End of Summer Newsletter!
As back-to-school commercials may suggest, it is almost the end of summer. With the changing of the seasons approaching, it's important to reflect on our accomplishments and possible improvements to prepare for next summer! This newsletter is meant for our readers and shareholders to better understand the many components of CCF. We also hope to attract a larger following of people who are curious about organic produce, and living a healthier lifestyle!! So lets get down to it...
What's currently producin'?
Kale, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Basil, Parsley, Carrots, Onions, Tomatoes, Peppers, Yellowneck Summer Squash, Beets, Mixed Lettuce, Parsley
Mustard Greens/Hot Shot Lettuce Mix, Peas, Garlic Scapes, Turnips, Radishes
What's to come?
More Garlic and Tomatoes... Soon to come - Red Onions, Acorn Squash, Delicata Squash, Winter Squash Varieties, and Pumpkin Varieties.
If you want eggs, please let us know ASAP!! We have a set of younger hens (pullets) and a set of older hens, most of which are still laying eggs. For shareholders, we will continue to have a supply of eggs for sale at our weekly Friday distributions.
As the older hens are getting to the age where they are laying very few eggs, it will soon be time to send them to market! If you are interested in purchasing some chicken meat, send us an email ASAP!
Similar to the hens, we are also bringing all of our pigs to the butcher this fall, except for one. All of the pigs have been spoken for, but if you are interested in signing up for a half or full pig for next year, please let us know!
This summer has been a "building season" so to speak. We gained many new shareholders, extended our gardens to a new growing space, purchased more chickens, revamped our social media and blog advertising, and we even hosted our first CCF Open House! We've been crazy busy, but feel grateful for how far we've been able to come since last summer, and are looking forward to what the future holds!
We've been harvesting large quantities of cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, beets, and greens this year! Soon we will be harvesting many tomatoes, peppers and squash. This has us all feeling excited about our bountiful produce that we can provide to our shareholders. We recently planted both parsnips and bunching onions which will be overwintered. Both of these vegetables should be ready to harvest mid to late spring next year. In another month, our garlic cloves will be planted for next year's crop.
The days are getting shorter, which means the planning for next year has begun! Some of our plans include expanding current garden space, building a new greenhouse at our new farm base on Hardscrabble Rd., more animals, etc... While it is a lot to think about, the thought of tomorrow's possibilities always excites us!