Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Our Website is down!

We've decided to send you from our website to this blog until we've got our site back up and running reliably. Spring is the worst time to have computer problems and we just can't squeeze in the time to fix it. Please bear with us and send any questions our way.

We still have spaces available in our CSA 2011: (20 weeks for basic and 10 weeks for half share) - June 15/18- October 26/29)

For farm pickup:
Basic share (once a week pick up) - $500
Half share (every other week pick up) - $285
Plus share (twice as much as each week) - $895

For delivery to Phipps Farm Market (Wed 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm), Boyd Community Center in Fox Chapel (Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 am) and Summerset at the Frick (Sat 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
Basic share (once a week pick up) - $615
Plus share (twice as much ease week) - $1000
Please contact us about half shares for delivery

Please make a check payable to Blackberry Meadows Farm and send it to
7115 Ridge Rd
Natrona Heights, PA 15065
Include the following info with your check:

Primary Subscriber: (The main contact responsible for the CSA Share)
Home Phone ___________________Alternate Phone __________________________ Street __________________________________________________________ City/Town ____________________________State ______________Zip ________ E-mail _________________________________________________________
Share Size (basic,plus or half) and pick up location _____________________________

If you are splitting a share, please be sure to include the email address of everyone who would like to receive the newsletter and updates.

Feel free to send us any questions that you may have to info@blackberrymeadows.com or call 724 226 3939

Blackberry Meadows

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Rainy days on the farm

Hand prepping the rows and transplanting leeks in the mud.

It was a doosey of an April - with a total of 11.6 inches of rain, we were literally swamped here at the farm. Surely you've heard and read a lot on the news about how the rain is affecting farmers around the region and we're in the same boat as the rest of them. With the fields being constantly wet, we had to get out and prep each row by hand and then transplant by hand too. On a small scale this would be O.K., but when we need to plant 1100 broccoli plants, this is an excruciatingly slow way to go about things and we weren't able to get everything in the ground on time.

These last few days of sunny warm weather has been a blessing and we are busy bees working in the fields until the sun goes down. Although we're super happy to be out there now and planting the things that should have been in the ground in early April, we think the main spring harvest is going to come on a bit late. Therefore, we're going to push the first day of our CSA pick up to the 3rd week in June (June 15 and/or June 18). Don't worry! We'll still keep the CSA going for 20 weeks - ending in the last week of October.

This is the beauty of a CSA. We really rely on our members to be there to support us in this volatile profession. We are at the mercy of the weather and must do what we can to be good stewards of the land. We sure appreciate your support - as we couldn't do what we love to do without you guys! This is going to shape up to be another great growing season, as we're looking forward to a diversity of beautiful veggies and our first harvest of our new raspberry patch!