Farm Update May 17, 2017

From Ammie Chickering, Peacework Farm

Welcome, Patience! Patience Ackerman joined our farm crew on Monday. She just graduated from Eastern University near Philadelphia. She will be with us until September when she starts a Masters of Education program at Roberts. Her fiance, Nick Trombley, is one of our newest CSA members. He is a Canandaigua native and is helping to start New City Cafe in the Beechwood neighborhood of Rochester.

Abundance is beautiful! I finally got in to the city to see Abundance’s new store. It is lovely! They are doing an amazing job being open for business while still setting up the store. They’ve dedicated a corner of the warehouse to the CSA , to the left of the overhead door, around the building from the main entrance. They’ve also given us a large 3-door reach-in refrigerator to use for next-day pick-up so we didn’t have to move our old walk-in cooler. Within the next 2 weeks, our dedicated distribution “captains” will set it all up and be ready to go by June 1. We’re so pleased and grateful to Abundance for including us in their move!

Finally, a warm-up. Last week, we had a frost one night and were working in long-johns for most of the week. We’re finally getting a mostly rain-free warm-up this week and the asparagus is beginning to come up. If it had been a warmer spring, we might have had some pre-season asparagus available for sale but not this year. We will need to cut and hold all of it for your shares. We pick it daily, pack it upright in square containers with about an inch of water in the bottom and store it in the farm cooler where it keeps perfectly fresh. Yesterday, we harvested all of the over-wintered leeks and stored them in the cooler. Like the over-wintered carrots, they put on some nice growth in the spring but will put up a flower head as the weather gets warm. With temperatures in the eighties in the forecast, yesterday was perfect timing.