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May 28, 2018
Fields of Promise
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
Things are gearing up at the farm and the fields already look promising. Our Main Season begins the week of June 11 and we are hoping that we can count on your support. The success of this small family farm depends on veggie eaters like you.
One of the best ways to get healthier is to eat more fresh vegetables, and nothing makes that easier than a CSA. Michael and I are passionate about vegetables, healthy eating and the environment. We believe that vegetables that are picked fresh and delivered locally have the greatest nutritional value and the least environmental footprint of any food on today’s market.
Please let me know if I can answer any questions, or help you get registered for this season. If you do not plan to participate, it helps us to know why, so we would appreciate any feedback you have to offer.
Remember Red Earth Farm is the ONLY CSA that offers online weekly ordering AND we are one of the least expensive. On top of that we never use chemical pesticides or herbicides or GMO seed.
Will you be part of the “Farmily" again this year?
Yours In Health,
Charis Lindrooth, The Farmer’s Wife
Red Earth Farm
May 19, 2018
We Need Your Help!
By Charis Lindrooth
Without our loyal CSA members we are not a farm. Every spring we work hard in the fields, tilling, seeding, planting and weeding, preparing to feed 500 families through out the growing season. Many of our members have been with us for over a decade, support without which our farm would not thrive.
In spite of the physical demands of running a farm, we find the burden of marketing far more burdensome. We are calling on your support and creativity to help us in this endeavor. We need 100 more members or we are going to be drowning in produce at the Farm!
Here's how you can help:
- If you haven't renewed yet, LOG IN - the Main Season starts in June. We are counting on you!
- Share our Flyer found here on google docs also on our Facebook page if you can't open that link
- Choose one of our blog posts and share it via Facebook or Twitter
- Visit our Facebook page and like, share and comment on any posts - this gets them out into the news feed
- And BEST of ALL? Tell your friends why you chose Red Earth Farm! Word of mouth is our NUMBER ONE source of new members!
If each of you took ONE of these steps we will reach our quota! Small farms have small advertising budgets and need community support to get the word out. Thank you!
May 11, 2018
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
As you can see from this picture, we don't spray our lawn for dandelions. This carpet of gold appeared quite suddenly last week, and at its appearance our daughter leapt from the car. She only paused a moment to say, "Mama, is it "Dandelion Day?" Yes, I guess it is! Only once a year, and only for a few days, can you see this burst of sunshine in the grass, without one single "wish," the white puffy seed heads. There is something magical about it, tempting one to take a nap in the sun and listen to the buzz of honeybees.
Although many lawn aficionados decry the dandelion as a weed, these prolific blooms provide essential nourishment early in the season for pollinators. Bees and butterflies, beetles and even birds, benefit from the dandelion. Often this plant offers the very first feeding for insects, and so can make or break a colony's successful survival.
A week later, gold turned to snow. I'm sure many a lawn aficionado would shudder at this sight, but there is a little-known secret about these "wishes." The dandelion seeds provide a smorgasbord for finches. What you cannot see in this photo are the flashes of brilliant gold, like flying dandelions, swooping goldfinches, indigo buntings too, relishing the tiny seeds attached to the fluffy white parachutes. The Farmer has a soft spot for these little birds, and when he did mow, he left a patch for the enthusiastic foragers. He then climbed off the tractor and stretched out in the tall grass watching the clouds and birds fly by. When he came in tufts of white dandelion seeds clung to his hair and scruffy face, and his eyes twinkled with a boy's good fun.
If you like vegetables that haven't been sprayed by chemicals, and that have been grown by a Farmer who cares about little critters and big critters, and who is thoughtful and kind...maybe these things really do make a difference...then please support our family farm and join the 2018 CSA
. We would love to grow for you.