Wow – this is the second newsletter this season I’ve started with “Wow”. But WOW…my big week is almost over. Paddy Rose turned 2 on Wednesday and we had tons of little ones over on Father’s Day to celebrate her birthday! Monday was a harvest day, my parents flew in late Tuesday to further spoil our now 2-year old, Wednesday was the first Grafton Market of the season, my wife left yesterday morning for a conference until Sunday (Paddy Rose’s first time away from mom for more than a night), we prepped all day today for my inaugural CSA pickup, and we’ll start harvesting at sunup today for the first CSA of the season! That said, so far so good, but I am definitely looking forward to the week being over.
I held a lot of veggies back from the first Grafton market to make sure I have enough for the CSA, so it was a small sales day for me. But it was an awesome day regardless. I kind of inherited coordinating the market committee this year (because I don’t have enough to do already) – it was a lot of working building up to Opening Day, but it was worth it alone to see half of Grafton (and all of Grafton’s 1-10 year olds) enjoying some outdoor time.
There will be zucchini on Monday, although it’s unclear if we’ll have tons or just a few baby zukes so it’s first come first serve! It all depends on how well y’alls rain dances are. I’m depending on you to ensure it actually rains the the next two days, so dance your hearts out! Despite the dry weather in a particularly crucial time for the plants to establish themselves, I have to say the garden looks really good and I’m optimistic for a fantastic season ahead. I remember also being extremely bullish at the start of September last season, and then the overhead sprinklers shut off for a month and a half. It did of course eventually start raining again and we limped through the fall. Such is the life of a farmer!
Ordering and Pickup Procedures:
Put your orders in online before 8am Monday. We’ll have your order available for you to pick-up from 4-7pm Monday on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the long white garage on the left across from the big red barn at the crest of the hill.