Hello friends, family, and CSA members!
We are so excited to tell you that once again CSA shares are around the corner! Just about two weeks around the corner, in fact! The first days of delivery will be Tuesday, June 13th and Thursday, June 15th. Can’t remember which day is yours? Find your drop site on our handy list below!
TUESDAY DELIVERIES-starting June 13th
East Side Co-op
Mother Earth Gardens-North East
Seward Co-op Friendship Store
Mississippi Market East 7th
Hampden Park Co-op
THURSDAY DELIVERIES-starting June 15th
Express Scripts (employees only)
Ecolab Eagan (employees only)
Green Lotus-Eden Prairie
Drishti Yoga-White Bear Lake/Mahtomedi
PLEASE be sure to carefully read/review the CSA confirmation email you received from us when you joined the farm for the season. It’s got some very important information regarding what time your share should arrive, how late it will be there, and what to do in case you can’t pick up your share for any reason. Let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to loading up the van for the first delivery of 2017!
We still have shares available, so if you know anyone looking for a CSA send them our way!
We also want to promote one of the best ideas we’ve ever heard of: the Butter Bakery CSB…Community Supported Bakery! In the same vein as a CSA share, a Bakery share gets you special breads made with local ingredients every week, baked just for you, which you pick up when you pick up your box at Butter. Butter is committed to their community–they work endlessly to make their neighborhood a better place and they also buy CSA shares from the farms they host for their kitchen. Our family has been a CSB member and it is fantastic. Here’s a flyer from them with more info:
Now for the fun farm news!
We were fortunate to have escaped the very worst of the storms and tornados from a few weeks ago but got a crushing amount of rain. We had almost 9 inches in that one week-which essentially crippled our outdoor operations for the past two weeks. What does it really mean for a farm when that much rain happens in such a short amount of time? The fields got flooded to varying degrees, a few of the early direct-seeded crops washed out or rotted, and we couldn’t get the tractor into the fields to do a lot of the all-important work of plowing, tilling, fertilizing and planting. We’ve lost a few crops that should go into the first few boxes, but we’re adding some new replacement items for Box One and most boxes after the first weeks will not be affected!
Nice view from the back of the transplanter, pre-storms…
Transplanting onions: They’ll perk up once they get used to being in the ground
So what’s a flooded, water-logged farm to do? Lots and lots of greenhouse seeding, lots of cleaning and organizing, and prepping for our very exciting pack-shed update. In case you missed it, we were the fortunate recipients of a $5000 grant from the Lakewinds Organic Field Fund. With that money we are pouring concrete, adding overhead lighting and water, installing bird netting, and getting our vegetable washing and processing area into fantastic shape! Many thanks to Lakewinds Co-op!
We are also very excited about our crew for the year and look forward to introducing them to you! More to come, but for now we welcome Michele back for her fourth season with us and introduce: Ted, Hannah and Nicole. We’re feeling so lucky to have this group with us this year-we are really enjoying getting to know everyone and are impressed with their hard work and skills!
That’s all for now, we look forward to sending boxes of lovingly grown, wonderfully healthy veggies to your home from ours!
All the best,
Heather, Brandon, Maybelle and the crew
Hannah and Ted in a super full greenhouse
Maybelle and the kitties
Sunset on the farm