Happy New Year friends! We hope you’ve enjoyed the holidays and have found time to reflect on the past year and your hopes and goals for 2017.
We are enjoying the quieter, slower pace of winter here at the farm, and getting ourselves organized for the upcoming season. We have hired our first apprentice and are interviewing for the second position. Chris continues to steadily work on the finishing touches of the greenhouse which includes building a sliding front door, and the more difficult tasks of running electrical outlets throughout the house and wiring the heater, fan, and shutter.
I spent the past rainy Monday ordering all of our seeds for the year, including the new crop we are adding this year: microgreens! Our friend Jean has grown microgreens for our On Farm Market the past few years, but she’s passed the production of these tiny, super nutritious greens onto us. We are looking forward to the challenge of learning how to grow a new crop, and excited to add such a nutrient dense food to our market and CSA boxes. (Recent studies have shown microgreens to have up to *40 times* more vitamin E and 4-6 times more other vital nutrients such as vitamins C and K than mature plants!).
We do still have a nice selection of winter food growing in the hoophouses, so throughout January and February we will open the On Farm Market from 9 .m. to 12 p.m. on the following dates:
January 11th, January 25th, and February 8th.
I will send a list of what will be available before each market via this newsletter.
We look forward to seeing you at the farm this winter, or at the Columbus Market when we return there first of April. CSA will also begin early April, more details to come soon!
Take good care,
Jenny and Chris