I always have outlandish expectations for March 1st. It's similar to the way I visualize January 1st - I'll wake up feeling refreshed, imbued with renewed purpose and energy, and start the new year (sans hangover) on the right foot. Year after year, I wake up on March 1st thinking it will be the first day of early spring. I'll throw on a light spring jacket, put away the snow shovels, and we'll start our seedlings in a balmy greenhouse as the grass turns green.
And now it's March 3rd and we're in the midst of yet another winter storm.
This is a hard time of year for many produce farmers. We've enjoyed having a lighter workload over the winter and now we're in full planning mode: collecting (and paying for) all of the materials, seeds, inputs and tools for the upcoming season. We're hiring our staff, sending out applications to farmers' markets, and building our CSA memberships. We've had our rest and now it's time to get going!
Cue the next snow storm.
It's a reminder that sometimes you have to go on faith. We believe that all of this planning, worrying, and excitement will be put to good use in a few short weeks. And it will be worth it when we have our first harvest and deliver our first full boxes of produce to our CSA members.
In the meantime, Jon and I continue to gather steam for the coming season (in between sessions of shoveling snow). This week we're busy setting up our grow lights so we can start onions, leeks, kale, broccoli, eggplant and celery as well as a few trays of flowers indoors.
So as the snow continues to come down, we're in the basement setting up a little selection of spring. It takes faith at this time of year but we're confident that somewhere under all that snow is a field that will need to be planted and lots of good people who are craving fresh, local food after a long winter without it.
For those of you who have signed up for our 2015 CSA, we thank you! This time of year is made so much easier when we have members who also have faith. Your membership represents an investment in the farm at a time when it's needed most.
For those of you who are interested in our CSA, check it out and please let us know if you have any questions. We're here to help.
And as alwasy, keep the faith. March might "come in like a lion but it leaves like a lamb."