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Tomato Mountain Newsletter - Week 42 | Fall Week 12 - Last week of 2017!

Posted 12/13/2017 6:29pm by Business Manager.
 12/13/2017 CSA NEWSLETTER
 
Whats in the box?! 
 
BEETS, SHALLOTS, CARROTS, BOK CHOI, NAPA CABBAGE, WHOLE ROASTED TOMATOES
 
THE REMAINDER OF THE THYME PLANTS WILL BE DELIVERED THIS 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. 
 
 
It looks like we’ll have a regular, old fashioned winter this year. While anything longer than a week long forecast is generally shaky, the El Nino vs La Nina forecasts are usually accurate. They’ve been saying the La Nina condition has been setting up for a few months now. That generally means we’ll have a colder, wetter winter, at least compared to many of the warm winters we’ve seen in recent years. While nobody is saying we’ll have anything like the “polar vortex” winter we had back in ‘13/’14, it does seem about 65% certain we’ll be fairly close to average for temperature and precipitation.
 
This week, the “musical chairs” that our website platform has turned into, has seen a major new development. After reporting last week that our long awaited Harvie interface, that would facilitate a significant degree of choice for CSA members, was not in fact ready for launch, I got an email from one of those CSA members with an offer to help out. Considering that we’ve been going one direction for months now, it is not an easy choice to make, but we are seriously considering something completely different, that we would own, and be able to change, adjust, and use from year to year. I’m not yet sure what to do or think. As usual, I’m thinking out loud.
 
Somewhat ironically, somewhat practically, I’ve been hoping for something like this to happen. I’ve literally written, in my head, to CSA customers asking for more help than I’ve ever suggested in one of these newsletters. Maybe I should have done it more explicitly, sooner. I still have reservations about making this huge change, from a cookie cutter, platform skeleton, that is managed somewhere else, by someone else, to having our own website and the responsibility to maintain it. Deep down, that is what I always have hoped was possible, and now that we have the opportunity to go that route, it is very hard to say no. I’ve got a very good farmer friend who thinks as I do, and I hope he and I take the plunge and go for it. Either way, we’ll keep on farming and bringing you the best produce possible. Stay tuned.  
 
To avoid seeming completely dysfunctional, I should point out that from a farming perspective, things are going well. While our spinach is a bit behind what we’d like, we do expect to have plenty of spinach for our winter share, and everything else about our last season has finished off nicely. We’ve been in the farm’s processing kitchen almost every day these past few weeks roasting, blending and vacuum packing butternut squash. We’ve put together and frozen nearly 2000 bags so far. Besides our tens of thousands of pounds of carrots, there are a few thousand pounds of seriously sweet beets, and a good amount of what I consider to be the nicest radish, our watermelon radishes. As with carrots and beets, we wait until several hard freezes have done their thing and allowed these radishes to sweeten dramatically.
 
Wow, it doesn’t feel like the end of the season, but it is. I want to thank everyone for supporting another crazy year of farming. We’re looking forward to next year, even with all the unknown factors, more than ever. I’m not sure exactly what it will look like, but we’re as committed as ever to growing the best crops we can, and serving customers well, in new and innovative ways. As always, please let us know what you think, tell as many of your friends as you can about us, and have a good holiday season.  

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