Hello, all, and here’s to the end of March and warmer temps in April. March has certainly kept us on our toes! 60 degree days followed by snow…warm breezes that hint of May followed by biting winds back from February…etc. It’s maple sugaring time, of course, and I hope you and yours got out to visit your local producers for Maine Maple Sunday yesterday. This annual event allows folks to see how maple sugaring is done and often features yummy eats like pancakes, ployes, and ice cream. Alas, we didn’t get off the farm ourselves, but we did have some folks over for breakfast. I made waffles, and one of our guests brought over a jar of homegrown-n-produced syrup from the JED Collective in Greene. Sweet heaven in a bottle! For more info. about Maine Maple Sunday and sugaring in our state in general, check out the website of the Maine Maple Producers Association.
Luckily for the seedlings, the greenhouse environment remains more or less consistent during the back-and-forth weather this time of year. Our seedlings are thriving, and more and more trays are filling the place up each week. We’re pleased with how our new woodstove is working out. We’re using much, much less propane this spring than we have in years past. That’s better for the planet and better for the farmers’ bank account! We’ve only had to have our tanks filled once so far this spring, and we’re thrilled. (In years past, we were getting propane deliveries nearly every week.)
We just had our March potluck, but the April edition is coming early in the month…less than two weeks from today, in fact. We’re doing a brunch potluck this time, so dust off those quiche and muffin recipes and come see us on Saturday, April 9th from 10 AM until 1 PM. Bring a dish to share and meet your neighbors and fellow CSAers! If the weather is decent and the mud isn’t too bad, perhaps we’ll be able to do a little outdoor farm tour. At the very least, we’d love to have folks take a peek into the greenhouse and see the early stages of their veggies!
Fresh off the news that we’ll be doing an L/A area CSA drop at Bates College in Lewiston, interest in Summit Springs Farm CSA shares is high. Our goal for 2011 is to sell 100 full shares, and we’ve reached the halfway mark as of last week. Please help us keep the momentum going! We ask our members, old and new, to tell your friends, neighbors, and co-workers about the farm and about your decision to support us through the CSA. Please direct folks to the website and have them call or e-mail us with any questions. We’re so excited to have added that share pick-up site at Bates, and we’re always open to the possibility of adding more off-farm share pick-up points. If you can round up 8 or 10 of your neighbors to join the CSA, we’ll come to you, with perhaps someone allowing us to use their home as a pick-up point. Get a group of your co-workers on board, and we’ll drop shares off right at your business. Keep us posted, and we’ll do what we can to ensure that everyone who wants one can get their SSF CSA shares conveniently! I’ve ordered more of our snazzy promotional postcards, too, so let us know if you’d like some to put around at your work, gym, school, local library, etc.
I’ve written an article for the Lewiston/Auburn chapter of Macaroni Kid, a site run by new CSA member Colleen Scholer that focuses on family-friendly activities and events in the L/A area. There’s a lot of great info on the site, so check it out. My article “Why Buy Local?” can be found here.
And finally, I plan to come down to Portland this Saturday (4/2) for the Portland Winter Farmers’ Market at the Maine Irish Heritage Center on State St. from 9 AM until 1 PM. I’ll be trying to drum up support for the CSA as well as selling eggs and, believe it or not, the first greens of the season! Hooray! Hope to see you there.