“Climate is what we expect. Weather is what we get.”–Mark Twain
Farmers just love to talk about the weather: what happened last week, what’s coming, and memories of seasons past. And the only thing different from the talk a hundred years ago is that now they are checking the weather app on their phones to follow the latest forecasts.
Forecasts, seasonal norms and planning certainly help, but “observing” isn’t the same as “controlling” by a long shot. Each season brings its own special mix of blessings and challenges, and the crops respond accordingly, and we remember that we’re really just along for the ride….fruit ripens for harvest in its own good time, or not at all: Like in April 2016, when area temperatures dropped deep into the 20s, on the heels of record-mild temperatures through most of late winter. A sucker-punch for sure, devastating many types of fruit at the farm and across the region.
During the Full Season CSA, we try to include as much variety as possible based on what’s available from our fields and our regional Partner Farmers. Here’s a list of some of our members’ favorites from previous seasons, roughly in order of when they might appear in your share:
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Red Raspberries
- Fresh-pressed Apple Cider
“Since When Is Asparagus a FRUIT?”
OK, you got us there….but at the start of the CSA season strawberries are the only fruit available. So, we try to liven up the shares with some delicious early spring veggies such as crisp, sweet asparagus spears and tender, juicy sugar snap peas grown by our friends at Snead’s Asparagus Farm. And rhubarb, thought typically used in desserts, is actually a veggie, too. The bottom line is that while we reserve the right to be a little arbitrary, we believe you’ll be happy with the choices we make each week on your behalf.