March is a wild card which defines the outcome of the entire season. Signs of early spring are all around: buzzing bees, flowering pussywillow, maple buds bursting, ice melted away; occasional rain-snow showers, followed by cool nights & sunny days (so we hope).
- Trending: Technological advances which address changing climate, exotic pests, market trends for renewable energy, sustainability & local food, necessitate large investment in retooling production. Unlike commodities, producers of consumable food cannot rely on government (i.e. taxpayer) handouts.
- Early starters: cukes production anticipated to start as soon as mid-April, along with leafy salad mix & radish.
- Wedded bliss: our former intern Hein got married to Maxime, whom she met at the U of M. They are currently living in France. Maxime interned on a northern MN farm. The ceremonies took place during lunar New Year in Vietnam in February; they were raging beauty top to bottom, from the pics that Hien sent. More on her Facebook.
- Rachel’s plants: newly retired but never tired, Rachel has recently indulged in rearing edible & ornamental plants in our winter greenhouse. She seems to enjoy new challenges.
- Intern: we are awaiting news regarding arrival of new intern.
A new cadre of laying hens arrived last month, to reinforce production of the current flock.
This month wraps up last year’s annual membership; drawing on the experience of past 3 seasons, we now offer a single membership program, Preferred Customer, which runs from April 17 through March 18. This program offers 15% on ALL purchases at the register and includes both PYO & in-store, plus regular updates via email. The cost remains unchanged, $50.00 per membership.
March 8th Women’s day is celebrated the world over. Always grateful for their immense contributions, dedication & resolve.
Sam & Rachel