Week #8 Tuesday, July 31 – Saturday, August 4, 2018

Farm News
We got just one tenth of an inch of rain this past week so irrigating remains a priority.  Baby and adolescent carrots and newly seeded crops are on the top of the list for watering.   We did plant a bunch of cover crops this past week in anticipation of some rain.  It was good to get the cover crop in the fields where spring greens had been planted and harvested but it would be really nice for them to get a good soaking.  It’s very fun to see the buckwheat coming up despite the dry field.
We’ve been busier than you might imagine with planting.  The end of July, beginning of August tends to bring a little push for planting.  Not quite like spring, but enough, as we want a nice mix in the fall bags.  In the last week or so we’ve planted some arugula, a spicy salad mix and cilantro and we’ve transplanted rainbow chard, fennel and basil.  This week we plan to plant some watermelon radish, turnips and more salad greens.  They’ll all want water too so we’re hoping Wednesday’s fifty percent chance of rain brings us something! 
Of course no rain means weed pressure has slowed down significantly so we’re feeling caught up in that regard.  We made enough hay to mulch the raspberries (which are just starting to ripen) and the final planting of cucumbers which will vine out soon and benefit from the mulch. 

In Your Bag:

Kohlrabi, Broccoli (last broccoli until the fall!)
Fresh onions – red tropea and white
New Red Potatoes!
Zucchini/Summer squash
Cucumbers, Garlic
Green beans OR Eggplant
Herbs – Cilantro, Dill

From Spring Hill member, Mary Yee
Potatoes don’t grow on trees, do they?

I am pretty sure my children never asked me this question but I wanted to be certain that it wasn’t sitting in some recess of their brains. So, on the first Spring Hill Farm work day we attended–back in, say, 2002–I jumped up when Mike asked who wanted to harvest potatoes. The three of us walked down to the field with a bunch of other people and started picking up potatoes. Mike had already prepared the way by removing the green tops and harrowing the field so that we could see the potatoes emerging from the loosened soil. It was like finding buried treasure. We picked and picked. I think we had mesh bags for the potatoes and deposited them in a trailer behind Mike’s tractor when the bags were full. I remember it was a beautiful, sunny day. Not too hot. We might have had slightly creaky backs, though. At least I did. Maybe not the kids with their supple spines. We definitely had dirty hands because we hadn’t brought gloves. When we walked back from the field, towards the packing shed, we found cooks preparing vast vats of vegetable soup over open fires. My son was not a fan of vegetables but that evening he enjoyed the soup. He had seen the leeks and carrots and potatoes being chopped and dropped into the tall pots. Somehow, that acquaintance made the soup palatable. And I was sure now that neither child was ever going to ask, “Do potatoes grow on trees?”

Next Week’s Harvesters:
Tuesday, August 7 – Steve Petermeier & Ann Peterson, Nicole Gallagher/Shelly Johnson,  Jacki Betsworth & Faye Fisher Ward,  Elaine Ess,  Sue Poore

Saturday, August 11  Doug Alecci, Shelley Thron & Shelley des Islets,  Brie Reed & Alex Ross-Stuart/Michaela Klein,  Kathleen & Mike Lauer, NEED ONE!

Week #1 Tuesday, June 12 – Saturday, June 16, 2018

 Farm News… Let the Spring Hill vegetable harvesting – and eating begin! Back in April, I would have bet we weren’t going to start harvesting vegetables until July. What a crazy spring! After that ridiculously snowy April came May. The May that felt like August. We dragged out the irrigation pump and pipes – items that hadn’t been used for years – and put them to work. It’s tough when it’s so dry so early in the season. All those seeds and young plants all needing water at the same time. We got through the hot, dry spell and the week that gave us over 3 inches of rain and now things seem off to a reasonable start. The farm is in full swing. The bee team has been out several times getting two new hives going. Last Tuesday was our Spring Work Day. What a delightful day that was! We had about twenty people here trellising tomatoes, transplanting chard and lettuce, weeding carrots and cilantro, cultivating broccoli and cabbage and planting zucchini and kale and basil. We even had time for plenty of time for pizza making and lots of good chatter. We ended the week some haymaking followed by hay mulching with plans for more of that this week. We are so pleased to have Erin Link working here again this season. What a treat! Many of you will remember Erin from our fall work day when she set up shop in the yard with her goat and her lovely goat milk soap. Micah Laz Davis is joining us this year. He and his wife Callie bought a place out here a year or two ago and are settling in to the area. We’re appreciating Micah’s mechanical mind and willingness to do whatever task is put before him. Owen Nagler is planning to join us for a few hours each week to help with cleaning the community building and lawn mowing. I think we’re set with a good crew! 

In Your Bag:
Napa Cabbage
Garlic Scapes
Red Russian Kale
Green Leaf & Red Romaine Lettuce 

Please note: All vegetables from Spring Hill will need to be washed. We rinse just about everything here, but you’ll want to wash the veggies before eating them. 

Spring Hill Bingo! Look for a Spring Hill Bingo Card at your pick-up site this week. Take one home, hang it on the fridge and play Bingo with us all season long. Free space for this card – “Eat Local Veggies.” You’ve got one spot filled already! We’ll feature one of the challenges each week – but you’re welcome to take on any activity at any time. This week’s challenge: “Try a new recipe with a farm vegetable and send in a picture to the newsletter!” Can’t wait to see what you’re all cooking. Spring Hill Bingo brought to you by Spring Hill’s Community Events Committee. Special thanks to Kate Abram for this one! 

2018 Spring Hill Events
Sunday, September 16– Fall Work Day
Saturday, November 3 – Harvest Dinner 

 Next Week’s Harvesters Tuesday, June 19 – Joe & Colleen Bartels, Peter & Rosealise Molenda, Athena Adkins, Louisa Keleher & Greg Tromiczak, Cathy Dolan Saturday, June 23 – Melissa Partin & Brian Martinson, Cindy & Max Harper, Rebecca & Micheal Thompson, Joelle & Carson Hoeft, Blue/Koszalka family, NEED ONE! 

Preparing for the Intricate Dance

Changes for 2018

Spring Hill is planning an 18-week season (mid-June through mid-October), followed by a Fall Storage Share. The Fall Share will arrive in two boxes (about 25 lbs each), the first box delivered around November 1st and the second box around November 15th. This is a change from our typical 20-week season and single fall delivery of about 45 lbs of vegetables.

Once again we will work with Steady Hand Farm for the Fall Storage Share. This enables us to bring you a nice assortment of fall vegetables and provides the opportunity for our Spring Hill community to support some really great beginning farmers. Continue reading “Preparing for the Intricate Dance”