Post holiday cheer

I had hoped to do a post before Christmas, or at the very least before the end of 2011, but alas… We spent almost a week over in Vermont for Christmas, hanging out at my grandparents old house and spending time with my sister and her family, my dad and stepmom, and Cousin Gulliver, up from DC. It was lovely! We hope everyone had a great holiday season and is enjoying the new year so far.

As 2012 begins, we’re finally feeling as though things are slowing down.  It was a busy fall, with twice weekly harvests for CSA member orders, wholesale accounts, and the farmers’ market, plus the usual fall farm clean-up projects.  The colder weather has probably finally put an end to the carrot and potato harvesting as well as the various greens we’ve been tending in the greenhouses.  It’s good timing:  The final installment of the Norway Winter Farmers’ Market market of 2011 happened on 12/17.  The market will resume on 1/7 and happen every first and third Saturday after that until the spring.  We’ve enjoyed participating in the market these past couple of months.  In the new year, we plan to take the market on a week-by-week basis, depending on what we have going on and how our veggie supplies are holding up.  Keep an eye on the farm’s Facebook page for market updates going forward.  Here’s update #1:  We plan to skip the market on 1/7 due to some other plans.  The next market is on 1/21, and at this point, I’m planning to be there.

We also have big market news for next season:  We’ve decided not to attend the Bridgton Farmers’ Market.  This was a tough decision.  We’ve really enjoyed participating in that market over the past four years.  The vendors are great, and the market has grown and diversified significantly during our time there.  Our customers have been great, too, and we did well there.  However, Sonya and I feel we need to streamline things a bit next season.  We have the sense that we’ve been stretching ourselves too thinly, and especially considering how our family has just grown, we felt a change was needed.  This means no markets at all next season…we had already decided to stop coming down to Portland for the market there, too…and a chance to focus all of our efforts on the CSA.  Many thanks to the Bridgton community for their support, and good luck to all of our fellow vendors next season.  We hope it will be a great one for a truly special market!

One final note:  Would you or someone you know want to live here?  Yes, right here at Summit Springs Farm!  The 3rd floor of the the house is a self-contained, 1-bedroom apartment, and it is available to rent right now.  Here are the details:  $700/month is the cost; the apartment has its own entrance and a small bath and kitchen; all utilities are included; wifi is included; no smoking and no pets, please.  We’re seeking a quiet and conscientious tenant!  Spread the word, and please contact the farm for more information:  998-2196.

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