Attached is a picture of our (your) tomatoes, after being planted in the greenhouse. Summer is coming!
Spring is apace here at the farm. Onions are stretching their delicate necks to the azure sky (azure is a very recent and sure to be brief development), cabbage and broccoli and kale are snug and spreading their leaves beneath row covers, the tomatoes are settling into the high tunnels, and your farmers are running around fixing pretty much everything. Turns out, naming your farm Plowbreak is just asking to be a repairman. Literally, our plows have broken twice this spring. In minor ways, but still.
ANYWAYS. We are officially designating June 5th as the first CSA pickup at the Westy on Thursday, and June 9th as the first pickup on the farm in Mecklenburg. (End Dates are Nov 7 and 10.) Mark your calendars! We may have a pre-CSA market at the Westy in May, and if we do, you'll be the first to know.
I am writing today to tell you about something we're trying in earnest this year: to feed you a more well rounded diet from local farmers. This is important to us. We believe in eating from the fruits of your foodshed, your neighbors and your friends as much as possible, and we're trying to make this easier to do. To that end, we have partnered with four other CSAs to provide you with high-quality food that we can't produce ourselves. (not enough time in the day!)
We can speak for the high quality of these producers and their products, as we eat their food regularly ourselves: please support our partner CSAs, whose products you will be able to pickup with your vegetable shares at the Westy on Thursdays. This is the way to a more equitable and local food system. You can find all the details for signing up on our website,
Wellspring Forest Farm's shiitake mushrooms are moist, delicate, and render a summer evening into something beyond words. They taste faintly of the forest they grew in.
Wide Awake Bakery's bread is milled from local flours, and develops such a crisp crust and chewy interior from their wood fired oven that people have been known to consume entire loaves in a sitting.
Black Diamond Farm grows the most impressive amount of heirloom and modern fruit that a list will never be complete. They plant new varieties every year! Fresh succulent berries, peaches, plums, grapes, apples and pears are just a part of their cornucopia.
Vanillen Dairy makes a soft, cow's milk cheese that is milked, processed and aged by the same hands: Sarah Van Orden's. She's a second generation dairy farmer with a small herd on a family farm in Romulus. Her cheese is creamy and indulgent, and comes in a variety of flavors. Cheese is one of the best ways to preserve the nutrition of the grass her cows munch on a daily basis, and this cheese stands with the best in our region.
--Your farmers, Aaron and Kara