Sowing and waiting…

Well, the day began with rain and now is ending with it.  It’s maddening!  I did check the extended forecast, though, and it looks promising:  rain tomorrow but then dry for most of next week.  It’s a good thing because we have TONS of stuff in the greenhouse waiting to be planted outside once we’re able to do so.  We also sowed a ton of seeds today with the hope that we’ll have a warmish and long fall.  We got the potatoes for the weekend out of the ground this morning and then retired to the greenhouse to sow beets, chard, lettuce, kohlrabi, and Napa cabbage.

A few people have mentioned that they enjoy the blog but would like to see more photos.  Amen to that!  It’s just a matter of finding the time, folks.  As we gear up for this weekend’s weeding party and potluck, I’d like to post a few pix of our wonderful volunteers this week.  I didn’t get a picture of Heidi and Kate, but here’s Carney, fresh out of the mud in the potato beds:


Today, River Foss came by to help Kate and I with the sowing:



And, just for fun, I spied a rainbow over the greenhouse a few afternoons ago after one of those lovely thunderstorms we’ve been experiencing recently:


That’s it for now…hopefully, I’ll be able to take and post some photos this weekend!

Also, a friendly reminder for those of you CSAers who are following my random musings and updates here:  This is a blog!  The idea is a non-static, back-and-forth kinda thing, with posts, threads, and all sorts of other things.  I’m not just fishing for random comments…Sonya and I would really like to know what you all think of your shares and what you’re up to.  What did you make with your veggies this week?  What worked out well and what didn’t?  What veggies did you like and which ones could you live without?  How are your home gardens going?  Etc…  We’ve love to hear from you, and I would guess that your fellow CSAers would, too!  Let’s get some dialogue going!

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2 Responses to Sowing and waiting…

  1. Heidi Audet says:

    Sonya, John, and Kate,

    Kate (my daughter) and I had so much fun helping with the weeding. When I had first mentioned to my daughter that we were going to the farm to help with weeding, my 13 year old said, “Do I really need to go?”
    Sensing her lack of enthusiasm, I reminded her that in my mind, part of being a member of a CSA is not just receiving, but giving back. She reluctantly decided to go, but as soon as we got to the farm, she was having a blast. On our way home, she said, “I can’t wait to tell my dad about this. I was working on a farm today.” She truly enjoyed herself, and mentioned that she was even surprised that she was so into it.
    Kate is now off to summer camp for a week, and a bit bummed out that I will be going this week to help again, but she will not! She looks forward to helping out again when she returns.
    I forget what a novel experience this is for my daughter. I grew up with a father and grandfather who farmed. Pulling weeds was something I did most summers as a child. When I wasn’t helping my grandfather in his garden, He would take me to pick potatoes at a farm in Ticonderoga, NY. Gardening and farm related activities was a way of life for me growing up. In contrast, my daughter has spent most of her life living in the suburbs. My experiences are in stark contrast to what is the norm for her. A friend of Kate’s lives on a farm in Turner, and it always amazes me how excited she is when the livestock and other farm animals have given birth. It is a whole new world for her.
    I am grateful for our CSA involvement at Summit Springs Farm. Not only do we enjoy the super veggies you harvest for us, but my daughter and I can have the opportunity of getting our hands into the dirt to become one with the earth. Thank you!

  2. John says:

    Thanks again for your help! We agree with what you have to say about the CSA. One reason we love the model and why we chose to start one was to make those connections…having people come here to see the place where their food is grown and to meet us, the growers, face-to-face…and, if they wish, to get their hands dirty and participate directly!

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