It is so strange to see things covered in white around here for so many days in one week. It’s also strange to now be living in a pink house, but that is another story.
Winter work around here continues. It feels like a lot of busy-ness while also waiting for the most important things. We’re waiting for the delivery of the (special order) materials to build our new seedling greenhouse. We’re waiting for the ground to dry up (and now thaw) in order to be able to dig holes for the new barn construction. (So far all we’ve managed to do is let the tractor sink in mud.)
Luckily conditions are perfect for moving around compost piles and building new ones. Ladies and gentlemen: please see here the compost (below) that will feed the soil that will feed your vegetables during the 2015 season. Yes, we have to plan ahead.
Here is some finished compost that we made (below). We are really pleased with the quality, and so we have designated it for our precious tomato crop this year. We want them to get the really good stuff.
So, it’s late January and we are planning for tomatoes. And cucumbers. And many more plants, too. (Yesterday our 4 year old son was day-dreaming about cucumbers for his salad. He knows he has to wait until summer [maybe late spring?], and he’s already excited about the day they are ready.)
For now, we have carrots.
And some greenhouse salad mix. (Much of what we had in the greenhouses has not survived these extra-cold temps of late. 9 degrees is cold.) Plus a few other usual suspects.
* Due to these amazingly cold nights (and our associated dearth of produce), our Farm Stand is closed until more produce is ready for the picking…sometime in February we hope. Stay tuned!
This Week’s Harvest:
Carrots, Radish (sweet giant), and Salad Mix…plus Pepper Jelly, and our Naturally Leavened, Hearth Baked Bread.
2014 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Store to order for pick up on Saturday at our farm or Good Health Herbs from 9am – 12:30pm (in Brandermill) or in the Byrd Park area of Richmond on Sunday morning (details in online store.)
Everyone else: Please sign up for our 2014 Market Share CSA and start placing orders now. Our Farm Stand will open up again as soon as there is produce to fill it, and we will return to our booth at the farmers’ markets in March or April.
Our amazing Farm Share CSA provides you with a weekly share of vegetables on Wednesdays, May through September (summer season) in exchange for an investment in our farm in the preceding winter or spring. Sign up is going on now! Pick up locations forming around Chesterfield and potentially Richmond. Learn more here.
Sample week’s share from September 2013.
– Janet, Dan, and the whole Broadfork Crew
PS – We are now accepting applications for 2014 Field Crew positions. There is an large focus on teaching our crew about this work, so we have termed it an Internship. See details on our website here.