We are halfway through our CSA season. The nights and a few days have been cooler and there has been a shift in our surroundings; the birds are flocking and their music has changed. The plants are reflecting on the efforts that they put forth to accomplish their fruitful goals which I am gratefully stuffing into jars and freezer bags!
For me, reflecting at mid-season, grateful is exactly how I feel. We have had a bountiful growing season and another year of terrific staff and workers that bring their enthusiasm, creativity, knowledge and passion to the High Meadow Farm family. Our 2 full time workers; Anna and Teal along with Matt have been diligently harvesting thousands of pounds of cucumbers, squash, broccoli, sweet corn, tomatoes, eggplant and so much more. On days when the full work crew is here with part-time workers Kevin and Julie, there is more planting, weeding, harvesting and prep work done than I would think possible with that sized crew.
The days that we fill our CSA boxes are our busiest with our worker share members here to help. There is lots of fun and lots of hustle to make sure all of the crops that we are sending out are harvested, washed, counted and bunched or bagged. When we fill the boxes, there is an assembly line with each person adding their assigned items into the box and sending it down the line to the vans. When the vans are loaded by Mark and then Matt or I get the words “your van is ready”, we head out to our delivery sites with some very fresh produce for our members. Rich and Christine on Tuesday and Lynn, Mark, Aly, Christine (x2!), Melissa, Jerry and Dawn on Wednesday are the amazing workers that we thank for this.
Another shift in the season is the return to school for some as we will sadly say goodbye to Teal, Dawn and Melissa. This leaves some big farm boots to fill and we would welcome new faces to join our crew if “the shoe fits” you! As a worker share or as a part time employee; if you are interested in joining us, contact the farm; firstname.lastname@example.org . There is plenty of harvest and field work to do until our CSA season ends in late October and then our farm crew will continue working through November!
We are very excited that our deliveries will be starting on June 15! There are some beautiful vegetables coming for our early shares and all through the summer and fall! Our early tomato plants are loading up with fruit, the lettuce is heading up, raspberry plants are loaded with fruit and we have already started harvesting broccoli for market.
Don’t miss out on any of the season’s bounty! We still have room for new members to pick up at all of these sites:
High Meadow Farm, Watertown (2 locations), Lake Mills, Jefferson, Fort Atkinson, CAMBRIDGE (New site!!), Oconomowoc (2 locations) and Madison’s East Side!
We also have work-share memberships available, see this page and call the farm for more information.
If you are a member and had signed up before June, you should have received your first email and can look forward to more soon.
If you are ready to sign up now CLICK HERE and join us before the season starts!!
We have exciting news for our Cambridge members and farm friends!
The Daily Grind in Cambridge has offered to host a delivery site for us at the coffee house at 149 W. Main Street. The Daily grind serves fantastic, perfectly brewed, Valentine coffee as well as beautiful sandwiches and bakery.
We would welcome new members in the Cambridge area as well as happy to change current Cambridge members to this site if you wish and if you find this a more convenient place to pick up your weekly box of produce!
We are already entering our second week of sold-out spring shares and we still have main season shares available at all sites and there are limited egg shares available.
Please contact us if you would like to join us for a great season and hope to pick up at this Cambridge site!
Our Easter Sale is over, but there could be more chances to get tasty greens and produce! Sign up for our email list to hear about them HERE and visit us at the Fort Atkinson Farmers Market April 9 and starting in May, every Saturday morning from 8 – noon!
We always have fresh, organic, soy-free eggs at the farm from our free-range, pastured chickens!
Call or email email@example.com for more information!
We are very happy to offer 2 new pickup sites for Madison and Whitewater members!
In addition to our other convenient sites, members can select the Whitewater site of Casual Joe’s Barbecue Restaurant or our new site on Madison’s East side, located on Hargrove Street; just behind Olbrich Gardens.
Like Black Sheep in Whitewater, nearby Casual Joe’s is another fabulous restaurant with a completely different atmosphere and menu. Both are owned by the same great chef; Tyler Sailsbery, a dedicated supporter of High Meadow Farm produce and other area producers.
We thank Tyler and our Madison host for offering our members this opportunity for convenient pickup!
Warm weather is on its way and we have begun our seeding for 2016! Baby leeks are up and spring share crops are on their way! Early spring shares will bring lots of salad greens, cooking greens, spinach, green onions, spring herbs, rhubarb and asparagus! A few weeks after our spring shares end, our summer shares will start in June and the boxes will be filled with all of the vegetables of the spring, summer and fall season, right into October. Optional organic, soy-free egg shares will begin with the summer vegetable shares too!
We invite you to join us this season for another great year of FRESH, ORGANIC produce delivered to a location near you! To Join, go to our “sign-up” page.
Red-leafed, buttery head lettuce
Greens in the high tunnel, ready to go into spring boxes. The white fabric covers the beds at night to protect tomatoes and peppers when the evening temps drop low.
If you are running low on certified organic potatoes and onions, now is the time to come to the farm and stock up!
We’ll be hosting an indoor market day sale at the farm Saturday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. We have 11 varieties of organic potatoes, several types of beautiful onions available bulk or in 5, 10 or 20 lb bags. Also, shallots and garlic as well as some of our other roots and storage vegetables.
We have fresh, organic and soy-free eggs and stewing hens available too!
Stop out and see us, it looks like the weather is going to be warming up!
It may be cold and snowy outside now, but the seed ordering has got us thinking about spring! Join us for another great CSA season in 2016. You and your family deserve to eat fresh, clean and delicious organic produce and eggs. When you know who your farmers are, you don’t need to wonder what you are eating!
I have had a few quiet days and time to reflect on the past year. I have so much to be grateful for; family and pets, friends, good health and loyal farm members and market customers. Our workers and employees give me extra pause. We could not manage without them and they are so much a part of our farm.
Even with the snowstorm last weekend, we had a successful market at the farm. Matt, Kevin, Libby and Maria worked especially hard to get the last of our harvesting done and potatoes and onions bagged while Mike and I scurried to get our pastured chickens into a protected winter home. (Just in the nick of time, too!) Our greenhouse is up and almost ready to start seeds in in January and all of our equipment is safely tucked away for winter.
So, for all of that and so much more, I am very thankful to all of you who are a part of our farm and family. I hope that you have a wonderful holiday weekend.
It appears that the storm is NOT going to miss us, but there is and end in the forecast. We are extending our hours so that everyone can make it!
The market will go on tomorrow, Saturday, November 21 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm AND we will be here Sunday from 12:00 – 3:00.
With the forecast in mind, we really scrambled to get our chickens in the barn and all of our last minute harvesting done. We have been bagging 11 varieties of organic potatoes and several types of onions, washing roots and bunching greens. There is an amazing amount of produce to choose from and it is all certified organic!
Come to the farm this weekend and join us in the season’s first snow and have a warm cup of soup and a cup of coffee!