Dear past CSA members, community and potential CSA members-
Happy Mid Winter! We are almost through February – this month always goes by so quickly for us. We are just back from the NOFA -VT Winter Conference and it was amazing. Sadie and Delia went to the kids track for two days and Adam and I went to two days full of inspiring keynotes and workshops and all those in between conversations with community members, fellow farmers and potential buyers of our farm produce for the upcoming season. The weekend before, we attended the Boston Public Market at the First Annual Boston Farm and Fiber Festival. We were vendors there and we brought everything except a sheep;) Another farm brought sheep Over 7000 folks went through the market place – and we figure over 300 folks tried out needle felting that we brought as a free demo and played with our wool. So much love was given and received from folks in Boston from all walks of life. It was an amazing opportunity for our farm to have a table there and sell so much wool and yarn and share BHF love. We have been selling weekly at the UVM Medical Center Farmers Market on Thursday afternoons during these winter months with our wool, hot sauces and preserves, chicken, lamb, beef and pork. We opened an Etsy shop Blueheronfarmvt and we have been selling some of our yarn through there and through our instagram account. One of our skeins went all the way to Hawaii.
Sadie and Delia continue to be homeschooled (fourth and first grade)and are loving learning new skills and honing old ones. They both enjoy playing and practicing piano and dance. Delia tries to memorize all her new songs quickly and plays them over and over again. They both can read music and play without looking down. Sadie has been dancing up a storm and making new dances anytime she can. They have both mastered the knit stitch and the three of us have been knitting up a storm. The two of them have been making wishlists of what they hope to grow in the upcoming season. This in between season is nice to slow down as a family and enjoy the “downtime”.
We have been dreaming about the new kinds of veggies, herbs and flowers we want to try to grow this coming season. Been taking great care of all of our four legged and winged beasts. Both of our cows are dry right now and we are looking forward to them freshening in May – 2 cows! Sandy is due mid May and Maggie is due end of May. The lambs are due April 1 – Easter Sunday – or any time two weeks before and after this date.
We will continue to have our honor system sliding scale, subsidized shares through the NOFA farmshare program, Senior shares hopefully to three sites, opening another delivery site in St Albans and continuing the drop off site to Northwestern Medical Center on thursdays, plant sales, apprentices, provide plants and veggies to families in Food for Thought and GI food shelf and of course our Monday night pickup show with all the veggies, flowers, herbs in all their glory and our wonderful amazing Monday volunteers.
We treasure your friendship and love. We couldn’t do all this without you. Thanks so much for being part of our farm – the big BHF farmily! That’s right – FARMILY.
We hope that you can sign up again for the CSA – it really helps us with the upfront costs of growing food. And if you are a first timer, welcome aboard! We can not wait to share the tastiest, juiciest tomatoes and the crunchiest cucumbers and the most fragrant basil and all the farm love with you and your family.
Adam, Christine, Sadie and Delia
Blue Heron Farm Farmers