Season Synopsis and again the Future – 20th Harvest Week: Tue, Wed, & Thurs Delivery for Oct 23, 24, & 25, 2012
Farmer John and a Shareholder Write . .
Greetings from Angelic Organics
Final Week of Deliveries for Some of You
If you have not signed up for a 2012 extended season share, this is your last week of deliveries.
Thoughtful Note From a Shareholder
Thank you Farmer John and Tom Spaulding for thinking about the future. This year was kind of a wake-up call. Initially I felt a smug satisfaction that I was a CSA member getting spectacular vegetables even during this year of drought, but soon that feeling gave way to a sense of alarm. How would the rest of the world get by as the future brings more and more challenges and they don’t have Angelic Organics to rely on? How would I, and my family, get by if Angelic Organics has trouble coping? Thank you Farmer John for being so persistent in developing the farm and the community needed to keep it going. Thank you Tom Spaulding for helping to spread the knowledge within and beyond the Angelic Organics community. I hope you are able to come up with a way to sustain the farm and keep spreading the knowhow forever. Sara
Sara, Thank you for your beautiful, encouraging words. We know that Angelic Organics Farm and the Angelic Organics Learning Center can endure and thrive much further into the future than Tom or I can. A farm and an educational program can span generations, even centuries. We mortals, Tom and I, can help to achieve that, and that is our goal. We are studying other farms and farm communities that have demonstrated longevity, that have survived their founders and that now carry forward, adapting, growing, and refining. This is a long, involved process that Tom and I have entered into, one to which we are highly committed. We deeply appreciate your interest and support.
Farmer John and all the Rest of us at Angelic Organics
Our coolers are brimming with vegetables to finish out the season. Our cover crops are shimmering in the late October warmth, nurturing the soil for the 2013 season.
Angelic Organics was put to a tremendous test this year and the result was blessings from many directions. We were blessed with operators who ran our many machines with great skill and care, a field crew who worked conscientiously and harmoniously in extreme heat, managers who inspired and encouraged, an office team that cheerfully handled the vast details of CSA administration, a delivery team that faithfully headed out of the farm yard several times per week in the middle of the night. We were blessed with the water from below that kept our crops growing, with the buildup in fertility from past years that infused our crops with vitality, and with shareholders who put their faith in us and wrote us often, commending our hard work and our full boxes. Thank you, shareholders, for believing in us.
Please Note: this summary is written before you receive your box—please be aware that some guesswork is involved. As always, be sure to thoroughly wash all of your vegetables.
Fruiting Crops – Butternut squash
Brassicas – a stalk of Brussels sprouts cut in half, maybe cabbage and maybe broccoli
Salad Greens –lettuce, arugula
Cooking Greens – baggedkale, Pac Choi
Root crops – potatoes, rutabaga
Herbs – cilantro
Vegetable of the Week: Rutabaga