A friend of mine sent me a research paper out of Cornell University comparing small farm organic practices to large operations that supply large food hubs and big box stores that want a piece of that large demand for nutritious, "Organic" Produce. Intuitively I know the difference because I have participated in Farm Tours that featured some of the large scale growers and know the difference first hand. The agro ecological practices that I use to build the soil and encourage habitats for pollinators, weed control, and fertility , are very infrequent in large operations because they are too heavily invested in the quantity of production.
As a grower these decisions are not easily decided. We will continue to start our crops from seed and monitor the growing process from the very beginning to harvest and pack. Our goal is to offer the best tasting, most nutritious food in the area, and I thank those of you for your support!
Next Monday, September 5, is our Fall CSA auto renew, and the money for two distributions will be charged at that time. There are no distributions that week, but we will deliver special email requests at the Allen Street Market, the Grand Ledge farmers market and Farm pick up, as well as the Family Fare parking lot in Eaton Rapids.
This week I am at the Family Fare parking lot in Eaton Rapids on Wednesday at 12:00 noon, and the Allen Street Market after that, 2:30-6:30. Thursday afternoon is farm pick up, and Saturday we are in Grand Ledge for the Market on the Grand, 9:00-1:00. I hope to see you soon!