Alas, spring is here, and the farm has been a busy place. Apple trees are blooming, honeybees are pollinating, and almost all of the crops are in the ground.
Although, I do have to admit, the early growing season has gotten off to a wonky start. Crops that are planted in the hoop house (a plastic-covered structure used for season-extension growing) are doing well. But the crops planted out in the field have been growing very slowly. Frosty the Snowman paid a visit here a week ago and blasted us with a hard freeze. While all the outside crops survived his visit, some of the brassicas (kale, cabbage, and broccoli) have a bit of a frosty fringe. They’re fine, but they’re just a little crabby after the freeze. Needless to say, the inside crops are much farther along than the outside crops, so I will keep you posted on the overall progress of all crops. (Yes, I did use the word “crops” six times in this paragraph…make that seven times…)
I will be sending you a weekly newsletter every Monday throughout the season to let you know what will be in your box that week, as well as other news from the farm. I’m using this Mail Chimp online software, and sometimes it may get blocked from your email system. So I need to make sure that everyone is able to receive this email each week. So…if you did NOT receive this email, please let me know. Wait a minute….ok that won’t work [head slap] so let’s try this…. please reply to this email by saying “blah blah woof woof” or anything else you want to say, so I know you received it. If you don’t reply, then I’ll track you down to figure out the best way to send this to you.
If you would like other family members, colleagues, or friends who are sharing this CSA with you, and you would like me to add their email to the weekly newsletter, please reply with their email address and I will include them as well.
Ok, drumroll please…brlbrlbrlbrlbrl….TING…. here is the schedule for the 2016 season. As you can see, the first box will be ready next week for the FULL SHARE members. The first box for HALF SHARE members will be the week of June 6. Of course, I have added the disclaimer “subject to change” which covers my butt in case the outside crops refuse to cooperate so I may need to add another hiatus in the schedule so they can catch up to the inside crops. Anyhoo….. here you go.
|2016 CSA SCHEDULE*|
|(Subject to change)|
|WEEK ONE||Tuesday||5/31||St. Cloud||Full share only|
|Thursday||6/2||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full share only|
|Friday||6/3||Cambridge||Full share only|
|WEEK TWO||Tuesday||6/7||St. Cloud and Vital Images||Full and Half shares|
|Thursday||6/9||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full and Half shares|
|Friday||6/10||Cambridge||Full and Half shares|
|WEEK THREE||Tuesday||6/14||St. Cloud||Full share only|
|Thursday||6/16||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full share only|
|Friday||6/17||Cambridge||Full share only|
|WEEK FOUR||Tuesday||6/21||St. Cloud and Vital Images||Full and Half shares|
|Thursday||6/23||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full and Half shares|
|Friday||6/24||Cambridge||Full and Half shares|
|WEEK FIVE||Tuesday||6/28||St. Cloud||Full share only|
|Thursday||6/30||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full share only|
|Friday||7/1||Cambridge||Full share only|
|WEEK SIX||Tuesday||7/5||St. Cloud and Vital Images||Full and Half shares|
|Thursday||7/7||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full and Half shares|
|Friday||7/8||Cambridge||Full and Half shares|
|WEEK SEVEN||Tuesday||7/12||St. Cloud||Full share only|
|Thursday||7/14||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full share only|
|Friday||7/15||Cambridge||Full share only|
|WEEK EIGHT||Tuesday||7/19||St. Cloud and Vital Images||Full and Half shares|
|Thursday||7/21||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full and Half shares|
|Friday||7/22||Cambridge||Full and Half shares|
|HIATUS||No CSA this week 7/26 – 7/29|
|WEEK NINE||Tuesday||8/2||St. Cloud and Vital Images||Full and Half shares|
|Thursday||8/4||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full and Half shares|
|Friday||8/5||Cambridge||Full and Half shares|
|WEEK 10||Tuesday||8/9||St. Cloud||Full shares only|
|Thursday||8/11||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full shares only|
|Friday||8/12||Cambridge||Full shares only|
|WEEK 11||Tuesday||8/16||St. Cloud and Vital Images||Full and Half shares|
|Thursday||8/18||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full and Half shares|
|Friday||8/19||Cambridge||Full and Half shares|
|WEEK 12||Tuesday||8/23||St. Cloud||Full shares only|
|Thursday||8/25||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full shares only|
|Friday||8/26||Cambridge||Full shares only|
|WEEK 13||Tuesday||8/30||St. Cloud and Vital Images||Full and Half shares|
|Thursday||9/1||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full and Half shares|
|Friday||9/2||Cambridge||Full and Half shares|
|WEEK 14||Tuesday||9/6||St. Cloud||Full shares only|
|Thursday||9/8||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full shares only|
|Friday||9/9||Cambridge||Full shares only|
|WEEK 15||Tuesday||9/13||St. Cloud and Vital Images||Full and Half shares|
|Thursday||9/15||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full and Half shares|
|Friday||9/16||Cambridge||Full and Half shares|
|WEEK 16||Tuesday||9/20||St. Cloud||Full shares only|
|Thursday||9/22||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full shares only|
|Friday||9/23||Cambridge||Full shares only|
|WEEK 17||Tuesday||9/27||St. Cloud and Vital Images||Full and Half shares|
|Thursday||9/29||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full and Half shares|
|Friday||9/30||Cambridge||Full and Half shares|
|WEEK 18||Tuesday||10/4||St. Cloud||Full shares only|
|Thursday||10/6||Mora and Sapsucker Farms||Full shares only|
|Friday||10/7||Cambridge||Full shares only|
*I know… you hate asterisks… but this is just a reminder that as a CSA member, you share the risk with the farmer….meaning that there may be some crop failure, or Mother Nature could have a bad day and decide to take it out on the Sapsucker Farms crops….
And more stuff….
Here are some add-on items for sale from Sapsucker Farms. Just let me know if you would like any of these items throughout the season and I can add them to your CSA box whenever you want them, and I will coordinate payment with you as well. For those of you who have already ordered any of the items, you are good to go. Here are the prices for each:
Very fresh free-range eggs – $3 per dozen
Maple syrup – 17 oz. glass bottle – $15
Honey – 1 lb jar – $6
Honey – 2 lb jar – $12
Minnesota hand-harvested (by yours truly) wild rice. 1-lb package – $10
Organic farming practices….
I am frequently asked about the various organic techniques we use here on the farm to manage pests, weeds, diseases, and so on. So throughout the CSA season, I will try to highlight one of these techniques in each newsletter. This week’s feature is: Building Natural Habitat. One of the most important organic management technique is to let nature do the work for you. By having natural habitat surrounding the veggie fields and orchards, it attracts the predator bugs that will happily feast on the bad bugs. Here at Sapsucker Farms, we maintain 40 acres of native prairie natural habitat which is divided into three different fields. While it may seem counter-productive, the best way to regenerate the native prairie is to burn it up. This past weekend we did the prairie burn and it is always an incredible sight to behold. Just click on the photo below to see a very short video of the fire as well.
I’m almost done….
We are excited to announce that in April we launched a new flavor of our Yellow Belly hard cider. In addition to our (award winning) Semi-Sweet original hard cider, we now have Ginger Yellow Belly which is a ginger-infused hard cider, made with ginger that we grow right here on the farm. Our Yellow Belly is available in 170 + stores throughout the Twin Cities and Central Minnesota, plus it is served on tap and number of restaurants and bars as well. Here is the list where you can find Yellow Belly. Perhaps you might want to pick up a bottle to enjoy during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
Now I’m done….
Wishing you all a very delightful Memorial Day weekend. And I am looking forward to the upcoming CSA season as well.