This is just a reminder that we have our next pick-up for winter CSA members tomorrow from 2-6 pm. And for those who usually get eggs, there’s enough for most of you to get two dozen. I’ll make sure you each get at least one dozen, but if you especially want two and reply to this post to let me know, I’ll reserve them.
Happy New Year everyone! With so much uncertain in the world, one thing I can say is that the days are already getting longer, and seeds have begun arriving for the coming season! As in other years, I start signing up previous members in the month of January. In February I open shares up to others if there’s space. Many of you have already signed up, but for those who have not, if you could at least let me know your intention if you want a share this season. Winter plans are underway, and neglected bookkeeping. I’ll post more details about the coming season soon…
A group of biologists from Bird Ecology and Conservation Ontario have been studying ground nesting birds (Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, and Grasshopper Sparrows) in this area for several years. This past year they did a study of our farm, among others. Their goal is to help farmers develop pasture and haying practices that can take into consideration the needs of these endangered birds. It was a great experience to learn how adjusting grazing and cutting timing can make it more possible for these birds to raise their young. I’ve attached the report they gave me about the farm. They also recorded all the bird species they observed here (47 total!).
A parsnip in a pear tree? Think of a winter vegetable to add to the song and maybe we’ll make a promotional video for the farm facebook page!
The winter CSA will begin on Friday December 3rd. The pick-up time is from 2-6pm. This starts an hour earlier than the main season since it gets dark so soon. Many of you have paid for your share, many have not. Anyone that is able to make an e-transfer now that would be great, if not, on the first pick-up with check or cash is fine. Like last year I’d like just one person at a time down in the root cellar to get your share. The space is actually really tight with such a large harvest this year. The shares will be available every other Friday. The planned schedule is:
Dec 3, 17, and 31 (yes, New Year’s Eve)
Jan 14 and 28
Feb 11 and 25
Mar 11 and 25
I would now like to begin signing up RETURN winter share members. If you had a winter share last year or in the past and want one again this season you can sign up with a deposit or pay the total amount. The share prices will remain the same as last year: $250 for a small share and $400 for a large. Those new members who have expressed interest in a winter share, I will begin signing up as many on my list as possible by the middle of October. If you have any questions let me know. Thanks!
Well that didn’t take long. I’ve already reached the limit of eggs I can offer. Thanks for the quick response.
The new chickens are starting to lay more eggs than for those who normally get eggs… not loads, but more. If there are a few other members who would like to get eggs regularly let me know.
There’s been a clear shift in weather, and fall is in the air in many ways. In September I usually like to remind members who have not finished paying for their main season share to make sure they are all paid up before the end of December.
I have also been receiving requests for winter shares. I don’t usually sign folks up until October, but if members who have had a winter share in the past can let me know if they want one this winter I can have a sense if there are any spaces available. Overall I would say the winter crops are coming along well, but I won’t be adding any more spaces than previous years.
Hope you can enjoy the crisper air!
Just a reminder that you can get bread delivered for you at the CSA on Tuesdays. Aster Lane Farm’s bread is amazing and easy to order. Go to http://www.asterlanebread.com to see what they do. Send them an email to email@example.com and get on the list to order from their weekly selection. They send out what is available each week on the weekend, you just need to fill in their form by Monday morning. All communication is with Bennett and Catherine, so ask them more questions through the email.
The space previously reserved for apprentices has been changed to a Bed and Breakfast. A new page has been set up for it here on the website. If you know anyone looking for a farmy place to stay, have them contact us.