2016, May

Farm update – 5/22/2016

In addition to the a la carte items, this week we’re introducing the “Whole Farm” basket, a weekly selection of veggies at an unbeatable price. This week’s basket consists of a green zucchini, two yellow squash, a pound of red potatoes, a head of cabbage, an onion, and an herb of your choice, all for $5. As always, check it out on our Currently Available page.

Something else we’re introducing this week is the “Farm Fresh Recipes” page. We’ve added a few recipes to get you started (including a recipe for Roasted Vegetables, perfect for this week’s Whole Farm basket), but we’d love to feature pictures and recipes of food you’ve prepared too. The meals I’ve been hearing about each week at the farmers market are so inspiring, and definitely deserved to be shared! Just email them to us at calamint.farms@gmail.com.

Each week recently, I’ve been mentioning that the spring vegetables are on their way out. And slowly, they are. Broccoli and cauliflower have been pulled, those rows giving way to later plantings of watermelons and beans. Lettuce and kale continue to hold on, but their end is clearly in sight. As this first season of our expanded production at Calamint Farms comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting a lot on lessons learned.

First, floating row covers are key to organic production of many vegetables. They were a relatively easy solution to keeping critters large and small (deer, rabbits, insects) from damaging veggies prior to harvest. Second, weeding is a major effort that essentially goes unrewarded (economically, at least). We’ll definitely rethink garden layout next year to minimize areas that will need weeding. Third, investing in a greenhouse will dramatically reduce planting costs. Seeds can be grown for a fraction of the price of established seedlings, though growing them up requires daily care. Fourth, there is a reason that small family farms have been on the decline for years. Farming is hard work, and yet when all labor costs are considered, a profitable small-scale farmer may make $2-$4/hour. Right now, Calamint Farms is a labor of love, but profitability will have to be a consideration for long-term sustainability. Fifth, there are so many non-monetary rewards to farming! We’ve met so many amazing people, and knowing that we’re providing fresh, local, healthy food is a great feeling. I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish this spring, and I’m looking forward to continuing to share with you the best possible produce we can grow.

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