Hi all, 
Welcome to the late edition of our weekly farm note. I got in yesterday from a great trip to Montreal, and while I won't bore you with the hockey details, I will tell you little about Essex Farm in Essex, NY this week and Ferme Melilot in Dunham, Quebec next week.

We have started a buying club with wildforsalmon.com. Wild for Salmon is a Pennsylvania business owned and operated by the fisherman, which means you'll be buying Alaskan sockeye salmon direct from the fisherman who caught it. More info about the fisherman can be found here, http://wildforsalmon.com/our-story/our-story/page.aspx?id=1096. If you are interested in purchasing salmon and joining our buying club go to http://wildforsalmon.com/buying-clubs/join-a-buying-club/buying-clubs~join.aspx, find our club called Flying Plow in the drop down menu and then click join this club.

We ended up stopping at Essex Farm on the way to Montreal and again on the way home, the second visit being necessary in order to pick up a huge cache of fresh dairy products from Essex. The farmer, Mark, sent us home with several gallons of milk, yogurt, sour cream, butter, and buttermilk all made on farm from their Jersey dairy herd.

Essex Farm sits on the edge of Essex, NY which itself sits on Lake Champlain. Some of the fields at Essex are made up of soils that were one time the bottom of a much larger lake than Lake Champlain. These old lake bottoms are made of very rich soils, but most of them do not drain well. 

In order to make these fields more accessible in the early spring and late fall, Mark is working to get most of them tiled. Having a field or a farm tiled means that drain pipes are put in several feel below the topsoil. These pipes are placed 10 to 20 feet apart and run into a larger main drain line which then runs into a small creek, or some cases a drainage ditch.

This rich soil is great for growing vegetables and field crops, so this drainage will make it easier to get into the fields in the spring and in the fall. The other fields at Essex (which is something like 500 acres!) are clay soils with many rocks.

The most notable aspect of Essex Farm is the scope of their CSA. An Essex Farm CSA share is considerably different than many CSA's in the country. Their CSA runs year-round, allows you to take any amounts you would like, and is full-diet. Full-diet means your CSA share at Essex consists of the usual array of seasonal vegetables, but also includes pork, sausage, beef, chicken, lamb, milk, butter, lard, sour cream, yogurt, eggs, and flours & grains. All of these are grown at Essex Farm and are free-choice, meaning there is no limit in the amount you can take. This is the heart and soul of the CSA model of farming

Essex is also a hybrid powered farm and uses tractors and horses, as well as a very large crew of farmers and managers. The scope of what they do is truly amazing and makes my head hurt!

More on Ferme Melilot next week.

Kennett Square
The next Kennett market will be on Friday, February 6th.

Bel Air
You can place an order for Bel Air delivery this Saturday, January 24th, 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 to order and try to order as early in the week as you can. Chicken and eggs are available for Bel Air deliveries.

It looks like snow is forecast for Saturday morning, however we're still planning to deliver to both Bel Air and Havre de Grace. If the weather does look to be very bad we will change our deliver times to either Friday afternoon/evening or Sunday.

Havre de Grace & On-Farm
You can place an order for Havre de Grace for delivery on this Saturday, January 24th, 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. 

It looks like snow is forecast for Saturday morning, however we're still planning to deliver to both Bel Air and Havre de Grace. If the weather does look to be very bad we will change our deliver times to either Friday afternoon/evening or Sunday.

2015 CSA 
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. Also, if you would like to share a share, let us know.

See you soon!

-Tom & Sarah
 Flying Plow Farm

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