Week #14 Tuesday, October 6 – Friday, October 9

Note about garlic:  We briefly entertained the idea of a Spring Hill Garlic Pop-up but, after some more thinking, it seems unwise to take that on right now.  Instead, you’re getting a nice big bunch of it today!

Spring Hill Members,
As this season of challenges (as we’ve come to call it) comes to a close, we want to thank each and every one of you for supporting this farm and for supporting us.    We’ve appreciated the notes of encouragement, the sweet emails and the pictures of what you’ve cooked up with Spring Hill veggies.  They lifted our spirits.  

We do want to take a moment and acknowledge some of the people that have been extraordinary this year.  Spring Hill pick-up site hosts, hats off to you!  We so appreciate that you chose to open your spaces to us this year.  What amazing generosity!  Thank you to Jack McGrath & Erin Mohr, Joe & Colleen Bartels, Susan Hoch & Jim Haefemeyer, Anne Holzinger, Robin Schow & Greg Bernstein, Laura & Paul Morrill, Beth Franzen, Heather & Brett Struwe, Mary & Michael Vanderford, Helen Torrens & Jeff Haberer, Wendy Fassett & Kevin Mahony & Karen Fassett-Carman.  It goes without saying – but I’ll say it anyway – we couldn’t have done it without you.  Truly.  

Spring Hill’s Core Group was particularly helpful this spring as we thought through the adjustments needed to proceed with the season.  They were thoughtful, supportive, and diligent, helping us to see things from a variety of perspectives.  Many thanks to Brenda Beyer, Jess Fischer, Nancy Dilts, Dan Philippon, Bill Karns, Abbie Loosen & Albert Veeder, Katy Podolinsky & Larry Schmidt, Marilyn Johnson, Wendy Fassett, Joe Knaeble, Cathy Dolan, Erica Perl, and Michelle Grabowski.  We needed you.  Thanks so much.  

Jess Fischer, thank you also for tending to Spring Hill’s website, making it beautiful and navigable at the same time.  Brenda Beyer, thank you for keeping us on track with tending the bees.  The bee season wasn’t what we wanted or imagined it to be back in April for so many reasons.  Some years are like that.  Even so, your advice and communication with the Bee Team was much appreciated. 

Kristin Dyrhaug, wow, just wow!  Each week, on Mondays, an email from Kristin would arrive with an attachment that included a perfect array of recipes for the vegetables being delivered that week.  And, as if that wasn’t enough, it always included links that took you to another fun batch of recipes.  Amazing.  Thank you!

Thanks as well to Anna Kleven who worked in July and August in the field and on Tuesday’s packing day.  We appreciated the work and enjoyed the conversations.  Our neighbor Lavonne very generously filled in on Tuesdays once Anna went back to school helping us pack the bags.  Good neighbors are so important to have and this went above and beyond – thank you!  Tyler Mahony faithfully showed up on Tuesdays and Fridays to pack and deliver a van full with bags of Spring Hill vegetables.  We looked forward to his arrival and so appreciated all the driving and lifting he did for all of us.  Thank you, Tyler!  Erin Link has been a steady, hard-working, cheerful presence on the farm for four seasons now.  We rely heavily on her.  I hope she knows how very much we appreciate her.  Thank you.  Thank you.

Katie & Ben, Claire & Wyatt, David & Kirsten, Maggie, love and thanks for everything!  A family farm is indeed a family farm.  Coming home to the farm often involves farm work.  We appreciate it and all the love and support.   Maggie, thanks for all the mowing.  You saved your Dad many extra hours on the mower.  Mom, love and thank you!

One of the daily rituals that has proven extra grounding and sacred this year for us has been cooking dinner and eating together.  We hope that in some way, the vegetables from Spring Hill have nourished you – your body and perhaps your spirit as well.   While we haven’t been able to see you in person, we think of you often and imagine that just as we are part of your dinner table, you are part of ours.

Please stay in touch over the winter.  The very best to you.  Mike & Patty