It's been a HOT week so far and the summer crops sure are loving it. The greenhouse is ramping up production of beautiful heirloom tomatoes and the delicious, crisp cucumbers are still blessing us with a heavy harvest. Of course the strawberry patch is still bumping and the community took advantage of our discounted u-pick price and came out in the car loads yesterday. Everyone is stocking up their freezers. We also had a few tomato u-pickers in Emerald field where we're growing our Big Beef tomatoes. Due to the patch getting picked so heavy we are keeping the strawberry patch closed to the public tomorrow and will reopen it on Saturday. The farmstand, however, will still be open tomorrow from noon - 6pm so come on by for vine ripe tomatoes, fresh basil and other inspiring goodies.
Some of you may have wondered where Ambrosia Farm was last Thursday during the Whiteaker Community Market. We are sorry to say that we have stepped back from attending that market. It's an amazing assortment of vendors and we really want to see that market thrive for our Eugene community. Unfortunately, commuting back and forth to Eugene on Thursdays was just spreading us out too thin. It feels like the right thing for us at this point to focus our energy on building up our farmstand and tending to our CSA crops. We are still at the Veneta Market on Saturdays and are so appreciative of all the friendly locals who come out every week to support us! Thank you!
We want to give a shout out to the Broadway Grill in downtown Veneta for supporting local and organic agriculture. They are a new family run restaurant that just opened this year and have been buying produce from us every week for the past couple months. If you live in the Veneta area, this is the place to eat. The have a comfortable atmosphere, nice outdoor seating and great service.
Another thanks goes out to the volunteers that have come out this week. Our dear friend, Kevin, from Laughing Stock Farm, spent the better part of Wednesday cultivating the Fall brassicas and harvesting onions. You're the best Kevin! Then today, a young couple newly transplanted from the Seattle area, came out to help harvest tomatoes and thin beets. Megan is an AMAZING artist using lots of natural and found materials and her partner, Sebastian, is a service-oriented care giver. Both are interested in learning about organic farming. Thanks for joining the community Megan and Sebastian and for all your help today!
Thanks for reading our blog this week. Be well, and eat well.
Your farmer, Andréa