How did it get to be October?!? I can’t believe how fast this season has flown by!
Wyatt and I want to express our gratitude to all of you for making another farm season possible. We truly couldn’t do it without our CSA members. You are the core of our farm and make it possible for us to grow a huge variety of vegetables each year. I’ve said many times that having our CSA makes it so much easier to keep our farm in business. I’ve tried to articulate the reasons many times. But I still don’t think any of you realize how important you are to us. We really couldn’t do it without you!
This was our 7th CSA year and our 10th year of farming. We successfully fed 425 CSA members this season. We take our commitment to all of you very seriously and feel like it is a huge success when we get to the end of the season and have fed you for 22 weeks. You have no idea how much thought and energy Wyatt puts into making a crop plan to make sure we have a great variety of food for you each week. For any of you home gardeners, just imagine how much energy it would take for you to grow all of your CSA vegetables each week and not have any weeks where the only thing you have to eat is zucchini.
Each farm season seems crazy and this one was no exception. In March we were feeling panicked because we thought we would be heading into a record-setting drought year. Then in April we had record snows and while this greatly improved our water situation, it was too cold and wet to plant anything. It was another hot summer, followed by the devastating floods that affected so many of us. Our farm has thankfully recovered from all the rain in September, but it was difficult to have such a huge disruption at the peak of our harvest.
We had a great farm crew this year to do all the work that is involved in bringing you your food each week. We have about 20 people who show up at the farm at sunrise each day to work long, hard hours growing food. We try to pay them as well as we can, but farm work just doesn’t pay that great. Our farm crew works unbelievable hard and most of them do it for the love of feeding people. Speaking of loving to feed people, we owe a huge thanks to Mo for telling us what to do with our CSA veggies each week. Her passion for food really comes out in her weekly recipe posts. We also had a handful of amazing volunteers to help with logistics like handling missed CSA pickups and redesigning our web page. The Tuv Ha’Aretz core committee also did a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes. Thank you so much to all of you!
Our fields still have a lot of food growing, so we plan to have our Mini Fall CSA again this year. And we are currently working on putting together our first ever Winter CSA. We’ll send out details soon. And of course we’ll keep you posted on signing up for our regular season CSA for 2014.
Once again, you have our sincerest gratitude and we hope to see all of you again in 2014.
Amy & Wyatt