Everything is still icy and frozen outside and we are glad to have at least one full month to get the coming season planned and set business goals for the next 3 years. We are working diligently to be able to submit our paperwork for organic certification by the February 15th earlybird deadline.
Growing really high quality food for you is at the heart of what we do. We poured over the seed catalogues doing our best to select varieties that we think you will love.
We plan to grow many similar varieties to last season, but we are trialing some new exciting varieties too. We are implementing a new intensive garden system with permanent raised beds and a sprinkler system in Campbellsport that should have a positive impact on our ability to consistently produce high quality greens. This new system is my primary focus and I am going to focus on growing really nice butterhead/bibb lettuces with the goal of having them available every week of the CSA. I also hope to have a more regular supply of spinach, arugula, celery and radishes.
Jeff will be growing all of the less perishable crops like onions, carrots and potatoes on the land we rent from Sauve Terre Farm in West Bend. Jeff applied an epic amount of compost last fall to these fields which should translate to really high quality foods for you to eat. He is excited to grow more potatoes including a few new varieties to supplement the delicious pink-skinned-gold-fleshed potatoes we all love. He will also include a few new varieties of summer squash, peppers and make another attempt to grow a variety of melons.
By the end of the month we will be planting snap peas in the Hoophouse and seeding our onions in the greenhouse! We are also excited that we have created an assistant farm manager position and have a really skilled individual considering the position. We will sell a total of 135 CSA shares this year, a slight increase from last year. The increase will offset the cost of the new position.
Jeff Schreiber has been farming organically for 10 years. In 2011 he started Three Sisters Community Farm with his wife, Kelly.