Hello CSA Members,
It's been an exciting week (as always!) here on the farm. First of all, thanks so much to all who came to our open house on Saturday--we loved sharing a glimpse into the farm life with everybody, and the hens and pigs loved all the attention, too! If you couldn't make it, keep your eyes out for other opportunities to visit as the season goes on.
We had a different sort of visitor to the farm this week, as well: on Tuesday, our organic inspector came to check out our veggie production and verify that all the information we gave our certifying agency was correct. During inspection, they take a look at our fields, growing practices, and record-keeping to ensure that we're following national organic standards (...but we like to think we're exceeding them!). They haven't granted us our certification yet, but we're one step closer, and hopefully we'll be getting it soon. Though it may take a lot of paperwork for a small farm to get certified, we think it's another way that we can commit to our values and gain the trust of our community.
In other news, our hoophouse is now up and fully functional! Hoop houses are simple structures, usually made of a metal frame and covered by clear plastic sheeting, that provide crops with extra heat and protection as they grow in a field. Our hoophouse will have tomatoes, cucumbers, and other heat-loving crops in it this summer, and it will keep cold-hardy greens growing happily well into the fall. We're looking forward to getting it planted this week (look out for some pictures on Facebook and Instagram!), and to growing wonderful food in there for many seasons to come.
This heirloom German vegetable (the name means 'cabbage turnip') is crunchy, tender, and slightly sweet. Make sure peel both the skin and tough layer beneath
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