From JANIE SHEPPARD
August 3, 2009 Ukiah Valley, Mendocino County, North California
Bill and I love this CSA.
Last winter we were supplied with the most gorgeous vegetables I’ve ever seen. Everything looked like something from Sunset Magazine — only the vegetables were the real thing, not all doctored up for a fancy magazine. The vegetables were also the best tasting ever, and I consider myself a discriminating foodie. If you can sign up now, Adam Gaska and Paula Manalo will be forever grateful — they’re in a bit of a tight spot, along with the rest of us, but their tight spot is particularly tight as Adam explains below.
Oh– an added bonus is a weekly newsletter with lots of recipes, pictures, descriptions of the plant and animal lives, and occasionally a bit of food politics.
Please pass this along to all your friends who appreciate good food and want to see more of it produced locally.
From ADAM GASKA and PAULA MANALO
Think it’s too early to start thinking about winter produce? WRONG!
It’s 100 degrees out, and the sun is blazing, but all the planting for fall and winter crops happens as soon as Summer Solstice hits. Please sign up here (pdf) for the Winter CSA and send in a deposit to keep your local farmers farming and ensure a bountiful winter harvest.
We transplanted enough winter squash and pumpkin plants to produce at least 5,000 pounds. We harvested and cleaned 50 pounds of garlic. We seeded tons of brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, chard, kale, and collards. We’ve been growing potatoes all summer. Carrots, parsnips, beets, and other root crops are going in the ground. We are hunched over making veggie beds, prepping the soil with cover crops and compost, and watering like mad.
This all requires money that we don’t have. Our chicken sales were way down this year, and summer produce is only slowly getting up to speed, so we don’t have anything to leverage the fall/winter crop. Irrigation parts are expensive, gas for the irrigation pump is not cheap, and tractor repairs can cost and arm and a leg. For us to keep farming, we need you to join us.
We know times are financially tough for everyone, but what got us here is a malfunctioning economy. Consider investing instead in the farm – land, farmers, community, and food – for a healthy, tasty, future of food security and beautiful environment.
If you’re a self-sufficient rockstar and are growing your own winter garden this year, please forward this to your friends who might be interested. If you want more information, we have loads of it on our blog/website→
Thanks for supporting the farm and a local food economy!
Adam Gaska & Paula Manalo
751 Lennix Drive
Redwood Valley, CA 95470