Well, here we are, half way through February, winter winding down, and looking forward to another season's promise. Not like we have had it too hard this winter. On the contrary, it has often seemed like it has been having a hard time settling in from Fall. Oh well, maybe we got the equivalent of 2 winters last year and we get a break from the chilly climes. It is a leap year, after all.
Michelle and I have been taking advantage of these milder temperatures. On Sunny days, temperatures have been well over +15 C inside the greenhouse! So we've been doing some renovations in it, building higher raised beds and tables which will allow us to do more with it this coming season.
|Troy building raised beds in the balmy greenhouse|
This year we will be giving the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) a try with our vegetable garden. Basically this means rather than taking all of our produce to the farmers market, we hope to pre-sell shares (half and full shares) to households in the surrounding area at the beginning of the season, which would buy them a weekly box of whichever vegetables are in season delivered to them to enjoy. The CSA model has really caught hold in larger centers, but we are sure that we can make it work here too. We believe it represents a better way for us to get to know the people we grow food for and vice versa. Basically, it is a great way to build community and share what we believe is really good quality, local, fresh produce with you.
We would like to keep our deliveries local - within 30 miles of Cartwright - but will remain flexible, depending on where most interest is. Tentatively, we are open to doing weekly deliveries to Pilot Mound, Clearwater, Crystal City, Mather, Cartwright, Glenora, and Killarney. Let us know if people in your community might be interested, as we'd be happy to try and accommodate you. We are also open to on-farm pickup. You can visit "vegetables" on our webpage for info on varieties and pricing.
Secondly, we are pleased to announce that we will also be offering bedding plants for sale this coming season! Michelle and I have been busy planting seeds, germinating them indoors so that they will be ready to transplant into the greenhouses come March. The plants we will be offering are mostly perennial herbs and flowers, but we will also have some annual herbs, flowers and, of course, vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, pumpkins, etc. These plants would all be ready to pre-order by the end of March and ready to deliver by mid to late May. We will hopefully have a plant price list up on our website soon, so check back in on the website in March or contact us.
|Michelle and her grandma, Dorothy, seeding down some flowers.|
Aside from the CSA and bedding plant sales, we will also be offering a variety of other products, including unpasteurized honey, preserves, free range broiler chickens and eggs, as well as pasture-raised pork and beef later in the fall. Feel free to spread the word to family and friends - we'd appreciate it!
Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you would like further info on our farm offerings. send us an email or call, we'd love to hear from you.
Hope you are enjoying this winter as much as we have been and talk to you soon!
Michelle and Troy