It is the solstice today! The longest day of the year has snuck upon us. Besides all the spring vegetables that have been showing up in your shares, many seedlings have been transplanted and direct seeded  into our fields: Onions, leeks, peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, cukes, summer squash, corn, cabbage, broccoli, as well as winter squash, sweet potatoes, potatoes, parsnips, carrots, beets… (to name a few). The pick-your-own bouquet patch is waiting to delight us while we wait for buds to flower, and the fresh herbs are waiting to enliven our senses.

At this moment on this solstice day, the farm is home to spring, summer fall and winter crops all waiting for their time to mature and nourish our bodies and spirits. Each year brings its own joys as well as challenges and no two years are ever alike. Farming is an ongoing story, never boring, always engaging. Many of you are wondering about the strawberries this year. They were planted last August as scheduled, mulched, weeded, then weeded again, but sadly the deer got into the patch in the winter, ate some of the plants, and weakened others. We got new plants and filled the gaps. Then came those long rainy chilly spring days, and slowed the growth even more. So…there are some berries out there, you can visit the patch on your pickup day and enjoy a few, but there isn’t the abundance that we hoped for. There’s always next year.

HARVEST MORNINGS are a dance that begins at 6am and continues till noon. So much to do, so little time. It is pea picking time, and if life allows you, come join us. You might just fall in love.

On matters of business, if you are on the 3 part payment plan, the second is due by July 1st, and the 3rd by Sept. 1st. Thank you in advance for your timely payments. Since pay pal charges us over 3% of your payment, we prefer checks, but graciously accept any form of payment that meets your needs.

First CSG POTLUCK of the season is scheduled for Friday July 14th, at 5:30 followed by a showing of the film SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY. It is open to members as well as friends and others who have an interest is viewing this important, and beautiful documentary. All ages are welcome, children who find it too long can play, run around, help shell beans, and have fun in the ways they know how.

FARM CAMP is on the week of July 17th-21st. There are a few spaces open.

There are some SHARES AVAILABLE for the season. Word of mouth goes a long way, so please help us meet our budget so the farm can flourish.  Spread the word. Share prices would be prorated for those folks who missed the first few pickups.

We have a wonderful, hardworking, fun loving team of apprentices this year: Tim, born and raised in our own bio region, Caitlin from Maryland, Gerald from Philadelphia, and Jen from California. It is always an honor to get to know, interact and learn with our apprentices. Hope for the future, friendships for life.

Thank you all for being a part of our farm community.  To nurture is at the heart of what we do.  We’re committed to the knowing that future generations will  be nourished in the give and take relationship so humbling and so connecting. Without you it couldn’t be.

Stop by to visit the poppies, breathtaking and fleeting. Enjoy your veggies, see you at the farm!