Dear Members, Friends, Neighbors,
The neighborhood is showing increasing signs of spring by the hour. The ephemeral light yellow green of the Maple flowers for the far hillside. The grass has seriously grown several inches since Monday. The lilacs are in bud, and the tulips are beginning to display their glory colors. For the first time this year I saw a tulip whose topmost leaf has a fringe of petal, a soft stroke of red on the edge of the wide curl of green. I guess Goethe knew what he was talking about!
The crew is fantastic, we are so grateful to have found Nina and Babacar to help us this season. Sam is still adamant about work – we added a third seat on the back of our water wheel transplanter so he can do his best to get plants in the ground. The greenhouse starts are growing well, and it's the first year in a while that we haven't felt rushed or behind in getting all the garden beds prepped and plants in the ground. The high tunnel plantings are largely successful- if there is enough interest at any one site, next year we may offer an early spring CSA share of baby Bok choi, baby kale and chard, spinach, radishes, pea shoots, lettuce heads, micro greens and spicy salad mix.
May is just around the corner. For those of you who sent in a deposit, please note May 1st is our usual deadline for completing payments. We are still accepting members at all sites!
As I type, our chicken house just blew over again. This is one windy hillside! Any carpenters out there feel like trading a vegetable share for a chicken house that will stay put??
Your windswept farmers,
Jen, Jon, Sam, Charlie
Babacar and Nina