The Greenhouse is filling up. Our plan has been to move our cold tolerant seedlings like onions and leeks and peas to the cold frame, where they will receive some protection from the cold weather, but mostly be on their own. We are going to wait on this however until after this next week of chilly nights passes. If predictions hold true, temperatures could be as low as 18 degrees! There is no good reason to put our seedlings through that if we don't have to.
Today we will be potting up the tomatoes, both for our fields and for yours! This year we are excited to say that we will be bringing tomato, pepper, and eggplant transplants to market! We will also be bringing kale, chard, peas, and herbs for your gardening delight. Add to that the flowers that we are growing for your garden beds and spring is looking pretty lovely! Black eye Susan, pansies, snapdragons, and a whole collection of native perennials to brighten the spirits of passing pollinators and beneficial insects in your area. We will keep you posted on what we will be bringing and when. Don't worry Metuchen, we will make sure you get a chance to get some transplants too!
Now for the real big news this week: Our application for ORGANIC CERTIFICATION is finally COMPLETE!!! I will be putting the finishing touches on it today and getting it in the mail tomorrow! I don't believe the information that I have been squirreling away for the last three years is finally collected in synthesized into one document!
It was with much trepidation that I started working on the paperwork earlier this week. Did I save the right information? Did I follow all the rules? This is the problem with having a poor memory. Fortunately, I have a coping method for this. I am thorough to the point of being strict and write my future self descriptive notes so that I can deduce what the heck I was thinking.
As the ball got rolling on the application, I found stacks of invoices for materials and seeds purchased, all organized and with relevant notes. I found notes clarifying production decisions of past years and explaining how I expect these choices to improve the overall health of our land and our crops. Three years in the making, the packet didn't look as big as I imagined it, but I am proud to see it done. Now, we wait for it to be reviewed and then, for someone to come out and inspect our operation. I guess I know what my nightmares are going to be about for a while (beyond dreams of forgetting to seed the onions, the tractor breaking, epic floods, etc etc I could go on...)
One last piece of farm news: Our garlic is looking gorgeous! I am so pleased. Check it out.
P.S. CSA SIGN UPS STILL GOING ON!! And just in case you are missing the link:
Here is a link to the 2016 sign-up sheet.
Copy and paste this long jumble if the link doesn't work: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2h20Cp9NhW0YVZfeHJOanZJNVE/view?usp=sharing
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