Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope you have a day full of love.
I wish we were celebrating, but unfortunately our entire family is down with the flu AGAIN. Yes, this is the second time in a matter of four weeks. Whatever strains of flu are floating around, they are unkind and not friendly. I’m actually on the mend, but I’ve been nursing high fevers in my two kids for three days while Josh was at a farmer conference at Breitenbush Hot Springs, though the minute he arrived at the retreat, he came down with the flu, so it wan’t fun for him to be there this year. From ear infections to sinus infections to high fevers to stomach flu, the four of us have been sick in some way since early January. Everett attends kindergarten, which is how this all happens—little kids are vectors for illness. Okay, enough of my complaining about flu!
I do have to say that Teodora and Gregorio pretty much harvested, washed and packed all 100 boxes for you this week while Josh was gone and I was hanging with kids. I don’t know what we’d do without them. They are amazing!
When we finally get better and stronger, we’re going to start moving forward here on the farm. We’ll be putting up the new hoophouse soon (did I say we were going to do that last time?) and next week we plant all the hoophouses with spring crops. We also begin all of our major seeding for the spring as well as start getting the soil ready with all this nice dry weather, so next week is going to be busy. We also start markets up again in a few weeks! Here we go again!
This year is going to be a little different as I’m (Melissa) working part-time off the farm as well as going to graduate school part-time to get my MFA in creative writing. Yes, I’m crazy! But, it has been my dream for 10+ years and I’m finally pursuing it and so so excited, but I’m going to be one busy lady. I’m going to withdraw from the farm a little bit so I can stay sane, but I hope to make an appearance here and there at the farmers’ markets at least. And because my book project is about the farm, I definitely need to stay close to the dirt!
In Your Boxes:
- 4# Carrots
- 2# Onions
- 5# Winter Squash – Scarlet Kabocha
- 1# Spinach
- 4# Potatoes
- 1/2# Braising Mix
- 1# Baby Leeks
- 1# Beets – I make a grain-free, sugar-free brownie: Almond Flour Brownies. Shredded beets would go great with this.
- 1 Bag Multi-colored Popcorn – Airpopped with some olive oil splashed on top and tossed with a little sea salt, kelp powder and yeast is the best way to eat this. My kids go crazy over this snack!
- 1 bu radish (yes!!!! so so so so sweet!) – Josh seeded these red radishes in the aisles of our hoophouses back in October, so they’ve been growing all this time and have just matured. They are so sweet. My son eats them raw in his lunches—that’s how good they are! A really nice experiment that we will definitely do again next year. So nice to have a change in vegetables right now. I’m sure you feel the same.
- 2# turnips
- 1/2# shallots
M, E, A, & J