Another farm year has flown by; well if staggering in 4 feet of snow for the first quarter and then suffering through a colder than average spring which delayed growth followed by a pretty decent but cool summer and early fall could be considered flying by. (shh, we are trying to forget the 20 inches of white stuff in November- it was just a bad dream.)
Truth be told, it was a tough year to play farmer, but December sure was nice- we’d order a whole winter of that kind of weather if we had the option. But hey, that what starting a new year is all about, learning from the past and being ready to tackle the future. So I’m putting on my optimist boots ready to trudge into the new year.
We are planning to add a new greenhouse next year so we can add more parsley, cilantro, thyme and chives into our year-round mix and more lettuce too of course.
We are hoping to continue developing our cordial market; we added 500 elder bushes this past year and we are planning on adding more ginger too next year.
We would like to also start making local sodas (elderflower fizz and ginger ale/beer are first on the list) come this spring, we’ll see...
And if things come together, I’m hoping to get my first book out this year too, (I’m sick of publishers, so looking at self-publishing).
I told you I had my optimist boots on, they may be a little big since I can feel my toes sliding around a bit in the front end, but that’s better than wearing ones that are too tight. I might stumble, but at least I will fall forward.
Well, that’s the list. We’ll see how it goes. We hope you all had a blessed Christmas this past week and wish that the new year will be filled with your hopes and dreams as well.
So today Steve sat down and wrote out our new seasonal holiday song. Let us know what you think!
The weather outside is delightful
Seeing the sun is insightful
And since we’ve got no snow
Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow
The water in the beds is lapping
And the stalks of chard are strapping
The pumps are running on low
Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow!
When we finally close them up
When the fires are burning bright
We head back in to sup
Knowing all is allright
Watching the houses glow pink
And it gives us time to think
We’re so thankful to see the glow
Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow
We should have plenty of cordial available this week - let us know what you'll need - both for yourself and for gifts! Sooner the better so we can make more if needed. Remember, no CSA deliveries next week (see below)...
Christmas- with the holidays fast approaching we want to give you heads up on our plans. Right now, we are planning no CSA deliveries that week. You are welcome to order extras the week before or you can pick up at the farm on Monday or Tuesday of Christmas week (please order in advance, though). We'll be pushing off our New Year's Day lakeshore deliveries to Friday, Jan 2.
What a difference seeing the sun makes. After a couple of dark weeks in November, December opens clear and bright and the difference is noticeable in the greenhouses. The plants have just jumped in size with the extra light.
Cordials- Wow… just wow. We had an unbelievable response from everyone. It was so good in fact that we blew out of what we had made by last Wednesday. We have been making more and have plenty of the Elderflower cordial ready to go but have been slowed with trying to get the Ginger Cordial perfect. Perfect of course is relative, but we are trying to keep both the taste of the sweet lemon on the front half and still have the bite at the back end.
Christmas- with the holidays fast approaching we want to give you heads up on our plans. Right now, we are planning no CSA deliveries that week. You are welcome to order extras the week before or you can pick up at the farm on Monday or Tuesday of Christmas week (please order ahead of time). We will also skip New Year’s Day the following week (pushing Thursday deliveries to Friday).
Thank you all for your continued support. We are truly blessed to work with so many wonderful people who care not only about their food but about the people who grow it. It is these relationships that we are thankful for.