17 April 2013 — 3 CSA MEMBERSHIPS STILL AVAILABLE

Spring at Piney Mountain Orchard — A Growing Farm and an Open House!

Ingrid

Meet Ingrid, our newest farm member!

Garlic

The Garlic is Growing Inches Over Night!

With the rain and warmer temperatures, things are really beginning to grow over here at the base of Piney Mountain.  The spring weather makes us want to share the farm with you all, so we are happy to invite you all over for a Farm Open House on Saturday May 18th at 4:00 pm.  Here are the details:

Farm Open House, May 18th 2013 from 4pm – 7pm

  • 4:00: Potluck open to CSA members & their friends and family, friends & family of Piney Mountain, and curious members of the public
  • 5:15: Farm tour (open to all)
  • 6:00: Annual Member Meeting for our 2013 members including pick-up details, share tips, recommended cookbooks & planning member events at the farm

Please RSVP by calling (717-514-4256) or responding to this email by May 11th.  If you are a CSA member and cannot make it to the Annual Member Meeting, please contact Megan for important share details.

Spring Market and CSA Schedule:

May 1:  Carlisle market starts, each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm

Broccoli Seedling

A broccoli seedling, just getting settled in the soil.

May 16: Camp Hill Market starts, each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm

May 18: Farm Open House, 4-7pm at Piney Mountain Orchard

May 22/23: Homestead Share Pick-ups Begin

June 1:  Final Payment due for Harvest Shares

June 5/6: Harvest Share Pick-ups Begin

Farm Update:

The Herd sans Smudge

The Piney Mountain Herd

We have had the pleasure of adding four more ruminants to our growing herd of pastured animals.  Three are the lovely Jacob’s Sheep: Benvolio, Turpentine, and Georgiana — these sheep are bred for their fine wool and impressive horns.  We also have a darling young Nubian goat, the first in our future milking herd, called Ingrid.  She was bottle-fed and would rather stay underfoot with us out on the farm than to hang out with her fellow four-leggeds, although she is getting on quite nicely of late with the Jacob’s.

Full Hoop House

A Full Hoop House

The spring plantings are going very well and are right on schedule!  The greenhouse is full of seedlings, including those sought-after heirloom tomatoes and tasty cucumbers.  Out in the fields the peas and carrots are germinating, as well as the first batches of salad mix, radishes, and arugula.  Our first transplants were a new addition to the planting schedule – spring broccoli!  Look for it in shares and on the market stands in late June!  It’s certain to be a great season, and I look forward to sending you all home with delicious vegetables and the satisfaction of a connection to the food you eat and the farm where it is grown.

Thank you and be well!

Your farmer,

Megan Rulli

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