Mark your calendars! On August 12th we will be having a celebration on the farm to celebrate 20 years of growing…. a poster with details will be out soon!
The March Newsletter is now posted on the “Newsletters” page as well as a summary of the 2016 farm finances. I am still feeling the effects of last years drought in that the income was lower last year than other years. Another dynamic is that membership subscriptions are down by a third as of this time last year. The farm cannot carry any more debt, and the future of the CSA as it is now is under question. This newsletter describes why I am still committed to connecting people directly to the land. The biggest issue I believe is around cooking! Those of you who are interested in a share this season, please let me know, even if you are not able to put any money towards it at this time.
We are carrying on this year as planned… more seedings this coming week, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: first lettuce, summer cabbage, kale and kohlrabi, chard, parsley, radicchio, and frisee., if anyone is able to come lend a hand, let me know!
Today is the last Winter CSA pick-up (winter is holding on for us). Also starting next week we are seeding in the greenhouse, so if you aren’t sure if it is winter or sprint, and want to get a $50 reduction in your share price, come help us out in greenhouse seeding this season’s crops! Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will be seeding Leeks, Onions, Scallions, Celeriac, Chamomile and Basil. Let me know if you would like to join us!
Yes, Canada turns 150, Owen Sound turns 160, and the Saugeen River CSA turns 20! Since 1997 we have been committed to growing food for folks in our community. We will be celebrating this summer, so keep posted on future announcements!
Reminder that the next winter share is tomorrow, Friday December 30 (days can get confused this time of year). Also, I am in the midst of the seed order for the coming year, and anyone able to make a first payment, if you haven’t already, would help with this cost. I am also offering a new option for membership: a biweekly pick-up. If you don’t want a share every week, you can now get one every other week! The pricing is clearly laid out on the CSA Economics page of the website. If you have any questions, please ask! A newsletter with details of why this new option will be out in the nest few days.
Happy New Year!!!
To see the August Newsletter, go to the “Newsletters” page and follow the link. Since writing this newsletter, the weather has changed from very dry to very wet. This is quite a relief, but we will continue to experience the effects of the extended dry summer with many of the fall crops.
Same as last year, Bennett Deakin from Aster Lane Bread will be taking people’s orders for bread pick-up at the farm on Tuesdays. Go to the website http://www.asterlanebread.com to see what he is offering. Contact him to get on his email list about what he is baking each week, and you can place an order for Saugeen River CSA pick-up.