Notably, today is farm email day and the world outside is not covered with snow!
It is also notable that yesterday we finally received the supplies to build our new seedling greenhouse. This was luckily the first time it has ever taken 6 weeks for us to receive an order. Yowzers. (And, no, we aren’t opening a concession stand in the greenhouse, despite the “Hot Dawg” box pictured above. That’s just a heater.)
These past few days of spring like weather have us a bit giddy.
We have to remind ourselves that it is appropriate for the tomato plants to still be so far away from transplant-size. There is still plenty of winter left, we are sure.
Salad greens and carrots are still coming out of the greenhouse, and new baby plants are going in the ground in greater numbers these days.
We keep a couple of colonies of bees, with Janet’s father (who lives next door) being the head beekeeper. These warm days have allowed the bees the chance to cart out the bodies of their hive-mates who have passed on. Not the most cheery update, but it’s part of the yearly cycle around here. Some of them naturally die off during the winter, and thus their remains must be taken care of. These bees really have quite a system, and we hope to be able to photograph and share even more about them with our readers this season.
This Week’s Harvest:
Carrots, 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 enough 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
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VABF Richmond Farm Tours
Richmond Area Sustainable Farm Tour Weekend: September 20 & 21, 2014
Shake the Hand that Feeds You!
Saturday, September 20, 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, September 21, 1 PM to 5 PM
We will be participating in this inaugural weekend of farm tours in the greater metro Richmond area. Load up your car with friends and family (one ticket covers everyone!) and head out for a day — or two — of meeting farmers and seeing where and how your food is grown. Learn more here and stay tuned for the complete list of farms on tour.