What a journey it has been these last 22 weeks! This was our first season running our own CSA program and we are absolutely pleased with the responses from our members. We strive to make our CSA the bread and butter of our farm and it has been such a gift to us to be able to provide for our community in a way that supports a healthier lifestyle. Packing CSA boxes is truly one of my favorite things to do. It feels like putting together special surprise packages and when I see the expressions on people's faces when they receive their box, it is what makes all the hard work all worth it.
We had so many unknowns when we first started such as, "how many people can we grow for?" Also, figuring out our crop planning schedule so we could assure a variety in each box. Some weeks felt like more of a stretch than others but somehow we managed to pull it off each week. We will be more equipped next year with all the experience we've gained this year. Plus, we won't have to build a farm from the ground up! Having fields already established, irrigation figured out and a processing room built will allow us to hit the ground running next year to focus more on actually planting and managing vegetables. Having all the marketing networks already in place will likewise help make next year start off more smoothly.
This coming week will be the first of our 6 week Extended Fall Season CSA. We are feeling well planted and stocked with plenty of storage crops to be able to provide a good mix of produce.
With markets all finished for the season our only focus now is CSA, planting our garlic and onions to overwinter and cleaning up the farm to put it to rest until spring. Soon Brandon and I will get to plan a mini vacation to recharge for the new season ahead. Thanks for all the support!
Be well and eat well,