This week wraps up the Stick Season CSA -- thanks to everyone who took part! We're sending you off into deep winter with an extra-large final share, full of storage veggies to keep you going for a while, plus some tasty greens to use right away. We'll be hunkering down to get some house projects finished (and our baby has to come sooner or later!) so this space might be a little quiet for a while. Be sure to stay in touch on Facebook for the latest updates, and we'll see you in the spring!
Despite below-freezing temperatures, we're still getting some green things! Spinach, pea shoots, and arugula are growing in the greenhouse, and the last of the Brussels sprouts and cabbage have been brought in from the field. We're nearing the end of the Stick Season CSA - the 16th is the last day - and we're looking forward to some hibernation time. We'll still be wholesaling our storage crops (and hopefully greens as well) through the winter at the Rutland Co-op, so you can get your carrot fix for a while longer!
Each year since starting the farm, we've invested in some long-term infrastructure and equipment to make it run more smoothly, increase efficiency, and extend or improve the growing season. These have included tractors and implements, greenhouses, cold storage, and most recently, the installation of a pond and irrigation system. For next year, we're putting in a wood-pellet boiler to provide heat to our greenhouses. This will help us start seedlings, get tomatoes going earlier, and reduce the incidence of disease in the tomatoes later in the season (by being able to heat on cold mornings to evaporate moisture that encourages diseases to spread). The pond and the heating system will also increase the farm's resilience in the face of shifting climate and weather patterns.
The installation of the boiler is one of our major winter projects, along with tuning up our various antique tractors and configuring the implements. (Also high on the winter project on the list: having a baby! Caitlin is due in two weeks, so if it gets a bit quiet over here, that'll be why.)
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