Lineage Farm CSA news – Fall Shares Sign up Now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Members,
We are deep into September and it finally feels like late summer, after such a chilly start.
The fall share sign ups are now available online, and each site should also have paper copies for offline signing up. There are only five pick ups left, including today, so if you want to continue getting our veggies into December do let us know asap! Our decision deadline is October 1st, and we need enough members by then to make it feasible to continue this fall.
On the farm, Sam has taken over crew leadership, showing Nina and Babacar just how to broadfork and rake smooth the high tunnel beds. The tomato plants came out last week to make room for escarole and spinach, and we have a few trays of green and red tomatoes left to distribute. Charlie just started crawling, so no doubt will be high tailing it down the garden beds keeping up with his big brother. Sam has taken on independent harvesting, carrying his own harvest crate and filling it with baby boc choi or turnips, adamant that he does not need help carrying it. Incredible to think he will (already? only?) be four years old in December.
It looks like we will have a kubocha squash harvest this year! One of my favorite varieties, but very susceptible to pest pressure – the beetles have taken them down every year since 2011.
Please sign up today.
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, Sam and Charlie,
Nina and Babacar
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Lineage Farm CSA
520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA
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Lineage Farm August News

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Dear Members,
Week 10 is upon us! And poof, like that, half the season is past. Not to worry, though – we still have ten more weeks of harvests to share with you for the main season. We will shortly be opening registration for our six week season extension, which starts in, well, eleven weeks.

Eggplants and peppers are on the horizon. The Bridge to Paris and Lipstick pepper varieties have heavy sets on them, now ripening for upcoming harvests. While the field tomatoes took a hard hit this spring in the heavy hail and windstorms we had, the high tunnel tomatoes are doing well.

Jon and Sam just finished up the first planting for fall arugula, baby bok choi, purple daikon, and red Russian kale, as well as the last seeding of carrots for fall harvests.

We hope you will join us for the late fall harvests! More on that front, and how to sign up, coming soon!

Your farmers,
Jen, Jon, Sam, and Charlie
Nina and Babacar

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

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Lineage Farm News

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Dear Members,

July is upon us! Happy Summer, y'all. The crops are growing strong, as are the weeds. Anyone feels up to hoeing for an hour is welcome!
Zephyr, our summer squash of choice has kicked in full force this week. In another week, the zucchini will join them. The cucumbers are a little slow to get started but should be good and juicy and plentiful in a couple weeks. And oh the sets on those tomatoes! The early ones will be ripe in a couple weeks, and then oh the summer snacking!
The carrots will continue to share their sweet crunch for the remainder of the summer, though beets look like their presence may be spotty this season, so catch as catch can! Seems like something enjoys eating chenopods in this garden, so the same goes for chard and spinach, though that will hopefully change as the temperatures change in the fall. Garlic harvest begins soon too!
August will bring more treats – peppers, eggplants, the big beef steak tomatoes, and if we planted enough for the raccoons we will have a good bounty to share of this year's trial crop, sweet corn.
August will also ring in the onions and the potatoes.
A student from the Oral History Summer School interviewed me and Sammy the other day. Sam's main contribution was asking when she was gonna go home – he didn't appreciate needing to stay quiet for such a sensitive microphone. You might not know it the first few times you meet him, but he is definitely the most garrulous member of our little family! And adventurous, when it comes to climbing and exploring. Charlie is more a vicarious
explorer at the moment, but Sam assures me that he will be big soon.
Bigger and bigger –
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, Sam and Charlie
Nina and Babacar

Lineage Farm CSA

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520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA

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Dear Members,
This week, scallions and garlic scapes join the mix. Next week, Jon predicts the broccoli and cauliflower will be ready for harvest. And this little fellow was spotted all sweet and eager to grow on the summer squash vines! Early carrots are also nearing harvest time, likely in the next week or two.
We particularly enjoyed mincing cilantro with garlic, vinegar and oil into a variation on chimichurri from The Feisty Kitchen – use this week's parsley if you prefer! www.thefeistykitchen.com/cilantro-chimichurri/ . Try it with scapes.
What a relief to be harvesting most of Sammy's snacks these days! The fresh crunch of kohlrabi, the sweet salad turnips, even the radishes are daily treats. Thank goodness for the salad days of spring!
Your farmers,
Jen, Jon, Sammy and Charlie
Nina and Babacar
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Lineage Farm CSA
520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA

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Lineage Farm News

Starting June 8! (Or 9, or 10, depending on where you are)

Dear Members, neighbors, friends and family –

Welcome to a new season of Lineage Farm vegetables. We are set to begin harvests in under two weeks, and things are growing well! Your first shares will offer lettuces and salad greens, scallions and garlic scapes, kale and chard and other greens, radishes and sweet salad turnips. In the weeks to follow, broccoli will join the ranks, as well (fingers crossed!) as cauliflower – a first on our farm. Beets and carrots are hot on the hakurei turnips' heels, and of course summer squash, zucchini, and cucumbers round out the end of June baskets.

Last week was beautifully productive. We planted all of the heat lovers into the field, including a ridiculous number of peppers (mostly sweet, some hot and some shishito), slightly fewer eggplants (still near 2000 plants if my math is not overly suffering from new baby syndrome), and 600 tomato plants. This season Jon decided to jump into cherry tomatoes in a large way, and included a batch of saucing tomatoes in with the varieties of slicer or sandwhich tomatoes. He enjoys choosing heirlooms from Turtle Tree Seed, Adaptive Seeds, and Uprising Seeds. To be honest, I haven't kept track of all the varieties we are growing this year – I was pretty busy with a baby when he was ordering seeds, and our crew has been awesome in the greenhouse.

Charlie is enjoying working alongside his brother, sending smiles from his perch in the baby carrier as Sammy trellised tomatoes. He has slept through me driving the transplant team up and down a few beds of potatoes, and does occasionally yell for me to drop whatever I'm hoeing and get him some milk! He's a beautiful, sweet, and largely content little 3 1/2 month old, and we feel blessed to have him in our midst.

And Sam will be running the farm crew by the end of the season. He is right in the middle of all the action, transplanting, weeding, singing. He has his own shovel for burying the edges of the row cover, and his own seat on the transplanter.

The only hurdle of significance at the moment is the indomitable combination of incredibly windy days and the equally incredibly high numbers of flea beetles ready to devour all brassicas the moment they are uncovered. Gusts of 40-50 mph regularly tear the row cover off the garden beds, tossing it about, and sending ripped shreds soaring into the skies. C'est la vie, at least in Copake. Please excuse any bok choi, tat soi, or kale leaves with tiny holes. The taste will still be delicious.

We are starting our Good Food for Hudson fundraiser campaign this Tuesday. Thank you to all who have already donated through our website or on the paper forms. This is our Food Initiative in Hudson, bringing our own as well as other local products to Hudson residents who could not otherwise access organic and biodynamic vegetables, bread, and eggs. Please consider supporting this work – visit www.barnraiser.us/projects/good-food-for-hudson-2017 to donate online. Donations can be tax deductible if you send them through our fiscal sponsor. Send us an email if you prefer that route and I will send you the address and other details.

From the fields,
Your farmers,
Jon, Jen, Sam and Charlie
Babacar and Nina

Still accepting members – join today!

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

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Green!

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

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520 Clinton St.
Hudson, Ny 12534
USA

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Mud Muffins and a Thunderstorm

Dear Members, Neighbors, Friends and Family,

What a great beginning for this season's farm crew! Nina and Babacar joined us on Monday, and have been busy spreading compost and planting spinach, lettuce, Bok Choi, kale, and Chard in the high tunnel, potting up the peppers, eggplants, tomatoes and celeriac in the greenhouse, and learning how to drive our big orange tractor. It's going to be a superb season, I can just feel it in my toes.

Sam is staying busy too, and was aghast that I wanted him to rest and stay inside one windy day when he had come down with a cold – "I need to work!" he cried. May his current work ethic continue into teenagerdom and beyond! Just not to the detriment of his health. I think he also enjoys stirring up the mud puddles and experimenting with impromptu bark boats while he's out there…

Besides his ordinary duties, Jon has been hot on the trail of some new (for us) used equipment that will help create some efficiencies we have been lacking – and also allow us to greatly reduce tillage. One of his quarries is a power harrow that would make beds in one pass of the tractor with one implement, instead of our current 4-5 tractor passes with 3 different implements. And as an added bonus, it is kinder to the soil biota too, as it is not inverting layers of soil and only working the top two inches when making a seed bed.

We will be launching our 2017 Good Food for Hudson fundraiser soon. Entering our third year of this initiative, we hope to continue to serve the 50+ low income families in Hudson with farm fresh veggies, Camphill Copake bread, and organic eggs from Hearty Roots Farm. Thanks to all who have already sent donations via our online store and on our paper commitment forms!

And a special welcome to our new Philmont members – Jon cut his biodynamic farming teeth under Hugh and Hanna's tutelage, working at Threshold for five years before starting Lineage Farm. We hope to continue and expand our collaboration with them in the years to come!

In the wake of a storm that blew over the chicken coop twice (this hill is seriously that windy!),
Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, Sam and Charlie,
Nina and Babacar
Join today!

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

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Lineage Farm CSA Newsletter- Happy Spring!

For the Future

"Little Robin Red Breast
Sitting in a Tree –
Sings so merrily,
As merrily as can be…"

Dear Members, Neighbors, Friends and Family,

Lovely forerunners of Spring have been knocking on our doors these past weeks, despite the two feet of snow we are still crunching through in the yard and winter pasture. More and more birdsong fills the air. Robins flit about promising warmth to come. One even landed just by Charlie as we worked in the greenhouse starting our seeds, stopping just long enough to say hello but avoid my camera!

Our days are filling with busyness as they slowly lengthen. And our greenhouse is filling with newly sprouting seeds, the green babies of food to come. I always admire the ballerina-like grace of the unfurling onion, and the sturdy uprightness of centimeter tall brassicas (broccoli kale and cauliflower among what we have started so far). Many thanks to Hugh and Hanna of Threshold Farm for lending us space in their greenhouse the next couple weeks, when our greenhouse would otherwise be bursting out the door and into the snow with plant trays! Jon is quite bent on having plentiful harvests for you this season, doubling the onion and tomato plantings so that we all feel the abundance.

We are growing an experimental early crop in our open-ended high tunnel this spring, lettuce and kale and salad turnips and radishes and other greens, and if they grow well we will be excited to offer a longer season next year. We still have a few carrots, potatoes and butternut squashes that would round out shares quite nicely, they store so well!

If you haven't joined yet this year, please do! We get busier and busier as Spring rolls along toward summer. Technically those who have put down a deposit are not due to pay in full until May 1st, but you are welcome to send in the remaining balance at any time.

Sam is set on being our hardest worker this season (at least, when he's not set on exploring the woods or taming the chickens or baking biscuits). The greenhouse beckons with its warm sunniness, but after he warms up he's likely to jump into the snow bank outside and need a dry set of clothes.

Charlie is pretty mellow these days, also enjoying the heat in the greenhouse for his many many naps. Or is early infancy just one long nap with intermittent milk moments? His eyes stay open longer each day, and I love how he grows visibly at this age. Six weeks old! Amazing how quickly life changes. Is time a line, with important historical and life moments, a circle with daily and seasonal and generational cycles? Or perhaps a wheel traveling, cycling sometimes smoothly and sometimes on a bumpy road…

Planting trees early in spring,
we make a place for birds to sing
in time to come. How do we know?
They are singing here now.
There is no other guarantee
that singing will ever be.
– Wendell Berry

Happy National Ag Day!
Thank you from Your Farmers,
Jen, Jon, Little Sam and Big Charlie


The Real Work

It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.

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

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