Rain & Wet

If you haven’t noticed, it’s been a little rainy and wet around here.  We had high hopes of planting in the field Friday night but that was quickly dashed away when Keith starting sinking in his boots.  We had been soaking our spinach seeds and we needed to figure out a way to get those seeds in the field.

Because of space constraints in our larger greenhouse (30′ x 72′) we decided to use our smaller greenhouse (15′ x 48′).  In there, we planted broccoli, eggplant and peppers, all planted this past week.  In our larger greenhouse, we put in our tomato plants and some peppers.  We also seeded some cucumbers in there too.  We’ve been harvesting spinach for a while now.  Very, very soon will be radishes and soon will be lettuce mix.  Our new bed of spinach is looking very nice and with the weather forecast in the 70’s this week, hopefully, we will be picking these new beds.

So back to the soaking seeds dilemna.  Keith had the great idea of planting in the raise beds that we already have out there.  Last year those raised beds had plastic on them and contained zucchini, summer squash and cucumbers.  So we quickly readied the beds and planted away.  One bed of beets, one bed of carrots, one bed of spinach and that last bed containing lettuce mix, radishes, turnips and arugula.

Needless to say, a very productive evening last night getting this done.  Very happy for the extra daylight as we started late and finished before the sunset.

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CSA Sign Ups Ending Soon…

OK folks, if you’ve procrastinated and put it off, now is the time to pick a CSA.  Yep there are tons out there.  How do you decide?  Our CSA is a bit different from the standard ones out there.  A little bit about ours:

  • We are stewards of the soil.  We feed the soil what it is lacking:  calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, rock dust, fish.  We do not use chemicals.  We call ourselves a step above organic because we are.  We are better than organic.
  • Our CSA is free choice.  You pick what you want each week.
  • Your upfront payment acts as a credit card.  You have this money to spend on the products you decide you want each week.
  • We split our CSA into 4 – five week sessions.  You can just do 1 session, 2, 3 or all of them.  You can skip a week or two.
  • We have a large size and a small size.  You can mix and match.  Again, you decide what you get and you control your spending.  When you run out of money, you are done, or you can continue by paying each week.

For more information about us.  Check out our website here.  To order your CSA, go here.  Sign ups end May 1, 2018.

We look forward to providing you and your family with great nutritious vegetables throughout the summer.  Michelle and Keith

 

CSA DAY FEBRUARY 23, 2018

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CSA Day Offers Second Chance for New Year’s Resolutions

Celebrate Community-Supported Agriculture on Feb. 23 with Still Seeking Farm

Are your New Year’s resolutions already in the rearview mirror? If so, you’re not alone, but you still have time to make good on those resolutions. We are pleased to join other farms from around the country for the third annual CSA Day on February 23, when you can join other like-minded people around the country who are committed to:

  • eating healthful foods and preparing them for their families;
  • supporting their local farmer;
  • being kind to our planet;
  • learning something new; and
  • being adventurous in the kitchen.

CSA (community-supported agriculture) is a subscription to a season’s worth of sustainable, locally grown produce that is distributed to members throughout the harvesting season. It is a form of investment that allows small farmers to continue growing on a scale that may not be sustainable without the CSA model. CSA members enjoy the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables for their family, while supporting their local farmer.

According to Small Farm Central’s CSA Farming Annual Report, the most popular time to join a CSA each year is at the end of February. To promote this important time for farmers, CSA Day was coined, and each year it falls on the last Friday in February. It’s an entire day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture, and CSA farmers enjoy an influx of sign-ups from members, which gives them revenue when they need it most for the growing season.
Getting food from a CSA is different from going to a farmers market or using a grocery delivery service. As a CSA member, you make a seasonal commitment to a small farmer in your area, and the produce is either delivered to your door or you pick it up at a local distribution point. CSA members take pleasure in knowing where and how their food is grown, and typically have an open line of communication with their farmer.

“Community-supported agriculture is all about relationships and feeding families,” said Simon Huntley, CEO of Small Farm Central, a company that provides marketing support for small farms and started CSA Day. “CSA farmers typically teach members what’s in season throughout the year, and help them appreciate and cook food to which they may not otherwise be exposed.”

How to Get Involved with CSA Day

If you would like to celebrate CSA Day and support Still Seeking Farm, sign up for a share on February 23, and use the hashtag #CSAday to join the online conversation.

Sign-up is easy. To learn more and to join us for the 2018 season, you can sign up here:

https://csa.farmigo.com/join/stillseekingfarmscsa/csa

 As an added incentive and to pass along our appreciation, anyone who purchases a CSA share on February 23, 2018 will receive an additional 10% purchasing power and a half-pint of maple syrup.  And to those of you who have already signed up, you too, will receive a half-pint of maple syrup.

Thank you for your support!  Keith and Michelle