December 16, 2017
By Charis Lindrooth
The farm is dressed up for the holidays. Crystals of snow turn ordinary kale into elegant crystalized sculptures. It’s hard to imagine that those frosty fronds will still be quite edible and even delicious, in spite of the cold.
Today marks the end of our 2017 season. The Farmer is shivering a bit at the West Chester Grower’s Market
with the gleanings from the field on his table and the final CSA delivery waiting patiently for pick up in the truck. The peace and quiet on the farm reminds me of a sleeping child - so sweet and such a relief, and yet full of wakeful potential. We would be heartbroken if the farm did not wake with the joyful call of spring. For now though we revel in some time with family…and some time with just the two of us. Snuggled under a pile of quilts we will catch up with movies we have missed during the season, and cuddle, and sleep in! Ah!!
The Farmer also has to place a huge order of farm supplies which come at a 10% discount if we pay for them by check no later than December 31. The only way we can do that is by opening the 2018 CSA registration now
. 60 members by January 1
will ensure savings of several thousand dollars for the farm. We are almost half way to that goal now! Even a partial payment on your registration will help us achieve our goal. Let us know if you need help registering or making payment arrangements.
October 29, 2017
Final Week of the Main Season!
By Charis Lindrooth
Just for fun, the Farmer and his daughter set up a tent on a sunny afternoon - a perfect way to savor the last few warm days.
These October days have been downright balmy. In fact, this is the longest pepper season on record for the farm. For those of you keeping tabs on the First Frost Bet between the Farmer and the Farmer’s Wife, it might end up as a tie. That’s because we have had a tiny bit of frost, but not a hard frost. The only thing damaged so far is the dahlias, which do not tolerate it a bit. Of course, I plan to make the Farmer his chicken and dumplings regardless - he has earned a favorite meal!
As I sit here writing this post, the sky is grey and a gentle Sunday rain only makes the blue-green stripes of kale, cabbage and broccoli in the fields below more striking. The autumn leaves are more muted this season, perhaps due to the warmer temperatures. Crickets are still chirping at night and we are enjoying many migratory bird sightings, as the farm is positioned right under their journey path.
The Main Season flew by as quickly as these birds in flight. One more box, and then we turn to the Fall Share. We are grateful to all who have joined the Fall Share; your participation makes all the difference to us as we wind up our year. We couldn’t do it without you.