Hi Everyone!

As the CSA weeks wind down at Sound Pine Farm, we’d like to reflect on the season and take the opportunity to thank some folks who have made our first year possible. The season has brought its fair share of challenges, from the cold, wet spring, to the dry summer and fall, but despite these factors not under our control, the farm grew some pretty beautiful and abundant vegetables. We had no shortage of cabbages, greens, and tomatoes. Our eggplant, shishito peppers, and green beans graced us many weeks of the summer, and we still look forward to the fall crops yet to come, like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and delicata squash.

Though the wet spring made bed prep and planting challenging, and prompted us to take on fewer members and make plantings smaller than we had originally planned, this ultimately gave us the opportunity to put a lot of intention into growing for our members and putting together bountiful shares, while learning more about the pests, diseases, and nutrient challenges our crops faced. When the summer turned dry, our heavy soils held moisture and let us irrigate very little and start to prepare the soil in anticipation for next season. It is exciting to think of rolling into Year Two with our high tunnels built, beds ready to plant into, row covers cut to length, and many other first-year ‘to-dos’ completed.

Our season could not have gone so well without the support and help of so many in our community. Just to start, we’d like to thank: Kris and Rick Ganong (our landowners), Seth Kroeck of Crystal Spring Farm, Lucretia Woodruff of Milkweed Farm, Dan Wiener of Corvus Treeworks, Tom Barry of Birdseye Carpentry, Kim Bolshaw, all of the service providers at MOFGA, our MOFGA Journeyperson mentors at Hatchet Cove, our wonderful members, and of course, our families!

We’d also like to announce a few other neat things!

Sound Pine Farm CSA Financial Aid Fund

While we won’t be taking sign-ups for next year for a few more months, we’d like to mention our Financial Aid Fund. Any amount donated to our Financial Aid Fund will be distributed as necessary to folks applying for our Free-Choice CSA Financial Aid in 2020. If you know of anyone who would benefit from Financial Aid next season, please send them here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScj4dF3QOMQWYmdYUrkoDeU8J0E6qkHIdKqSHTPbSxdFvCWhg/viewform

Click here to donate:
https://soundpinefarm.com/product/csa-financial-aid-fund-donation/

Thanks!

Two Coves Farm Meat and Eggs

Many of you may have noticed our belted bovine neighbors at the farm, which belong to the Grady family of Two Coves Farm in Harpswell. The Gradys’ beef and lamb is 100% grass-fed and delicious, and they produce eggs and poultry as well!
Order yours here: https://www.twocovesfarm.com/placeanorder

Catkin Flowers

Our lovely friend, Sarah Haven, of Catkin Flowers, will be a new neighbor of ours in 2020! She grows flowers and crafts them into beautiful long-lasting creations. Looking for a unique and local gift this holiday season or just want to fill your home with lovely flowers? Consider a subscription to her Everlasting Flower Club!
https://www.catkinflowersmaine.com/everlasting-flower-club

This week we will have:

Kale, Arugula, Sassy Greens Mix, Radishes, Tropea Onions, Roma Tomatoes, Slicer Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Shishito Peppers, Fennel, Romanesco Cauliflower, and Delicata Squash!

Also a reminder that we are still waiting on a few of the final payments from those members who have a 3-part plan.

Thanks everyone for a wonderful season! We look forward to the next five weeks of CSA bounty and then a restful winter to plan and rejuvenate for next year.

Cheers,
Alessia and Virginia

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