Winter is waning! We’re thinking about our spring (working) break. We have this weekend and two more in March, then we close markets at Chevy Chase and Sheridan. (Dupont continues to the end of March.).
People ask me: “why, oh why do you do this to us every year? Why do you abandon us and force us to go back to the supermarket?”
Well we’re sorry, but we need to stop marketing so we can focus exclusively on spring planting. It’s such a demanding process, working with the fickle weather, trying to keep on schedule with all the succession plantings of about 40 different crops. If we miss one, just one!, that could mean no lettuce or no beans some day when you come looking for them in June or July.
So we aren’t really taking a break and running off to Fort Lauderdale or someplace (well, except for one of us, who is very old and halfway retired and loves Key West).
No, all (but one) of us will be slaving away at the farm so that YOU, precious customer, can have your beans and lettuce EVERY week.
Anyway, don’t panic. We will return for our 47th (!) season in May (Dupont) or June (Sheridan) with all those delicious June crops, like strawberries, snap peas, asparagus, etc. As for Chevy Chase, we will return no later than June 1, and possibly a bit earlier if crops justify. We’ll let you know. Watch this website, OR put your email address on our list, (clipboard at market this week) and we’ll contact you.
Last week I promised to tell you about this new source we have for local organic produce, to supplement our own. It’s a marketing cooperative called Lancaster Farm Fresh, consisting of 40 or 50 organic vegetable growers like us, located near Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Our own marketing cooperative, Tuscarora Organic Growers, was founded about 15 years earlier, in 1988, and we actually helped the Lancaster group get started, using many of the same principles and methods that we had learned.
So this means that for the next three markets we’ll have beautiful, organic carrots, cabbage, kale and onions, etc., even though our own crops of these are sold out.
See you at market.