Our greenhouse is already 1/3 full with seedlings for the 2018 CSA and markets. Most of these crops are pretty cold tolerant, with the exception of the tomatoes, which we have on heat mats and insulate at night. It’s exciting to see so much “green” this time of year!
We’re going to the 3rd Annual Know Your Farmer Fair tomorrow, but we think it should be a “Know Your Tractor” fair. Some of ours have some pretty interesting stories. Our tractor Bruce, for instance, has a song written about him! We purchased Bruce the Deutz from Simple Gifts Farm in 2014, and apparently one of their crew members wrote the song below. Although he still needs some work, we have been using Bruce to work on our fields in Ashford where we grow rye straw.
Every year, we try to make some improvements to our CSA. One of the ways we determine what changes to make is by using our end of season surveys. To our relief, we’ve received almost all good feedback, but there are some things that can be improved. Here is what’s in store for 2018:
- Two new scales for our farm stand – Throughout the 2017 season we noticed, and received feedback about, the fact that it was difficult to measure out share amounts with multiple members at the farm stand. This year we will have 2 scales set up, and we’re hoping they’ll even be a little easier to load up and read.
- More Pick-Your-Own herbs – We started doing some PYO herbs last year in the garden by our farm stand. We received great feedback about this and plan to expand for 2018. In addition to the herbs planted at the farm stand, we will be building movable planters that we can set up at both the on-farm and remote pick-up sites.
- Alternate pick-up options for members who will be away – This has been on our minds for a while – how to manage alternate pick-up times. For 2018, we will be offering farmers’ market credit for up to 2 weeks of produce per member, if we are notified 2 days prior to the “missed pick-up”. See our 2018 CSA Member Agreement for more information.
Let us know if you have any other feedback, and we will do our best to accommodate!
Spencer, Jackie, & Julia
Hi folks! It’s that time of year again, and we’re busy planning for next season. Some of the projects we’re working on are:
- A new deer fence for our field across the street (where we will plant our 2018 sweet corn!)
- Some new mini greenhouses, which will help us have more variety earlier and later in the season
- A bed flamer, used to kill weeds before planting, with minimal soil disturbance
- Ordering seeds
- Tractor and truck maintainence
- Preparing our main greenhouse for early spring peas and carrots
- Expanding our irrigation system
- And the list goes on…
You can find our 2018 application in the top right corner of this page. Please read carefully, as we have made a few changes to our CSA member agreement from last year.
Best wishes and Happy Holidays!
-Spencer, Jackie, & Julia
Hi everyone! We just had our last outdoor market of the season this Saturday and will be moving indoors for the winter. Here is the winter schedule for the Storrs Farmers’ Market (our other markets will resume next spring):
December 9 & 23
January 13 & 27
February 10 & 24
March 10 & 24
April 7 & 21
The winter market is held from 3-5PM @ the Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Rd. Mansfield Center, CT 06250
We are likely to have root vegetables, such as carrots, onions, and garlic, and some greens, such as lettuce and spinach, available throughout December. Our sales and winter greens production will dictate how long we will be attending into the new year.