Farmer’s Note, week 5

Week #5
Dear CSA Member,
Finally our fall transplanting is finished.  This marks a great milestone.  We have been seeding, tending to and planting seedlings since March and when the last of the transplants are in the ground, we all feel a sense of accomplishment and relief.
CSA farming is constant timing of planting, harvest, more planting for the harvest that is to come.  I read an article the other day about the positive aspects of being a farm with a specialty.  Pieces of equipment are specialized, your knowledge is specialized, your timing of production.  The list goes on.  CSA farming seems to be just the opposite.  We need to plant and harvest over 50 different vegetable with many having three or more varieties.  It is a juggling act of sorts with clipboards and charts galore.  Each week eight or so vegetables need to be mature and ready to be harvested.  Each job that we can put in the finished pile is anticipated and appreciated.
The Member Farm Work Visit is planned for July 22 from 10-2.  If you can attend or plan on attending, please send us an e-mail just so we have an idea of how many members to plan on.  Send the e-mail to info@stoneledgefarmny.org.  We will be harvesting garlic and also take some time to walk around the fields.  If it is really hot you will be welcome to jump in the creek at the end of the day.  Please bring your lunch, water and a hat and sunscreen.  If you have any questions, please send an e-mail and we will get back in touch.  Please send an e-mail so if there is a delay due to weather I will be able to send you an e-mail directly.  I would also post any delay on the farm website, Farm Blog.
Enjoy the Vegetables
Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm
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