Hello from the vegetable fields at Powisset. Over the past week we have suffered some major damage from our four legged forest dwellers. The deer breached our fence and grazed upon the hearts of all the mature lettuce that was ready to harvest. They found the romain hearts particularly delicious as they ate those first. We have shored up our defenses but unfortunately the breach means we will probably have a break from lettuce for at least a week.
All of that said, I would like to have a check in with folks about the share so far this season. I have had a few individuals ask me about this year's share size as compared to last year's. I would like to remind folks that last year was a banner year and CSA members got a 166% return. That's incredible and unfortunately unsustainable. We will have seasons that are gangbusters, average, and some that are disappointing. The CSA model is built on a relationship between the farmer and the consumer. You invest in us and we work our butts off to give you the freshest, healthiest vegetables that conditions allow. My goal every season is to give a return of 110% - 120%. These numbers reflect the industry standard. I track share-value over the course of the season. We have 14 weeks left. You will see an uptick in high value crops. As mentioned in previous posts,
we have tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, onions, and so many more crops to come.
|Curing garlic in the hay loft|
Thank you for your patience and support.
Zannah, CSA Manager
We have some new local items in the farm stand:
- Nola's Salsa is an incredible fresh salsa made in Boston
- Spindrift Soda in Cranberry Raspberry, Grapefruit, and Orange flavors
- Kate's butter
- and so many flavors of Crescent Ridge Ice cream
|The best salsa around|
- Summer squash and zucchini
- Slicing cucumbers
-Choice of cooking green (chard, kale,collards, escarole)
- Lettuce (this is the last round for a few weeks)
- Green onions
PYO: Flowers and fava beans