Dear Winter Adam

Wow – what a blur the past 2 months have been! Since the last update Megan and I got married at the farm, the crew picked thousands of pounds of tomatoes, and we finished seeding all the crops for the year!

I’ve also since attached a post-it to my computer screen to read while planning the farm for 2016. It’s from “Summer Adam” to “Winter Adam,” and reads “Don’t screw me over.” When the pain from working 80+ hour weeks during the summer has dulled, “Winter Adam” invariably decides that it’s a good idea to implement not just 1 or 2 major changes for the following year, but many. It ends like you’d imagine, with a tired farmer the following August wondering what the heck he was thinking and why he couldn’t have just stuck with what worked the year before and gradually evolved.

One painful example of this was switching the entire farm from 60” to 30” wide beds. Last year, many beds were split (like half-cilantro and half-radish) since we didn’t need a full bed’s worth of certain crops to mature at one time. By switching to 30” beds, I reasoned, I could grow full beds of these crops and streamline harvest, cultivation, and replanting. Yet “Winter Adam,” in his innocent exuberance, failed to recognize the fact that 30” beds effectively doubled the amount of walking aisles to weed: from 135 to 270! Fast-forward to Friday afternoons this year, faced with the no-win choice of either harvesting tomatoes for market or weeding the walking aisles.
 
To be clear, I’m not saying that switching from 60” to 30” beds was a bad idea, I’m just saying that doing so 3.5 acres at one time is. It would’ve been much smarter to switch a portion of one field over first, that way I would have seen the potential issue of increased aisles to weed while it was only a small, field-specific problem. This year (and years past, now that I think of it) has been a perfect example of how boldness and willingness to try new things can become a negative trait when not properly reigned in. At least now I’m acutely aware of the issue (or will be reminded when I look at my post-it), and can focus to minimize any potential negative effects. 

With that said, the weather’s been cooperative, the farm crew’s been stellar, and I’ve been generally pleased with the vegetables we’ve harvested thus far. And there’s still more to come: fingerling and sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and leeks!

Fall CSA Update
This is the time of the year that our Fall CSAs begin to fill up! We still have a handful of spots remaining in our Hingham, Braintree, and Norton Fall CSAs and you can reserve your spot by filling out and mailing in the confirmation form.

Thanks for reading and for your support this year!

Best,
Adam

Hope you've been enjoying the cucumbers lately - the plants are currently over 9' tall!

Hope you've been enjoying the cucumbers lately - the plants are currently over 9' tall!

Thanks to CSA member Ashley Jardim, of sheofthewoods photography, for the wedding photos!

Thanks to CSA member Ashley Jardim, of sheofthewoods photography, for the wedding photos!