Muddy greetings, members and friends!
We’re convinced that you are all special people. Not just because you are members of Second Wind CSA or have an affinity for us, but because you have chosen to be a part of the farming community and commit to keeping many of your dollars local while eating healthfully, with the seasons. I went to an agriculture conference recently at SUNY New Paltz where two CRREO researchers showcased their study that found that CSA members are the most civically engaged citizens. They care about the economy AND the environment, and they get out there and do the most to further more just systems. We appreciate that you are doing more than buying local, organic food — you are part of a positive change in the food system, whose current industrial, globalized foundation cracks a little more every year.
A special note–we are almost FULL for the season! Thank you everyone who joined early this year. If you have friends or family who have wanted to join, you should encourage them to act fast, because we have just a few spots left.
So, what’s going on at the farm? The red wing blackbirds are trilling out by the pond, garlic is starting to sprout in the fields, and we’ve seeded the first of your crops for this season. We always start with onions, leeks and celeriac, since they prefer colder temperatures during their younger days. When you get your leeks and celeriac in the fall, we will remind you all to take a moment to appreciate all the time and nutrients that went into these veggies as they sat in the field for the entire season. They’re basically the grandmas and grandpas of the field.
As requested by a few members last season, we’ve added shallots to your menu this year, for a little extra sweet onion-y punch in your summer and fall recipes. Today I seed head lettuce, broccoli, chard, and some flowers. Next week is a little crazy, with all the tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. All the sown seeds get cozy and warm in the farm’s homemade refrigerator-turned-germinater, where they are kept at about 75 degrees for a week or so until the first sign of sprouting. Then we will move them out to the greenhouse, where they can stretch out until we move them out to the hoophouse, and then into the fields they go!
All the best,