Community-Supported Agriculture for the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont

2015 Week One

May 17, 2015

Welcome everyone to the new season! We sold our last share last night and are now officially sold out for the year. A huge thank-you to all of you for spreading the word about Sunrise and encouraging friends and family to join. It's a wonderful feeling to start the year with so much support and enthusiasm from all of you.

Today's harvest is all about fresh greens, which are especially tender and lovely from having grown indoors in our covered hoop houses. Here's what's in store today:

Head lettuce
Mesclun
Spinach
Arugula
Scallions
Parsnips

Because the harvest is still on the light side while we wait for heartier fare to mature, I'll set it up as "take one of each" today instead of free choice. The pick-your-own garden is also just getting started, with chives available today.

For recipes this year, I'm delighted to introduce Mel Joulwan, cookbook author and Sunrise shareholder, who will be including a recipe of the week for all of us. See below. Thanks, Mel!

I'll be in the barn all day to answer questions and meet new members. If you think you might owe a balance on your share, I'll have a list with me. See you shortly,

--Chuck

We have a bunch of other local farm products for sale in the barn today, both from Sunrise and from neighboring farms. If you're interested, we're starting the season with Strafford Organic ice cream; Cobb Hill frozen yoghurt; Sunrise lamb sausage; Clay Hill steaks and burger; Sunrise maple syrup (three grades); Cobb Hill cheese - Ascutney Mountain; Sunrise eggs; Sunrise T-shirts.

2015 Underway

May 15, 2015

Hello Sunrise CSA members:

Next week will be the start of the CSA season!

Our annual crops are in great shape, with lots of tender spinach and mesclun sizing up nicely in our covered greenhouses. The perennials have been a bit slower to get into shape, so we may need to start off without asparagus and rhubarb for the first week. There will be parsnips for sure, but it seems a shame to hold off on harvesting the fresh greens any longer while we wait for spring’s warmth to get deeper into the ground.

I’ll send an email out on Mondays and Thursdays with the share details for the day, including the actual harvest, but meanwhile, here are a few general details.

The barn will be open for pickup between 11:30 AM and 6 PM. (NOTE: we’ve pushed back the opening by a half hour this year to give us a bit more time to finish the harvest.) Come any time in there that’s convenient for you. I’ll be sure to be on hand for the first few weeks to help out and answer questions. I’ll also introduce you to Leslie, Andy, and Sayer, my employees this year. Please feel free to find us any time you have a question or want assistance.

Although we will have plastic bags available, I encourage you to bring your own bags for re-use, both to save plastic and to save money. (We spent more than $800 on bags last year – yikes.) We’ve designed a re-usable Sunrise tote bag and will have one available for everyone next week, assuming the delivery arrives on time tomorrow.

Parking is usually available in the barn parking lot, which holds 6 cars easily. If the lot is full, park on the uphill side of the house driveway, between the raspberry patch and the pick-your-own garden. This keeps the main road and mailboxes free for our neighbors to access. Directions to the farm are here on the website.

Dogs are welcome on the farm as long as they are leashed when around the barn and in the field. Wait until they’re in the woods to let them run free so that they don’t scare or disrupt the animals or vegetables. Our two dogs, Maizey and Magpie, are often walking around loose, though I usually keep them in the house during pickup afternoons.

We encourage you to explore the farm and let your kids run free, with only a few places being off-limits: the upstairs of the barn, because there is no railing around the hay loft, and the pond, because our insurance carrier won’t allow aquatics. Also, though we often turn the electric fences off during pickup days, we don’t always, and it’s good for your kids to always assume that all fences are on. (Getting shocked is very frightening though not dangerous.)

There are many miles of walking trails that leave from the farm – ask me for a map if you don’t see one on the counter.

We have young chickens in the barn right now, laying hens out past the greenhouses, and a flock of sheep across the road. Feel free to wander around. Swinging on the swings and climbing on the tractor are always encouraged.

Summer starts next week! See you then,

—Chuck

 

PS: Weather permitting, we'll have our first potluck gathering of the season next Thursday. More details next week.