of broccoli.  Peel and slice the bulbous stem, soak in olive oil and vinegar, and snack on as a raw appetizer or salad.  Yes, you can eat the leaves – cook them as you would kale, though they’re not quite as tender.  I also hear you can make a slammin' hash with them, just peel, grate, add eggs, form patties, and fry 'em up.

 

The white round root is called a sweet salad turnip, or Hakurei turnip.  As suggested by the name, you can indeed eat it raw, chopped up in a salad.  The raw leaves have a bit of bite.  Alternatively, cook the chopped turnip with onions in olive oil, with a touch of salt, and enjoy the sweet goodness!  We also ate the leaves for lunch, cooked together with bok choy in olive oil and sesame oil with a dash of mirin.  Sam loves the bok choy stems, both raw and cooked!  If you didn't get a chance to sample these delights, no worries, they are coming back at least this Saturday, and perhaps one more after that.  Then the summer fruits start appearing – squash and zucchini – that let you know the season really is in full swing!

 

 

Friday's Harvest/Wash Crew – Jon, Fumie, Andrea, and Alex

 

The deer fence has finally arrived!  Jon and the UPS freight driver had quite a time getting a 2750 lb, 9’ long pallet off the truck on Wednesday.  But we are mighty relieved to have it.  So far, losses to deer and other wildlife have been minimal, but I would not want to rely on their generosity all season.  Next week will be a push to get this “invisible” black mesh fence up around our 10 acre garden.

 

A few reminders –

Yes, we are still taking members for this season, tell your friends!

Maple syrup orders are due next week for delivery the second week of July.

Check out the other add-on shares here!

 

Sam is on vacation this month – my parents are visiting from Georgia, and every morning before I leave for the farm, they come in and whisk him away to parks of Hudson I didn't even know were there!  Sam is loving the long stroller rides and hours spent exploring slides, swings, and motorcycles!  (Disclaimer: It's one of those bouncy toys in a park, no actual motor!)

 

In the steamy 80s and the rainy raindays,

Your farmers,

Jen, Jon, and little Sammy

Alex, Andrea, Claire and special guest Fumie

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Lineage Farm May Newsletter – Flowers and more! – starting week of June 13th

After a wild March move, a wet spring, and an early summer,
we will be starting our harvests the week of June 13th.
Hope to see you then!
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Season Starting!

MAY UPDATE

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,

Greetings from a growing farmscape!  We had a few hot hot hot, dry dry dry weeks in there, which came to a fantastic close on Wednesday evening with the rumbling, flashy entrance of a downpour and thunderstorm.  And oh did those vegetable plants appreciate it!  I wish I had a photo to share the incredible image of swirling thunderous clouds roaring in over the farm, it was quite a sight.

Luke and Jenny from Tiny Hearts Farm shared these flower photos with us, as teasers for their Flower Share season, starting in June.  Tiny Hearts’ bouquets are absolutely gorgeous, and we recommend their flower share, available online at www.lineagefarmcsa.com or through the mail with a completed add-on form (or just a sticky note on your check, if you don’t have a printer).  All Maple Syrup orders MUST be in by June 25th for delivery the week starting Wednesday July 8th.  And don’t forget those delicious eggs, that fantastic pork, and super tasty beef…See the add-on form at www.lineagefarmcsa.com for details.
              
Luke and Jenny of Tiny Hearts Farm

The farm is  really coming together on our new site.  Alex mowed the entire perimeter, all the drive lanes, and the area under the big oak tree where we will be building our wash station this week.  Before he mowed, it was difficult to see the entire layout of the garden beds over the fast growing grasses and rye cover.  Now, we can view the entire acreage from any point, helpful for management – and it’s much more inviting for walking instead of driving!

The harvest season is fast approaching, if a couple weeks behind other seasons.  We appreciate both your enthusiasm and your understanding, as we complete the transition to our new land base.  The crops are growing fantastically – up in our pond field, where the first transplants went in, the broccoli, cabbage, kales, kohlrabis, lettuce heads, and bok choi all look good enough to eat (in a couple weeks, for full growth) – so we did!  Jon and I feasted on a couple fresh picked lettuce heads and bok chois last night, and it was like a bite of heaven.  We look forward to sharing these with you in just a couple weeks time!  The first deliveries will be the week of June 13th.


Tiny Hearts Bouquet

We will continue to accept Vegetable Shares until our Farm’s capacity is reached.  Don’t miss out on the great season ahead of us!  Join today at www.LineageFarmCSA.com!In the dust and the driving rain,
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, and Sammy Ronsani
Alex, Inti, Claire, and Andrea

Current Farmer Mediation:”But is work something that we have a right to escape?  And can we escape it with impunity?  We are probably the first entire people ever to think so.  All the ancient wisdom that has come down to us counsels otherwise.  It tells us that work is necessary to us, as much a part of our condition as mortality; that good work is our salvation and our joy; that shoddy or dishonest or self-serving work is our curse and our doom.  We have tried to escape the sweat and sorrow promised in Genesis — only to find that, in order to do so, we must forswear love and excellence, health and joy.”
– Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
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MAY UPDATE

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,

 

Happy July, everyone.  Oh wait, it's still May!  The heat is here, in full force, and has been for the past few weeks.  Spring showers turned quickly into hot, dry summer days, a couple months ahead of schedule!  How glad were we to have ample fresh water for irrigation, and a farm crew readily growing into their tasks and responsibilities to help us keep those baby plants from scorching!  Thankfully, we have also received a few drops from above in the past couple days, perhaps bringing a turn to more seasonal weather, or perhaps just a brief if welcome break to the heat.

a photo of our new transplanter plus farm crew members Alex and Inti, view from the tractor driver

 

Tomatoes, eggplants and peppers went in their beds, a week early this year.  Cucumbers and summer squash are settling in to place, alongside celery and (one of my favorites) celeriac.  We’re experimenting with fava beans, though unfortunately they’re fans of cool spring weather, so it is unknown as of yet what sort of harvest they will provide after these scorchers.  Most of our garden beds are filling up with our tried and true, vegetables after my own heart – kales of many colors, lettuce heads, broccoli and bok choys, chard, and that sweet little spring salad turnip (if you haven’t tried it yet, are new to vegetable CSAs, you’re in for a treat). 

 

We are nearly done plowing, creating a vegetable garden out of a not-quite-so-blank slate of a sod and rye field.  If you ever visited our old farm site, you know one thing – we were, essentially, growing in gravel.  Our new field speaks a new language for our ever-learning farmers’ ears – barely a rock in site; dark fluffy fertile soil that holds moisture well into a dry spell; and oh so much wind.  I dream of planting a beautiful hedgerow along the road edge, to block the wind more than the view, filled with edible nuts and fruits, insectaries and habitats (though preferably not for groundhogs!).  If we stay here long-term, as I certainly hope we do, this will come in time and with management.  In the meantime, that row-cover is going to need a whole lot more sand bags!

 

Soon the new fence will go up, a major project among many major projects.  March is a funny time to move a farm – right when things need to get started in the greenhouse, and while the ground is still too frozen to drive ground stakes into.  Then the snow stuck around for quite a while, and our field surprised us with how wet it stayed for so very long.  We shifted our bed layout around quite a bit, to accommodate spots that appear will stay rather wet all season (and so will remain in perennial cover instead of plowing and ruining soil structure), and so our fence layout also shifted.  Final designs are in, and a materials order is on its way.  We’re opting for the tall mesh material, over our prior temporary 3-D electric fence design, as the mesh option is more resilient, longer-term, and more effective.  Here’s to a longer-term, written lease!  And to good neighbors.

 

If you have not signed up yet, do not despair!  We still have a few shares left in all locations.  Visit our website for commitment forms to mail in with your check – www.lineagefarmcsa.com/signup – or to pay online – www.lineagefarmcsa.com/shop.

 

And don’t forget those Add-on shares!  We’ve got a large selection this year, from meats to eggs to fruits to flowers!  Add-on shares spread your support of small local farmers beyond your own Lineage Farm to include Tiny Hearts Farm, Dog Wood Farm, and others!

Your Farmers,

Jen, Jon, and climbing Sam

Andrea, Alex, Claire, and Inti

"But is work something that we have a right to escape?  And can we escape it with impunity?  We are probably the first entire people ever to think so.  All the ancient wisdom that has come down to us counsels otherwise.  It tells us that work is necessary to us, as much a part of our condition as mortality; that good work is our salvation and our joy; that shoddy or dishonest or self-serving work is our curse and our doom.  We have tried to escape the sweat and sorrow promised in Genesis — only to find that, in order to do so, we must forswear love and excellence, health and joy."

– Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

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