Thanksgiving share this week 11/17-11/19

“Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming?
And always the answer is: “Love. They must do it for love.” Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work and to work where they live.
If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide.” Wendell Berry

Today I’m thankful to be a farmer-for all the reasons so eloquently written by Wendell Berry.  I am also thankful that all of you are supporting us by participating in the CSA! This week share is our Thanksgiving share, a bigger share to stock you up for the coming holiday.  Remember that next week there are no shares and that we’ll be back in town the first week of December.  Besides all the usual veggies that you have been seeing in your Season extension shares look for black radish and purple top turnips.  Pumpkins and/or acorn squash will be featured this week.

Enjoy the bounty of early winter and those who you will spend your Thanksgiving holidays with.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Ritchies

Share for 11/10-11/12

What a beautiful day!  Record highs in temperature. Farmers in shorts!

Our season extension share continues.  New items to look forward to in addition to everything that was in the share last week: As a greens choice: purple napa cabbage.  As a featured item: butternut squash.  Apple varieties include: cortland, jonagold, empire, crispin from Lynoaken farms.

Enjoy!  Next week will be our Thanksgiving share, a bigger share to stock you up for the holiday!

Season Extension share begins

The summer shares are finally over-it felt like a particularly long run this time around!  Season Extension shares start this week.  This is my favorite season-the late fall and early winter. The best of both worlds in my mind: I love the smell of fall and the quiet of winter.  We still have lots of greens in the fields so as long as the weather doesn’t get to cold, we can still harvest those delicious veggies.

The season extension share has a greens portion and a root and storage crop portion.

The greens portion includes as many different types of greens as we can get including: arugula, tat soi, mizuna, mustard, kale, collards, bok choi, cabbage (as available!)

Included in the roots and storage crops: potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips, kohlrabi, radish, winter squash, and apples

Enjoy the bounty of fall!

CSA share for 10/27-10/29

This week is the last week for our Summer veggie and fruit shares. We are harvesting everything we can get our hands on before the forecast 20 degrees hits later this week.  The rented refrigerated unit came this morning. (thank goodness!). Our cooler in the barn is full!

Your veggie share this week includes: brussel sprouts, greens (arugula, kales, spinach and some others), napa or regular cabbage, butternut squash and a choice of potatoes, carrots, beets and parsnips.

Your fruit share includes: apples and pears.

Season extension shares start next week. 🙂


CSA share for 10/20-10/22

This week looks like the October weather that we all know and love:  cool and wet.  While I’m thankful for the rain after such a dry spell; the cold and rain encourages me to bring out my long john’s, wool sweaters, neoprene gloves and raingear as my constant companions to keep me happy during this time of year.

This weeks vegetable CSA share includes: acorn squash, greens (kale, arugula, collards, swiss chard (plus some others), beets or carrots or potatoes, japanese turnips or radish, and cabbage.  Onions are a sub.

The fruit share includes (you guessed it): an assortment of apples and possibly some pears

We’re still taking Season Extension share sign ups if you’re interested.  Click on Buy Shares at


CSA share for 10/13-10/15

Our vegetable shares this week include:

angel hair sphaghetti squash, lettuce, greens (including but not limited to: arugula, kale, mustard, mizuna, collards), spinach and sweet onions

Our fruit shares include: a selection of apples and bosc pears