Hello CSA Members,
Welcome to the CSA Journey --- The Cutting Veg team is thrilled to be sharing it with you! Each week you will receive this e-newsletter "CSA Farm Talk." This will keep you up-to-date with what's happening on the farm, provide recipes, inform about volunteer opportunities, and let you know what produce to expect at the CSA pick-up in the upcoming week. Let the Soil and Soul nourishment begin!
It's been a challenging spring for most organic farmers in Southern Ontario. The bounty of rains have washed out many grower's plans for planting cool-weather crops (eg. Peas, Salad Greens, Bok Choy), and delayed the planting of the heat loving plants (eg. Tomatoes, Cukes, Zukes). However, as The Cutting Veg team was blessed to find a 2nd growing location with sandier soil (which drains well, and thus allowed for an early planting), we are thrilled to have a bounty of spring crops. Our Salad Mix, Arugula, Asian Greens, Onions, Radishes, and Green Garlic are all ready for harvest and looking great! Further, our Peas, Chard, Kale, Beans, Parsley, and Turnips have all germinated beautifully, and provide us with more crops to look forward to in a few weeks. We too, however, are delayed in the planting of our heat-lovers. We are eager for a dry window of weather, so that we can plant our Tomatoes, Basil, Eggplant, Hot Peppers, Zukes, Cukes, and Winter Squash. It's looking like this dry window may begin this week. One of the things I adore about farming is that it truly is a co-creation. As the farmer, I have my plan and desires. However, I must follow the earth's lead --- taking cues from the weather, the soil, the appearance of the plants --- and respond accordingly. Although the spring has been challenging for so many growers, and required a great deal of patience, The Cutting Veg team is doing a great job of listening to the earth, and following its lead. In following the earth's lead, I believe we are setting ourselves up for a bountiful growing season, and if the early harvest is an indication, we are certainly on track.
CSA Members Day on the Farm - June 12th:
Please join us on the farm on Sunday June 12th, from 10am-noon, for our first "CSA Members Day" of the season. During the morning, we will participate in various farm activities (eg. planting, harvesting), a farm tour, and an interactive hand-drumming circle, provided by the Rhythmic by Nature drumming ensemble (http://www.rhythmicbynature.com). If you can make it, please rsvp to your CSA contact person Jessica, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will provide directions. Bring your friends and family! Get to know YOUR farm!
Produce this week:
This week you can expect to see most of the following items at the CSA pick-up (We say "most" because we can't always predict with 100% accuracy what will be ready to harvest): Salad Mix (2pts), Green Onions (1pt), Green Garlic (1.5pts), Asian Greens Mix (2pts), Radishes (1pt), Arugula (2pts), Asparagus (2.5pts), Bok Choy (2pts), Mushrooms (2pts), Apples (1pt/3 apples), Beets (1.5pts). The first six items in the list were all grown on our farm, and the others are being sourced from other local, organic farms. As the season goes on, more and more will come from our farm.