Hello Farm Friends!
It's been so nice seeing many of you at the winter market over the past couple of months. Usually this time of year finds us greasing the gears with great anticipation for a busy summer season...but this year, it feels like the train has already left the station at full steam, and summer is upon us! Ok, not quite, but these hot dry days do have us pondering a shifting growing season, as well as the preciousness of water in an arid landscape. The rain over the weekend had me shuddering great sighs of relief. The smell of wet soil and heavy dew on the grass was a balm for my anxious, early-spring, "is it June already?!?" self.
This is no doubt the driest, and warmest, April we've experienced here on this land. Our planting plan, and the maturity rate of many of our field crops, is easily a week or two ahead of "normal." We'll be attending the first Silverton outdoor summer market this coming Saturday with a relatively full display and lots and lots of greeeeens. Also, our main season CSA share does not begin until the third week of June, so in the meantime, we are excited to open the virtual Farm Stand! There is no weekly obligation to order through the Farm Stand, but you will receive an email alerting you that there is available inventory for the week. There is a $20 minimum to order, and you may build your boxes a la carte from the available list of products.
For now, we will be opening Farm Stand orders on Sunday PM (or Monday AM), with an order cutoff of early Tuesday AM.
Your Farm Stand orders will be ready for pick-up here On the Farm, Tuesday from 4pm-7pm.
Please bring a box or bag to transfer into. We like to keep our Rubbermaid totes around!
There is so much goodness in the fields right now. Everything is glowing with that special burst of Spring sun and sugar. The boc choi are succulent, the spinach is full and sweet, the hakurai salad turnips are like dessert, the first dazzling blue kale bunches are tender edible PNW bouquets, and the delicate dill and cilantro is a flavorful treat this time of year.
As always, thank you for eating with us, and please don't hesitate to reach out with questions, ideas, inspirations. We love to talk vegetables. We love to talk about this land and our responsibility as stewards. We appreciate the chance to share our gratitude for this good fortune. We are here, reaching deeper into our place, trying to remain open and adaptable amidst great uncertainty. BUT, we are very certain that this community of eaters is what gives us so much. So much affirmation. So much trust and care and kindness. So much purpose. Thank you!!
We're looking forward to connecting more soon. If Farm Stand ordering is not your thing, or if you have any questions, please come see us on Saturdays (from 9-1pm) on Fisk St. in downtown Silverton. It's going to be an awesome market season.
Conner (+ Sarah)