Week 5: June 8-13

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The laying hens in one of the pastures

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This was another week that absolutely flew past. We had our first week of CSA, slaughtered the second round of chickens, transplanted out all of the winter squash, and also had plenty of weeds to keep up with. We also both got a chance to briefly pilot the tractor to plow up last season’s garlic beds in preparation for transplanting brassicas and other crops.

Spinach

Spinach

Preparations for the first CSA pickup took almost all of Monday. In addition to harvesting and washing spinach, arugula, herb bunches, lettuce, zucchini, and broccolini for the share, we also finalized cleaning up and organizing the share room so that it is easy and straightforwards to pick up veggies and we can spend the afternoon on other projects. The board tells each size of share how much of each item they should take, and the members assemble their shares into whatever bags/boxes/baskets they bring along. In addition to the vegetables in the weekly share, CSA members can also buy eggs or meat from the freezers at a discounted price.

Odin in the CSA room

Odin in the CSA room

Something that Tim and Suzanne do that makes a lot of sense is that they split up their CSA into two different days each week. The shareholders that pick up on the farm come on Monday, and on Thursday, we prepare individual boxes that are dropped off at four locations in the area. This allows the farm to split up that harvest and washing, and also it means that Suzanne or Tim can potentially talk to more of the shareholders each week. It also means that if we don’t have enough of a certain item, we can give it only to the on-farm folks and not to the box people, or vice-versa. For instance, this week, the on-farm shares included broccolini, and the boxed-up shares had rhubarb instead.

Sidney the rhubarb queen

Sidney the rhubarb queen

On Tuesday, we slaughtered the second half of the freedom rangers in the bucketing rain. For about half an hour, Tim and Shona had to leave to go wrangle some of our cows that had escaped their pasture up the road, so while we were shorthanded Brian took on killing duty and killed twenty or thirty of the birds. We now have all 160 of the broilers either already sold or in the cooler or freezer, which makes chores a little easier mornings and afternoons, since we have one less group of birds to feed, water, and move. The next round of rangers will be sized up in another 4-5 weeks, but until then, we’ll just be selling birds out of the freezer.

Rangers wrapped up tight in the cooler!

Rangers wrapped up tight in the cooler!

Brian out at the cow pasture

Brian out at the cow pasture

96 Boles Rd

96 Boles Rd

On Friday night, Sid’s friend Abigail (whose commencement she attended several weeks ago) came up from Northampton, Mass to visit for the weekend! We went down to the river and got sunburned and had a great time.

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