News…

Activity continues in the greenhouse, with more seeds sown this past Monday by Sonya and more wood-schlepping every other day or so by me (boy, do I regret not getting a supply of wood inside the greenhouse, or at least close to it, last fall…lesson learned.)  And…we have sprouts!  Some marigolds have popped up, plus those wonderful Sungold cherry tomatoes.

Our big news this week is that we’ve finally got a CSA share pick-up site in the Lewiston/Auburn area!  Bates College in Lewiston will let us use a bit of parking lot space on campus for our Friday afternoon CSA activities, and we’re very happy to have their support and to finally have a spot nailed down for the season.  Specific details, like where on campus the drop will occur, will be forthcoming as the start of the season gets closer.  Thanks, Bates!  Be sure to spread the word to your friends in Lewiston and Auburn that they can join the Summit Springs Farm CSA and pick up their shares close to home every Friday afternoon between 5 and 6:30.

Another month and another potluck.  February’s gathering was wonderful…a small group of friends and neighbors came by, and we feasted on, among other things:  spaghetti squash casserole, my roasted root veggies, Sonya’s shahi paneer (tomato curry), quiche, homemade truffles, etc.  For March, the date is set for Tuesday the 22nd from 5 – 8 PM.  Bring a dish to share, and be ready for good conversation and lots of laughs!  And to all you new CSA members who’ve signed on with us in the past month:  Thanks, and come on over to the potluck!  We’d love to meet you face-to-face, and we’d love for you to see the farm!

Finally, a little news item that several friends of mine have linked to, commented on, “liked”, etc. on Facebook.  Apparently, at a recent town meeting in Sedgwick, Maine, town residents voted unanimously to adopt a “food sovereignty” law to allow the sale of locally produced foods without interference from state or federal regulators.  It’s a bold move, intended to help local farmers and producers connect with consumers without hassle.  “Hassle” comes into play for things like the sale of raw milk or the slaughter and sale of chickens on the farm and not at a processing facility.  Regulations have a place…we all want to be safe…but for small farms trying to find their niche, they can block consumers’ access to their wares.  The law puts the power (and responsibility) back into the hands of the consumer and the producer.  I wonder if this will spread?  Much more information about the law can be found here.

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