Wow, where’d the time go? Here we are entrenched in the typical crummy late September – October weather and, gladly, wrapping up much of the harvest. And what a great run we have had this season! It was hot and dry, which we liked better than last year’s cold and wet—but it still came with challenges. Thankfully, we had invested in digging out the ponds on this farm, so we were able to irrigate the crops that needed it. No, we don’t have water everywhere, but Glenn is a very careful planner and can avoid many pitfalls that less experienced farmers might run into. The early season was also a nice change…though it is so sad at the other end when the crop is simply run out. For example, we harvest peaches for the same number of weeks every year—there’s a finite number of peaches.
I have gotten more comments this year that the boxes have been better than ever -always a great thing to hear. It also reminds me as we evolve, we also make improvements along the way. I do know a few things got away from us early in the season (the Hakerai turnips come to mind), but that was a case of scrambling to keep up with the early push and having to make tough decisions to simply not harvest some things. Glenn is trying to work out the logistics of getting some of these less-significant items back in the box for next year. What always amazes me is to consider how crops and seasons average out. Last year’s members will remember there were lots of turnips…they liked it cool and wet, I guess 😉
As always, I love to get feedback, especially if it constructive. Thoughts on how to make the experience even better for you are helpful. And, of course, I love to know if you’ll be signing up next year, so I can have a general idea of space available for new members.
Enjoy the winter squash and other fall goodies. Remember that the squashes will keep for a LONG time in a cool, dry place. If any of them start to show a spoil spot, cook it up and freeze. If you get carrots or beets, separate the tops from the bottoms right away and the roots will keep in your fridge for weeks. The apples will keep in the fridge for a good long while, as well. Enjoy.
For those of you signed up with Curt will have the first winter CSA pickup in JP on October 30, Lunenburg October 31. The next pickups are November 20 & 21, and December 18 & 19. Expect larger quantities of storable items like winter squash, cabbages, potatoes, onions, carrots, apples, etc and some others you will have to use more quickly, like greens, lettuces, arugula.
Some of our Jamaican family will return home in a soon to their families and by the end of the month, there may be two or so men remaining. We hate to see them go, but there is a lovely peace waking in the morning without responsibilities to employees, as well as the quiet that takes over the farm when it is just us. Glenn will be putting the rest of the wood away that heats us all winter. There’s still loads to clean up from the ice storm two years ago, so no shortage of wood!
I am fiddling with the online store this week and should have the new system up and running in a week or so. The new setup will allow everyone to sign up online, with the option of mailing a check, doing an electronic check or using a credit card. I am hoping if everyone signs up this way, my database will be MUCH BETTER to manage and allow everything to run much smoother for everyone. You can sign up anytime (after the new system is in place) for next season, and I will update you in the late winter about when space is getting limited. Please try not to wait until late spring to sign up, as I had to turn away so many last year, and that makes me feel badly. You’ll hear from me monthly via email newsletters. If you do not, please email me to remedy the situation. Or just click on the newsletter link on my emails.
Subscribe to the Stillman’s newsletter I’ll keep you posted about what’s happening on the farm and signing up for next season. As always, feel free to drop me a line if you feel like you were dropped from the list or just to touch base.
From all of us at Stillman’s, we are honored and blessed to grow food for you and thank you for being part of our family. We sincerely hope you have all eaten well this summer and wish you happy produce shopping this winter.