Dear CSA Members, returning and new, hello and welcome to the 2018 growing season! My name is Anya Rosen and I am the interm farm manager here at Willowsford Farm this year. I have been responsible for overseeing the vegetable production operation here throughout the last two years, and I’m proud to continue the legacy of this farm. As this is my third season with WSF, some of us may know each other from both regular season and winter CSAs over the past several years. I am so excited to meet those of you who are new members, continue getting to know those who are returning to support us, and generally share our produce with you this season.
Farming using organic methodology is a slow burn, and by that I mean that no farm was built in a day. Nature works slowly to break down matter in the soil and make nutrients available to the vegetables we grow, and it is important for us as farmers to work in accordance with these processes to ensure sustainable land management. I think it’s important to mention the amount of care that has been devoted to the land this farm was built upon. We are growing our veggies in soil that has been amended with compost yearly and rotationally cover cropped to restore nitrogen and organic matter to the earth. The vegetables themselves are thoughtfully rotated yearly throughout over 15 acres. As a result the veggies we harvest and eat are filled with nutrients and vitamins and free of pesticides and chemicals. The fruits of our labor are also the fruits of deliberate planning, skill, experience, and compassion. And by fruits I mean vegetables. I feel very lucky to have inherited this land from a farmer who is one of the most compassionate land stewards I know. Not only did he nourish the land but he shared his values, insights, and philosophies with a new generation of farmers of which I myself am included, and for that I am also grateful.
In the spirit of gratitude and without further ado, your first CSA share is listed below!
The Spinach leaves you’ll see in your share are from plants that overwintered nicely – meaning they were planted last fall! Spinach plants don’t like it too hot and tend to go to seed when temperatures rise, but as we have had a fairly cool spring the plants were able to grow vigorously without calling it quits too soon. The leaves are thick and juicy from withstanding so many months outside so I like to chop them up and sauté them with onions and garlic to bring out their flavor. They are a great addition to an omelette or sweet potato risotto as well!
The strawberry jam in your shares this week was made from strawberries from last year’s harvest by Willowsford chef Bonnie Moore. Try a spoonful over yogurt with granola, or go for a classic PB&J. Fresh berries in the field are finally starting to flush and are just around the corner!
A couple quick reminders about your pickup locations, shares and the Farm Stand:
- Those of you who pick up at the Farm Stand will see something new this year: a parking lot! Please use it. It was installed for your safety and we are working to discourage street parking. As you approach the Farm Stand, just keep on going until the end of the garden and turn into the farm driveway and voila, you will be in the parking lot.
- Those of you who pick up at the Boat House, reminder, we extended pickup hours in order to serve you better, so your shares will be available until 7pm on Wednesday nights.
- NO EGG SHARES THIS WEEK. The hens are taking their sweet time laying eggs. We hope to fill shares the second week of the season, but stay tuned to your email for alerts and details. And of course, we will double you up on eggs as soon as we can.
- FLOWER SHARES BEGIN Tuesday May 29th, Wednesday May 30th and Saturday June 2nd.
- Vegetable Share Holders: Remember to pick up your two reusable Willowsford Farm bags with your share and bring them every week. Reusable bags come with the vegetable shares only. If you’d like to purchase one for your other shares, they are on sale at the Farm Stand.
- Willowsford Residents with Vegetable CSA shares: Your limited edition Farm Use hats will be at your pickup location. Simply tell our staff that you are a resident and picking up your hat.
- We still have spots open in our Chicken Share with Honeybrook Farms. Frozen chickens available at any CSA pickup and fresh chickens available for Sundays at the Farm Stand only.
- If you’d like to make a one-time change to your CSA pickup day or location, you can do so in your member account: https://csa.farmigo.com/account/willowsfordfarm
- If you’d like to make a change to your pickup location for the entire season, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Guest blog submissions welcome. Let us know what you do with your first vegetable share and we’ll post your story and recipe on our blog and social media.
Thanks again for joining us this season and we’ll see you at either the Farm Stand or the Boathouse this week!
Anya, Deb x22 goats, Lex x800 hens, Nate, James, Christina, Kate, Amanda, Julia, Anna, and Radish