Construction on the deer fence has been completed and not a moment too soon. Now our attention is really on planting and preparing for share distribution. Next on the planting list are watermelons glorious watermelons, pac choi and lettuce. The work week is winding down for most of you but Saturdays tend to be our busiest day of the week this time of year. On the list for the weekend is weeding, seeding and preping the garden beds in the new herb garden. We also need to finish enclosing the fields with a new, mesh deer fence on our one open side.
We've reached our goal of 60 members and are just about FULL! We're looking forward to seeing our returning members and meeting the new ones. We're aiming to have our first pick-up the week of June 10th. It seems our member preferences are divided fairly evenly between Tuesday and Friday which makes share distribution easier. Our first items will be radishes, greens and green onions.
There's much to do!
1. Buy small canopy tent for pick-up table (picking up from local Farmers Market vendor on Saturday)
2. Test well water.
3. Purchase food grade chlorine/test paper strips for rinsing greens.
4. Need 2 black boards or dry erase boards for listing weekly share quantities and posting weekly harvesting schedule for team members.
5. Wash new picking and storage baskets in preparation of first harvests.
6. Establish new wash stations for rinsing produce.
7. Temporary signage for those coming to our farm for the first time (still need to work on getting a permanent sign).
8. Need reusable, washable plastic table cloths for pick-up table.
9. Misc. supplies including rubber bands for bunching radishes, green onions, etc., plastic bags for produce, paper towels, what else am I forgetting?
10. Would love to find 2 picnic tables with separate benches for shareholders and farm team members!
+ about 90 other things but this is a good start.
CALL FOR MEMBER INTRODUCTIONS! One way we will be introducing new members is through our blog. All members (returning as well as new) are invited to submit a brief, one paragraph introduction about themselves. This is a great place to mention professional fields, interests and hobbies, your favorite jersey fresh foods and the reason you joined a CSA. Please submit via email or our Contact Us page.
Announcing Appelget Farm Book Club
This is a book club in the most informal sense as there are no scheduled meetings. Instead, I will be announcing a few titles over the course of the growing season and encouraging anyone who is interested to read along. You will be invited to share comments but not required! Our first book is Organic Manifesto, How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe by Maria Rodale. The paperback Edition is just $6 from Amazon. Who plans to read along with me?