There is a hustle and bustle around here. There is less seeding and planting and picking, but more activity tangential to food growing.
Trees are now cleared to allow appropriate sunlight to fall on the big greenhouse (high tunnel) during these days with the sun so low in the sky. Another section is cleared to allow our barn to go up. (Please cross your fingers and take a deep breath with us.) We don’t like taking trees down, but we know growing our communities’ produce here instead of in California is a really good thing. And we can’t do it in the trees. This place chose us more than us choosing it, and it chose us with trees. Oi yoy yoy. Now we build.
Peppers also went with us to the cannery this week. (You can rent this place to process your own product! How cool is that? We just learned of this. Learn more here.)
Now we have jelly for real. No more kitchen jelly work!
No worries though – we aren’t all sugar-sweetened jelly around here. The salad options are beautiful and delicious. Please order some, dear Market Share CSA! We see a high of 38 next week. Shiver. These outside lettuces won’t love the coming weather.
FYI – Our house in under construction as well. This slightly-slower season is allowing our family to have back part of our weekends, and we’re spending those renovating our house. New windows, insulation, and siding. See that wood siding above? We had that milled from the trees that we cleared last year to build the high tunnel. Our whole house will eventually look like that. So, pardon our dust and mud if you stop by our farm stand. The final product will be warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, more efficient, and pleasing to the eyes.
This week’s harvest includes:
Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of the items in the Farm Share this week, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Asian Greens (Pac/Bok Choi, Komatsuna, Hon Tsai Tai, Tokyo Bekana), Beets (just a few), Carrots, Chard, Chinese Cabbage, “Regular” Cabbage, Cilantro, Collards, Escarole, Endive, Garlic, Hearty Mix, Kale, Lettuce (various), Peppers (Bell & Jalapeno), Radish (rose; sweet giant), Salad Mix, Tomatoes (just a very few), Turnips (Hakurei) …plus Naturally Leavened, Hearth Baked Bread.
Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Store. Everyone else: Everything on our tables at the farmers’ markets are available for you to purchase and enjoy. Please do!
We will be at to the South of the James market this weekend and every weekend this season until the end: December 7th. Market Share CSA members may place an order for pick up at the farm, SOJ market, Good Health Herbs in Market Square, or simply show up at our booth to spend your credit
FYI – Upcoming Events:
– TONIGHT – Nov 7 and Nov 12, 6:30 pm: We are partnering with Good Health Herbs to offer two “Food Farmacy” classes at the herb shop. Learn more here. (Tonight may be sold out, but at last look a few spots remained for next Tuesday.)
One or more of us will be at the following conferences this winter:
Nov 13: VSU Small Farm Family Conference (Lynchburg):
Nov 15-17: CFSA’s Sustainable Ag Conference (Durham):
Dec 4-5: Va Cooperative Extension’s Farm To Table Conference (Harrisonburg):
Jan 31 – Feb 1, 2014: Virginia Biological Farming Conference (Richmond/Midlothian)
Janet, Dan, and the whole Broadfork crew