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OPENING DAY OF CSA – 2017

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Yes – can you believe it – what we have all been waiting for – the first week of the CSA!!  I hope you are as excited as we are to seeing all of you!!

So……… for the newbies – just exactly what will you expect?  First, where do we live – we live at 3323 Pratt Road, Batavia – which is just one road off of Main Rd. –  there is a big sign out by the road that says, “Fenton’s Produce” and there is a little house that is our road side stand – and a HUGE cell phone tower in our back yard – you can’t miss it!!
Pick up times are between 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Don’t come too early because we pick and wash everything that morning and if you come to early we won’t be ready!  Whether you come at 2:30 or 5:30 everything we be at its freshest!
When you pull into the driveway you will immediately be greeted by Lacee, our golden doodle……….
She is super friendly and will probably have something in her mouth when she greets you – she has just been hanging out on the farm – taking naps on the Kubota waiting anxiously for the opening of the CSA when it is a constant stream of people coming – as she thinks – just to see her!!  Lacee loves everybody from infants to senior citizens!!  She loves to be petted and really likes kids (of all ages!)  We ask that you do not bring your dogs to the farm – because of our food safety rules that we must abide by we can not have you bring your dogs to the farm – and you never know how other dogs will act around strangers or animals.
This is the CSA building – we ask that you do not park right in front of the building but in the driveway or on the grass – we have a circle driveway so when you pull in you will see the different areas for parking.
When you enter the CSA building – I will greet you and check you in –  We ask that you bring plastic bags – I have some on hand that people have dropped off – but we are trying not to have excessive costs by buying bags – and usually everyone saves theirs from Tops, Wal Mart – etc.  Not a problem if you forget cause I always have some around.
Every week I will send out an email like this one –  this way you will know at the beginning of the week exactly what we will have to offer you for that week! Also we like to update you what we have been doing on the farm that week as well!
This week a FULL SHARE will receive 6 items and a HALF SHARE will receive 3.  I run our CSA kind of like a Chinese Auction – I will give you tickets – so a full share will receive 6 and a half share will receive 3.  Each item will have a little basket in front of it telling you what you can get for a ticket – so for example – this week potatoes will be an item you can choose – the basket will say 1 ticket = 1 basket of potatoes – so if that is what you want put your ticket in the basket and take your potatoes.  Also on the basket it might say 1 item per membership – this means I have just enough for every CSA member to get one – if you take more than what is allowed someone else will miss out on it.  We certainly don’t want any sad faces on that first day!
Here is what will be available this week………..
Assorted Lettuces – 1 item will be 2 heads of lettuce
Rhubarb
Asparagus
Radishes (new crop for us – we have never grown them before!)
Red Potatoes
Herbs this week will be Sage, Chives and Spearmint
Last year, as you know, we were experiencing a drought – this year it has started out extremely wet – but with us having very gravely, stony ground we have been able to keep up with all of our plantings!  We are just about done with all of our planting – we were going to plant winter squash today – but with the warm temperatures and extremely windy weather – it was not a good combo for planting.  You hate to stress the plants out the minute they are planted – so we are hoping to finish up on Wednesday!!
Paul was able to get all of our potates planted – the ground was a little wet and he was keeping his fingers crossed that he wouldn’t get stuck – so all the red, white and Yukon Gold potatoes are planted!!
Here is some of the lettuce growing – we like to mix up the colors when we plant – it always looks so pretty growing – almost looks like a flag!!
We are looking forward to seeing all of our members and all of the newbies that have signed up!  We are hoping for an exciting and bountiful harvests of all kinds of yummy veggies!
Also, for those interested, I always have “extra” things out for sale.  I will have 12″ combo baskets for $30 (2/$50), 10″ hanging baskets for $18 (2/$30), patio tomatoes for $15 (2/$25 – these make great gifts for Fathers day – we also have cherry, grape and yellow grape tomatoes in patio pots too)  Patio cukes ($15 or 2/$25), citranella plants for $10 and an assortment of coleus and individual flowers for sale as well.

Hope you all have a great week and we look forward to seeing you on either Tuesday or Thursday!

 

Gail

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