News from the Farm – Distribution starts this weekend

Distributions begin!

Our first CSA distribution will be next week (Sunday June 19th and Thursday June 23rd).

Pick-up times are Sunday between 3 and 5, and Thursday between 4 and 6:30.

Late pick-ups should look for their bags of food in a cooler in the hoop house. If I hear from you by the next day, I will leave your food in the cooler for you. If I don’t hear from you by noon of the next day, I may donate your share.

I anticipate that you will receive:

  • garlic scapes (the flower stalk of garlic plants can be chopped up and used like garlic)
  • herbs (mint, cilantro, etc)
  • a basil plant
  • Swiss chard
  • peas
  • pick your own strawberries if they’re still coming
  • other depending on the amount of sunny days!

Switches and Cancellations

Please read this carefully. You may cancel a pick-up or switch to the other day that week (from Sunday to the next Thursday or from Thursday to the previous Sunday). I need to know at least the day before if you will be switching or cancelling so we and our fruit grower harvests the right amount. Please note: If you are a Thursday pick up and want to switch to the previous Sunday that week, I need to know by Saturday.

There is a Switch/Cancellation clipboard in the hoophouse at distribution that you can use to communicate with me. Email works too.

Of course you can let someone else pick up your share if you’re going away. You don’t have to tell me ahead of time.

Please let me know if you have questions about the Switch/Cancellation policy.

Work needs

  • Harvest and prep
    The quality and amount of our CSA distribution often depends on the quality and amount of our harvest crew. Harvest begins at 830 and ends when we’re done (usually 2 to 4 hours) Harvesters who can stay, and sometimes an additional prep person, work in the shed from about 1030 to 2 to wash, sort, bag and label the produce. The farm work calendar at boulderknollfarm.com will indicate the number of people we need for each harvest. Please sign up for harvest or prep jobs on Sundays and Thursdays. If you sign up weeks ahead of time, that will take a lot of stress off Amy and Annmarie, the work coordinators. And me.
  • Field work needed
    We need weeders and mulchers. The vast majority of our plants are in the ground. Weeds are coming fast and furious. If we weed, then cover the bare soil with mulch, it will make a huge difference. It’s easy and satisfying. We have lots of wood chips and cardboard for paths – another satisfying and very important job. Please check the farm work calendar for available work times and sign up with Amy.

Wish list

  • Cardboard in large sheets, without holes or slits
  • Someone to plumb or otherwise set up the washing sinks in the hoophouse.
  • Ecologically friendly dish soap
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Rubber bands
  • Scrubby brushes and sponges (for counters, harvest bins and produce)
  • Recipes posted on our website/blog – boulderknollfarm.com
  • Good quality garden carts or plastic wheelbarrows

Upcoming events

  • Anne’s Garden Planting and Dedication
    Friday, June 24th from 4-6 pm
    Planting Anne’s Garden between the tool shed and hoop house
  • Exploring Ecosystems on the Farm Part II
    Tuesday, June 28th 4-6 pm
    We will revisit the same path we took around the farm during the first ecosystem walk and note changes, seasonal highlights, wildlife spottings etc.
  • Organic Gardening: Part 2.
    Friday, Tuesday, July 5th 4-6 pm.
    More than just the basics. A chance to ask questions of our farmer.
  • Insect Ecology with Kim Stoner, Entomologist, CT Agricultural Experiment Station
    Saturday, July 16th 10-12 am
    Check the website for more details

A Delightful Day at the Farm

Sunday July 10th, 12 noon to 3.

Join us for a delicious farm lunch by the Caseus Cheese Truck with dessert by Jordan Caterers, hay rides, kids activities, silent tea cup auction. Email member Meredith Berger meredith.berger@yale.edu for tickets. Adults $30, Kids under 10 $5. This event will be limited to 75 people and tickets will sell out fast.

More details to follow.

 


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