Hello, all! School buses are out and about again, academic calendar levels of traffic are here to stay until next June, there is a tinge of yellow in the fields, and peak tomato season is coming to a close. It’s September.

This is our 12th week of CSA pick up and we have eight more weeks to go. In the coming weeks, we’ll be announcing our Early Bird sales for 2019 and Winter Share sales: keep your eyes peeled! We will have a sign up at the farm and the usual email reminders, so fear not—you won’t miss the news.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we are looking to finish up our flower garden renovation this fall. We will be working on this project on Saturday, September 22, from 8 am-noon. If you have work hours to complete, this could be a good time for you to join in and help us! Email me at farmer@stearnsfarmcsa.org if you are interested, just so I can get an idea of how many folks to expect. You’ll be able to drop in at any time before 11 am. We’ll be shoveling, weeding, and wheel-barrowing!

Finally, another reminder of our policies for switching (and missed!) pick up days:

  • If you need to switch pick up days, please email  farmer@stearnsfarmcsa.org—ideally by Sunday night but no later than 7 am Monday of the week you are switching your pickup. This is not an arbitrary deadline: we make our counts for the week in advance, and 7 a.m. on Monday is when we drive away from internet service and out into the field to harvest for Tuesday. We are happy to accommodate switches (up to three per season), but need your help to do so!
  • If you have a friend or family member picking up, you don’t have to tell us. Just send them over with some bags between 10 am and 7 pm of your pick up day. We will be there to show them what to do and answer any questions.
  • If you have an emergency and miss your pick up, let us know ASAP—that same night, if possible—and we can figure out a way for you to get your share. Timely communication is important. If you email me the morning of a pick up day or just show up at the tent, do not expect to be able to pick up. Our harvest numbers are tight: we harvest only enough for the sharers we anticipate that day. As with switching, we are happy to help you, but we have a very small staff. When everyone follows procedures, it really helps things to go smoothly for everyone!

Thanks so much, sharers!