Keep your face toward the sun

Keep your face toward the sun

So much has changed in our lives in the last 30 days. These are surly uncertain times and for so many of us with elderly loved ones to try and protect it is very scary. We here on the farm have had to make some changes as well to how we operate in this new world. Mark and I have decided to not to have our part time farm help for now. We are handling all the spring prep ourselves for now. Its a big job to ready the season here on the farm but thank goodness we keep our CSA program small enough to manage and we have canceled all of our events and wedding for the next 6 to 8 weeks. I am praying by than we will have a better understanding on what the future holds with this pandemic. We also made some changes in how we are handling our produce. We strictly follow the USDA standards for food safety from harvest to packing our FarmBoxes. Now I feel we need to take even further measure to ensure safety. 1. Mark and I will be the only ones handling harvest, wash and pack. 2. Both of us will be wearing gloves and face masks while handling the produce. 3. All greens will have a triple wash before packing in your shares. 4. All greens will be placed in the cooler until pickup times. 5.  All pickups will be in the pavilion this season or on the farmhouse porch. 6. All Farmboxes will be disinfected before pickup.  All flower cans will be disinfected. All flower cutters will be disinfected..and there will be wipes for you to use as well for the cutters.  Mark and I are discussing possible deliveries for those that shareholders that are close to the farm..I will keep you up to date on that.  The main thing I want you to know is..We intend on doing everything possible to provide you with a safe, fresh and healthy farmbox this season.

So, Let’s chat about what’s been happening here on the farm because we are inching closer to our spring season and the start of our CSA pickups. The hoop house we built last fall is filled with baby lettuces, spinach, arugula and sprouting purple broccoli. I have never grown this sprouting broccoli before so that is a trial..but I have my fingers crossed. The field is now about a third planted with lettuces, spring onions. cauliflowers, broccoli, sugar snap peas, kales..lot’s of greens and so on..It has been a really wet March raining..down pours almost everyday. But the sun was shinning to day so my face was to the sun and my hands were in the dirt..so it was a beautiful and productive day. I am looking forward to what we will accomplish in the next couple of weeks. We should have most of the field beds planted and Hoop house #2 filled with tomato plants, cucumbers and eggplant.

I just want to end with this. I know we are all scared..I know we have all been saying prayers and staying home. I want you to know I realize you have put a lot of faith in us as your farmers..I can’t tell you how many emails I have gotten the last couple of weeks of people looking for a local farms..CSA program or just to be able to buy fresh produce.. I am grateful and honored to be your farmer..and we will work hard to bring you and your family all that this farm as to offer. There has never been a better time to know your local farmer..and I am so thankful to be yours. Peggy

Prep for your CSA FarmBox

Prep for your CSA FarmBox

Prep for your CSA FarmBox

Tips to get ready for your FarmBox before you pickup. 

As with anything prep is important. I wanted to give you all a few tips I have learned over the years to prepare for all these vegetables that will be coming during the farmbox season. 

If you haven’t already check out “The Top 6 Tool Guide” please do so.. This will help with making sure you have some of the tools you need in navigating through your CSA. Spring time is greens season and there is lots of salad and cooking greens in your Farmbox. I am working on the Greens Guide for y’all in hopes that it will help you learn more about each of them. You always get a list of contents in your FarmBox when you pickup but sometimes identifying them from each other can be the trick. 

Spring: Salads are in season with lots of different types and varieties of lettuce greens. Butter lettuces are my favorite and are some of the first lettuces you will see in your share. These lettuces are super sweet and tender. You will find them in both full head forms and loose leaf. The main tip with butter lettuce is to be gentle with them during the wash stage. Just give them a good rinse and spin in the salad spinner and allow them to dry a bit before you put them in whatever storage container you want to store your lettuce in. They should be good for 5-7 days in your refrigerator. The same can be said with Spinach and loose baby salad mix lettuce. 

The beginning of the CSA FarmBox season will be the most labor intensive because of all the salad & cooking greens. Here are my 4 best tips to prep for those.

1. Decide how best you want to store these greens when they come in. Green Bags, Containers, or ziplock bags. Have plenty of these on-hand and ready to go. 

2. These greens need to washed and stored imminently. They will wilt on you. A good soak in cold water will help but, getting them washed and stored is your best bet with keeping these greens at their peak. Also the salad spinner is a most tool to have. This will save you tons of time getting your greens nice and dry before you store them. 

3. Knowing that spring is salad season plan around that and how to mix it up and make them interesting while you have so many of them. 3-4 times a week..try a different take on salads. Pintest is great to look for seasonal salad ideas.

4. Prep your fridge for your coming farmbox. Make room for it’s contents before your pickup. And besure to label the greens while you’re storing them. I use freezer tapeand a sharpy because it is easy to peel off. 

 

 

 

MCF FarmBox Masters News

MCF FarmBox Masters News

MCF FarmBox Masters News

The  Flower Season @ The Farm & In Your FarmBox

As the weeks move forward in our CSA seasons so do the many beautiful flowers here on the farm. It is truly one of my personal loves are all those colorful blooms. I start planning our flower season in the dead of winter when not a single pop of color is out in the field. My desk is filled with notes, bed layouts and flower seed packets. This has been my winter time task for almost 20 years now…and I do love putting it all together and in play out there for you and I to enjoy.

I like to go with a wilder look to my cut flower sections in the field and there are a couple of reasons for this.

1. By mixing different colors and types of flowers, herbs and vegetables I am creating a perfect calling card of my pollinators. The bees love skipping around from bloom to bloom and as seed savers we need them to pollinate all the flowers they can.

2. All the colors and varieties out there bring several of beneficial insects to the field. Yes, sometimes a few non-beneficials with sneak in there too..but the good out weight the bad most of the time.

When you are at the farm for your FarmBox pickup and the flower season is in full bloom do take advantage of cutting your self or a friend a big gorgeous bouquet. This is part of your FarmBox share and just getting out there amongst the flowers in the field slows you down and before you realize it all the stress of the world slips away and your field of vision just got a whole lot more colorful.

Our Video on flowers and making bouquets in the flower section of your Shareholders only area.

Peggy

 

 

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