Morning here on the farm is my favorite time of the day. Just as the sun starts its upward path that soon illuminates the farm’s field with warm dewy light. The chickens are just coming off their nightly perch and pecking around the ground for breakfast and the bees from the hives are starting to stir filling their belly with sweet pollen from the valley’s blooms that lay below them. The quite, the diffused light, the misty cool mornings are indeed my time to meander along the beds just planted and the beds that soon may reap the rewards of our hard spring labor. Without this time, my time…I don’t think I could find the strength to give what this farm requires neither of me nor of my family. It’s not much in terms of size compared to the mega farms that produces harvest weighted in the tons rather than the bushels but for us it is at times more than we can handle. Over the course of the last few years Mark and I have taken a condemned old house and restored it, a piece of overgrown land used as a local garbage dumping ground and washed it’s face clean from years of neglect and without so much as a list of goals let alone a business plan. We set out to build a life from cultivating the land beneath our feet not knowing where it may lead us just a knowing that we were ready to take that journey. When I hear someone refer to the farm as a business I must admit I flinch. It is hard to think about this place as a place of business, or not in commercial sense anyway. Maybe more in the old traditional way of how neighbors conducted business with one another. I grew up near a small Amish community and my dad and I would travel there every once in a while for a little horse-trading as my dad called it. My dad used money; the Amish used goods or services in trade. Though I guess it was business being conducted it never felt like that to me it felt more…more in the sense of honor like someone’s word or a handshake never a faceless exchange of stuff. I guess in someway that is how I have always looked at the farm. And that is probably why I have such a dislike for the whole idea of this little vestal being termed a business.
This is a place where knowing one another s names are important. Our children play together in the creek or on the farm’s playground. We talk about food, about flowers and about life. We walk together in the garden slapping way pesky mosquitoes while harvesting fresh baby green beans a little extra in that weeks CSA basket for a dinner party. A place where kitchen floors and muddy work boots dance together and banjos and butterflies are celebrated with pick of season farmhouse fresh blueberry pies. Business well…maybe…but I think I will choose to call it horse-trading:)
We have a lot going on at the farm these days. Our spring crops are in and now we will begin planting early summer and warm season crops like tomatoes and peppers, melons and squash. This spring has been a mixture of winter and summer weather…not much in the way of nice mild temperatures. Like most other farmers I know we are dealing with this flux the best we can. We still have several beds here on the farm that need turning over and amending plus repairing or replacing old and rotten wood that for many of our beds that are 8 years or older. Brad and Jeff are going to begin building the new playground this next week…Lucca is so excited! We have the new patio going in as well this month in front of the pavilion market. The chickens are cooped right now in the new chicken coop we built a couple of weeks ago…no they are not happy about at all! But the beds of lettuce and other crops they had dug up repeatedly are now happily growing in neat undisturbed up beds. The barnyard had grown as well this spring with the addition of 3 new baby goats and Harry another miniature donkey. The chicks and ducklings are growing like crazy and soon will have to be moved to a larger area. We still have much to do before the farm opens in May for the season. So with that I will end this newsletter…bidding you and yours a happy spring…see ya soon..here on the farm
CSA News and Updates
A couple of important announcements for our CSA Shareholders.
- I need to update and backup our shareholders data listings for our 2010 spring and summer season. What I need from our entire CSA spring/summer shareholders is an e-mail with this information. Please send your email to email@example.com
Please type in the subject line: 2010 CSA Shareholder
Body of E-mail
Share schedule: weekly or biweekly
Amount paid to Madison Creek Farms thus far for CSA
Basket fee paid?
Returning CSA shareholder
Downloaded a copy of our CSA Handbook and read though it?
Contact phone #
Contact e-mail address
We are in the process of changing over our data base program and I want to be sure nothing gets lost in the change over and if it does we have a backup. Thanks you for taking the time to sent this information to us.
Change of Date
- I scheduled our CSA gathering for April 17th here on the farm. But it looks like we will need to move the gathering to May 1st. Like a said above we have had very strange spring weather and the crops aren’t ready to take on such a large harvest yet. I am hoping with a couple of more weeks of growing time May 1st. will be a better for the gathering and our 1st CSA pickup.
Saturday, May 1st. 10:30-1:00pm here on the farm
We well see y’all soon here on the farm!