The winter certainly became
very active in late January and just refused to let go of its artic
grip. However, it certainly is spring in the greenhouses as the crew is
busy with planting flowers and seeding our veggies.
The summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program is
taking on customers at a brisk pace. The cost is the same as last year
at $600.00 for the 15 week program that begins July 17 and runs through
October 23. The uniqueness of our CSA which includes meat, dairy,
vegetables, and fruit, has resulted in continued growth. Payment on the
first installment is April 1 for $300.00 and the balance is due on or
before June 1. I am also offering a special “Wellness Program CSA to
area businesses. Please contact me directly for information. Our
winter CSA was quite popular, and I hope to offer it next winter.
The month of March we are busy making maple syrup. This program has
been greatly expanded this year with the addition of trees tapped at
“South Farm�. It takes at least 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of
Apples are being pruned and 400 new trees are ready to plant. The new
planting system is really geared to the pick your own folks. Doing a
little each year we expect that our harvest will be greatly increased
over the next few years.
Beef production continues to head the way with a very good supply of
grass-fed / grain finished meat and I continue to have some sides
available for late spring delivery. Please stop in and discuss your
needs. Pork and chicken is also in good supply and will remain
available all year.
Plant fundraisers were a huge success last year from hanging basket
sales in the spring to fall mum sales and Christmas Poinsettia sales.
If you are interested, please see me early on as last year we sold out
early. This is an excellent no risk venture for your school, church, or
The store will change from winter hours to spring hours on April 1 and
will then be open daily 9-5. There are a number of new items added to
our prepared relishes and jams as well as a full line of salad
dressings. I have a large supply of Tart Cherry concentrate from our
friends at King’s Orchard in Michigan. An excellent way to heal sore
muscles or prevent the gout. Our daughter that does the Boston Marathon
uses this after every race. The expansion of our “South Farm� veggie
production looks to be very exciting as we will be growing over thirty
types of tomatoes, ten types of squash from yellow to Hubbard, cukes,
beans all summer long, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprout, potatoes
(6 types) and much more. Remember most of what I grow on the farm you
can purchase from me at the store for your own garden.
Hope to see you soon.
KNOW YOUR FARMER!
KNOW YOUR FOOD!