As 2014 comes to a close, we take time to look back at what was a very successful year on our farm. 2014 was the inaugural year of our CSA. While snow was piling up outside the greenhouses and barn we were hard at work planning the new season.
The days eventually lengthened and our new season took shape from planning to seeding. After a lot of mixing of topsoil and planting the seedlings soon emerged.
As the snow melted on our farm we eagerly awaiting spring.Spring on the farm represents promise and mud! After the mud dries out the work outside starts.
Early outside crops begin to take shape.
During the spring we soon sold out our CSA shares and were ready for our new members to visit the farm. In June we had our first open farm day for our members.
As summer started we had established our routine and our customers were pleasantly surprised on a weekly basis. It was great to get to know each family and their tastes. From dry days to wet days harvests continued.
As summer waned and fall emerged, new varieties of vegetables were sent out in the weekly shares.
Soon the regular season was over before we knew it! The air had become touched with a not so subtle nip of cold and the colors of fall showed all around the farm.
Fall is also a time to finish projects on the farm in preparation for winter. We undertook two large projects on the farm this fall including the installation of electric cattle fencing on our front field and the renovation of our equipment maintenance and storage barn. Our fencing improvement is in anticipation of the addition of grass fed beef cows to our farm in 2015.
The equipment barn was in desperate need of renovation. The project was started this fall and included new siding, doors, windows, and a new metal roof. The final painting and touch up work will be finished in spring of 2015.
This fall we began selling our produce at the Saturday market at Old Squires Farm Market in Norway.
Our time at the fall Saturday market has been a great opportunity for us to serve our customers and meet new friends. Late November came around and we enjoyed distributing the Thanksgiving bonus shares to our members. This is a free bonus to our CSA members that we will again be doing in 2015.
As this year comes to a close so does our tenure at the winter market. We are at the market through the middle of January 2015. After that time limited produce from our farm will still be available at the market in the self-serve cooler for the remainder of the winter as it is available.
It is with great joy that we look forward to the new year and the chance to serve even more customers as we expand our CSA in 2015 and start our farm direct sales program.
Thank you and have a happy and prosperous new year!
Peter and Sawyer Coleman
Wildfire Fellowship Farm