March 14, 2013
Dear friends of Wobbly Cart,
Ahhh, spring on the farm. Harvesting nettles, indian plum leafing out, garlic putting on growth, snowdrops and daffodils blooming as well as a chorus of frogs and birds that fires up each morning and evening. These things bring, for me, an undeniable urge to get out to the greenhouse. To plan, plant, tend, and prune. Indeed, I’ve been logging many hours at these tasks as we prepare for the 2013 season! I have already started in the greenhouse: onions, shallots, leeks, scallions, cabbage, kohlrabi, lettuces, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and more. We’ve even seeded a few crops in our large high-tunnel (a greenhouse where we plant right into the soil), in anticipation of the first CSA boxes of the season.
We’ll be expanding some crops in the high tunnels (heirloom and cherry tomatoes for example) and moving almost everything to our new fields up the road where productivity is higher and disease pressure is lower. The weather has been mild, everything is growing great in the greenhouses, and we have many returning crewmembers! It seems like this is going to be a great year for us.
This spring, looking back on the photos and newsletters from last season brings a great feeling of satisfaction. It’s like a logbook of successes! Each CSA box being the result of many, many hours of work and planning, months in advance of the harvest date. Ultimately, making it to your doorstep and into your family’s meals. I was also reminded that joining a CSA reduces your carbon footprint, reduces food packaging waste, boosts the local economy, preserves farmland for future generations, fosters environmental stewardship and gets us the freshest and tastiest possible vegetables and fruits. It’s a win- win situation! This is why we do what we do, and we’re proud of it. We hope you will join us again for another great year of produce, and reap the rewards of supporting a small, local, organic farm.
This season we are offering a new drop site in Lacey (5610 30th Ave SE) and a 5% discount for everyone who signs up before May 1st. We will also be continuing to use only the recycled plastic totes for less waste and better quality produce!
Hope to hear from you soon,
Asha McElfresh and Joe Gabiou
Wobbly Cart Farm
360 273 7597