To put things in perspective today is February 2, which means we have been washing carrots for just over four months. In that four months we have washed nearly 300 bins. That’s 240,000 pounds of carrots washed! What was once the daunting task of 350 plus bins of carrots to wash, is now just over 50 left. But of course, at this time of year we don’t just have carrots at Featherstone. We also had hundreds of bins of cabbage that needed to be cleaned and packed, and the minor roots for our CSA program such as parsnips and beets that need to be washed week to week. It truly is awesome to look back and see how much we have done over the last few months, but we couldnt have done it without the help of the entire farm team. We are constantly receiving help from the office team, the shop guys, and a group of Amish girls that come in and help us a couple days a week. And, of course, thank you to our customers across the state. We are extremely grateful for all of your support. As the end of February approaches and we look into our empty coolers where once a thousand bins of produce were stacked to the ceiling, we will celebrate the victory of another winter conquered. Then we will convert our wash room into the seed room and begin the seeding process of the 2015 season. But until that day, we keep our nose to the grindstone and wash the unspeakable amount of mud off of these damn little orange roots and dream of the days to come. I cannot say thank you enough for your continued support of Featherstone Farm. Thank you for making everything we do possible. You rock!
- Nathan Manfull, Harvest crew/ Warehouse crew/ Self-proclaimed crew leader.
- Photo (from left to right): Jennifer Breitlow, James Mabry and Nathan Manfull