Farm Newsletters

March 16, 2012 Farm Tour announcement

While it feels like spring outside, we all know winter is not completely gone. Nonetheless, the warm weather puts in the mind of letting you know about our annual May farm tour on the weekend of May 5 and 6. We will have lots of things to look at this year for our open house tour. We are busily working on getting ground ready for a new planting of Zestar apples and have trees ready to graft to increase our production of Empire and Espopus Spitzenberg apples. We are planning to have our tomatoes planted in our high tunnels in mid-April, nearly three weeks earlier than in the past. Did we mention the regular spring work associated with bloom time?

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August 25, 2011 – Harvest starts

Life is peachy keen on the farm, but just a “bit” busy. As always, the time of year that I should send out the most newsletters is exactly the time of year I have the least time to send out any. While we had a few early peaches in early August, last week marked the official deluge of harvest. The slow trickle turned into a steady torrent and we struggled to keep up. It is a good problem to have in this year where many people have few peaches. But, it does cause a bit of stress for the fruit grower as I watch peaches getting ripe, then riper, then riper still, and we are behind. We’ve kept adding crew members and I think we are finally starting to get back on top of things. Whew…

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July 17, 2011 Cherries!

Cherries? Cherries. CHERRIES! I have to admit to not completely telling the truth about our cherries. We have steadfastly told anyone who inquired that we would not have any sweet cherries this year due to our spring frosts. And, that was “sort of” true. But, not completely true.

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March 25, 2011 CSA info

Spring keeps trying to spring over here on the farm, but the duel between winter and spring is far from over. However, the fruit buds are just starting to swell, our cover crops are sprouting new leaves and the grass is turning green. We have our wind machines ready to go for frost protection and are just finishing up our pruning. So, maybe spring is around the corner?

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February 11, 2011 CSA info

We have posted our schedules and pricing for our CSA share program on our website for 2011. Visit the CSA page at http://elafamil.startlogic.com/site/news.html for all the details of each location. In general, we are offering a share pickup at each of the farmers markets we attend. We also collaborate with other vegetable growers and add a fruit share onto their vegetable share. I’ve pasted the basic details for each location at the bottom of this newsletter. If you are looking for a vegetable and fruit share, we encourage you to support one of the farms we collaborate with. If you are only looking for a fruit share, we hope you will consider us.

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