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Marking Milestones

May 27, 2012

This is our first CSA season, and we’re officially in the thick of it. We had our first share pickups this past Wednesday and Sunday. We can’t help but be proud of our vegetables. Check out the photos below!

Week One

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Spring Onions
  • Leeks (or more spring onions)
  • Lettuce
  • Peppermint
  • Herbs: Greek Oregano, Sage, Dill, Parsley
  • a few pea shoots
  • a bouquet of flowers
  • and…. STRAWBERRIES!

It’s funny how it snuck up on us. We were focused on our planting schedule, our crop rotation, tilling new ground, and then suddenly we were packing our first CSA boxes. We’ve been busy and getting busier, but we made a point to stop and recognize this as an important milestone.

As members picked up their first boxes, they shared many encouraging thoughts. A member from Selinsgrove said she might have a tomato surplus from her own garden this summer, so she would like to share her tomatoes with the other members. What a great way to genuinely act as a community of members helping each other! Another member told us that the CSA was good for him, because he could rely on a steady flow of veggies all summer. We watched as eyes lit up with excitement over their first box of produce. A Northumberland member said she had volunteered to bring a salad to a picnic on Monday, and now she won’t have to stop at the grocery store to purchase lettuce. A few members have asked about volunteering. We love volunteers. Just email or call to arrange a time to work with us in the garden. We appreciate our members many and varied contributions to Serious CSA in our first year. Thank you all!

We’re also seeing significant improvements in our ability to grow good vegetables from last year to this year. Everything from potatoes to swiss chard looks healthier. It helps, of course, that we’re not flooded. And, dare I say, we’re actually ahead of the weeding for right now. I may regret those words come July, but for now, I’ll bask in the planting season. We still need to put in our tomato and pepper seedlings after this heat breaks. And strawberry plants and eggplants… I guess we better go get some more work done!

As you may have noticed, we are not in the Selinsgrove Farmers Market. Instead we’re focusing on growing the CSA. If you would like to join, we’d be happy to pro-rate a share for you. Information and membership forms can be found here.

As always, contact us at seriousfarms@gmail.com.

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