It’s hard to believe that even as we’re winding down this season, we’re already starting on the 2019 season. While we’re still wrapping up field operations, cleaning out various corners of the barn, and continuing to wash our seemingly endless supply of Carrots, we’ve been mulling over the year ahead. Over the weekend we started the first round of planning for the 2019 season, sorting out CSA logistics and thinking about planting and harvesting windows that are months and months away.
So we’re happy to announce that 2019 CSA signups are open! If you’re looking to get a jump on next year, you can signup online or download a paper form. CSA shares also make great gifts! Check out the CSA page for lots more details and the full list of shares that are available.
We got some good news recently–SNAP’s Healthy Incentive Program (HIP) has been extended through the end of February, thanks to some great work by the MA Food System Collaborative and others. So you can keep earning HIP dollars that go back on your EBT card when you buy produce at the Farmstand or at the Original Easton Farmers Market (we’ll be selling there starting Dec. 29th).
The HIP program will be on hiatus starting March 1st, but then will resume in the Spring of 2019.
And lastly, Bushel + Crumb pies will be back at the Farmstand for Christmas this season. Their delicious pies are filled with local produce and baked in an unbelievably delicious crust (no, really, it’s amazing). This time around the choices are:
You can pre-order until this Saturday (Dec. 15th) for pickup at the Farmstand on Sunday, Dec. 23rd, or you can stop by the Farmstand that day to buy one (come early though, they sell very fast).
The winter sun rises late and stays low on the horizon as we edge towards the Winter Solstice. As farmers we’re always acutely aware of the sky—the weather, of course, but also the position and angle of the sun, and the length of the days. The sun is our lifeblood, our taskmaster, and our measure of the seasons—all good reasons to pay attention to him.
So we shift our harvest schedules to accommodate the light and the frost in the mornings. In the afternoons we’ve been staying busy with year-end cleanup projects in the barn and the greenhouse, cleaning tools and packing things away until next season.
Our storage crops are also getting their last bits of attention before we stack them in crates and bins reaching up to the barn ceilings. If all goes well, we’ll still be pulling crates off those stacks for our winter farmers markets that run well into April.
Some of our crew members are headed off at this time of year, some for travel, new jobs, or new cities. We’re sad to see them go, but some will return in the spring, and we hope the others will send word back about their adventures out in the world.
In the afterglow of Thanksgiving, we’re delighted to find ourselves in Thanksgiving Leftovers Season–one of our favorite seasons around here. Short, but unforgettable, it always includes a luxurious amount of vegetables. Last night we surveyed our holdings in the fridge: roasted Carrots, Sweet Potato casserole, Brussels Sprouts & bacon, mashed Potatoes, and roasted Winter Squash. Not to mention turkey, stuffing, Cranberry sauce, and gravy. We’ve been eating like kings & queens, and we’re grateful for it.
As the unseasonably wet and cold weather continues to bog us down in the field, we’re cheered up by all the festiveness at the Farmstand these days. Christmas trees (Fraser Firs) from our friends down in North Carolina have arrived, as well as wreaths, garlands, and other holiday greenery. The Calhoun family in Ashe County, NC runs Big Springs Nursery & Tree Farm and grows gorgeous and fragrant Fraser Firs. Frasers are known for their beautiful color, excellent needle retention, strong branches, and lovely scent, which is why we’ve fallen in love with them. Just walking by the Farmstand these days is a fragrant treat–your move, Yankee Candle!
Deliciously fragrant Fraser Firs are the best Christmas trees!