Week #14 Tuesday, October 22 – Friday, October 25 2019

 In Your Bag:
Winter Squash
(Butternut, Sugar Dumpling)
Yellow & Red onions
Yellow Potatoes
Black Radishes
Brussels sprouts
Cutting celery
(great for soups and stews!)

Spring Hill Members,

It’s the last week of vegetable deliveries this year. The weather this week affirms that it’s time to shift gears. Even so, there is much about the rhythm of the growing season that we will miss. The growing season provides us with an urgent sense of direction and purpose. The list of things to do is clear. It’s often too long, but it’s always clear and direct. Dig carrots, trellis tomatoes, plant radishes. As the days shorten and cooler temps and more darkness settle in, there’s more time for thinking and reflection. One of the things we’ve been thinking about of late is this notion of community and belonging, what that means and how it happens. The farm – the land, all of you, our work together to support it all – has been one of those important places where we feel a strong sense of community. Our shared work is laid out in the farm’s guiding principles: share in the work to create a farm that is economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable; share the risk and share the bounty; make decisions together; ensure that the size of the farm holds in balance considerations of land, community, and farm viability; work together to nurture a friendly and creative community. It’s a work in progress, surely, but we’re doing it. Together. Thanks to ALL of you for making Spring Hill possible, for signing up to share in the risk and bounty, for sharing in the work of harvesting and packing and vegetable delivery and for supporting us in this year of adjustments. 

A huge thank you from all of us to Spring Hill’s pick-up site hosts, Joe & Colleen Bartels, Jack McGrath &Erin Mohr, Robin Schow & Greg Bernstein, Anne Holzinger, Laura & Paul Morrill, Mary & Michael Vanderford, Beth Franzen, Heather & Brett Struwe, Wendy Fassett & Kevin Mahony & Karen Fassett-Carman, Susan Hoch & Jim Haefemeyer, Helen Torrens & Jeff Haberer. Your generous hospitality is so appreciated. Thank you also to those who plan the events that bring our community together to work and celebrate. Sandra Haff, Karen Melander, Sue Poore, Robin Schow, Helen Torrens, Greg Tromiczak, Polly Vollmar-Heywood, Barb Wright & Marian Wright have all generously given their time and talents to make these events possible. Spring Hill’s Core Group helped guide the farm through a period of transition this past year. Many thanks to the creative and thoughtful minds of Katy Podolinsky, Brenda Beyer, Nancy Dilts, Cathy Dolan, Larry Schmidt, Michelle Grabowski, Wendy Fassett, Jess Fischer, Marilyn Johnson, Bill Karns, Joe Knaeble, Erica Perl and Dan Philippon. Led by Brenda Beyer and guided by Bob Wright, Spring Hill’s bee team of Suzanne Dahl, Janet Peters, Cathy Dolan, Maria Merrigan, Maja Radovanjija tended to Spring Hill’s bees and were sweetly rewarded for their efforts. Once again, Michele Gersich successfully and gracefully handled Spring Hill’s Harvest/Delivery Calendar. Thank you so very much! Kristin Dyrhaug kept us all tastefully supplied with ideas and recipes for cooking up what’s in the bag each week. What a gift!

Many, many thanks to Erin Link who has worked on the farm for three years now. She is an integral part of the farm and we are so very grateful for her work. Thanks as well to Avery Hanson who joined us this season. What a treat! 

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the season on Saturday evening, November 2nd, 5:30-8pm at St. Frances Cabrini Church in Mineapolis, 1500 Franklin Avenue SE for a potluck dinner.

Warmly, Patty & Mike 

P.S. Look for a survey coming to you by e-mail soon. We’d love to hear your thoughts about the season.