- Acorn Squash
- Russet Potatoes
- Lacinato Kale
- Salad Mix
- Sweet Peppers
- Green & Red Chiles
We are on the countdown with only a month left of the Summer CSA. The farm is winding down for the season, stepping into the slower pace of winter.
Last Saturday we finished up our final day of the Saturday market and it ended with a bang. High winds threatening to send canopies into flight. At about noon we were all sent home early due to the hazardous weather. A nice way to end the season with an early release after a busy morning of selling vegetables.
The market has been a huge success for us this year. A lot of work, but that hard work has paid off. Being at the Saturday market has not only given us a more stable income, but also has helped us to become more known in the community. We have gained several new CSA members through the market and have many loyal customers that look for us every week. We are grateful for everyone’s support as it has allowed us to build up our infrastructure and work our way up to making a livable wage as farmers. We are glad that we haven’t had to find second jobs this year.
Last night we sat down to finish hammering out our budget for next year. We spent a few hours plugging in numbers and planning out our expenses and expected income month by month for 2015. We were excited to see that the numbers were all in the black, unlike our first year when we had to wait halfway through the season to purchase tools that we really needed from day one.
Now things get a little more complicated as we move forward with our farm. Balancing current operating costs, personal debt from college and continuing to build our farm by making some bigger purchases is now on our mind. Now that we have knocked off some of those smaller tools off the list we are faced with bigger purchases in the next few years: a box truck for hauling vegetables, irrigation pipe, and a primary tillage tractor with implements.
At the current rate at which our farm is growing things are looking good for us. We are working towards purchasing a box truck by early next year. If the farm keeps going on this upward trend we will also be able to make a down payment on a tractor with some implements by the end of next year.
With these key pieces of farm infrastructure in place the door is open to looking for more permanent land where we can invest in long term crops such as fruit trees, animals for meat, eggs, milk, etc. Currently we have a good lease situation for both our equipment and land, so we are not in a terrible hurry. Though it is exciting to know that if we continue in the direction we are headed we will be in a more concrete situation where we will be able to move if we find the right piece of land.
Thanks for helping us work towards these goals for our farm this season. We hope you have enjoyed being a part of this growth of food and community. Enjoy the last of the tomatoes this week and look forward to more delicious winter vegetables to come.