Wishing you all a happy 2022- hoping for good things to come to all… And here is what the CSA is planning for the year as an offering of something good for all!
First, and most simple: If you would like to be on the CSA email list, please comment or email and ask so. The mail list is used once a month through most of the year. For those who join a particular season there is a “what’s in the box” weekly email in the season and a “welcome to the CSA” with things like a poll to determine what you in particular have on your love/hate list.
It is January, and winter has been doing a fine job of showing up. The general impact to the farm is managing heat, light and water for the plants in the greenhouse, and feed, shelter and water for the livestock. Oh, the people need to be kept warm too, but they can manage pretty well on their own.
The greenhouse is earning its keep at this time – it is usually about 5-10 degrees warmer inside, with the exception of true sunny days when it can be 50 degrees warmer. The shelter from driving wind and rain is almost as important as the heat and lights – which leaves the unexpected assault of birds and rodents to cope with. Covers on the beds do a reasonable job of protecting things. The need to have some root crops and early starts is primary for the greenhouse. The secondary benefit is that greens that can handle low light and cool can be grown. The “Winter Season” which is severely limited in members, is for the really dedicated Salad members. As such, those plants were started the last week of November and are getting ready for harvest in February. There have been three major seed starting windows hereto now, with the fourth batch coming right up on us.
|Spinach||Bloomsdale||18 plants||Nov. 10||Nov. 17||Dec 20|
|Lettuce||Red Iceberg?||18 plants||Nov. 10||Nov. 14||Dec 10|
|Lettuce||Winter Density||18 plants||Nov. 10||Nov. 12||Dec 10|
|Cabbage||Katrina||42 plants||Nov. 10||Nov. 14|
|Kale||Redbor||144 plants||Dec. 1||Dec. 4|
|Garlic||Farm Stock||240′ row||Dec 1||—||Dec 1|
|Violet||Fizzle Dizzle||30 plants||Dec 1||Dec 11|
|Lettuce||Winter Density||36 plants||Dec 6||Dec 12|
|Lettuce||Crisp Mint||36 plants||Dec 6||Dec 16|
|Mustard||Southern Giant||36 plants||Dec 6||Dec 11|
|Mustard||Tah Tsai (asian)||36 plants||Dec 6||Dec 12|
|Spinach||Bloomsdale||36 plants||Dec 6||Dec 9|
|Cabbage||Red||120′ row||July||Heads||July ’21|
|Onions||Bulb||60′ row||Sept?||Up||Sept ’21|
|Beets||Avalanche||24′ gh row||Dec 8||12/25|
|Beets||Subeto||24′ gh row||Dec 8||12/25|
|Turnip||Tokyo Cross||8′ gh row||Dec 8||Dec 20|
|Radish||Cherry Belle||8′ gh row||Dec 8||Dec 16|
|Carrot||Napoli 55 day||16′ gh row||Dec 8||1/4|
|Carrot||Mokum 55 day||16′ gh row||Dec 8||1/1|
|Carrot||Sugar Snax54 68 day||24′ gh row||Dec 8||—|
|Bok Choi||Joi Choi||36 cell tray||Dec 21||12/30|
|Chard||Fire Fresh||36 cell tray||Dec 21||12/30|
|Lettuce||Newham Romaine||32 cell tray||Dec 22||12/30|
|Lettuce||Winter Brown||32 cell tray||Dec 22||12/30|
Some of these root crops will really come into their own for the green season, some items like Bok Choi will be planted again for other uses. The Brassicas will mostly be planted in ‘cold frames’ to reserve space in the greenhouse for sensitive plants.
SO… what does this all mean? Currently there are five members who are in the Winter season. A separate email will be heading out to them in two weeks. The major stipulation is that delivery is very limited for Winter, the preference is that if you wish to participate you will do farm call on Saturday. Because Winter Season is so difficult, the portion is set to “personal share” boxes and the cost is $25//week, $200.
The important planning question what starts here is “who wants to be in the CSA in 2022?” That is vitally important as seeds get ordered literally next week. The CSA really needs to grow (intended) to about 25 overall members in 2022. The farm ‘staff’ will be getting ‘hired help’ that needs to be paid, and the farm needs to be paid as well. This is what is available:
Winter Season 5 current Room for 2 more [ Start Feb. 12 for 8 weeks]
Green Season 8 current Room for 12 more [Start Apr. 6 for 8 weeks]
Main Season 8 current Room for 15 more [ Start June 1 for 20 weeks] – possible to join for 4 week ‘chunks’
Extended Season 8 current Room for 12 more [Start Oct. 18 for 4 weeks]
Prices will remain as last year –
- Personal Share (small box) – $22.50/week delivered, $20/week farm call
- Full Share (large box) – $32.50/week delivered, $30/week farm call.
Delivery is one of two days during the week:
- Wednesday (near noon) for Olympia/Tumwater
- Friday (near noon) for Horizon Pointe/Lacey
Farm call is Saturday between 10 and Noon.
February Monthly update will echo the same opportunity – If you are seriously considering joining (and have not already) please sign up early. If you were a member and enjoyed the CSA, suggest to your friends that “I know this great CSA…”
Also – the web site and the FB group would appreciate any words of encouragement to those who lurk and never leap…