Welcome back to our favorite season... farming season! There's lots of positive movement around the farm. We have a new crew this year that we're excited to introduce....
Our Hardy Workers
|Trevor and Jay seeding in the greenhouse.|
Jay Plotkin is our assistant manager and a recent transplant from Vermont. Jay comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience from working on a larger vegetable and wine grape operation in Connecticut. Having just graduated from UVM with a degree in wildlife biology, Jay is keeping us tuned into the aboundant signs of spring. You can usually find Jay on the tractor or tooling around with the irrigation, make sure you stop him and say hello.
We are also happy to have Trevor on the 2011 field crew. A great addition to the farm, Trevor can be found in the greenhouse or field lending his excellent ability to sing any song that's playing on the radio. He is damn good with a chainsaw and quick with a joke.
Meg is in the office and trying her best to keep Andy and the guys organized! An eclectic, ambitious mix of misfits I'm happy to call my Sol Flower Family. If you see any of us around the farm, please introduce yourselves. We may not shake your hand, but that's just because we'll be covered in the richness of our soil!
What's going on at Sol Flower?
|Jay watering in the babies.|
We've been hard at work getting the season off to a strong start. The greenhouse is filled from wall to wall! What a beautiful sight with various shades of green little goddesses.
All of our fields have been plowed and prepped for our precious plants. The men of Sol Flower spent all week transplanting and direct seeding our fields with the first round of plants, most of which were veggies. Kale, lettuces, peas, chard, spinach, potatoes, beets, carrots, cabbage... is your mouth watering yet? Mine is!
Now I know many of you aren't fond of the typical rainy April weather, but we have been thankful for our timing that has been nearly perfect. Just after planting our babies into the aerated earth, the skies opened up and offered us soft raindrops, watering in the new seedlings. This saved us an immense time watering! Let's hope this luck continues through the duration of our season.
Andy has been going to town spending money on new equipment for the farm. Things have been running more smoothly and efficiently since. Jay and Trevor have been more than happy to play with new seeders, irrigation and such. Just don't ask Meg about them. She pays our bills and is tight with our money! We're hoping for a fruitful (or should I say veggieful) season!
Please join us for our season launch shindig!
Plant Sale and BBQ
in conjunction with our friends at Herondale Farm. We'll have vegetable, herb and flower seedlings for sale along with delicious beef and beer... mmmm
Saturday, May 21st
9 - 4 pm
CSA & Farm Markets
Another year and another farm market, literally! We will be returning to our faithful followers at the Millbrook Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 9 to 1pm. Can't make it to Millbrook? We will be offering our produce for the first time this year at the Amenia Farmer's Market held on Fridays from 3-7pm.
We have expanded our CSA to 100 shares this season! Yes, 100 shares! Another exciting leap for us. We offer full and summer shares along with two pickup days to choose from. Just another attempt at Sol Flower making things more convenient for their customers!
We still have some shares available, but they are going fast. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact us sooner than later. If you'd like more information on our CSA, farm, social status, what color shirts we're wearing... check out our website www.solflowerfarm.com. We'll be sure to update this frequently and give you the right to remind us if we don't! Speaking of technology and a new year, we're trying our best to keep you up to date with the latest and greatest at Sol Flower. We will be sending out newsletters, updating our blog, website and newly revamped facebook page. These will include pictures of the farm and our smiling faces, updates on what's being harvested, broken equipment, celebrations when equipment has been fixed, recipes and everything else in between. We have grand plans this summer, so we're sure you want to stay tuned!
~ The Sol Flower Crew