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November 4, 2016
Seasonal Reflections
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
Fall color is spectacular on Hawk Mountain, just a few miles from the farm.
The Main Season now over, the time has come for the Farmer and his Wife to kick back their heels, and act like bumps on a log. Oh wait, we are still feeding half of you through November! Okay, okay, we will keep at it until the Winter Solstice. After that? We will take a breather over the holidays. If you have any suggestions for good Farmer/Farmer's Wife movies, pass them along. I am planning a good snuggle-movie fest once the Farmer sits down.
The crew popped the cork on a jug of apple cider after the final big Main Season pack yesterday (one small West Chester pack today). The final day of the Main Season always feels like a moment of accomplishment. The summer pace tends to be grueling and can wear on the most idealistic and optimistic crew member. The satisfaction of reaching the finish line is unbeatable. The extended Fall Share will keep many hands busy, but the atmosphere changes as seeding, planting and weeding pressures fade into summer memories. Sweltering harvests transform into invigorating chilly ones and sunscreen is traded for woolen hats.
We are thrilled that 50% of our membership is participating in the extended Fall Season - our best enrollment ever. For those of you that joined the Spring share, your plate will have been full of Red Earth goodies for 33 weeks of the year by the end of the Fall share. If you would still like to join, now's the time as we will be closing membership Sunday, 5pm.
We are always grateful for our loyal veggie eaters. Stay tuned for updates about the 2017 season. Early registration will open in December. And we have gift certificates of any amount available for gift-givers who want to share the next season's bounty.
Stay healthy and happy this winter...and keep eating those veggies!
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September 3, 2016
Autumn Whispers
A Note from the Farmer's Wife

It never fails. The first week of September, even if the days are hot, the first hints of fall appear. A solitary bright red leaf, fallen on the dirt roadway between the rows of kale, or a flurry of monarch butterflies wending their way southward, and the classic honk of a “v” of geese as if we lived in a story book. At the farm signs of fall show up in my kitchen. Even after all these years, the Farmer still romantically leaves little surprises in my kitchen, heralds of the next season’s bounty. This week a pumpkin and a few sweet potatoes appeared mysteriously on the counter top. This turns my head from looking back at zucchini and beans lost to summer, and ahead to broccoli, sweet greens, butternut and the rest of the fall bounty, some of the best vegetable eating of the year, still ahead of us.
Our Fall Share starts the week of November 8, directly following the close of the Main Season, and extends for 7 weeks. For the first time we are offering specialty shares in addition to the Apple Share: Artisan Bread, Farm Fromage Artisan Cheese and even Eggs from The Nesting Box.
We have reached almost 30% of our enrollment goal and your participation is greatly appreciated. If you have not yet registered for the Fall Share, simply log in and follow the steps on the upper left margin. New members are welcome to register here.
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October 11, 2015
It Just Gets Sweeter
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
While I am still mourning the departure of the tomatoes, I have to tell you that in some ways the best of the harvest is yet to come. Often by now we have had our first frost, and Jack will probably make his arrival in the coming week. The colder nights and sunny days signal many crops to store sugar. Carrots, cabbage and kale become sweeter, while radishes and spicy greens develop a more complex flavor without abusing the palate. Bitter departs and sweetness follows. I'm sure I could wax philosophical about this natural phenomenon, perhaps somehow comparing it to Farmers in the winter, but I will refrain, in case one reads this.
Our main season ends the final week of October. If you haven't signed on yet for November, please consider doing so. Not only do the veggies get sweeter, but they also get larger - more bang for your buck. We depend on our fall share enrollment to help us purchase fall amendments for our fields. To enroll simply login and follow the link at the upper left of your home page. www.RedEarthFarm.org
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