Photo: The wonderful warm weekend broke up the river ice along our road below the house. Some of the chunks were 12 inches thick. Fortunately it only flooded into the road for about 8 hours, and that during the middle of the night!
On the farm
Winter is the time of year when our lives are a bit different, mainly meaning a little less frantic than in the summer. I finished our 2013 taxes a few days ago. Interestingly our total sales were within 1% of the year before (lower).
We’re getting caught up on all our doctor and dentist visits (whoopee!), plowing snow, making our plans for the coming season, placing seed orders, trying to figure out how to water our greenhouse and two high tunnel crops when all the underground water lines and hydrants are frozen (the first time in over 10 years).
New online store
We mentioned some time ago that we were more or less being forced to create a new online store, as the current one has been abandoned by the manufacturer, with no upgrades available. We’ve actually been without any support for quite awhile now, although they still charge us a fee. The store has served us quite well for over 10 years, but we also feel it is time for an upgrade to something more modern, particularly as regards compatibility with mobile devices.
CSA member Phil has been researching the whole project for us and has now set up several demo sites for Chris & I to try out to see if they will work for us. You may realize that the way we use a shopping cart / ecommerce platform is quite different than most: no payment at time of purchase, no credit cards, no shipping, charges at market for added produce, etc., so Phil has to be sure we can find a way to do all that in whatever new platform we ultimately choose. Within the next few weeks we’ll have the demo site test-ready, and would love to have some of you have at it and see if you can crash the thing. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Sort of a demolition derby. Please let me know if you would mind spending an hour or two at some point thrashing through the test store, helping us sort it out. You don’t need to have any technical web experience… just be a shopper in a hurry!
Remaining winter CSA delivery dates
MAR 1 &15 & 29
APR 12 & 26
MAY 10 & 24
And now, this week’s online CSA produce…
- Fruit: apples (Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Nittany, Pink Lady, Stayman & mixed).
- Greens: micros, pea shoots, baby arugula, baby rainbow chard, mixed kale, salad mix (2 kinds), mustard mix, young spinach & 3 types of lettuce.
- Veggies: beets (red & mixed), cabbage, carrots (orange & deep purple), celeriac, garlic, horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, parsnips, potatoes (Yukon Gold & red), radishes (Black Spanish, watermelon & red bunched), rutabagas, shallots, sweet potatoes & a bit more butternut squash.
- Herbs: chervil, garlic chives, parsley, sorrel & rosemary.
- Mushrooms: crimini, Portabella & shiitake.
- Eggs, chicken, butter, cheese: eggs (brown & heritage); large frozen stewing hens; butter; many cheeses.
- Preserves: apple sauce & butter, maple syrup, honey, canned cherries, jams, jellies, ketchup, salsa, pickles & relish.
Farmer’s Pick: green oakleaf lettuce, baby arugula and micro cress, deep purple carrots, large garlic, onions, German Butterball potatoes, 2 lbs. of Nittany apples and a ½ pt. of homemade maple syrup!
Randy, Chris & Sam @ Star Hollow Farm