Welcome to Week 4 of the Pea Shoot Program! This week is pickup for:
- Option A (weekly) and
- Option C (bi-weekly) groups.
We are having some trouble sourcing the plastic 10 x 10 tray that we grow the shoots in and so sometimes you may be getting your shoots in a fibre tray this week and future weeks. We have some coming from the US but they have to be picked up and so are a few weeks away yet. (I find this annoying as I never expected that I couldn’t just reorder the trays as I had been, up until we created a program that is made doable by fitting 4 trays of pea shoots into a plant shipping box!)
If you’d like to access any of the information from previous posts, you can always visit our blog on our website, as well as the Pea Shoot Page in the Veggie Guide!
We’re running our Veggie Lovers’ Club CSA Program again this summer, and as a current member in the Pea Shoot Program you are welcome to register now, before it opens to the public on March 1! Click here to learn more & sign up.
If you’d like to place an order for any additional items to come with your Pea Shoots for next time: Here’s the link to the order form
You can use this same link any week you’d like to place an order! I’ve also been sending out an order reminder closer to the pickup day, if you don’t want to receive it just let me know.
Teri’s Tips & news from the farm:
Happy CSA day week! Check out the series “10 Reasons to join a CSA” that is currently running on our Facebook page!
Did you know that close to 50% of our farms’ sales happen right now, in this 4 week period? The sale happens now, but the delivery doesn’t happen until the summer, of course. It always catches me a bit off guard when I am really busy answering emails and staring at my computer screen making forms and lists and websites work, but I suppose it’s justified that I am busy, on a CSA farm, in February. That’s the whole point! Marketing in the off season makes sense, because then we have homes for all of our production before we even start… And, (other than the Pea Shoot Program), what else was I going to do in Feb?? It’s significantly less busy on our farm when there is snow on the ground, even though we are always still growing things and working on the business. It’s just that some things (like accounting) get put off to be completed now, when there is more time for it.
Many CSA farms operate under a CSA financial model, as well– where they require payment at the time of sign up, and those payments cover the input costs which are incurred at the beginning of the season (like purchasing seeds, equipment, and all the supplies we’ll need for the season). We don’t do that, partially because I’ve seen lots of farms get stuck on the treadmill of over-spending for the year and then relying on the next year’s CSA income to bail them out, and so really you get to a point where you’re a year behind on income and so if you ever wanted to stop, you can’t! Our farm is financially healthy and we have been making plans and decisions to keep it that way, because sustainability (being the buzz word that it is) often applies to production methods, but sustainability means for the people and for the business, too. If we don’t manage our finances properly and go out of business, then no more Veggie Lovers’ Club! At that point, whether we are organic or not ceases to matter, which is why I always say sustainability starts with economics, not the earth.
Using the vacuum seeder to seed onions
On the production side of things (i.e. Mom and Jon’s roles), we are getting ready to plant seeds soon after a Mom takes a brief vacation. The onions are the first seeds to go into soil and should really be planted now but rather than potentially ruin them by not having proper care while they are germinating (I can’t commit to greenhouse care like I did last year now that I have a 10 month old!), we are choosing to wait and do it right. After the first seeds are planted there is a constant weekly to do list of seeding, and I’ll be keeping you updated as we go! Jon has been rolling along well looking after the pea shoots and producing 100% beautiful trays (thank goodness, because they are all sold each week and so there is no room for error, or a scrappy looking tray that didn’t get enough water one day. It’s really remarkable how much green goodness you can produce with 15 minutes of care each day and about 2 hours a week of seeding and cleaning.
RECIPE: Pea Shoot Green Goddess Salad Dressing
I made quite a few versions of this dressing, all of them edible except for the incident when I made olive oil mayo in the blender. I don’t like olive oil mayo and would use canola, peanut, or sunflower oil in the future! I’m printing this version which calls for store bought mayo to keep things simple for you, but far superior in flavour was the version with homemade mayo here from The Kitchn. Don’t make it unless your eggs are fresh from a farm – Luna Field Farm eggs make this a dressing spectacular!
From our Facebook series, here are some reasons we’ve come up with to join a CSA this year. (Sometimes when I make big to-do lists for myself, I write things I’ve already done, just so that I can check them off. If you’re in our Pea Shoot Program, you can check off “Join a CSA” from your list!)
#10: Because everyone else is doing it!
#9: For the flavour!
#8: Get to know your Farmer!
#7: For the Wacky, Weird, and Wonderful!
#6: Join the CSA Movement!
#5: For the Veggie Guide and Recipes!
#4: For the Earth!
#3: Support a local business and watch the ripple effect!
…#2 and #1 will be posted on Tuesday and Wednesday, and I’m not spilling the beans until then! Registration opens for the Veggie Lovers’ Club this Thursday, so if you’re a 2017 member or Pea Shoot Program member, make sure you get your registration in before Thursday when the remaining spaces open to the public. Right now there are 28 spaces left, which means we are at 65% capacity – 2/3 of the way sold out!
On a side note, Jon works at a feed mill (Masterfeeds) in Brandon, which seems to be a popular place for people to drop off their unwanted kittens. In addition to an out-of-control feral cat problem this causes at the mill, it makes our hearts sad and when this little kitty turned up, terrified and being chased/attacked by the adult cats and not street smart enough to avoid the dangerous equipment, Jon decided to bring her home. It’s tough because we already have 4 cats and because we make sure they are all spayed and neutered and well taken care of, it becomes a financial burden, but as I told Jon– the 10 year old child inside of me is elated by this many kitties, my balloon only being burst by the adult who feels we should know better and 5 cats is a ridiculous amount. If not for financial constraints and worry about what others will think, I’d save all the kitties. For now, we saved Taco (and are open to finding her a good home, if anyone is interested in a nice friendly young kitty).
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the pickup!