Tomorrow’s Share

Tomorrow you will be collecting your last winter shares of the season!! As always, distribution will happen in the garden for one frigid hour only, starting at noon–the garden gates will be closed promptly at 1pm.

Musings from Ted & Jan of Windflower Farm below, plus details of what will be in your box and which regions of the state everything came from:

Best winter wishes from all of us at Windflower Farm.  We hope you are finding ways to enjoy this unusually cold and snowy winter season.  To ward off cabin fever and to stay fit for the farm season we have been pursuing every manner of winter activity here, including sledding, snow shoeing, skiing, and even a game or two of field hockey played inside one of our largest greenhouses.  Because of the heavy and frequent snowfalls, we have been regularly sweeping the snow off our greenhouse and barn roofs to prevent them from collapsing.  We learned this morning that 18 barns have come down in our county alone, killing numerous cows and causing a great deal of grief.

Your final share of the winter will be delivered this Saturday, February 12th, and will consist of a bag containing yellow-fleshed potatoes, sweet potatoes and an onion, bags of carrots and beets, a bag of popcorn, a bag containing dried hot chiles and black turtle beans, a bag of mixed greens, a small package of dried dill, a butternut squash, a celeriac bulb, a bag of apples (mostly ‘Honey Crisp’), and a half gallon of cider.  We have not washed your greens because it’s so cold outside; please wash them before you use them.

The fruit and cider came from the Borden Farm, just down the hill from our place, and the dry beans came from Tony Potenza, a long-time organic grower located near the Finger Lakes.  The chiles and dill we dried from our summer crop.  We’ve had help filling out the roots portion of your shares from two other organic growers.  Some of your carrots have come from our friend Ian, at Fledging Farm, near Lake Champlain, who gave them to us on trade for an old piece of equipment of ours that he thinks will help him make better seedbeds.  Nearby organic growers Brian and Justine Denison provided all of the sweet potatoes and big, beautiful celeriac bulbs.  None of my discarded equipment was of interest to them, so we had to resort to cash.  We’ll be turning our celeriac into fritters, adding any leftovers to a roasted roots dish with carrots and beets; our sweet potatoes will be going into lasagna and omelets with onions, peppers and cardamon.

Your greens were harvested from the last of our unheated greenhouses.  Those that survived weathered subzero outdoor temperatures on many nights with just two layers of fabric row cover.  Happily, this share completely cleans out our root cellar and marks for us the end of the 2010 season.  We’ll now turn our attention to equipment maintenance, conversion of a second tractor to electric power, crop plans, seed orders and other preparations for the 2011 season.

We welcome your feedback about the winter share and ideas for improving it.  We are seriously considering adding our own frozen corn, broccoli, beans, tomatoes, peppers, and berries and dried tomatoes and herbs.  What do you think?  Drop us an email (windflowerfarm at earthlink dot net) to let us know.

Please remember to show up at your pick up site on time.

Thank you for being a winter share member.  We hope you enjoy your box and wish you a very happy spring.  We look forward to seeing you in June.

Best wishes,
Ted & Jan

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