Our second to last newsletter can now be read by clicking here. In it you will find recipes for simple pot pies, rutabaga fries, a very easy, comforting kale and potato soup, and more!
Also, as we approach the end of the season (3 more weeks to go!) and begin sign-ups for next year, we thought we'd do a bit of sharing about... Shares! At every pick-up, we take pictures. They're not always pretty, but documenting as many aspects of this first year as possible has been important to us -- for record keeping, memories, and in preparation for future seasons. This morning as we looked at the share and realized it was the most diverse (and lengthy!) list of things we've given out all season, we thought it might be interesting to post images of the white board that members see at each pick-up from the beginning, middle and near-end of the season.
It's hard to believe (looking back to our first couple of pick-ups in May) that we ever gave out less-than-10 item shares!
And looking at the share from early August (which still feels pretty recent) makes us ache for watermelon again... already!
Fall means root veggies and winter squash are prominent share items, but after cleaning out most of our pepper rows on Wednesday and Thursday, hot and sweet peppers were available this weekend, too.
Another way that we've kept track of share items is by poundage. This year, everything that has come out of the fields has been weighed -- either before going into the cooler or when being bagged for longer term storage. Though we're not finished yet, we recently decided to tally the weights of all Open Acres produce harvested between the end of May and through September. Care to guess the total?
19,043 pounds! That's right! In just four months, nineteen thousand and forty-three pounds of fresh, naturally grown vegetables and fruits were harvested from three acres of field and distributed among our wonderful members, the Schneiderwind Farm Stand, enjoyed by diners at The Ship Inn and by many individuals and families through regular drop-offs to the Doylestown Food Pantry. We're thrilled! And, as always, very grateful. To those who have helped us to harvest throughout the season: A big thank you. We couldn't have managed all that produce without the extra hands, care and muscle!!
Until our next blog post, sending best wishes from the farm.
If you would like to learn more about our 2011 season, shares or want to reserve a spot for next year, visit this page for more information and to download our membership application.