January 26, 2022
Dear CSA members and friends,
Here we are 2022. Happy New Year! These extremely crisp mornings and tease of the sun make me very thankful for our warm humble abode and the woolen sweaters from our sheep. I am trying to embrace true winter and settle into its coziness which means keeping every being fed and somewhat warm, each and every day. Fed looks like hearty meals which include amazing pad Thai made by Sadie. Fed looks like big green round bales of hay, water heaters in the water trough and buckets of alfalfa pellets. Fed looks like chicken pellets and warm water in the tomato hoop houses. Fed looks like sleeping in a little later until the temperatures rise a little. Fed looks like reading those books, watching all those shows cuddly on the couch, knitting all the things. Fed looks like going to bed soon after it gets dark because soon our days will be way longer than shorter. Fed looks like ice fishing on this amazing body of water. Fed looks like the sun on your face in these bleak winter months. We hope you are well and feeding yourself and your beings well.
We are well. Christine just sold some of our wool at a fiber festival in Wayland, Massachusetts and got to visit family with the girls. In a few weeks Sadie will be starting in the page program at the Vermont State House. She is in 8th grade and is on the dance competition team and taking lots of dance classes at Dance in the Isle. Delia is in 5th grade and is loving playing basketball for Grand Isle School. Delia is also taking dance lessons. Both girls got season passes at Smuggs and have been skiing. We got to go to the farmer appreciation day last Friday at Jay peak, and we got to ski and go to the water park for free! What a gift. Adam is working part time as a driver for CIDER and parttime as a School based clinician in Bristol 2 days a week and finally being able to go ice fishing. Christine has been catching up on paperwork, doing studies with the girls, knitting, reading, taking care of the two and 4 legged and dyeing wool.
We are in the middle of planning and ordering right now for the farm. Also, end of the year financials and tax stuff. We are also still working with our business planner on trying to figure out how to build an affordable house for us the farmers during these pandemic times on our conserved land. We are continuing to renovate and fix up this old barn to help with our increased washing and packing and harvesting of vegetables for CSA members and Farmers Market. We are planning on expanding our PYO flowers (more zinnia types, dahlias, sunflowers..), growing sweet potatoes again on a large scale (we ordered 1000 slips) and using the new netting to keep the darling deer off of them, growing a russet variety potato called Gold Rush, getting a new planter that plants seeds directly into mulch (like beets, cukes, winter squash – so we don’t have to transplant them), making our wash and pack situation more efficient and hopefully figuring out how to keep our cold storage from freezing. And growing all those yummy veggies.
It has come time again to sign up for Blue Heron Farm 18th CSA Season – 18 weeks of fun vegetables, flowers (remember those EPIC zinnias and marigolds last year) and being part of our BHF farmily. We have 85 memberships available – between delivery and at home farm pickup. We really appreciate your support. By signing up now and paying now, we are able to pay for the needed inputs: seeds, potting mix, containers, baby chicks, seed potatoes, sweet potato slips (oh yes we are this year😉), mulch, drip line, property tax, water, fuel – you get where I am going. We were ordering seeds this morning and prices are up anywhere from 10-25% from last year! Your early sign up helps us to order the needed things for the farm without accruing more debt and interest fees.
We also totally understand that some cannot pay now or need a payment plan or can’t pay at all – We get that. Believe me we do. So still sign up – and pay when and if you can. This pandemic is stressing all the parts of life out. We do not want to add to this stress. Just let us know if you are planning on signing up and send payment when you can – you can fill out the form online and if you can pay online. For those who would like to apply for the NOFA-VT supported share – the link goes live on February 1. https://nofavt.org/farmshare/applicant . If you think you will need financial help, please sign up for our CSA and sign up at the NOFA link. This will help secure funding to help pay for the CSA share. No one will be turned away from a CSA share who wants one and who can not pay.
We will also have our addons again of our eggs and chickens, Perky Planet Coffee and Wally’s Place. Like our costs, their costs have gone up to. The change of price is reflected in the amounts on the registration form.
We can do this. You know how I know this – because we have been doing it for the last two years. We are resilient people. We are thankful for you and your support. Please reach out if you have any questions. Christine’s cell is 617-276-4728 – you can text her or call. Or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We look forward to handing over the clippers and for you to pick flowers to your hearts content. To come get all those juicy heirloom tomatoes – to eat crunchy bok choy and green scallions again. In the meantime, we will feed and nourish and plan and rest for this amazing season to come.
Adam, Christine, Sadie, and Delia
Blue Heron Farm
34 Quaker Rd
Grand Isle, VT 05458