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Pre-Season Farm News

Please mark your calendars: our September Open Farm Day has been CHANGED to Saturday, September 17th

The first week of CSA deliveries will be April 11th - just three weeks away! Make sure to check your confirmation emails for your pickup times and directions.

I know we are all so excited to have fresh local produce back in our lives. These early warm temperatures have seemed to given us all spring fever and we can be expecting lots of produce soon(er) than in previous years. The farm is excited to begin our 23rd year of doing CSA deliveries in central PA. Each passing winter gives us a chance to make repairs, plan, and expand. This winter, we had one of our transplant greenhouses collapse during the heavy snowfall in January. We had already begun seeding lettuce, onions, and kale when this occurred, so we needed to get one rebuilt - and fast! Somehow, we assembled a new greenhouse in its place with our dedicated winter crew of 6 guys in under a month. We are now breaking ground for an expansion of our packing house, which has been needed for years as our coolers and packing space has been maxed out with our growing produce demands. This also means a better facility for our employees! Currently, most of the farm crew is back at work with the packing house doing a deep spring cleaning of everything. Each basket, knife, crate, machine, etc. gets totally sanitized and ready to receive fresh food from the fields. We annually go through all of our CSA boxes and dispose of those who didn't make it through the weather last year -and there are always hundreds of boxes to assemble despite our wonderful recycling system. The greenhouse girls are in their prime season of seeding and taking care of all of our transplants that require many different cares and approaches. All 5 of our transplant greenhouses are maxed out with flats each day that hold mostly everything our members will receive until July. Our last seeding usually gets done in late August for our last winter months of harvest. Tractors and wagons are buzzing by the office every hour as we have been getting many calls and emails for sign-ups.

This year, our CSA members can look forward to a wide variety of USDA organic vegetables and fruits. Our early April and May members can be expecting to see spring onions, radishes, spinach, lettuces, kales, peas, and cilantro. Our winter storage facility is proving well as it successfully has stored sweet potatoes, yellow onions, and Yukon gold potatoes to help fill up the spring boxes with heavier items. We decided to plant a greenhouse of tomatoes this year that should be ready for harvest in early June to go with all of the salad greens and we couldn't be more excited for early tomatoes! My goal this season is to grow more herbs for our members. We want to kick up the flavor in our boxes and really aim towards the people (foodies) who enjoy cooking with fresh produce and want to expand their palettes.

Thanks again for joining our Community Supported Agriculture program,
Lucas

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