Winter Share #5 of 8: 12/15+12/17 Baby It's Cold Outsideby Erin and Steve on 12/11/20
This coming week will be the 5th of 8 Winter Share pick ups, but the last pick up of 2020. It is, unfortunately, going to be COLD this week! We are in the midst of insulating and heating our share distribution room in the barn. We are doing this because the root cellar space that we would normally retreat to in the cold is too small a space for COVID safe distancing and also only has one entrance/exit. So we have taken on the task of insulating the share room already, but the permanent heater will not be hung in time for this week's pick up. Make sure to bundle up and prepare to wait outside the barn if we are too busy inside. Despite the pandemic ("pan" meaning "all" or "everyone of a group", just another reminder this is not just happening to you, it is happening to all of us :), the shares have been our best ever. This share will be the biggest one of the Winter season because we are sending you off for 2 weeks. Of course this was initially built into the farm calendar because usually people are traveling, but I'm gonna say it's now built in for collective reflection.
We here at the farm are reflecting on the whole past season as we are planning for 2021. I know I mentioned this last week, but it is a long process that includes listing all of our accomplishments and disappointments over the past season. These ended up ranging from "great Fall cauliflower harvest" to "no one on the crew getting COVID" to "potato digger frustrations and time wasted with it". From these lists we set goals and also set a plan for making sure our disappointments aren't listed two years in a row. We also make changes to the seeds we order and the dates seeded as we see fit. That process alone takes about a month to complete before we can start ordering seed. But after all the reflection we are thankful for all of you and all of our crew.
On a different note, if you noticed we started a puzzle exchange at the farm. There are a few guidelines including puzzles must be 500 pieces or more, all pieces must be included, and no children's puzzles please. If you pick one up plan on bringing one back at some point.
So this is what's in the share this week: carrots, beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes, kabocha squash, parsnips, cabbage, kohlrabi, rutabegas, onions, bok choy, fennel, apples from Bittner-Singer, as well as leeks, kale crowns, lettuce mix, and butternut squash for everyone.
The remaining Winter Share pick up dates are:
Dec. 15th and 17th
Jan. 5th and 7th
Jan. 19th and 21st
Feb. 2nd and 4th