Field Notes 4/29

It’s still cold and wet, but the sun is peeking through a little and the rain has mostly turned from long drenches to little showers. It’s been nice to not have to irrigate, and the soil has been just dry enough to get plantings in and even do some cultivation. Everything is growing very slowly, but it’s growing.

I got optimistic and seeded our winter squash, summer squash, cucumbers, and even a few experimental melons in the greenhouse this week. Fingers crossed that by late May temperatures will have warmed up enough that these will all be ok going out in the field.

Three weeks to go until our first spring CSA harvest! I just looked more closely at our sign up numbers and it turns out we have more CSA shares available than I thought. The past few years we’ve had no trouble filling up but this year it looks like we’re going to need all of your help to get the word out. We currently have 23 spring shares that we need to find homes for in the next two weeks.

One thing I haven’t promoted enough is that if you sign up and pay with SNAP benefits for at least two of the main season (spring, summer, fall) shares you’re eligible for up to $250 in Double Up Food Bucks – that’s a huge savings! Similarly, Double Up Food Bucks pays for half of a winter CSA share, making the price on that only $60!

We’re also not the only CSA who takes SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks. Thanks to the PNW CSA Coalition many CSA farms in our region make this payment option available to their members.

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