Business item first: After this weekend, for the rest of the foreseeable winter we are going to take orders from CSA members for pick up on Wednesdays – not Saturdays. (We will still deliver CSA orders to the Byrd Park area on Sundays.) Also, items that we have in quantities greater than our CSA members desire we are selling through Fall Line Farms – Richmond’s online farmers’ market. Pick up for this market is on Thursdays in many locations around metro Richmond. If you aren’t able to be a part of our CSA, we highly recommend that you shop through Fall Line. There is a membership fee, but you can use discount code “broadfork” to earn a complimentary 6 month membership. Check it out! Now for our reflections on winter: Winter is harvesting yesterday anything that would not survive the deep cold of this morning. (Everything in our high tunnel did fine, but the greens that were still growing out in the field had to be cut.)
Winter is harvesting greens in the afternoon (as opposed to in the morning, as one must do in the warmer months) to avoid high nitrate levels found in winter greens in the morning hours.
…realizing our heater in the walk-in “cooler” isn’t warm enough to keep it above freezing when it is 10 degrees outside.
…relaxed mornings around our wood stove, with no hurry to get outside and start work.
…soaking up the afternoon sun, rather than shielding it.
…really, really cherishing hot bread, straight from the oven.
…finishing up work by 5:00, time for an early and relaxed dinner as a family, and time for music and board games before bed.
…time for construction projects and fixing things. Pictured here is the new framing in the part of the barn that will be our new pick-up area/farm stand, plus the shadows of Janet and the new baby.
Winter is thanking you all for accepting this email delivered late, as we needed to wait until the highest temperature of the day to see how greens in the high tunnel fared. Stay warm, everyone!
This week’s Harvest includes:
Garlic, Hearty Mix, Microgreens, Radishes (red), Salad Mix, Spinach (asian), Pepper Jelly, and naturally leavened Hearth Baked Bread.
**One change for 2015: CSA Ordering through our website will close at 8:00 am on the day before pick up. Thank you for ordering!
Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew
**Remember: 2014 Market Share CSA memberships have now ended. If you wish to invest in our farm, order from us in 2015, and have access to our harvest before we start attending the farmers’ markets next year, please Sign up for our 2015 CSA season! Though the main harvest season is still a way off, your investment now allows us the funds to purchase expensive start up supplies for 2015: fertilizers, soil amendments, seed, irrigation supplies, framing and insulation for our new walk-in cooler, etc.
**We are now accepting applications for 2015 Internship positions. Please share the details in this link with anyone you think may be interested.
2015 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Saturday at our farm or at Good Health Herbs, or on Sunday at the UU Church, adjacent to Byrd Park (details on the ordering page).
**Anyone may order select goods from us through Fall Line Farms, Richmond’s online farmers’ market. You can use discount code “broadfork” to earn a complimentary 6 month membership.
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!