Hello on a glorious October Monday! Thank you to all of you for joining me on this adventure into the cold!
This is my first farm newsletter, and it feels like a momentous occasion. Since arriving at Easy Bean in May of 2006, fresh from graduating college, I have seen Mike spend hours crafting his newsletters, and seen them evolve from black-and-white paper documents to the current colorful, photo-filled e-mail newsletters. And except for once that first year, when Mike and Malena were gone for a wedding and I put the newsletter together with Joan Olsen (I think instead of writing a note, we included some farm-related poetry), I have never written one myself.
This is my fifth season farming, and the first trying to negotiate planning and running a farming business venture. It has been quite a process this season learning and re-learning how to balance my life among many priorities, and I find it almost hard to believe that we are finally here, so close to veggies going into boxes, delivered into your hands: you, who were all only a figment of my imagination only a few short months ago, as were the vegetables and this idea. So thank you for coming along for this journey.
I wish to express my deepest gratitude to my Mike and Malena, who have made it all possible for me to be doing this thing, supporting me at every step of the way. So, thank you, dear friends, thank you.
Okay, so, perhaps you are actually interested in hearing how things are looking on the farm out here, and what might be in your first share? Well, if that is the case, you are in luck.
Things look really good out here. We had a light frost on Friday night, and a harder one on Saturday night. I spent Friday and Saturday evenings harvesting winter squash and covering sensitive crops with the help of my brother Markus (who will be working with me on the Chilly Bean Share) and our friend and fellow Easy Bean worker, Ashley “Ashtabula Buckets” Callaghan. The Winter squash harvest was bountiful, and I am looking forward to showing you some different beautiful varieties. It doesn’t look like it is going to frost again until next Wednesday, and I’m looking forward to another great week of farming!
My guess for the first share is: Winter squash, Purple Viking Potatoes, Rainbow chard, Chinese Thickstem mustard greens, Rainbow Lacinato kale, dill, chives, sage, peppermint and spearmint, bell peppers, French breakfast radishes, turnips, onions, leeks, tatsoi, and hopefully some spinach.
To look for: We should have some nice broccoli in the coming weeks, and beets and carrots are still growing and there should be an abundance in a few weeks to a month from now.
Enjoy your week and your last amazing Easy Bean share. I know it’s going to be a good one. Enjoy the following photos of what things look like out here today. Take care, and I look forward to seeing you all soon!