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Summer Share #12 of 22: 8/25+8/27 Summer "Break"

by Erin and Steve on 08/23/20

Since COVID hit we have actually had quite a lot of interest from young people to work on the farm. We hadn't ever considered hiring someone under 18 years before, but with the interest we were facing we figured 'why not'? The youngsters that ended up working this season were all self starters. They had the interest and initiative to work here (not their parents) and were probably motivated by boredom I'll admit. But in the short amount of time they are here they give us old-timers a small injection of energy while we move into harvest season (which coincides with burnout season for us farmers).
Steve was talking about schedules with one of the new hires and asked him if he knew why there is even a Summer break from school. When there was no answer Steve piped in, "because almost everyone used to be farmers. Kids had to be home for the Summer to help on the farm and bring in the harvest."
"That makes sense," was the response. It does.
There are a few points I need to mention during this post:
1) We are signing up Winter Shares starting next week. Look at the 'CSA Shares' tab for info about the share. It is $240 for 8 pick up days (generally picked up every other week) from November thru February. More info coming in an email next week.
2) Face masks are required in the U-pick field. I've heard too many stories of adults not being considerate of other adults in the field. Not everyone feels comfortable around you without your mask so be safe doesn't really explain, so I'll go a little deeper. You do not know what health conditions the person next to you has. You also do not know who they live with or if they are a caregiver to someone. Though the person you are next to looks healthy, like they could weather the virus easily, the people they have at home may not. Be considerate, wear your mask. It can reduce bacteria and droplets spewed from your mouth from infecting others by 70-90%. And said bacteria and droplets spewed forth by you into your own mask will not cause you harm...because they already came from inside you. Super simple.
As for the share this week: zucchini, summer squash, beets, carrots, eggplant, peppers, cabbage, onions, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, and the first of the winter squash as well as tomatoes and a choice of celery or escarole.
The fruit share will include blueberries, peaches, nectarines, and plums.

Comments (2)

1. Carol Skop said on 8/25/20 - 10:02PM
I think it’s wonderful that younger people have an interest in working on the farm. Thank you too for taking the time to explain the need for masks outside. As someone with a chronic condition, I appreciate the consideration of others. I love ‘our’ farm and you too, Erin, Steve and workers whose names I don’t know.
2. Judy said on 9/10/20 - 12:54PM
Thank you for the wonderful produce and especially the mask reminder.

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