Week #18 Tuesday, October 9 – Saturday, October 13, 2018

Spring Hill Members,

As this year’s season comes to a close, we’d like to say thank you.  The choice to join a community supported farm, to join this farm, makes a difference.  Your decision to share in the risk of farming, a core principle of community supported agriculture, is a radical and important one.  The collective commitment of Spring Hill members gives this farm economic stability, a rare thing in the farming world. Together we steward this piece of land, tending to the soil as we grow food for this community.  We feel privileged and grateful to be a part of such a wonderful and committed group of people.

This season, like all the others, is the work of many hands. Thank you all for joining in the work.  It’s a special and rich thing that all Spring Hill members participate in the work, helping to harvest, wash and pack the vegetables.  Thank you also to our Pick-up Site Hosts who so generously share their space with us.  Joe and Colleen Bartels, Jack McGrath and Erin Mohr, Susan Hoch and Jim Haefemeyer, Cindy and Max Harper, Anne Holzinger, Robin Schow and Greg Bernstein, Laura and Paul Morrill, Mary and Michael Vanderford, Beth Franzen, Heather and Brett Struwe, Karen Fassett-Carman, Wendy Fassett and Kevin Mahony – thank you so very much.  Your generosity makes it all happen.  Spring Hill’s Community Events Planners have been at work once again this season planning gatherings and cooking classes and even a season long Bingo game for Spring Hill members.  Thanks to Kate Abram, Sandra Haff, Cassandra Herold, Martin Perkins, Marian Wright, Karen Melander, Susan Poore, Robin Schow, Helen Torrens, Greg Tromiczak, Polly Vollmar-Heywood, and Barb Wright.  Thank you for a great season (with one final event – our harvest dinner – yet to come).  Spring Hill’s Core Group meets several times each year guiding the farm on its path of sustainability.  A big thanks to Brenda Beyer, Nancy Dilts, Dan Philippon, Katy Podolinsky, Larry Schmidt, Marilyn Johnson, Bill Karns, Joe Knaeble, Cathy Dolan, Wendy Fassett, Jess Fischer, Michelle Grabowski, Noah Holm, and Erica Perl. Our discussions are, without exception, inspiring.  Spring Hill’s Bee Team has been it once again this year, tending the honey bee hives at Spring Hill.  Led by Brenda Beyer and mentored by Bob Wright, the team of Cathy Dolan, Maria Merrigan, Cindy Hilmoe and Janet Peters, they have done important work for all of us. 

For eighteen weeks, Kristin Dyrhaug has thoughtfully and creatively provided the farm newsletter with an amazing assortment of recipes.  It’s quite a gift, thank you!  For those same eighteen weeks, Michele Gerisch has seen to it that our harvest/delivery calendar is filled and confirmed.  Wow!  Thank you. 

A big huge thank you to Erin Link and Micah Laz Davis for all their work on the farm this season.  They worked in all kinds of crazy conditions to produce some pretty tasty vegetables.  Their work is much appreciated.  A big thank you to our family as well for their love and support and inevitably a bit of field work when they come to visit.  

We are very much looking forward to another season.  We’re excited about continuing to collectively create and nurture a sustainable farm and a vibrant community.  We do know we will need to make some adjustments to our work in order for it to be sustainable. We will keep you posted.

Again, thanks to all.  We will look forward to celebrating with you at our Fall Harvest Dinner on November 3rd!

Patty & Mike

In Your Bag

Savoy Cabbage
Winter Squash  (Butternut, Sweet Dumpling, Carnival)
Celeriac
Yellow onions
Garlic
Carrots
Brussels sprouts
Collard Greens
Cutting celery New this season!  Great for soups and stews!