Share the Harvest!
We hope you'll join us on Thursday for Share the Harvest! Just dine or shop at a participating business on October 2, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit NOFA Vermont's Farm Share program, which helps limited-income families afford CSA shares from local farms, including ours! Over 70 businesses are participating statewide, including several Middlebury restaurants and the Middlebury and Rutland co-ops. Treat yourself, or just get your groceries, and help make local, organic food available to all. (You can also make a direct donation, if you feel so inclined.)
A Break from the Market
A note to our loyal market regulars: We'll be absent from our usual spot this Saturday and next. We're in between late-summer and early-winter successions on a number of crops - especially broccoli, cauliflower, and salad greens - so we don't have as much to offer as we'd prefer. There are also a number of big projects that we'd really like to complete while we've got a slightly larger crew – namely, bringing in, cleaning, and storing several tons of winter squash and root vegetables for the Stick Season CSA and the winter farmer's market. (Plus, Sonora and Caitlin have been sick this past week, and we could all use just a little bit of downtime – a whole day or two off would be most welcome.)
So, we'll see you in early October, re-stocked and re-vitalized!
Fall is certainly in the air! This is the time of year when people tend to ask whether we're "slowing down" for the season, and the answer is a definitive "no." Our crew is hard at work bringing in the heavy harvest - in the next few weeks, thousands of pounds of winter squash, potatoes, onions, carrots, and beets will be transferred from the fields to the coolers in our barn to be stored for the fall and winter, and even into the spring. (We were still eating last fall's onions in July, this year.) The tomatoes are being pruned hard, so that they will put all their energy into ripening the fruits that are left, and half the eggplants have been pulled out of the greenhouse to make room for winter greens. We're just starting to harvest Brussels sprouts, and the other fall brassicas - broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage - are looking pretty good. Beets, spinach, radishes, and salad mix are being planted for the Stick Season CSA and the winter farmers' market, and we're also already prepping for next year.
We put in a quarter-acre of strawberries this month (yipee!), which will need to be mulched for the winter soon. We'll be planting the garlic next month, then mulching that as well. Cover crops are being mowed and others planted, beds are being cleared and amended, plans are being made for what to do differently next year. Nope, not slowing down yet!
New name, same great share
November isn't winter, but December certainly isn't fall - what to call a CSA share that spans those final, sometimes bleak months of the year? The Stick Season share! Join us for two months of tasty veggies and brighten up your dull gray days. More details below or see our CSA page to sign up now!
Fall CSA now open!
We're happy to announce that sign-up for our late fall CSA is now open! The fall CSA starts the first week of November and will run through the week before Christmas, for a total of seven weeks of yummy fall and winter veggies for $200. We'll have both storage crops - potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, garlic, a variety of winter squash, parsnips, etc. - and fresh vegetables like Brussels sprouts, spinach, broccoli, braising greens, and more!
We're accepting both on-farm and delivery shares, with drop-off locations in Middlebury and Rutland. The share is a medium-to-large size, which we recommend for 2-4 people. However, since many of the vegetables at that time of year are storage crops, the share is also appropriate for individuals or couples who have some storage capacity and would like to have extra for the later months. (Or, of course, for those who eat an above-average amount of veggies.)
Check out the CSA page for more info and to sign up -- and as always, get in touch with any questions!
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