The lightning bugs have started easing back into the earth, the branches and fields hollowing black from the lack of light. In the recesses of spring, and heading towards the Summer Solstice, we are experiencing an abundant time on the farm. Already too warm, we’ve harvested the remainder of the sweet, crunchy snap peas and Buttercrunch lettuce, and broccoli heads are filling out overnight. Kyle, with help from a resourceful family member, has completely restored the Farmall Cub, which means we are back in business with being able to cultivate a large amount of crops in a much shorter time. In this abundance, we have also been enjoying our return to a market setting—the anticipation of harvesting over the course of the week, the early morning rise and set-up in the cool, and the amazing conversations we’ve been having with folks in our community.
Scarlet, Lacinato, and Green Kale
French Breakfast Radishes
As the season gains ground, we are very excited to be able to announce the re-opening of the Farm Store on Friday, July 5th! This year, the Farm Store will be open on Fridays from 1pm-6pm on the new porch on the barn and will take a more self-serve approach. There will be a refrigerator stocked with fresh produce and you will use the instructions posted to pay on an honor system. We will be around to help if need-be, but we feel this new system will also allow the store to run more smoothly. As always, we can’t wait to have you come visit the farm, shop for your weekly vegetables and bread, and to sit on the porch and watch us work in the fields!
Another exciting aspect of this season is that, through the generosity of last year’s CSA members, we’ve been able to begin using funds from our Community Box to donate produce to Samaritan Ministries in Winston-Salem. Last season, we took donations to add to the Community Box in the hopes that our CSA community would generate funds for members who are not able to pay the full amount of a share. Our community showed up wonderfully to this challenge. Now that we are not pursuing a CSA this year, we sought out a way to use these funds to support everyone’s ability to eat the healthiest produce possible. Samaritan Ministries does great work in the Winston area and we are grateful to be using these funds for produce donations. Every single person deserves to eat well in our area. Help us try our best to make this happen in our small way, here!
Tomato season is coming soon! We can’t wait to share in the harvest with y’all this Saturday from 8:30-12 at the Cobblestone Farmers’ Market, and soon with you at the re-opening of the Farm Store here.
With love and dirty hands,
Nicole and Kyle