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Here we grow!

Posted on June 11th, 2020 by Robyn Calvey


The moment our members have been waiting for....the start of our share season is here!  With over 400 shares leaving the farm each week, you might think things would be a little nutty around the farm.  Not the case thanks to our awesome crew.  We are ready to get the show on the road and our delicious produce into your kitchens!


The positive support we have received from our members has been overwhelming.  We are so very thankful to each and every one of you.  We reached our share goal earlier than ever.  We also launched a never before online Farm Store and have had a huge response, especially members purchasing before the start of the share season.  Thank you SO much for that.  We may not know what the future holds in many ways but we know one thing for sure...our customers are the glue that holds us together.  Without your support, navigating during this difficult time would have been impossible.    


As the owner of a small essential business, the last few months have been filled with tough uncomfortable decisions.  I want to take a moment to thank the crew here at the farm for their hard work, understanding and commitment to keeping the farm safe and healthy.  They have been willing to follow our "new normal" protocol (face masks, daily surface sanitizing, so much hand washing and more) and understand the importance of why it all matters.  We are growing food for customers who are counting on us. Like really counting on us more than ever. That is not a responsibility that I take lightly and neither does our staff.  Thank you crew for what you do!


One thing farming will teach a farmer quickly, is that most things relevant to farming, are out of our control. It's a useful lesson during times like this. Most things in life are out of our control. Storms will come when they wish, pests will attack in droves and disease will set it just when you least expected it.   And so it goes. 


This growing season has already thrown us some lows and highs.   Spring field planting started right on time in mid April.  And by some miracle we are all caught up on our planting and transplanting schedules which only happens a few times a decade.  But then it got hot.  And then cold.  And then hot again.  There have been four rain events in the last 8 weeks, each delivering about 2 inches of rain at a crack.  Don't get me wrong, I love rain!  But the spinach doesn't.  It is likely not going to be making an appearance in shares anytime soon.  But have no fear!  Many other crops are drinking up all this rain like champs and looking amazing.  You will soon find out in your first share!  

Thank you members for trusting in us to feed your families this season and for many more to come.  


Farm Owner


CLICK HERE to see a FARM VIDEO...taking a swim in the field.