|Fred got quite a lot of pruning done in the|
blueberry patch before the snow halted his work.
If you want to sign up for the 2015 season and haven’t done it yet, now is the time! In addition to our normal CSA program we will be piloting a home/office delivery option this year for our normal delivery routes through the following areas: Alma, Breckenridge, St. Louis, Ashley, Lansing, East Lansing, Okemos, Riverdale, Elwell, Ithaca, Mt. Pleasant, Winn, Midland, and Shepherd. Discounts (sometimes deep discounts) can apply to deliveries where there are multiple customers, like at a workplace or neighborhood. The more shares at a location, the greater the discount for everyone at that location. Shares will come pre-bagged, and there will be a choice between two different selections of produce that will be the same as what is available at our normal CSA drop-offs. There is a premium price for this delivery service above the cost of a normal share but it depends on where you are located and how many shares are picked up at your location. The home delivery option will be one more way that we can make our high quality produce available to more people, especially for those who find it difficult to get to the normal drop-offs. If you are interested in finding out more about the home delivery option, email us with your location or address and any questions you have, or you can give us a call at 517-896-6884. We’re excited to add this newest option for getting your veggies, so just let us know if you’re interested!
Choosing Seed Varieties to Bring You the Very Best Veggies
|One of the varieties we'll be|
growing this year is an heirloom
bean variety called Dragon's
Every year new varieties come out that are promoted as being some type of improvement over other varieties that existed before. Fortunately, unlike row crops, the vast majority of new varieties of veggies, fruit, and herbs are created using traditional breeding methods and are non-GMO. While the new varieties came out using traditional hybridization breeding techniques they almost always focused on yield, ability to last longer during shipping, and disease resistance instead of flavor. This meant that things like tomatoes got to be harder and blander as the focus was more on shipping it than eating it. This led to the movement to grow heirloom varieties of vegetables as consumers, gardeners, chefs, and small farmers woke up to the superior taste of some of these old varieties.
|Another variety we'll be growing|
for the first time this year is these
Nova grape tomatoes, which will
go into our cherry tomato mix.
We are already excited about what we will be growing this next year, both the new tastes and flavors and the good old standbys. This trend indicates a positive outlook for the future, as we as a society start to turn our attention not only to healthy eating, but also to truly good eating using high quality ingredients. At this time of year, when we are better rested without the day to day craziness of running the farm, there is a lot of optimism and excitement as we look forward to the possibilities of what the next farm season holds.