Here it is May, and I am long overdue for a newsletter!
First to get some business out of the way: Thanks to everyone who has registered and paid for shares! It’s greatly appreciated at this high input low output time of year. For those of you who are paying in instalments, please make sure you are up to date.
|Farm Pickup||Toronto Pickup|
|Due Upon Registration||$100||$100||$100||$100|
|Due April 1st||$150||$300||$200||$350|
|Due June 1st||$150||$300||$200||$350|
Some of you may have noticed that prices have gone up. This year, with no baby on the way, shares go a full 20 weeks. This means that compared to last year: a) I’m growing and you’ll get more vegetables; b) I’ve raised weekly prices slightly to keep them in line with inflation, costs, and other vegetable prices; so c) The total share costs are higher than last year. If the higher prices are alarming please get in touch and we’ll work something out.
WEATHER & FARMING
The cool weather and lack of sunshine means that things are growing slowly, but they are growing. The garlic is up and the few greens I was able to sneak into the ground between downpours are starting to pop out of the ground.
Although we are lucky that we don’t tend to get too much flooding in our low lying field, the clay soil does take a long time to dry out, so I haven’t been able to get the walk-behind tractor out in the garden yet this wet spring to prepare beds for planting.
Thankfully, Max and I were able to get the broadfork out and prepare a few beds the old fashioned way, so I have my fingers crossed for early carrots!
Once I do have a chance to prepare the rest of the spring beds there are lots of plant babies waiting in the wings, so there will be a mad rush to plant plant plant.
Speaking of planting, we also have forty tree seedlings to pick-up and plant this weekend. Not everyone has the space to plant a tree, so if we can plant a few extra for our members it seems like the right thing to do. If anyone is interested in helping out with planting/keeping them alive let me know.
In other exciting news, the greens in the greenhouse need to come out to make way for tomatoes, so on May the 9th I will be heading back to the Dufferin Grove Market in Toronto for the first time this season! If anyone can’t wait for greens, come by the market and say hi, I would love to see you.
If any of my on farm members can’t wait for greens, send me an email if there is lots of interest I would be happy to organize a spring greens pick-up day in May.
I hope your basements are all dry, and we get some sunshine soon!
p.s. We still have a few shares available, if you know someone who might be interested please send them my way!