April is a scary time of year to be a vegetable farmer. As the days and weeks progress, CSA shares and farmers’ markets turn from a distant commitment into a fast-approaching reality. I was walking through one of our hoophouses last week and caught myself staring at the baby spinach for way too long. When will your leaves be ready to harvest? How many pounds will they give me? Are you sure?
On the other hand, April is also an exciting time of year because I get to start working with other human beings! Running a farm, I’ve come to realize, encompasses much more than the physical act of growing vegetables. Farmer-teacher is a much more descriptive role, especially in the spring when I’m integrating new people into the crew, as well as sharing new practices with our returning staff.
Though I no longer play competitive sports, there’s still that urge in me to team-up together and kick some butt, and managing a farm crew gives me that satisfaction – Second Nature Farm Crew 5, Weeds 0. And while it’s rewarding to plant a seed and watch it grow into the perfect vegetable, it’s even more rewarding to plant a seed in each of our crew members, and watch their own potential grow into an efficient, capable farmer.
In other news, the Hingham Farmers’ Market begins this Saturday from 10am-2pm at Hingham Bathing Beach! I hope you don’t find this too strange, but chances are that I’ve thought about you this winter – I wonder how Marika’s chickens are doing? I wonder if Amy’s made any new flavors of jam? Megan and I are extremely lucky to have met so many wonderful people over the past 7 years (and we look forward to meeting more this year!), and we can’t wait to reconnect with you soon!
This has been our best year yet of CSA enrollment! Our Spring CSA is completely sold out, as is the Braintree Summer CSA. Our Hingham Summer CSA has 8 spots remaining, and our Norton Summer CSA has 10. To sign up, you can fill out and mail in our confirmation form.
On our website we also have a list of frequently asked questions concerning our CSAs as well as a harvest list that details what crops we grow and when they’ll be available.
As an attempt to keep you all updated in between newsletters, we’ve created a Facebook page. You can follow our page to see what’s happening on the farm and get the latest news!