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The look of early winter…for 12.13.2014

Does this look like the greenhouse of a farm at rest for the winter?DSC_0057

There are still a lot of plants growing around here, albeit slowly. We are slightly at rest – the cold and the limited sunlight naturally limits what we have to work with and our time available for working.
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It is reassuring to look at our rows and know that the cycle of the year is moving along like it should. Vegetable matter is breaking down, feeding the biology in the soil. Compost piles are continuing to make compost.
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Cold, rainy days allow for research and planning work on the computer, (while the less fun work of preparing for our tax return looms). Weather-appropriate days allow work on finishing out interior areas of the barn. (We now have lighting in our new wash and pack area! Still ahead: building the new walk-in cooler, building out the new pick-up area/farm-stand, plus the kitchen.)
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Brussels sprouts come into their glory this time of year. (And we do mean glory!) We love them prepared with carmelized onions and bacon. DSC_0059
We have also continued to pay some much-needed attention to our orchard. We have 30 trees of different varieties. We don’t have any commercial aspiration for these – we aim to provide organically raised tree fruit for our family and provide an example for people to learn about holistic orchard management. (We’ll put in a plug here for the annual Va Biological Farming Conference, Jan 30-31. The famous Michael Phillips will be presenting about orchard management! See link below.)
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For our microgreens fans, we’ve started including pea shoots in the mix. We are finding it delicious. Also available this week is our watermelon radishes. Delicious!
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Business notes:
Sign up is now open for our 2015 CSA season! Your investment now allows us the funds to purchase fertilizer and seed for the 2015 season. 
– We are now accepting applications for 2015 Internship positions. Please share this link with anyone you think may be interested.

This week’s Harvest includes:

Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage (mini savoy), Carrots, Chard, Garlic, Lettuce, Microgreens, Radish (watermelon), Salad Mix, …plus our Gift Box of jelly and salsa, Pepper Jelly, Salsa, and naturally leavened Hearth Baked Bread.

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew

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We attend one farmers’ markets this Saturday: South of the James in Forest Hill Park, from 8am – 12pm. This is our last Saturday market of the season! We likely won’t return until March 2015.

2014 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Saturday at our farm, or at the South of the James Market in Forest Hill Park.

Our favorite farming conference is approaching! The annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference, Jan 30-31, which includes a session in which Dan is presenting about our grafted tomato trials.Tickets and more info here. We hope you will join us!

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