Happy New Year to you all.
Welcome new and returning CSA members for a new year of food from the farm. The veggies and fruit you will receive have been planned for (we are doing the planning this week and next week), seeded, watered, transplanted, weeded, protected from pests, encouraged with smiles, harvested, washed, bunched, bagged, placed in share boxes and delivered to you. Our many hands here at TapRoot carefully tend the soil and the vegetables and fruit for us to have to share with you in our relationship, the CSA. We are looking forward a great year with you.
Over the years we have learned a lot and each year we learn more. Your feedback is critical to us as it is how we adapt and change to meet your needs. It is also important for you to become aware of our realities so you too can adapt and change based on what is happening on the farm. This is the sharing part. It is far more than we grow and you pay. It is about establishing a respectful relationship where we learn/ grow/adapt/evolve/celebrate together.
Each week we will send out an email. It will be brief, but contains information about your share, recipe idea(s), notes from the farm and in some cases important messages. If you notice you are not getting the emails please check your spam folder or check in with us to ensure we have your correct email address. For the first couple of weeks you may get a few emails as we settle into the year.
Josh and I have created a tentative plan of what we are thinking will be in the shares each week for the year. (click here) This is a template not a certainty. It is so we can plan for the growing year and in the next week order seeds. Feel free to forward us suggestions, comments and considerations. I have created a blog post with the links to the four spreadsheets for you to review if you wish. Part of the challenge in planning for the CSA is getting it right regarding how often members will want specific items, ie. Kale. I can't get enough kale because we use it all the time in everything, but it is at the top of the complaint list in CSA nation wide surveys. Our members number one complaint is too much cabbage. For those of you who would like to know 'the plan', take a look at what we have tentatively planned so far. Email or facebook post us on what you think. Remember, that this year for the winter months the vegetable share offered is smaller (if you are use to a large size) and add on's will be available for those who need more. We will see how it works out and would again, appreciate your advice on how it is going.
Have a great rest of your week!
ps. more specific details to come later.
pps. We try to keep facebook current with farm activities. https://www.facebook.com/TaprootfarmsCSA/?ref=bookmarks