I cannot believe it’s almost June and I haven’t popped in here to give a little farm and life update. So instead of a recipe today I’ll give a little short and sweet recap of how the spring is going so far.
As of today (May 22nd) we have officially completed 4 farmers markets and starting this coming Tuesday our CSA begins. This year we are growing our membership and have 120 families that will be joining our farm family. We are beyond grateful for the continued support from our amazing community and cannot wait to see all of our returning families and meet all of the new ones who will be joining the CSA this year. We are capping membership with no wiggle room for more families this season but will probably expand next year so for anyone that’s on the waiting list thank you for your patience. We are doing our best to accommodate as many folks as we can without compromising quality, efficiency, and our sanity.
So far things in the fields are looking the best they ever have this early in the season. And despite a very (I mean very) dry spring the plants are happy and the soil is healthier than it’s ever been. We’ve been farming this land for almost 9 years now and with every season of adding organic amendments, cover cropping and plant rotation our land is rewarding us with some of the healthiest looking vegetables we’ve ever seen!
It’s been really special this season to bring Pepper out into the fields with us. Last year I tried to get out with her but it just wasn’t happening (except for like 5 minute stints). This year she’s been having fun hanging in the dirt while the crew harvests everything from beets to spring garlic and everything in between. But don’t let that fool you, it’s still a struggle to get much work done with her out there for long stretches. Though I think we’re in a good groove for right now.
When we’re not busy in the dirt Pepper has been my little kitchen buddy. This girl is eating everything and she’s truly living up to her name because the girl loves spicy food! I think all the spicy food I ate while I was pregnant is the reason her tolerance is so high. We didn’t name her Pepper for nothing! Another one of her favorite things to eat these days is beets. And now that we have them readily available at the farm we’re cooking them up often and she can’t get enough.
This season is off to a great start and we’re hoping for some rain, sunshine, and our fingers are crossed that fire season isn’t as horrible as it was last year. Here’s to hoping we can get through another season without much damage. Anyhow, I hope this post finds you all healthy, happy and well. Thank you to everyone who still pops in here and reads the blog, cooks the recipes and supports our farm. What a wild 14 months this has been. With all the heaviness of the past year I cannot help but be hopeful for this season ahead.
Take care. Xo