First an announcement – Yellow Stonehouse Farm’s Open Farm Day is this Saturday, May 20th from 10:00 till 2 pm. Everyone is invited to come, both members and those who are just curious about the farm. Come see us, pick up some asparagus or rhubarb and maybe a few wild greens.
Be careful what you wish for, is a saying my parents would send my way whenever I said I wanted something. Here’s another – When it rains it pours – usually referring to a deluge of problems not actual rain. Well – this Spring, it seems we are experiencing both an actual deluge, as well as problems, caused by way too much rain but also the end of the drought.
The pendulum swings: in 2016 we wished for rain; in 2017, not so much. Wish fulfillment is tricky. So, I am going to be careful, and not wish for an end to the rain – just a little decrease.
So – as you can see – we’ve been blessed with an over-abundance of rain this Spring and its causing a few issues with getting our crops in the ground. When It’s muddy like this we can’t plow, or get the beds ready or even walk around in the fields much.
During the bird walk last Sunday, our birders had to deal with 16 inches of water in the back pastures – making it difficult to get to certain bird habitats. The peas we planted in March are having a hard time, and we suspect that many of the seeds have rotted – which we will rectify this week by reseeding. Even picking the asparagus can be a bit tricky – I’ve lost a boot or two to the mud, resulting in very wet feet.
CSA pick-ups are still on schedule for an early June start through October, however.
Also – as a reminder, of the extra 27 spots we added, there are only a few remaining. We encourage everyone who is going to sign up for a share, to do so as soon as possible. We are planning and planting for the summer right now, and we need to know how many members we will have, to do so efficiently.
That’s the deal with a CSA – the farmer knows how many shareholders to plant for and can thus be as efficient as possible in how many seeds to order and grow and plant. It’s a win-win: for the member, who gets all sorts of wonderful produce and the farmer, who knows how much to grow due to a reliable customer base.
Though we still have a few organic CSA shares available, some pick-up days are filling up fast. Call us at 413-562-2164 or email us at the farm at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or come visit during our Open Farm day this Saturday, May 20th between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.