This is the final CSA share of the 2021 summer vegetable season! It all started with a tiny seed. This is onion seed (pictured above) that we grew out right here at Aspen Moon Farm this year and collected from the field in September. We will plant these seeds next spring for YOU! The story of this seed goes back even farther. In the spring of 2020 we planted onion seeds in our greenhouse and grew them into onions to feed the community. We saved some of those onions and planted them in the dirt (yes the whole round onion) this past Spring. They grew tall shoots that flowered into umbles and fed lots of beneficial flying insects. Those flowers opened up into tiny seed pods. This photo is the dried onion umble and you can see the tiny black seeds within the seed pod that is just cracking open. We will work these umbles gently over the winter to collect out all of the seeds. The tricky part is separating out the seeds from all the debris of the dried plant parts. The remaining seed harvest is a small bag of seeds that you can hold in one hand. But oh the potential in that small handful of seeds!! We value this cycle of life, this scientific wonder, this natural miracle... and we are going to do it again and again... and again. We hope that you will join us in membership and partnership again as well. Your part is essential to the whole of the Farm and we are so grateful you joining us in this journey.
Thank you to all of our CSA members for your commitment to good local food. Thank you for all of your loving gratitude and for sometimes reaching out to us when we needed to make something right for you. WE LOVE GROWING GOOD FOOD FOR YOU! We can't wait to see your smiling faces again next year. We will stay busy at the Farm this winter serving our Fall CSA members Nov-mid December, putting the fields to bed with livestock rotations and cover crops, working our many seed varieties, endless tasks preparing for the next season, and then starting it all again by planting the first seeds in the greenhouse in February. Yep, you guessed it- those first seeds will be onions.