Monday, November 21, 2011

First winter CSA

Well it has been pretty quiet around here lately. Mostly we have just been cleaning things up and getting ready for our winter CSA. Our first Winter CSA went out last Wednesday and things went pretty smoothly.

Well it appears that I have gone back to my old slacking was and have to write on the blog for almost a month. I will admit that it has been a little slow around the farm with just the daily hub a bub going on. We did finish the hoop houses out back which are now guarding a lovely crop of lettuce, and greens for the winter. And with our first snowfall yesterday having those lettuces protected is a great relief.

Other than the hoop houses going up I guess the only other eventful thing that has happened it that we had 100 chickens butchered for community care (our local food bank). This is something we have been planning since the beginning of the summer and it is nice to have it accomplished. The most time consuming part of the process is actually packing the chicken when they come back from the butcher. We pick them up in big coolers (to keep everything cold of course) and then when we get home we put the chickens into food-saver bags and suck the air out so that they stay fresh longer in the freezer. We did on a positive note only do 50 chickens at a time otherwise it would have taken us all  night to get those bad boys into the freezer.

The first little bit on the top there is old and we are now on our third week of winter CSA and I think that it is going well. This week people got an assortment of lettuces and greens, squashes, garlic, leeks, mini cabbages and a pie pumpkin.

       Boxes from our first winter CSA delivery. How many CSA's can you fit in a Yaris?                                                   Well i fit 14 and there were room for more.


             

Oats up in the cherry tree

Parsley holding strong despite the cold weather and snow

Also some people might find of interest this interesting article i just read on etsy about art CSA's. An interested idea. Take a look http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/noted-growing-an-art-csa/?ref=fp_blog_title

2 comments:

Uncle Charles said...

Thanks, Amanda. Let's have some photos of the hoop-houses. That's a big commitment of yours to the food bank (hope you get a charitable receipt!). Are the Winter crops fresh or are they Fall crops which store well?

Also, I'm not signing up for an Art CSA just yet, but it is an imaginative idea!

Amanda said...

Photo's on their way. Most of winter crops are fresh. We have four kinds of lettuce, spinach, dandelion, Boc Choy, Matzuna (a mustard green) and loads of other oriental greens. We also have kale, leeks, cabbage and herbs fresh.
In the stored department we have squashes,and potatoes.