As many of you know, last year at this time we were moving our farm from Joppa to Rising Sun. Sarah and I were excited about the year to come, but also terribly anxious. In addition to the usual farming uncertainties we had added a few by moving to a new farm.
How would the soil be? How would we irrigate? Where will we put the greenhouse? What will the horses eat? What will the cows eat? What will we pasture our chickens on? Will our CSA members make the move with us? Will our market customers still shop with us? Should we add a fourth market just in case? How will we box and deliver shares?
Of course, we had plans laid out, and contingencies drawn, but until we were in the full swing of the season we continued to be unsure of how things would play out. By the end of May we were at our wits end with anxiety. Most of the spring and early summer crops were planted but we were still yet to see how they would yield.
Well, we had the best yields in our five years as Flying Plow.
Our CSA members received beets and carrots almost every week of the share, something that had been a goal of ours from year one. We were able to bring baby lettuce mix to market through the summer, something that has a lot to do with the cool weather this past season, but good fertility and crop planning also played a role. And, with careful planning we were able to graze all of our meat chickens on our cover crops, something that was new for us this year since our farm does not yet have permanent pastures.
However, great yields mean nothing without a market, and that is why we are so very thankful to our loyal CSA members and market customers who stayed with us and continued to support us through our move to Rising Sun. Without you, our farm would not be possible and that's why we hope you think of Flying Plow as your farm as well.
An added challenge and a great blessing was the birth of our daughter Eloise in September. Our crew stepped up and shouldered the added work this past season and we are especially grateful for Brittany's efforts.
Many of you may have come across Brittany at markets or at CSA drop sites this season. She began her time with us as an apprentice in 2011 and would come work a few weeks each summer while she was in college. She graduated last January and has been a full time assistant farmer with us for a year and will continue for next season as well.
Brittany is a Bel Air native will plans to set up her own farm in the future, hopefully in the area. If you see Brittany this winter at our markets or on deliveries, be sure to thank her for all of her hard work.
Thank you for your support in 2014 and we hope to see you all in 2015. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year from the FPF Crew!
Coming up this Friday, January 2nd, is the Kennett Square Winter Market with hours from 2pm to 4pm. We'll be in our usual spot with plenty of fresh spinach, kale, carrots, radishes, and our usual assortment of winter storage crops. We will have plenty of our pasture-raised, organically fed eggs for sale, and of course our organically fed pasture-raised chicken as well. The next Kennett market will be on January 16th.
You can place an order for Bel Air for delivery this Saturday, January 3rd, to Baron's K9 Country Store at 525 Pritt Lane, Bel Air, MD 21014. We'll be dropping off orders from 10am to 10:45am. See the Online Order Form and try to order as early in the week as you can. Chicken and eggs are now available for Bel Air deliveries.
Havre de Grace & On-Farm
You can place an order for Havre de Grace for delivery on this Saturday, January 3rd, at 11:30am or for pick up at the farm from 10am to 1pm on Saturday. See the Online Order Form and try to order as early in the week as you can.
We are now accepting new members for the 2015 CSA season. Find all of the details on how to sign up on our CSA page of our website. If you have any questions or would like to come out to the farm for a tour prior to signing up, please contact us.
See you soon!
-Tom & Sarah