Sunday, May 19, 2019

BGF News - May 2019-Vol. XLI, No.7

This morning's view 5/19/19

What’s up on the farm?

The crew planting potatoes
Precipitation in the past month: Rain: 3.35"

May is a crazy time on the farm. There is so much going on that we meet ourselves coming and going. The farmers market season is in full swing and everything is full speed long as the weather cooperates. The late, mostly cool spring has us behind about two weeks for bed prep and planting, but we are making progress.  We are extra lucky this year that our full crew has returned. They are amazing workers and a great group of women so that definitely makes things easier. So far this month we've planted: potatoes, onions, leeks, shallots, head lettuce, kale, chard and cauliflower in the field. The seeds we planted last month are growing, though slowly due to the cool temps and those have been cultivated. We also got the first high tunnel cleared of winter crops and planted with basil, peppers, tomatoes and eggplant. The shelves that line that tunnel are also loaded with all of the transplants that are waiting to move out to the field when the temperatures warm back up. The forecast for this week makes me glad that we don't have them outside yet!

In addition to our regular activities this past week we also had our annual inspection for our "Certified Naturally Grown" certification,  shelled the last of the popcorn, harvested nearly 400 lbs of asparagus and delivered some of it to area shops and restaurants, made jam and had our annual alpaca shearing. It was quite a week! The coming two weeks look to be a similar race and then we are on to the next big thing...

2019 CSA deliveries begin Tuesday, June 4th!

This will be the last monthly newsletter for the season. Weekly newsletters will begin with the first CSA delivery, coming up quickly on June 4th. There is still space for new (or returning) members in the 2019 Summer CSA. Members should have received their invoices and payments are now past due.  If you haven't received an invoice or statement, please let us know. We will send out an orientation email for all members the week before deliveries begin.

If you are interested in joining the 2019 CSA season, you can read more about it here:

If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining us for the CSA season, please share the info with them, we have a number of available slots that we would like to fill and you are our best marketers! 

Is a monthly newsletter not enough for you and you want to read more about our daily adventures or see pictures of the farm?  Follow us on Facebook at Blue Gate Farm and/or share your recipes, experiences and questions with other BGF members at Blue Gate Farm Community.

That’s about it this month, if you have any questions or comments be sure to let us know. 
Best from the farm,
Jill & Sean (and Luci, Indigo & Sky)