We're making this change largely in order to have more time to spend with the kids -- when we started farming, working 60-80 hour weeks all season was fine. And while we still love the work, it feels unfair to our family at this point; though we try to involve the kids in farm activities, there's a limit to how much time they can happily spend in the field. It's also nice to be able to have some family time away from farmwork. By focusing on relatively few crops (about a dozen versus 40+) and selling wholesale, we're hoping that we'll be able to spend more of our farming time actually farming -- rather than managing and marketing -- and more -- or really, any -- time NOT farming during the summer. We'll see how it goes!
We do love the community connection that comes from directly feeding our neighbors and friends, and we will miss that. We have deep gratitude to all the CSA members and market regulars who have made this farming thing possible for us so far, and we look forward to sharing with you how our season goes!