We’re on the brink of a really good season but there’s been one (or two, not sure) really big thorns in my side. Deer! In addition to quite a few layers of fence, I put up two scarecrows and hung Irish Spring soap off them Friday night after they got into the beets, carrots, and lettuce the night before. Feeling pretty good about things, I went to bed feeling confident that we had turned the corner and finally got caught up from the very slow start to the season.
To my dismay, as I went out to cut some beautiful lettuce for the CSA Saturday morning, half of it was gone! Fortunately the next round of lettuce wasn’t too far behind, so I dipped into that. Unfortunately, if I keep taking from the next round, there will be a lettuce shortage sooner than later. So enjoy that lettuce while it lasts! The deer are (is?) also the reason you haven’t seen any carrots or beets yet this season. They (it?) is also the reason for this late newsletter as I spent the rest of the day into the evening and early night adding more fence layers. I’ll know shortly if it worked…the suspense is killing me!
Everything not getting chomped looks great. There will be cucumbers, broccoli, red cabbage, and zucchini on a first come first serve basis. The lettuce, onions, kale, and basil are plentiful and are prime eating right now. Pesto anyone? The yokatta na and braising mix is pretty holey, but still tastes great. You could even make the argument that a few holes is actually a good thing.
Veggie Ordering and Pickup Procedures: Put your veggie orders in online before 8pm Sunday. The website is a little buggy so if you don’t see a wide variety of items or you see items out of stock, try refreshing your browser. Also confirm on checkout that you have the correct number of each item in your cart. The two pickup windows are working well, so we’ll keep it going. Choose your pickup window while checking out online: 1230-2pm and 4-5pm Monday on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the long white garage on the left across from the beat up tan and red barn at the crest of the hill.