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Tomato Mountain Newsletter - Week 41 | Fall Week 11

Posted 12/6/2017 7:12pm by Business Manager.
 12/4/2017 CSA NEWSLETTER
 
Whats in the box?! 
 
ASIAN GREENS, LEEKS, WINTER SQUASH, CARROTS, TOMATO JUICE
 
IF YOU SIGNED UP FOR A THYME PLANT BACK IN THE SUMMER SEASON, THEY ARE COMING! WE ARE DELIVERING HALF OF THEM THIS WEEK, AND THE OTHER HALF NEXT WEEK. THYME IS A VERY ROBUST PLANT AND CAN HANDLE THE COLD OVERNIGHT, BUT MAKE SURE TO BRING IT IN FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. 
 
 
Like I said last week, winter was around the corner, and here it is. Looks like we’ll see a fair share or sunshine here and there, and that will keep spinach in the hoops moving along. While growth will be slow, cold and sunny weather will keep the spinach as tasty and thick as possible. Given that it’s supposed to be quite cold for a couple weeks, we won’t harvest spinach until the winter share rolls around.  First share of the winter box is in 42 days!
 
We appreciate the response we received from folks interested in doing an “add on box” the week before Christmas. We didn’t however, hear from enough people to make doing that box worthwhile. It would not pay, and would be logistically difficult, for us to deliver to only 20-30% of our customers, so we’ve decided to pack it in at the end of the regular 42 week season, and call it a year.
 
One good thing we noticed with the season ending a week earlier than we wanted is that it makes a lot more sense for us to have a 43 week delivery year instead of the 42 week year we have been doing. We have plenty of produce in spring and until Christmas, so why not schedule another week to make sure we cover the whole year. Technically, we’re adding a week to our summer season, which will now be 13, instead of 12 weeks. Speaking of summer, we’re very much looking forward to next year as we’re going to grow more watermelons, and we’re also going to do some cucumbers in our hoop houses. There is a new watermelon in the new seed catalog, that just came out, that looks fantastic. It’s a bit big for CSA shares, coming in at 5-7 lbs, but looks so good in so many ways I can’t resist putting in a least a couple rows. We’re also going to do lots of peppers in our hoops next summer, to extend the season, and to ensure a better crop. Next summer is going to rock.
 
We’re a bit down now as the new platform we’ve been promoting the last few months, the one that was going to offer choice in the box, has been delayed until spring. While winter does have the least variety to begin with, and so there’s the least opportunity for choice anyway, we really wanted to start things up now, to get a feel for the program, and work out the kinks. The web developer for the company doing the new interface could not accommodate our delivery needs in a way that would ensure that everybody got the correct box. We are rare in our home delivery option, and so our case is much different from that of their other customers. They feel bad to let us down, we’re disappointed that we can’t get this going now, and you won’t be able to customize your boxes until the spring.  At least we figured it out before we started signing up people with the new system as we came very close to doing, before the inadequacy was discovered.
 
Brian has been working for a couple days straight to get the current system up to speed, so we can sign people up for winter and next year. I can’t wait because we’ve been telling folks for a few weeks not to sign up and give us money (crazy behavior) until the new system is set up. By Friday, most things should be in place, and we should be able to start signing folks up again.
 
Thanks for your patience with our transitions and delays, and thanks as always for your support of our farm. Our CSA continues to be the heart of our farm. Though we’ve hit a speed bump with these website delays, we’re still growing some of the best produce you can get anywhere, and we’ll get the administrative stuff worked out as soon as we can. We’re better at farming than website development, and we eventually will get the software issues worked out.

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