When we decided to pursue a life as farmers, we had only one model in mind: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). As we end a second season in this still-new-for-us field, we know that we would not want to farm any other way.
As CSA farmers, thoughts of the members who have invested in the farm and what they will take home from a given pick-up are constants. Growing with a specific community in mind motivates us. Having the chance to get to know and build relationships with that community through the food we grow nourishes us. We are grateful to have made it through the season always with food to give and even more so for our extremely giving members, who shared in our efforts all year long. Members, thank you for your interest, your enthusiasm, your understanding, and your support. Thank you for enabling us to do work we believe in, for inspiring us to push through challenges, and for celebrating the big and small successes of the season along with us too.
Thank you also to Craig Schneiderwind and the Schneiderwind Farm family for giving us and Open Acres a place to plant roots and call home over the last two years. More times than can be counted, we stand in the fields stunned by the beauty of the surrounding landscape and wonder what magic allowed for us to end up just where we are. We feel extremely fortunate to work the land at Schneiderwind Farm, to have an incredible partner in Craig, to work day in and out with Laura and Fred, and to know everyone else who is involved in making Schneiderwind Farm the truly special place that it is.
Over the next couple of weeks, we will work to prepare the fields for winter and begin transitioning from the intensity of the growing season to the downtime that comes with colder temperatures. While we are certainly looking forward to some rest, we are also excited to carefully reflect upon this year and begin planning Open Acres' 2012 season. Throughout the winter, we will continue to share updates here and on our facebook page and hope that you will be in touch through comments and emails as well.
In the meantime, we thank everyone who has encouraged, followed and been part of our journey so far. Sending our warmest wishes your way for a very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy and eat well!!