First half of the season sold out!

Thank you to everyone who signed up, told a friend, or shared our posts! We have sold all of the shares available for the early half of the season and have only a handful of late season shares left. We are grateful for your trust and support as we head into our inaugural CSA year!

 

On a different note: Dominick is always excited when a new farm tool arrives. Here he is putting together the earthway seeder!

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The garlic is coming! The garlic is coming!

in the fall, we split about a thousands heads of garlic into their individual cloves, tucked them into a bed in the freshly plowed field, and covered them with their blanket of straw for the winter. 

Donunick went out to check on them and their those little cloves are sprouting!  I LOVE garlic. If I had to eat something every day for the rest of my life it’s a close tie between garlic and onions for me. I hope our csa members want garlic, too. But if they don’t, I’m sure I could enjoy the whole crop.  

When we were splitting the cloves last fall there were many that didn’t make the cut for planting- too small, damaged from splitting, etc. I had recently bought some Indian cook books and do you know what recipeI found?  “Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic”. Mmmmmmmm. 

Cafe Au Lait

We are planting these dahlias this summer!

We just got our huge shipment of dahlia tubers-a variety called Cafe au Lait. They are so gorgeous. I might even call them sumptuous. I can’t wait until we can tuck them into the bouquets for our csa shares. They bloom from mid/late summer straight until frost!

We just got our huge shipment of dahlia tubers-a variety called Cafe au Lait. They are so gorgeous. I might even call them sumptuous. I can’t wait until we can tuck them into the bouquets for our csa shares. They bloom from mid/late summer straight until frost!

Bees in winter

Last summer we set up our beehives with the help of our friend Tim. So far, they have deigned to stick around, which is not a given. Apparently, bees sometimes decide to pick up and relocate as a whole group- swarming it’s called.

This past month with the bitter cold and windy storms, Dominick worried that they might not make it through the winter. But a few weeks ago there was a sign of life! Our daughter came in from feedingthe chickens and said, “Mom, there are bees in the chicken feed!” I didn’t really know what she was talking about so I just said “oh OK that’s nice...”.

But she was right! They needed a little protein and managed to find the tasty chicken feed!  Tim came back out and he helped us learn about these “protein bars” for bees.  They love it.

Now every time there’s a warm day and the sun is shining on the hives you can see little bees heading out to find the early early bloomers: the snow drops, crocuses. It’s very reassuring. 

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Bee food!