April Showers Bring….CSA Shares in May!!
That’s right, it’s April and we are as busy as the bees out here on the farm. We’ve got two-thirds of our full acre of broccoli transplanted out into the field (see photo above), we started seeding the sun lovers tomatoes, eggplant and peppers in our green house last week, the fava beans are up and on their way (see first photo below), and lettuce starts are being transplanted weekly (see second photo below) to make sure we have plenty for your shares come May. We are also in the process of interviewing and hiring our 2013 Seasonal Field Crew, and are always on the hunt for hardworking individuals with a passion to learn and contribute to our team, and there is more information available on our website.
Shares are filling up, Don’t Miss Out on Yours
We are nearly full for the 2013 season, so if you’ve been on the fence now is the time to take the leap. Have a friend/neighbor/co-worker that missed out last year? Let friends, family and co-workers know about the joys of being an SIO CSA member now, and if they mention your name in their sign-up form comments then we’ll send you a $5 gift card to Food Front Cooperative Grocery. Food Front has been a long time customer of SIO, purchasing a variety of our crops throughout the season. In just the last year we harvested and delivered over 2,900 heads of lettuce and 250 pounds fennel to our friends at Food Front, and with their commitment to quality local producers and a delicious products we look forward to years of working together in the future.
Signing-up is easy, just fill out and submit a Community Farm Agreement on our website we’ll get back to you via email confirming your sign-up and payment option.
Come Join Us for the Spring Farm Tour & Potluck
Join us Saturday, May 18st to kick-off the season with a tour of the farm and a CSA Community Potluck. This event is from 11am to 2pm. Tours of the farm will happen at 11am & 1pm and we will share a potluck lunch at noon. Bring your family, friends, kids, neighbors, and anyone you think would enjoy a day on the farm, and don’t forget to bring a potluck dish to share. The farm fields are located at 13615 NW Howell Park Rd, just a mile past the Sauvie Island Bridge.
Getting Deep: Chard Transplanting at SIO
Check out this video taken today of our Harvest and Pack-Out Manager Jen transplanting chard starts with the spring crew. The photos below the video show the chard starts in the trays before they are popped out for planting (top photo), and also the chard starts on the surface of the soil after they have been popped from the tray, dropped at eleven inch spacing, and ready for someone to plant them into the ground.