It’s the coldest February recorded since 1934 according to the New York Times. That’s over 80 Winters and the coldest I’ve seen in my life. John and I were discussing last year, and looking through our notes. We were in the fields 10 days from now a year ago and both sporting t-shirts in one lovely photo, which now seems so far away.
I’ve been working on my tan though. We’ve been spending a lot more time in the greenhouse, getting everything ready and starting our seeds. On sunny days it gets to be about 80 degrees in there, which can feel quite heavenly this time of year.
Recently I’ve been smelling seeds. They’re delicious, with my favorite being carrot seeds. Every seed has it’s own exquisite smell and mixing those smells with the smell of the potting soil and the warm greenhouse air has a certain effect on a person. With these freezing temperatures, this experience seems even more special.
We pushed back firing up the greenhouse for a couple weeks to save on heat costs. However that didn’t stop us. We rigged up our spare bedroom with grow lights and our heat mats so we could still start our seeds on time. Today we moved them to their new home in the greenhouse where they are enjoying this snow storm from the warmth of the greenhouse, their new leaves reaching towards the Sun.
We are excited to announce our markets for the 2015 growing season so far:
Easton Farmer’s Market: Wednesdayevenings May-October
Wrightstown Farmer’s Market (limited vegetables!): Saturdays 9-1 May-November
Washington Crossing Farmer’s Market (Box Shares available!): Saturdays 9-1 May-November
Pennington Farmer’s Market (just mushrooms!): Saturdays 9-1 May-October
Asbury Fresh Farmer’s Market (Box Shares available!): Sundays 11-4 June-September
And as always, our Market Share is available for pickup at any of these markets!
Happy March to you all!
CSA Shares are filling up fast, but are still available! Visit our website for more details. Pick-up in Washington Crossing, PA and Asbury Park, NJ.
Bed of snow
In the middle of one of the coldest Winters I can remember, we are finding ourselves starting new projects and feeling the oncoming of Spring with each project completed. We are very excited to become full-on mushroom producers this year, with our new grow room close to completion and with that, quite a few new skills learned. I can now proudly say that I can frame a door, build a room, do electric wiring and hold many tools with a firmer grip.
In less then a month we will be putting up our high tunnel for super early baby greens and carrots and planting our greenhouse tomatoes, which should be ripe by the end of May!
Through the snow and ice we have been putting up a sturdier deer fence to help prevent any future heads of perfect lettuce from being eaten!
Our CSA sign-up season is well underway and it seems many of you are looking forward to the oncoming of Spring as much as we are. This year we are offering both a box share and a market share. The box share will be available at the Washington Crossing Farmer’s Market and at the Asbury Fresh Farmer’s Market. We are offering both a half share(5-10 pounds!) and a full share (10-20 pounds!), both with pick-up every week.
Our market share is available at any market that we do and is not limited to just one market. This share option gives you the ability to choose the produce you’d like, when you’d like it.
Tomorrow we start our first seeds in the warm greenhouse. With the oncoming snow, I have a feeling it will be a peaceful, serene, first greenhouse day. On the schedule to start is; our greenhouse tomatoes, spinach, onions and leeks!
As we come to the end of our first year there is so very much to be thankful for. Our farm has grown and changed in so many ways, breathing in a life of it’s very own. Thinking about when we first looked at the land, fields overgrown with grass, an old concrete pad where our greenhouse is now, it boggles my mind to think of how much a few people can get done in a single year and how beautifully a parcel of land can mold into something you hold close to your heart.
As we are preparing for Thanksgiving on this snowy day there are quite a few people we would like to extend our gratitude to.
First and foremost to Jane and Jason our landowners, for their endless supply of support, encouragement and kindness, they are truly something special. And along with them, Martha Pickles Washington their bulldog for her endless love for our dog Dixie.
Will, our property manager for helping us make basically anything out of basically nothing, teaching us about building/welding/tractors/life and bringing so much enthusiasm and intelligence into everything he does.
Patty Spock for all the times she came out full of vigor and excited to weed. She brought so much joy to the farm and was always willing to help out with just about anything and let us talk to her about whatever was stressing us out that day. We appreciate you so much.
Charlie Spock for lending us equipment, helping out at farmers markets and taking care of Dixie.
Joe, Sharon, Mark and Ali Squicciarino for all your help at the farm when John was away on his internship this October. Joe, for listening to and answering our endless business/financial questions.
Di and Lisa of DeAnna’s restaurant and Rory of Blue Bottle Cafe for always helping us to change our schedules around based on markets and things that had to get done at the farm. Your encouragement this Summer uplifted us so much.
Steve of Great Road Farm for allowing us to start our transplants in his greenhouse and taking care of them. It was a pleasure getting to see your face those first few weeks.
Andrew and Lindsay of Double Brook Farm for allowing us to bother them with questions about things from the past, letting us borrow things we couldn’t yet purchase, and entertaining us when we were on 4 hours of sleep and stopped by.
Jean Martin-Fortier of The Market Gardener for helping us to believe that you can make a living off of 2 acres and the endless amount of information about permanent beds we received from your book.
All of the market managers, workers and volunteers at our many markets this Season. They all work so hard and dedicate so much of their time to getting good food to their community, it has been incredible to see.
All of our friends for their encouragement and excitement about our endeavor. Also, for remaining our friends even though you barely saw us the past 6 months.
Last, but certainly not least, all of our customers and local community. All the praise, kindness and vegetable love we felt from you was unending and allowed us to push through the hardest of days.
We are so excited to start planning for next year’s markets and CSA, start producing mushrooms and welcome even more people into our hearts. Thank you all!