It’s hard to believe that it’s time for the 2010 farming season to kick into gear, but here we are! We’ve been busy all winter with tractor and barn renovations, purchasing a new market truck and plow, and sending out orders of potatoes and beets to the Olympia Food Co-ops. Maybe that’s why time has flown by. We are looking forward to an excellent season as we build our infrastructure and welcome our entire crew back from last year.
I’ve been working in the greenhouse for the past few weeks growing seedlings such as onions, tomatoes and peppers for transplant. I love to brush my hands over the small tomato plants and breathe in the aroma of late summer. Mmmmm, Cherokee Purple, Persimmon, and German Green…It’s even more believable when the greenhouse is a balmy 75 degrees. Other crops that are awaiting transplant include broccoli, lettuce, kohlrabi and scallions
In the fields, the unusually warm and dry spells we have had have meant an early start for crops like peas, beets and carrots. Normally, we have to wait several more weeks for our clay-loam soils to dry out and warm up before they can be worked by tractor. With fingers crossed we may have some early harvests of yummy spring specialties. The garlic is also up, and maybe half a foot tall! I can’t wait! Especially, when the winter stores of canned and frozen veggies are starting to run out.For those of you who have already signed up, Thank You! and for the rest of you “locavores” as Barbara Kingsolver so aptly put it in “Animal Vegetable Miracle”, now is the time to vote with your dollars in the most important way by supporting your local organic farmers. Not only do you support a reduction in fossil fuel use, but soil and habitat conservation, and healthier more nutritious food for you and your family. We really appreciate your support in the past, and have worked hard to keep the cost of our shares down. By joining early you are helping us to buy seeds and pay start up costs, to thank you we offer a $25 discount for complete payments received by May 1st.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Asha McElfresh Joseph Gabiou