- Green Onions
Some Sites Only*
- Napa Cabbage
* A reminder about “Some Sites Only”….. since crops don’t ripen in predictable numbers, we often only harvest enough of a crop for “Some” members each week….we keep excellent records and we will make sure that everyone will receive the promised amount….if you did not receive a vegetable one week, be assured that you will the next time it is harvested.
We’re happy to share that the first week of CSA delivery went extremely well! Our new drivers, Erik and Lucas, did a stellar job of learning the new routes, and were lucky enough to meet a couple of the site hosts. The majority of members arrived on time to retrieve their first boxes, and those that forgot their site or their boxes, came quickly once reminded. We’re off to a great start!
With a couple of exceptions, most of the new crew arrived at the morning circle today…..they are learning the ropes of harvesting and processing, and I’m looking forward to sharing some of their stories with you. Before I do that, I would love to share some stories of a past crew members dear to my heart…my son Tyson, and his lovely wife Sara!
Sara worked on Winter Green Farm on and off since 8th grade, when she and her best friend, Noora Via, worked summers here. She and Tyson met, fell in love and he came on farm in 2005, the same year I began. Tyson and Sara did a wide variety of tasks at Winter Green, from harvesting and processing, to managing crew, wholesale orders, and hosting Farmers Markets both in Bend, and then at the Hollywood Farmers Market in Portland. Tyson left the farm 2 years ago to undertake his Graduate at the University of Oregon. He graduated this past Friday with a Masters in Sustainable Business, and we’re all so proud.
After the birth of her first child, Ella Mae, Sara transitioned to the office, managing finances and payroll, and began writing the Blog…she finally left the farm last year, after her second child Genevieve, grew weary of being in the office. Sara is now orchestrating the start of her own business…the Wild Child Flower Company!
Sara will start delivering her flower bouquet CSA beginning in mid July when the flowers start blooming, and will also be providing floral design services for weddings and special events, as well as offering bulk flowers and flower deliveries. You can follow along on Facebook and also on Instagram to see how the season blooms. To sign up for the CSA or get in touch about flowers email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve Got Hay! The extremely hot weather last month brought on the hay season a bit early….Jack Gray and Wali Via handle the haying here at Winter Green and it’s always a challenge to get it all cut and baled in between the rain showers. Since we grow all of our own feed for our cow herd, Chris’s sheep and Jabrila’s horses, we take it very seriously. We grow several nutritive grasses for our feed and pastures. In the early Spring, green grasses are cut and baled as round bales, and wrapped in plastic to ferment as “silage”, which will be fed to our cows in the fall when they make their transition to the barn area throughout the winter months.
Once the weather warms and the sun shines consistently, we then cut and bale round bales of hay for winter feeding as well, and store this in the barn until needed. We’ll also bale some square bales for feeding the horses and sheep throughout the year.
Once the grasses dry out a bit more, and the quality is not as good for feeding, we bale more for bedding….it’s a lot of work, but so worth it to know that our animals are fed from our own land!
We hope you all have a wonderful week, and I’m sure now that school is ending, vacation plans will be underway…..be sure to let us know if you will be gone and not able to retrieve your veggies! You can donate your share to a friend or family member, donate your share to one of the food banks we support, or you can receive a credit of $15 for each share missed during the Standard Season….that credit will go toward next season’s membership! Enjoy your veggies this week….
Linda and all of your farmers