Good Morning, Friends!
Another year has passed so quickly here on the farm! It has been beautiful to see the changes that have come with each emerging season – the brilliant white of the snowfall covering every inch of everything, the orchard beginning to blossom overtaken by the buzzing of millions of honeybees, the bulging bounty of the summer’s harvest and the amazing colors of autumn as the land begins to drift into it’s winter’s rest. A full circle on the new farm – glorious, stressful, grateful – so many emotions!
I want to thank each of you for your support of our farm and our CSA. It is so humbling and precious to me when I see you and your beautiful families and know that you have chosen us as your partner in health and well being. It is an honor to provide you with nourishing, sustaining chemical-free fruits and veggies. It’s always amazing to see how much those babies have grown! It really does mean I’m getting older….
This will be our fourth growing season here at the new farm. Last year provided us with lots of interesting information about the soil – where the most fertile ground lies, how the water disperses and which fields hold water and where, which ground frosts first/last and many other clues to tell us where we should plant which crops. All of the foundation brambles have been planted – red raspberries, black raspberries and blackberries – we will be expanding those fields this year as well as planting the first of the blueberries. The orchard didn’t produce any fruit last season due to the extremely cold winter of 2014. So far, so good this year, but winter has just begun! We will also be planting additional trees this spring, especially a variety that is resistant to many of the diseases in this part of the country. The strawberry patch looks really good, too. I know many of you really enjoy the fruit. I am so happy to be able to provide chemical-free fruits. So many fruits on the market are saturated weekly with a toxic brew of chemicals.
We are expanding our herb production this year so we can include more herbs earlier in the season. I am in the final stages of variety selection, so if you have requests for veggies you would like to see in your share, just let me know. This year I am adding even more varieties of our beautiful heirloom tomatoes, a wider selection of peppers, carrots, cantaloupe, watermelon and lots of other goodies. We’ll have another garlic crop on the new ground this year which means we will also have those wonderful garlic scapes! We will also have lamb, beef and the beautiful French LaRouge chickens for sale. I am planning on offering lamb, beef and whole chickens on an order basis each week. There will be an online order form where you can choose your cuts and pick them up at your share location in a separate cooler. Please let me know if that is something you would be interested in doing. The first batch of chickens should be ready around the end of June – more on that in upcoming newsletters.
Here’s the info on this summer’s CSA.
May 9 – October 3
Wednesday pickup – Feast, Upland, Lennies, PizzaX south, Ellettsville and Bedford
Saturday pickup – Bloomington City Market
Cost: Full share/ $600 Half share/ $375
Egg share: 1 dozen per week/ $82.50 2 dozen per week/ $165
Spots are filling up quickly this year, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible.
Thank you! We truly appreciate you!
Teresa A. Birtles
Heartland Family Farm
2784 East State Hwy 46
Spencer, IN 47460