Welcoming you and the month of June.

June 1, 2021

Hello CSA Members & Welcome to the month of June, 

If you are a new member please see the special new member information below. 

Things on the farm are going well. Since last weeks update we have got the leeks and the yellow onions planted. The red onions are soon to follow. We are seeding the squash now so we can soon transplant them in. We start them in trays and transplant out because the seed is not treated and it is easily attacked by maggots. Non organic squash starts off as a treated seed so that the maggots die when they try penetrate the seed. Things are growing well and the rain events seem to be perfectly timed. Everyone seems to be working well together and it feels like we are in a nice flow. We are missing connection. At a recent health and safety meeting it was suggested that to support everyone's mental health that we have one of our staff dinners. When I heard this I nearly cried as I too have been missing connection with everyone. 

We are excited to announce all but one person is lined up to have their first vaccination. We have made it a priority to support everyone in setting up appointments, providing transportation and having paid time to get them. I am very thankful we all have had access to our first shot. Katelyn has taken the lead on this and it is greatly appreciated. 

Babo, Tim and Josh separated the mom goats from the kid goats last week and they trimmed their feet, I believe that all the goats are quite happy now. The teenage kids were getting a bit too demanding of their mothers I think. On Saturday Josh called me saying he was checking the goats and there was one mama that had a big udder and he wondered if I wanted him to bring her home. Josh and I have this dream that we have a milking goat for our family. Of course his call meant he wanted to and I said yes and so now each night we are both down visiting our new goat and getting a litre or two of milk. Last night it started to rain so we moved the milk stand in under the tarp roof. Josh there, after his long work day, in his coveralls, sitting on an upside down bucket with straw for a cushion, milking away and me holding the grain for the goat. In that moment I had a feeling or sensation where I can't believe this is my life and I smile. 

It has been a hard weekend. The emotions of what is happening or more significantly not happening are tremendous. I have been trying to sort out what I can do and considered today that I would like to share the 94 calls to action with our whole farm team. My hope is that we can all be more educated in what we are being called to do and to support. If you have any suggestions on ways you would like to see your farm engage please reach out and help us learn. 

May you be well.

In gratitude, 

Patricia 

 

EVERYONE PLEASE TAKE NOTE:

Veggie & Fruit Share, Veggie Share, Fruit Share, Meat Shares and Egg Shares. This always has the potential to cause a few mix-ups because of the various offerings. The Vegetable Shares and Fruit Shares are labelled. PLEASE take what is on the CSA list only. Even if you think you should have something and it isn't listed, please take what is listed and then contact me via email so we can sort it out. csa@taprootfarms.ca 

NEW MEMBERS:

For the next few weeks we will be welcoming new members each week as they join the CSA. WELCOME new CSA members. We are excited to share the season with you. Please be sure to review details on your location found on the website, http://taproot.harvesthand.com/ . This website is your CSA portal. You can log in here to order additional add on's or on Friday see what is planned to be in your share. 

LOCATION DETAILS: At all of the Noggins locations you can call and request that they bring the share to the curb. If they are busy this may take a few minutes however we are trying to ensure there is enough staff scheduled to work to make this seamless. At Dinah's Sourdough I will be there with the van from 12 - 12:30 for pickup from the van. While the weather is good we will leave the shares near the staff entrance door to minimize you needing to enter the building. If there are not too many than I will leave your names on them  - thanks Dan and staff at Dinah's for hosting. At The Loop it is an outside pickup - thanks Mimi for hosting. At the farm delivery....come to the warehouse at 451 Canard Street. It is the one with the wooden pillars holding up the roof, making a summer outdoor work space. Enter the building through the person door. There is hand sanitizer and a special cleaner for the door knobs. Inside, turn on the lights if you arrive after hours, walk towards the plastic hanging down, flick on the light switch on the right, slide open the big white door. Inside the door on the right is a shelf. There are your CSA boxes and a clip board with a list. Check off your name and take your share. Any frozen items will be in the freezer just outside by the main door. Any add on orders will be there on the shelf. If you have requested a home delivery, we will deliver to the address on your account. I usually arrive between 10 and 2:30 for city deliveries. If the day is flowing well I will be finished delivering by 2:30. I will drop at your front door or what looks like an obvious front entrance ring the door bell and depart. If you need me to know anything special ie. please leave inside the porch or leave in the cooler beside the large shrub or or or please call me 902 670 3277 or text me. If you text, which I am happy with, please tell me your name as it appears on the delivery list. (my preference is text so I can look back and make notes vs try to remember)

Many many thanks! 

Patricia 

(your middle aged woman farmer) 

PS. Bring a bag and leave the box for us to reuse. OR return the box the next week.