In seventeen seasons of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), we have missed / skipped only 1 week’s delivery; that after the catastrophic flood of August 2007. But as I’ve written over the past couple of months, this spring is historically cold and wet.
In those 17 seasons, we’ve learned to grow great crops in all kinds of weather. I’m not at all worried that there will be bountiful boxes in a couple of weeks… the zucchinis and onions and beans, the cauliflowers and the beets… they all look SO good in the field. It’s just that they’re growing SO slowly.
We have very little ready for harvest this week, other than the chives and leaf lettuce that you’ve had (and will have next week) in the past. The peas and strawberries- normally on strong in the middle of June- are just taking their sweet time maturing.
But in a sense we’ve planned all along for a week’s cancellation with an emergency backup plan. The “July break” that we normally take from packing / delivering CSA boxes (to plant and tend winter storage crops for winter shares) is a week when there is plenty of produce. By cancelling that break- by packing much fuller boxes for you at that time, in a week we’d planned to take off, in lieu of this paltry week- we’ll guarantee that you’ll get more produce out of it in the mid term.
And please remember that we track carefully the value of all crops in your boxes, to ensure that our CSA program remains a very good value for you, our members.
Thanks once again for your understanding, your patience (with us… with the weather!!), and for your support!