Ever wonder what farmers do during the winter?
Winter in Ontario often seems to be a stretch of long dark nights and cold, sunless days. After the happy frantic beat of the summer, winter often seems too quiet. On the fields, the wind quietly whips at the tufts of grass and leftover hay, biting at your hands and cheeks. A place that is so productive so much of the year, suddenly seems dead - frighteningly so.
After spending a delightful December with family and friends, taking a quick respite from farm life, we returned in January to get back at it. Few people realize how much planning goes into one season. We draw up harvest and planting plans, order seeds and equipment, and try to navigate the many requirements of organic certification and farm business management.
I'm both grateful for this time (sleep!) and completely restless. I am eager to feel the warm sun on my face again. I am anxious to get on the field. I want to dig my hands back into cool soil, planting and harvesting until the sunset tells me it's time to head in.
Despite another drastic dip in temperature, Jon and I ventured out today to William Dam seeds to purchase seed trays (for the thousands and thousands of tiny seedlings we'll plant in the coming weeks) and for me to greedily load up on flower seeds for my flower project this summer.
Over the last few weeks, we've been working hard to plan our CSA program. We are so truly excited to start our CSA this year with 40 memberships available. We think it will be pretty awesome and we hope you can join.
Sign-up for our CSA will start next week, on February 18th. Members will:
- enjoy 18 weeks of farm-fresh, delicious organic vegetables for a great price
- receive seasonal flowers and herbs in their weekly shares
- support sustainable agriculture
- receive produce grown for its taste and quality, not for its shelf-life
- try new flavours and varieties with heirloom veggies, included in each share
- get seasonal recipes, included in their weekly share
- get access to purchasing pasture-raised poultry, meat and eggs
- get access to free events on the farm, like tomato tastings and harvest events
Check out the website beginning February 18. You'll be able to purchase CSA memberships online or by mail.
If you have any questions or would like any more information, don't hestitate to get in contact with us. Email, me, Kate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, we hope you have a restful and wonderful Family Day!
All the best,