Oh boy - it's been a hot minute since we have had a chance to chat. Grab yourself a beverage and let's catch up.
The Farm - the fields are all tucked in for a nice rest. Farmer Dave completed building our 3rd high tunnel just in time for the change in season. All of our seeds for this year have been received and we are looking forward to warm temperatures and sunshine.
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) - We have a few spots left for our 2023 Summer CSA program. If you have ever wanted to try a CSA out, this is your year. We have shortened our season to 9 weeks for this year only. Our daughter is getting married (yay!) and we are in the throws of wedding plans and felt it best to adjust our CSA length this year. Our CSA will run from July 6th through August 31st and a full share is just $225. Pick up is at our Farm Stand on Thursday afternoons. If you are interested, send me an email here and let's talk about it.
Kitchen Shenanigans - In the Winter months, I spend a lot of time canning proteins for my family. Today was Beef Stew with potatoes and onions leftover from last season. These make for quick and easy meals for us to grab during the Summer months when I don't always have a lot of time to cook. AND - I've been working on some new bread recipes using freshly milled grains for the Farm Stand. Muffins, bagels, cinnamon rolls, peanut butter bars, and breads have been rolling out of my kitchen lately. I have been spending loads of time learning about the benefits of milling your own wheat. My family has been putting up with my successes and failures on this journey! More news to come on this new adventure!
Thrive Life - In case you missed it, I have become an affiliate with Thrive Life. They offer premium freeze-dried foods. No -- it's not astronaut food! It's real food that has been freeze-dried at the peak of ripeness and preserved to offer an extended shelf life. So you might be wondering why I became an affiliate and didn't just buy a freeze dryer myself. Simply put - when you factor in the time and cost of doing it yourself - it just made more sense to become a consultant. I have a diversified pantry - some store bought, some canned, dehydrated, or frozen, and some freeze-dried. All of these methods save me time and money. So if this is the year that you are ready to build your pantry (and hedge against inflation), check out our Thrive Life on-line store here. It's another great way to support our farm while building your pantry - especially during the Winter months.
The Other Stuff - We are in the midst of some big changes (and growing pains) at the Farm. We will share these announcements soon so be sure to watch our Facebook and Instagram pages. It's all GOOD NEWS! In the meantime, I would like to hear from you. What types of activities would you like to see at our Farm Stand this year? Are you interested in learning more about canning, fermenting, dehydrating, or bread making? Or are events like Paint 'n Sip, foraging, medicinal herbs, or cooking classes more your thing. Let me know your thoughts here.
Until next time - be of good health!